Tips & Techniques


Songwriting tips, techniques and ideas

Here you’ll find technical guidance, creative ideas, advice and top tips from well-known artists, experienced professionals and qualified tutors, to help you become a better songwriter. We’ll also include studio production techniques to guide you through the process of recording your own demo tracks, and explore the opportunities to promote your music. To view an archive of all our tips and techniques articles visit the Tips & Techniques Archive.

Lisa Redford

19/11/2014

Lisa Redford: Cover versions

Need a break from writing? Our regular columnist looks at the fine art of making a familiar song your own……
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disappointing gigs carousel

03/11/2014

How to deal with a disappointing gig

Not every show you play is going to be a sold-out, rip-roaring success. But don’t let that get you down……
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David Stark - Songlink

26/09/2014

David Stark: Pitching your songs effectively

The founder of long-running songwriters’ tip-sheet SongLink demystifies the process of pitching songs to A&Rs and imparts some invaluable advice…
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Lisa Redford

30/08/2014

Lisa Redford: Writing collaboratively

Are two heads better than one for writing songs? Lisa considers the benefits and perils of writing with a partner…
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Guy Thomas 'Songwriting: The Creative Process For Beginners' on Udemy

27/08/2014

New online course on ‘Songwriting: The Creative Process For Beginners’

Singer-songwriter and modern music professor at UCLA, Guy Thomas launches a new songwriting class on the Udemy online learning platform…
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classic music cd

12/08/2014

Writing away from your instrument

Struggling to come up with ideas? Sitting slaving over a hot piano isn’t necessarily the best solution, says Ken Chapple……
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Helen Reddington

28/06/2014

Helen Reddington: Songwriting spaces

Songwriting a walk in the park? Helen thinks so, and suggests some other creative spaces that’ll get the juices flowing…
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Frettie carousel

21/06/2014

Profile: Frettie.com

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

12/06/2014

A trip to EKSA Songwriting Camp

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

03/06/2014

Lisa Redford: The great duets

As our regular columnist works on a duet of her own, she looks at some great collaborations of the past…
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25/04/2014

A beginner’s guide to… music publishing

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

08/04/2014

Lisa Redford: Writing to a brief

This month, our regular columnist Lisa looks at the different challenges that are involved in writing songs to a commission…
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Harmonic quality of chords

17/03/2014

Songwriting technique: Harmonic quality of chords

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

26/01/2014

Lisa Redford: Online resources for musicians

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

15/01/2014

Songwriting technique: The backbeat

Songwriting and guitar tutor Jack Jennings takes us through the definition, application and effect of Western music’s widely used ‘backbeat’…
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One thought on “Tips & Techniques

  1. Arlene Yates says:

    Hello, I am a song writer and have written many tunes over the years, and I was wondering how I would get one of my songs to a well known artist to sing. Theses songs are fully master by the Les Paul Family and they just sit in my drawer, year after year. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I do a lot of children’s tunes also. http://www.gardenoftomorrowproductions.com. Thank you for your time.

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