Rewriting your songs? What? Take my finished masterpiece, and change it? You can’t be serious! The A&R guy says “Fix this part”. The Producer says “What if…”. Even worse, your significant other says “It’s about me, isn’t it”? Alter the whole and utter zen of my song? Really? We’ve all read about the songs that […]
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In this short clip, Paul and producer George Martin discuss the creation of the immortal song “Yesterday”. Enjoy! Write, write an rewrite, Jeff
So, your mechanic is going to check the oil in your car. Does he grab the air-hose and head for the rear tire? Or, your personal trainer is going to work on your abs today. Does she hand you a cheese Danish and say “nice work”? Pretty silly huh? We expect the professionals that […]
Writing for a singer can be challenging. Knowing a great deal about the voice and the personality you are writing for is essential. If you’re writing songs for a particular singer there are key points to keep in mind. Gender Obviously… this is one you don’t want to overlook. If you singer is male, is […]
From time to time we will have a guest author on the SHQ. My good friend, David Maxey is the creator of Home Music Studio 1, a blog about creating professional audio recording projects on any size budget. He has been a singer/songwriter now for over 2 decades. In this post, David shares three great tips that has made him a much better songwriter.
In this short video, Fiona Apple and Quentin Tarantino discuss her songwriting motivations an techniques. Good stuff! Write, write and rewrite, Jeff
There’s no question that the act of writing a song can pose something of a dilemma to many musicians. The following tips will show you how to enhance your own creative abilities, when it comes to songwriting. 1. Consider your passions Lots of musicians over the years find their own passions from issues that affect […]
Alliteration in songwriting is a powerful tool in the songwriter’s gig bag. Put simply, it’s two or more words (consonants) that have the same sound, either adjacent, or separated by a word or two. Using alliteration in your writing can help make the lyric more striking, memorable, or more pleasing to the ear. Alliteration can […]
There can be no argument that writing lyrics is a very personal discipline – what tends to work well for one person will not necessarily be good for someone else. For some, it can take months to craft a song, while for others, it may only take a few minutes.