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.

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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Playing piano

07/12/2013

The four mistakes that hold your songwriting back

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

19/11/2013

Songwriting technique: The art of imitative composition

Imitation isn’t just a sincere form of flattery, it’s also a good way for novice melody-makers to hone their craft…
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Making better use of dynamics in songwriting

10/10/2013

Making better use of dynamics

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

28/09/2013

Lisa Redford: The songwriting process

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

18/08/2013

Ten tips for the guitar-playing songwriter

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

09/07/2013

Lisa Redford: Face-to-face networking

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

23/06/2013

Ten tips for the piano-playing songwriter

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

17/06/2013

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

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

21/05/2013

Lisa Redford: Using social media

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

18/05/2013

Chord construction: What is a triad?

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

07/05/2013

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

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

17/04/2013

Lisa Redford: Dealing with writer’s block

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

29/11/2012

How rhythm changes between verse and chorus

Though it may seem to defy musical logic, chorus rhythms are usually longer than verse rhythms. Gary Ewer explains why……
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Getting started in recording

30/05/2012

Studio Start-up Part 2: Recording hardware

In part 2 of our guide to getting started in recording, we look at the hardware options – and smartphone…
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Getting started in recording

23/05/2012

Studio Start-up Part 1: Recording software

If you’ve written some songs, want to record them but don’t know where to start… then here’s where to start!…
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Top 10 Songwriting Documentary Clips

21/05/2012

Six Of The Best: Songwriting Documentary Clips

We’ve scoured the depths of YouTube to bring you a half dozen video clips which provide some priceless songwriting tips…
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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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