Guitarist - Songwriter

Technique and Musicianship: Improving as a Songwriter

If you’re an instrumentalist, you know that practice is an important part of getting better. Practice requires you to put a magnifying glass on your technique — and sometimes your musicianship — and focus in on what you find difficult. Some instrumentalists maintain that they make their best improvements by simply playing, rather than by working out […]

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Songwriting Deadlines – Do They Work?

There are the kind of deadlines we’re always setting for ourselves, and then there are the real ones. For songwriters, here’s the difference: A deadline comes about when you say, “This year I’m going to release a new EP”, or “This year I’m going to write 15 new songs.” Sure, those are deadlines, but let’s face it […]

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Songwriting, and the Inspiration That Develops as You Write

If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you know that I believe that inspiration gets a lot of credit for starting the songwriting process, when in fact that kind of inspiration — the “ooh, that’s a good idea!” kind — is fleeting and rarely results in a solid songwriting process. There’s another kind of […]

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Making Songwriting Fit Your Busy Lifestyle

Whether you’re a full-time student or a full-time employee, a busy life can make songwriting difficult. And that’s a shame, because songwriting gives you the opportunity to be creative in a way that your job or studies often can’t, or at least don’t. But after putting in an 8-hour shift, it can be difficult or […]

Juggling Songwriting With Your Work or School

Creating a songwriting schedule is the best way to keep writer’s block from hitting. Depending on who you are, songwriting is either a profession, a hobby, or somewhere in-between. For the “somewhere in-between” group, it can be tricky to get the balance right. You’ve got your job or your schooling to consider, but you may […]

Between Inspiration and Hard Work, the Latter Always Wins

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ____________________ There’s a great quote from the late American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein (“West Side Story”, “Candide”, etc) that sums up how inspiration figures into the life of a composer: “Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must […]