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Songwriting Tips And Articles

Read the songwriting articles below to get creative songwriting tips and advice that will help you write better music and develop your songwriter skills.

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What Instruments Should A Songwriter/Composer Know How To Play?

NEW!This is a question that I receive surprisingly often: "Hey Tommaso, what instruments do I need to learn to become a good songwriter? I already play instrument X, but I was wondering if I should branch out". Incidentally, it's also a great question! Click here to find out what are the three master instruments for songwriting and how they can help you become a great composer.

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Creative Lyric Writing Secrets: When Simple Repetition Is Not Enough

How to write catchy lyrics for a chorus? How to write memorable song titles? And especially, what Shakespeare has to do with any of it? It turns out that one of the secrets of the Bard is also one of the most used principles in modern songwriting. Click here, my friend, click here to learn how a little intelligent lyrical repetition can make your song great.

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Creating Memorable Melodies By Selective Repeating

The first thing that 99% of the listeners notice in a song is the melody of the song. But if you open a composition or music theory book, you'll find chapters and chapters about chords and musical forms, but very little on how to write a melody. And yet there is a lot that can be taught and learned about melodies. Click here to see a simple "secret" passed down from the master composers that will make you write great melodies in few minutes. Guaranteed.

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7 Unusual Ways To Write Better Songs

How many ways there are to write songs? Many, of course! But how many ways do YOU know? If I challenged you to come up with as many possible ways to write songs, how many could you list? Most people can only mention one: the one they use all the time - and since they use only one, they get stuck all the time! In this article I show you SEVEN unusual ways to write a song. Just by reading through this article you are going to have TONs of ideas. Wanna bet?

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How To Get Endless Musical Inspiration And Never Experience Writer's Block

Every songwriter has had moments where inspiration just does not come. It does not have to be this way. Lots of people think that inspiration is something that "just comes to you", but the reality is that there is a lot you can do to make inspiration flow again. Click here to see me explaining a young songwriter how to free his inspiration and be creative

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Creative Lyric Writing Secrets: The Power Of Parallel Lyrics

"HOW you say things is as important, if not more, than WHAT you say". This is the core of writing song lyrics. In fact when you master this art you can write songs about simple stories or everyday things, and make them sound like a million dollar. How can you do that? Today I will share with you the secret of parallel lyrics, and how this secret can add meaning and rhythm to your lyrics and make them unforgettable.

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Why Your Songs Sound Boring And How To Avoid That

Do your songs sound boring and lifeless? I know how you feel! My first songs all sounded that way - and not because I was still learning hot to write music. It was because I did not add a very specific element to my songs: I did not add the element of CONFLICT. Every hero in fiction needs a worthy antagonist - and songs make no exception. Click here to see how to write songs with an antagonist and how this will give the right "zest" to your compositions.

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How To Be Ready When Musical Inspiration Strikes

When inspiration strikes, you need to be ready for it. The more you practiced the technical side of your songwriting, the easier the song will come out of you... and the more and better songs you will be able to write. But how exactly can you practice your songwriting? Here are three easy ways that you can practice your songwriting skills, wether you are a beginner or an advanced songwriter

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How To Use Musical Form To Write Great Songs

How do you go from a single musical idea to a whole song? This seems to be literally everybody's problem: I never met a songwriter that did not have to face it in their career. It's actually really easy once you figure it out, as many people already have studied the solution to it in depth: you use "musical forms" to "cast" your ideas into a full composition. If you don't know anything (or just a little) about musical form yet, then you may not see right now how this help... so I will explain to you how to use musical form to finish a song. Click here to see how to use musical for to write great songs and finally finish all the songs that are waiting unfinished on your hard drive,

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Creative Lyric Writing Secrets: Repeating Words For Fun And Profit

What is the most evident difference between spoken language and song lyrics? After a moment of reflection it should be evident: song lyrics repeat the same words more times and more often than what you do when you speak. Mastery of the lyrical repetition is a fundamental element in writing memorable and "catchy" lyrics. Click here to see how to master lyrical repetition in songs and I guarantee that once you know how to do it you will 'never ever ever' go back to your old ways.

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How To Capture Inspiration And Write A Song With It

What is the very first thing you should do when you are struck by inspiration? Grab your instrument and start composing? Fire up your computer to record your ideas? And how these ideas worked for you so far? if you are like most songwriters, by doing these things you lose inspiration very fast. So what should you do? Click here to see what is the first thing to do when inspiration strikes and you'll see that you will be able to write (and finish!) many more songs jus by doing this little simple thing.

