Songwriter

Five Tips For Songwriting During Tough Times

One of the most potent strengths of being human is the ability to be creative. There’s a wonderful sense of empowerment that comes from assembling something beautiful out of what seemed to be disorder. Songwriters know this; I’ve heard many describe their songwriting as a kind of therapy for the soul. Finishing a song feels […]

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Starting Chord Progressions Away From the Tonic Chord

In music, the tonic chord is the chord that represents the key of the song: C  Dm  Am  G  C In that progression, the key is C major, and C is the tonic chord. The psychology of music makes the tonic chord sound like “home” to us. Our brains relax when, after a long sequence […]

Cheering Crowd

Cheering For Performances – Appreciating the Song

How long has it been since you’ve practiced songwriting? Improving your skills means studying the fundamentals and then working them, over and over. That’s what the 9-Lesson Course does for you. It’s part of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 10-eBook Bundle” In sports, teams compete rather fiercely during their regular season to get home field/stadium […]

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Introvert or Extrovert: Refreshing Your Creative Mind

For many, songwriting is a personal activity done in seclusion. For others, songwriting means getting together with bandmates to work out the next song. Your comfort level with regard to how much you like to write alone or with others probably relates in a direct way to whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. […]

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Using Your Songs to Help Those Who Are Hurting

If you have a friend who’s going through tough times, you might say to them, “Everything’s going to be all right.” You hope your words will show your care and concern that friend. But sing those words to them, and you’ve got a much better chance of getting through. That’s the nature of music, and everyone seems […]

Sharon Van Etten

The Psychology of Songwriting: Stories and Feelings

A 1-hour TV drama spends at least the two-thirds of that hour developing a story that pulls the audience in and poses questions that they want to learn the answers to. As the show nears its end, you’ll be presented with the strongest, most spine-tingling event: the main object of the script. All questions are answered. For example, a […]