How to Write a Song – Study the Masters

If you want to learn how to write a song, do what all great songwriters do: Study great songs! If you want to be a master songwriter, you must learn from the masters.

If you’ve been writing songs for a while, it’s very likely are doing something right. When you write regularly, you tend to get a feel for it. You develop an instinct for what is catchy, memorable and engaging. But you can take it a lot further than that. read more

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John Fogerty: Songwriting



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Songwriting Techniques – Are You Faking it? Write Songs From the Heart

I just thought I’d share a piece of really good songwriting advice given by Jay-Z (no don’t stop reading yet!).

I’m not into rapping at all but he was recently on a UK program called ‘Later With Jools’ which is an hour long and showcases many bands, and they always play absolutely live. You could search YouTube ‘Later With Jools’ and see just how many bands are I just thought I’d share a piece of really good songwriting advice given by Jay-Z (no don’t stop reading yet!). read more

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Chord Progressions And Rhythmic Variations: Songwriting Secrets



In the current songwriting video tutorial we will take a look at how a chord progression can be changed – slightly or substantially – by varying the amount of time you play each chord. For example, a simple F G Am progression can be made to sound quite different depending on how much time you play the F, G and Am chords, even if you keep the total time of the progression fixed. read more

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Sweet Soul Music: 23 Scorching Classics From 1974

Sweet Soul Music: 23 Scorching Classics From 1974

Sweet Soul Music: 23 Scorching Classics From 1974

This CD is one of the final five volumes in the eagerly anticipated finale to Bear Family’s Sweet Soul Music series, which followed their award-winning Blowin’ The Fuse R&B series. Taken together, these classic series tell the story of R&B-Soul-Funk from 1945-1975, year-by-year, song-by-song. These are the records that made a difference. A HUGE difference!This is the sound that still influences today’s R&B and Soul and Rap, plus musicians like Amy Winehouse and Janelle Monae and revivalists like read more

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Working With Chet Atkins – An Interview With Randy Goodrum

Randy Goodrum is a keyboardist, producer and songwriter who has written (or co-written) numerous popular songs, including Anne Murray’s #1 hit “You Needed Me” (1978) and “Broken Hearted Me” (1979), Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue” (1978), England Dan & John Ford Coley’s “It’s Sad To Belong” (1977), Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie” (1984), DeBarge’s “Who’s Holding Donna Now”, cowritten with David Foster and Jay Graydon, Toto’s “I’ll Be Over You” (1986) and Chicago’s “If She Would Have Been Faithful…” (1987). He also co-wrote with Brent Maher some of Dottie West’s hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including her No. 1 Country hit in 1980, “A Lesson in Leavin'”. read more

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Inspiration for Songwriting



I put up an AMA on my blog a few weeks ago… here I answer the question of how I get inspired for songwriting 🙂 This is my first video of this kind, and I did everything myself… including hastily writing and recording the song you hear in the background. read more

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