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

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Thank you so much for this. Very well explained.

    Melodic motif: the fingerprint or DNA of a song that belongs only to that song. It is pitch and rhythm e.g. 4 notes.
    Pick a motif and then add techniques.
    Techniques:
    1. Repetition
    2. Lengthening
    3. Contrast with the next section (chorus or pre-chorus)
    E.g change in note length, raised pitch, shorter phrases, half-measure motif, add new/change motif
    4. Start the phrase/melody before the downbeat in the pre-chorus & chorus (in the verse it started after the downbeat)

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    You should contact Rick Beato and let him overhaul your channel and try again. Lol I just say that because it seems like you got a ton to give but you got too busy to make more videos

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Andrea, I wrote 19 note books of songs, so far.. I have no clue how to do quality recording, can you help me maybe get in touch with folks that need songs, etc, maybe they can record it and make a hit, like how Bob Dylan let people use his songs, but he still got paid by it? Any way you can maybe help me get it happening with the music, if you want to, thanks.

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    Excellent video!! Clear, and we'll explained. I am grateful. Now I can see why Ben Folds "Brick" was so powerful and well structured. Thank you for sharing your tips!

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    This is one of the most helpful songwriting tutorials I've watched. I actually took notes. Thanks for sharing your insight!

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Hi i have a question:
    So i wrote lyrics down on paper before putting some chords down the song is a sad rock song with Dm, Am, Bm, chords. but i am having trouble coming up with the melody part for it?

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    wow, you look absolutely breathtaking! Aand thanks for the insight

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Good information.Although I heard Paul McCartney making a song out of a base run,on his bass "No More Lonely Nights"

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    So pretty…it's hard to concentrate on what she's saying…

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    I fi n d i t h a r d to b e l i e v e
    t h a t y o u s h o w e d u p o n a n i g h t l i k e t h i s
    t h o u g h t I b ur r ie d y o u a wa y in m y m em ori es
    Iv convi ned m y s e lf th at
    li gh tni ng do es n't st rik e at th e sa me pla ce tw ice
    a nd e ven i f i t d oes, y ou r on ly go nn a bu rn.
    bur n fro m th e inside

    pre chorus……

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    I found you on Berklee Andrea, this is going to be my last try at learning to make tune to song I have written and find out how to play it which chords to choose etc.  I have subbed you. I'm from Oswestry, Shropshire UK Thank you!

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Love this channel… Great, love Berklee, our friend Ed Roland went there! It's amazing how simple songwriting is if you can just remember all the things you learned at the moment of writing the song. So much to consider! Great melodies are hard to write. Ximre's session player talks about general beginner writing ideas and ways to write songs. Ximre has their first video out March 1, 2018.

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    I just love your eloquent way of speaking &'teaching. You're knowledge & musicianship are priceless & I am thankful for your gracious gift. My band & I write hard rock kinda like early Heart, Evanescences, etc. We seem to struggle with our ballads. We start out with a nice repetition of arpeggios for the verse, bridge &'chorus. It sounds ok, except that it always feels like these songs need to flourish into more towards the mid section traveling towards the second chorus, but it always seems abrupt & clumsy. It sounds forced,. What would you do in these situations?
    Take care.

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    i love your lessons Andrea S i wish you could give me your full name so i can be ur friend on face book and we talk music if you don't mind i can write simple music but am not perfect yet please would u help me.?

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Nice to meet you Andre Stoelpe,Love the way you approach teaching songwritting.Hope to get into the Berklee EdX . Just purchasd your ebook through google playstore and it's very good so far 🙂

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    I think she's the author of the smash hit, "I Left My Heart In El Segundo".

  • January 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
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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. 

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