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.

05/11/2016

Songwriting tips: The introverted songwriter’s guide to co-writing

We get five practical nuggets of advice for the less outgoing of songwriters out there, from SongwriterLink’s founder Lisa Occhino…
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The Secrets Of Writing A Catchy Memorable Hook

28/09/2016

Want to write a catchy, memorable hook?

This upcoming 90-minute webinar, presented by SongwriterLink in partnership with Songwriting Magazine, sees author Friedemann Findeisen sharing his hook-writing tips…
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Songwriting – capturing song ideas

12/09/2016

Songwriting tips: Five ways to capture song ideas

During our interviews, we asked five top songwriters how they capture those magical snippets of melodies, phrases and song titles.…
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Songwriting goals for 2016

11/02/2016

Three songwriting goals for 2016

Stuck in a creative rut so far this year? James Linderman has some ideas to help you get out of…
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Girl in a field songwriting

17/11/2015

How to maintain the stream of songwriting ideas

Being prolifically creative can be challenging for any songwriter. Here Mylène Besançon offers some tips for keeping the juices flowing…
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Shure Vocal Mastery

11/11/2015

Vocal Mastery: Performance & Recording

Erika Footman and Steven Wilkinson present two workshops from Shure’s recent Vocal Mastery series offering tips for vocalists and singer-songwriters…
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Guitar close up

22/10/2015

Songwriting technique: Tension and release

Guitar tutor Jack Jennings takes us through the definition, application and theory behind the unresolved element and its contrasting resolution…
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10/03/2015

Jane Taylor: Finding your lyrics

Struggling with writing your lyrics? Award-winning UK singer-songwriter Jane Taylor shares some useful ideas for getting the creative juices flowing…
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An insider's guide to sync

02/01/2015

An insider’s guide to music synchronisation

Creating music for ‘sync’ has become an increasingly important option for songwriters. We asked an industry expert how it works.…
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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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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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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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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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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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2 thoughts 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.

  2. Rob Burns says:

    Hi,
    I have started to write song lyrics but cannot play any instruments. I ave written lots lyrics but do not know how to submit them to artists, i wonder if you can advise me.

    Kind regards

    Rob Burns

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