I’VE BEEN STUDYING TODAY’S TOP RADIO HITS AND SUCCESSFUL FILM & TV SONGS TO BRING YOU THE LATEST SONGWRITING TRENDS AND TOOLS.
You’ll find HOW-TO TIPS, SONG STARTERS, and INFO you can use to powerfully express your ideas while giving your songs a REAL COMMERCIAL EDGE.
There are plenty of lyric and melody writing tools to help you rough out your ideas. Then use this ten-step list to develop your song. I’ll even show you how to write songs if you don’t play an instrument. Plus there are ideas for launching your songwriting career and keeping it on track.
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Have fun. Never stop writing. And may your songs flow.
~ Robin Frederick, MySongCoach.com
I got this question from a very good songwriter in one of my courses. He was wondering about using samples that are longer and more music-based than a one-bar percussion loop. These samples might consist of an acoustic rhythm guitar playing a 4-bar chord progression or a keyboard or even a whole band that can be looped to form a song section.
You’ll find these kinds of loops in “construction kits” from Big Fish Audio or websites like Splice. They can be a great way to launch yourself into a song or even a new genre.
My student was asking me if it’s okay to pitch song demos using these loops. Will there be a problem with music publishers and Film & TV music libraries? Is it legal? Will he need to tell them what he’s doing? I’m not a lawyer and I can’t give legal advice (disclaimer disclaimer) but I do have some thoughts for you if you’re doing this or considering it.
Check the agreement
Anytime you buy a loop, sample, or construction kit, you are agreeing to something. That Agreement will be somewhere on the website or in the packaging. Be sure to read it carefully to make certain you’ve got ALL uses covered: Film & TV, your fabulous EP, YouTube video, streaming services, even live performance, and anything else you think will happen in this crazy musical universe of ours. Make sure you have permission. Download the agreement and keep it somewhere safe, somewhere you can find it when you need it.
Even then, there are additional things to think about. Continue reading “Using Loops and Beats in Your Music.
Having trouble getting a song started? Try this idea: Just say YES! Here’s how.
Walking on the beach or…
Hugging someone you love or…
Dancing at a party or nightclub or…
Hanging out with friends or…
Anything you like.
Now, do these five things…
- Write a list of phrases describing how you feel. Say YES to every phrase.
- Choose four to six phrases and put them in any order. Say YES to the order.
- Play a groove on guitar or keyboard or just tap your foot and clap your hands. Say YES to the groove.
- Sing a melody to the beat using your phrases. Say YES to the melody.
- Add chords that go with your melody. Say YES to the chords.
Continue reading “Song Starter: Say YES!”
I’ve been enjoying a wonderful little book called Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. In the book, Kleon points out that no work of art is truly original; all great artists are referencing those who have come before.
As I was reading, every page made me think about my own songwriting process. My next thought was: I really want to share this with YOU.
Stealing like a songwriter means…
Suggesting that someone “steal” sounds pretty awful. But no one here is suggesting that you actually crib someone else’s test answers or intellectual property.
I’m also NOT suggesting that you be anything less than your creative, authentic, wonderful Self. David Bowie used to refer to himself as a “a tasteful thief” and in an interview with Cameron Crowe he boasted, “The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” I don’t think anyone could call David Bowie unoriginal. Continue reading “Steal Like a Songwriter”
What do words mean? Well, the answer is obvious, isn’t it? We use words every day, all day long, and other people understand us, right? So, words mean what we think they mean. You can look in any dictionary to see what they mean.
But that’s not all there is to it. Words mean so much more than the dictionary definition. There are words that have many shades of meaning. And there are emotional associations that every hearer will have based on their own experience. It’s these additional meanings that songwriters and poets use to communicate things that are hard to say.
I want to know what you mean
Listeners are not mind readers. If you tell me your favorite color is blue, I don’t know what shade of blue you’re thinking of. Maybe you love royal blue but hate turquoise blue. You know what color you’re visualizing when you say “blue” but I don’t. So, what does the word “blue” really mean, then? I’ll understand you better if you tell me more about what shade of blue is in your mind. Continue reading “What Do Words Really Mean?”