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How to Write Songs with Killer Hooks

Great song hooks break boundaries surrounding genre, generational listening preferences, and longevity. Here are five characteristics to consider when writing a hook.

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PODCAST EPISODE 025: Tanya Donelly talks Belly, Breeders, and Throwing Muses

Tanya Donelly discusses her life in music, including her beginnings with Throwing Muses and the Breeders, and her major breakthrough with Belly, a band she’s currently enjoying a reunion with.

5 Tips for Songwriters to Stay Motivated and Inspired

If you’re suffering from songwriter’s block or can’t seem to find the motivation, here are some things you can do to help kickstart your creativity.

5 Must-Try Habits for Musicians

Want a long-term career in music? Embrace these 5 essential habits!

All Hail John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats: The Satan of Home Recording

What would you say if I told you that all you need to record a classic album is to head to eBay and pay the “buy it now” price of $59.95 to acquire one Panasonic RX-FT500?

Quick Songwriting Tips: Color and Contrast Your Harmony

Download Shane’s songwriting tips: https://berkonl.in/2AcLfRu If you’re writing too many of your songs just using major triads, your listeners may start to get bored. The way to color and contrast harmonies is by transforming major triads into suspended chords. And when you’re considering the bass note of your chord, going with the third note in […]

Quick Songwriting Tips: Color and Contrast Your Harmony

If you’re writing too many of your songs just using major triads, your listeners may start to get bored. The way to color and contrast harmonies is by transforming major triads into suspended chords. And when you’re considering the bass note of your chord, going with the third note in the scale can add more […]

Use Unexpected Melodies

The most important quality in songwriting is melody. If you want your melody to stand out, you shouldn’t be afraid to try notes other than the most common notes used in any key (the root or the 5th of the scale). Berklee Online instructor Shane Adams demonstrates what he refers to as the “color” notes, […]

Quick Songwriting Tips: Use Unexpected Color Notes in Your Melodies | Tip 1/8 |

The most important quality in songwriting is melody. If you want your melody to stand out, you shouldn’t be afraid to try notes other than the most common notes used in any key (the root or the 5th of the scale). Berklee Online instructor Shane Adams demonstrates what he refers to as the “color” notes, […]

5 Songwriting Tips from Alicia Bognanno from the Berklee Online Live event

Alicia Bognanno of Bully was a recent guest on Berklee Online LIVE, offering helpful advice for aspiring songwriters.