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June 21, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

Want feedback on your work from fellow songwriters, without getting abuse from trolls? This new online community is for you!… Tags: , , , , ,

EKSA Songwriting Camp

A trip to EKSA Songwriting Camp

June 12, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

Aaron Slater recently attended Eliot Kennedy’s Songwriting Camp at Sheffield’s Steelworks Studios. What did he learn from the award-winning songwriter?… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lisa Redford: The great duets

June 3, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

As our regular columnist works on a duet of her own, she looks at some great collaborations of the past… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A beginner’s guide to… music publishing

April 25, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

For the serious songwriter, getting a publishing deal is crucial. We asked an industry insider to explain how it works…… Tags: , , ,

Lisa Redford: Writing to a brief

April 8, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

This month, our regular columnist Lisa looks at the different challenges that are involved in writing songs to a commission… Tags:

Harmonic quality of chords

Songwriting technique: Harmonic quality of chords

March 17, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

First of a two-part article, in which Berklee Music’s James Linderman looks at chord quality and the moods they create… Tags: , , , ,

Lisa Redford: Online resources for musicians

January 26, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

After a short break, our regular columnist returns with a look at some useful tools for promoting your music online… Tags: , , , , ,

The Backbeat

Songwriting technique: The backbeat

January 15, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Songwriting and guitar tutor Jack Jennings takes us through the definition, application and effect of Western music’s widely used ‘backbeat’… Tags: , , ,

Playing piano

The four mistakes that hold your songwriting back

December 7, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Ryan Buckner looks at some common mistakes made by songwriters, why they hold you back and how to avoid them… Tags: , , ,

Playing piano

Songwriting technique: The art of imitative composition

November 19, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Imitation isn’t just a sincere form of flattery, it’s also a good way for novice melody-makers to hone their craft… Tags: , , ,

Making better use of dynamics in songwriting

Making better use of dynamics

October 10, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Ryan Buckner takes us through the fundamentals of musical dynamics, the element that brings light and shade to your songwriting… Tags: , , ,

Lisa Redford: The songwriting process

September 28, 2013 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

This month, all-singing, all-songwriting columnist Lisa looks at the songwriting process and reveals some of her own sources of inspiration… Tags: ,

Ten tips for the guitar-playing songwriter

August 18, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Berkleemusic Ambassador James Linderman offers up some advice for those who do the bulk of their songwriting on the guitar… Tags: , , , , , , ,

Lisa Redford: Face-to-face networking

July 9, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

This month our NYC-based columnist, British singer-songwriter Lisa Redford, looks at the importance of getting out there and meeting people… Tags: ,

Playing piano

Ten tips for the piano-playing songwriter

June 23, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

If the piano is your primary songwriting instrument, here are some tips to help you get more out of it…

Chord sequences

Chord sequences: What’s wrong with C, F and G?

June 17, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

What have The Troggs and Green Day got in common? An appreciation for 12-bar blues chord progressions for one thing… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lisa Redford: Using social media

May 21, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Columnist Lisa Redford is a British singer-songwriter based in NYC. This month, she looks at promoting yourself via social media… Tags: , , , , , ,

Songwriting workshop

Chord construction: What is a triad?

May 18, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Almost all chords in popular songwriting are constructed using triads. Jack Jennings explains what they are and how they work… Tags: , , ,

Sheet music

Songwriting Tip: Your first idea might not be the best idea

May 7, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

James Linderman explains why plan B might be better than plan A as you decide the best melodies and chords… Tags: , , ,

Lisa Redford: Dealing with writer’s block

April 17, 2013 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

New monthly columnist Lisa Redford is a British singer-songwriter based in NYC. This month, she looks at tackling writer’s block… Tags: ,