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What Talents Do You Need To Be a Songwriter?

You might think that the answer to this question, “What talents do I need to be a songwriter?” would start with an examination of basic musical abilities: the ability to sing in tune, and of course to be creative. But I think the first step toward being a good songwriter is not a talent at […]

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Talent is a Starting Point, Not a Flag to Wave

Talent is a hard-to-define quality that generally pertains to one’s instinct or innate ability to do something well. We admire talent, but we also find it easy to roll our eyes at it. For truly successful people, talent is only a starting point. I have to agree with author Stephen King when he says: Talent […]

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How Talent and Instinct Can Get In the Way of Good Songwriting

Good songwriting happens when someone has an instinct for it. But like anything in the arts (or in anything, come to think of it), great songwriting happens when you build on your innate talents, through study, analysis and practice. Most people who write songs have at least some level of instinct and talent, because it’s unlikely […]

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How Songwriting Knowledge Gets You Through a Creative Block

When you have an instinct for something, it means that you have an innate talent or gift for that activity. A songwriter’s instinct means that you enjoy writing, that it makes you happy, and that it satisfies you on an artistic level. And of course, that you find it to be easy (all things being relative, […]

Songwriter's Instinct, and Why So Many Rely Solely On It

Written by Gary Ewer (Follow Gary on Twitter) _______________________ It stands to reason that if you want to make great leaps in the fields of science, medicine, psychology or geology, you have to study those topics. A plumber is not going to be the one to finally figure out dark matter (at least, not that dark […]

Musical Talent: Instinct, Knowledge and Mythology

If you work hard at songwriting, does that mean you lack talent? _______________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle. Delivered to your computer moments from now. _______________ It’s relatively common for the average person to believe that most pop songwriters are gifted from birth, and that there’s something magical about being musical. Magical in […]