Writing to a brief for film & television

Peter Raeburn on writing to a brief for film and television

April 14, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

We asked the award-winning composer and producer how he approaches creating music for the media, alongside writing songs for himself…

Mark Farris' writing tips

10 writing tips from Grammy Award winner Mike Farris

April 2, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

The Nashville rocker collected the Best Roots Gospel Album trophy in 2015. Here he reveals the secrets of his success…

Songs & Strings

Songs & Strings: Patrick Hamilton’s tips for arranging and orchestration

March 31, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

The producer, composer and arranger takes a break from the studio to offer some tips on writing and orchestrating strings…

How To Become An Artist Songwriter

How to become an artist songwriter

March 28, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

Nashville musician and songwriting coach Mark Cawley talks from first-hand experience about being both a solo artist and a writer-for-hire…

SK Shlomo

SK Shlomo’s 10 lessons learnt from a decade of collaboration

February 8, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The world-record-breaking beatboxer shares advice on creativity and mental health from Björk, Damon Albarn, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz and more…

DIM & AUG chords

Don’t diminish the use of diminished & augmented chords

December 4, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017, Tips & Techniques

Songwriting coach James Linderman advises on the best use of these lesser-known chords, and how they can ‘augment’ your song…

When The Muse Goes Missing

What to do when the muse goes missing

December 2, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017, Tips & Techniques

Nashville songwriter and mentor Mark Cawley shares some tactics for reviving those elusive creative juices when you’ve lost the flow…

Ask The Experts - Paul Gray

Ask The Experts: Paul Gray of the MU

November 30, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017, Tips & Techniques

We put some frequently-asked questions on royalty splits and songwriters’ rights to The Damned bassist and Musicians’ Union regional officer…

RuthAnne

RuthAnne’s 10 tips on transitioning from songwriter to artist

November 23, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

This successful Irish songwriter is making her move for solo stardom. Here are her tips on how to change lane…

Writing in character

Five tips for effective writing in character

October 30, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018, Tips & Techniques

Drawing on his experience of writing and directing a full staged musical, Steve Kopandy shares his advice on crafting songs…

Lamont Dozier

Lamont Dozier on the ideal writing session

October 28, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018, Tips & Techniques

One-third of Motown hitmaking trio Holland-Dozier-Holland explains how to create the perfect collaborative environment and write songs as a team…

Vocal warm up exercises

10 vocal warm up exercises

October 25, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018, Tips & Techniques

Our regular contributor, performing songwriter and singing coach, Lisa Redford, shares her favourite vocal warm-up techniques to get you going…

J R Harbidge

J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

September 24, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The rocker from the Black Country shares some techniques to help make your melodic ideas and song structures more palatable…

The Beatles

The role of mischief in the Beatles’ songwriting

September 17, 2018 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Author of ‘Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles’, David Rowley, highlights the Fab Four’s mischievousness…

Ali Tamposi in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

Tips From The Topliner: Ali Tamposi

September 14, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018, Tips & Techniques

The impressive, behind-the-scenes songwriter for the likes of One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé shares her advice for successful co-writing…

Dave Rotheray

David Rotheray’s 10 tips for songwriting after an extended break

July 19, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The former Beautiful South guitarist offers some advice for any songwriters hoping to return to the craft after a break…

Ed Bell's The Song Foundry

Skype songwriting coaching with Ed Bell

April 30, 2018 in News, Tips & Techniques

Take your skills to the next level, one-on-one, with the professional songwriter, educator and author of ‘The Art Of Songwriting’…

Principles Of Modern Songwriting

Principles Of Modern Songwriting

March 29, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018, Tips & Techniques

Experienced session guitarist Jake Gakovik takes us through the basic elements of song craft: form, lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm…

Find Your Truth In Other People's Songs

Find Your Truth In Other People’s Songs

March 29, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018, Tips & Techniques

Welsh singer-songwriter Judith Owen explains how learning to perform cover versions can help you discover what really matters to you…

How To Come Up With 100 New Song Ideas

How To Come Up With 100 New Song Ideas

March 29, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018, Tips & Techniques

Author of ‘The Art Of Songwriting’ Ed Bell suggests how to decide what to write about and become more prolific…

Christina Martin

Christina Martin’s 10 tips on songwriting, music and life!

March 22, 2018 in Features, Tips & Techniques

The Canadian singer-songwriter extols the virtues of daily routine, following your heart, journaling, wearing blinders, hiring musicians and saying ‘no’…

10 tips for good songwriting mental health

March 5, 2018 in Features, Tips & Techniques

The author of the book ‘Staying Sane In The Music Game’, Brett Leboff, shares some tactics for controlling your head…