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How To Write A Meaningful, Complete Song

Do you come up often with great little musical ideas, but you never manage to finish a song? Do you have dozen unfinished songs and not one complete song? This is actually a very common situation among songwriters... but it does not have to be that way. In this article I show you a step-by-step process to write and especially FINISH your songs. Click here to see how to complete a song using the "Single Concept Songwriting" method.

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What Is The Most Important Skill For A Songwriter To Master?

What is the MOST important skill that a songwriter needs to master? What is the skill that will make everything else easier for a songwriter? What is the skill that is a great starting point for a beginner songwriter to study? Click here to see what is the most important songwriting skill and how by learning it you will move to the next level.

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Creative Lyric Writing Secrets: The Basics Of Lyric Writing

Writing creative lyrics for your songs... can it be done only by special people who "have the inspiration"? Well, this is certainly what THEY would like you to believe. The reality is that you can improve dramatically your lyric writing (even if you never wrote a line of poetry before) if you master the 3 basic elements of musical lyric writing. Click here to learn the basics of creative lyric writing and start improving your lyric writing today.

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3 Steps To Improving Your Songwriting Fast

Are you not making fast progress toward your goal of becoming a great songwriter?  To make faster progress, you need to 'pinpoint' your goals, create specific steps to achieve them and take consistent action. Learn the details of this process and become a better songwriter.

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3 Quick And Easy Ways To Complete Your Song

Are you constantly getting stuck whenever you sit down to write a song? The reason you are getting stuck is likely that you do not know how to connect one section in your song to the next. Learn how to do this by reading this article with songwriting help.

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4 Big Songwriting Mistakes That Kill Your Creativity

To become a great songwriter you must be able to consistently think of new ideas for your songs. To do this, you must avoid 4 common songwriting mistakes that are made by most musicians. Learn how by reading this article with ideas for writing songs.

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How To Create Songs That Grab Your Listener's Attention

Want to write music that instantly grabs the attention of anyone listening? Learn how with the songwriting tips in this article about how to create songs in a way that gets people to stop and take notice.

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How To Write Catchy Melodies For Your Songs

Want to know how to write catchy melodies that get stuck in the mind of your listeners? Although many songwriters struggle with this, you can quickly learn how by using the three powerful songwriting methods this article about writing melodies.

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Why You Can't Write Music That Accurately Expresses Your Ideas

Do you struggle to write songs that sound how you want them to? Most likely, your current approach to songwriting limits self-expression. Learn how to write music that accurately expresses your ideas.

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The 'Missing'  Element Needed To Express Yourself In Music

Want to express yourself creatively in your songs? Use the songwriting tips, techniques and exercises in this article to enhance your music expression skills using one of the most powerful musical elements.

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How To Write Better Songs With "Unity And Variety"

Does your music not sound how you want it to? If so, it is 'not' because you lack the ability to write good songs. Chances are, your music lacks a balance of unity and variety. Learn how to write songs using unity and variety with the songwriting tips in this article.

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Write Better Songs For Guitar By Avoiding These 3 Mistakes

Looking for guitar songwriting tips? Musicians often make guitar music using a single, ineffective approach. To truly write great songs on guitar, you must develop many creative approaches to get consistent results. Read this article to learn how to write songs on guitar more creatively.

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How To Write Song Lyrics That Match A Music Melody

Want to know how to use a musical melody with your song lyrics? Many musicians struggle to write lyrics because they can't match words to music. Learn how to write musical song lyrics by reading this songwriting article with tips on how to write a melody for lyrics.

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How To Use Chords To Write Songs

Do you need chords to use in your songwriting? By understanding how chords work together, you gain the powerful ability to create songs with a sense of direction. Learn how to write common chord progressions by reading the songwriting tips in this article.

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How To Use Your Favorite Songs To Write Music

A great way to improve your songwriting is to analyze the techniques used in the music you enjoy most. Learn how to use the main elements of songwriting to analyze your favorite songs.

Guest Articles About Songwriting

Writing songs with a band

How To Write Songs With A Band

Writing music with other band members can present you with challenges that may significantly slow down the songwriting process. Learn how to cooperate with your bandmates to write songs by reading this article on how to write a song with a band by Ryan Duke.