Songwriting Lesson for Beginners to Advanced – Part 1



Songwriting instruction by hit songwriter and Berkleemusic.com instructor, author of “Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling”

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23 thoughts on “Songwriting Lesson for Beginners to Advanced – Part 1

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    I think she’s the author of the smash hit, “I Left My Heart In El Segundo”.?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    It’s all relative…Isn’t it Andrea??

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Great video, I am sure many have thanked you on here. I just want to add
    another big thank you. It is a true gift to be able to teach people. ?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    The motif in the verse is very similar to the chorus of “Running up that
    hill” by Kate Bush.?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Hello, I want to write a song, and I never have before. I have a son who is
    not with me and it has devastated me. I am trying to write a song about the
    experience. However, every time I attempt it, I end up rambling or writing
    whole paragraphs. Also, I was reading some of the comments and people
    actually believe that you are not good if you are not on the Billboard hits
    list. Anyone with half a brain knows that Billboard hits are not
    necessarily talent; but rather good to a vast majority. The true gems are
    the people that produce some good music, but they are not popularized. I am
    not saying Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne are bad. But, I am saying that
    the reason you might not hear from Michelle and others is because they
    realized what the industry was doing to them and their music and left those
    record companies to find someone who truly cared. I need help, but I don’t
    have a lot of money. Plus, I don’t want someone helping me who might try to
    pass my song off as their own. I would like to make the song for my son and
    release it to the media in a limited capacity. Although, from a business
    standpoint, if it is restricted it might not generate as much revenue or
    publicity as I would like. Anyway, if you know how to help me, I would
    appreciate it. Sorry about the Youtube novella.?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Very useful. It would be nice to see more videos like this from you. Thank
    you for spending time recording this!?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Impressive! Just bought your book…. AND SUBSCRIBED.. Would love to see
    more videos in the future!?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Oh the things I’d do to have this woman sing to me live every day ;)?

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Thanks a lot Andrea! Really appreciate your effort and work. You are
    awesome!

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Those who can’t do…. teach. And those who can’t teach…. teach gym.
    (Jack Black – School Of Rock) Musicians are artists. You think Picasso took
    lessons? (ok maybe a little) From the heart people, not the “Songwriting
    for Dummies” book. If she’s so good, then why don’t I hear her on Billboard
    Top 100? Sorry. Blunt honesty. 😀 She can still sing and play guitar though
    quite well, but who the hell can’t these days? 😀

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    @DukeIrritable As for my ego, I’m sorry to say you are far from destroying
    it. I can only prove this by saying that without my replies to your posts,
    I think your day would be less eventful. And your insults, like water off a
    duck’s back. But, I’m always game for a bit of sport. I reckon you’re going
    to miss me. The difference between you and me though, is that I know and
    accept I’m a turd. (And btw, I think your dictionary is ‘broken’. You used
    ‘narcissist[ic]’ twice in your ramblings) G’luck!

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    No kidding, Hendrix was a pop star, so was Sinatra…

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    @zacaryyracaz I got it sent to me to view and I got as far as the first
    minute. hahaha

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    @DukeIrritable You’re a twat, dude. Is joining youtube the only reason you
    became a member as of yesterday to begin a slagging match? “That you’re
    best comeback”, and “Deal with it”?!! Are you for real? Is there a nuclear
    plant near your billabong or something? Btw, being able to recite
    information from Wikipedia doesn’t constitute as you having any
    intelligence whatsoever. Good luck on your “walkabout”, shitkicker.

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    @trikespotter – you write like a sulking child. Specifically, an illiterate
    child with a huge and fragile ego. “is joining youtube the only reason you
    became a member”??? Genius. You were caught out making fatuous, arrogant
    and factually incorrect statements, you condescending pin-head. But you’re
    so thin-skinned that you have a public tantrum when called out. And as for
    your moribund cliches about “billabongs” and “walkabouts” – you apparently
    have the creative imagination of a lettuce leaf.

  • July 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Nadia Boulange’ says you need to have a form and a technique to put within
    it. It doesn’t have to be a traditional form or traditional technique but
    it better be something and not junior high school delusions of just doing
    anything random that you want.

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