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Write, Write and Rewrite – Rewriting your songs

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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Paul McCartney talks about writing ‘Yesterday’

In this short clip, Paul and producer George Martin discuss the creation of the immortal song “Yesterday”. Enjoy! Write, write an rewrite, Jeff

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song structure

Six Basic Elements of Song Structure

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 […]

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writing for a singer

Writing for a Singer – Key Elements When Writing for a Particular Singer

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 […]

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David Maxey

3 Tips Every Songwriter Must Know

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.

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Fiona Apple Chats About Songwriting

In this short video, Fiona Apple and Quentin Tarantino discuss her songwriting motivations an techniques. Good stuff! Write, write and rewrite, Jeff

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Songwriters HQ

Writing a Song – 8 Ways to Boost Your Own Creative Abilities

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 […]

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songwritershq recommended reading

Great Reads – 15 Excellent Songwriting Books

There are reams of great songwriting books out there. It was tough, however I’ve done my best to select fifteen of my favorites. I’ve chosen excellent books about the craft, skills building, and the business of songwriting. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to study ‘the science’ of songwriting to become successful. Let […]

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alliteration in songwriting

For Innovation, try Alliteration – Alliteration in Songwriting

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 […]

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Writing lyrics – 10 Great Tips to Inspire

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.

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