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.

J R Harbidge


J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

Katie Melua


Katie Melua’s 10 top songwriting tips

The Georgian-British singer and songwriter shares her advice on lyric writing, the creative process and studious approach to making music…

music synchronisation


Five tips for successful music synchronisation

With more songwriters turning to sync as a creative outlet, this music supervisor gives us a quintet of top tips…



Five top things an A&R looks for in a songwriter

The award-winning and multi-platinum John Dexter of A&R Lab reveals the key ingredients he looks for in a potential songwriter…

black microphone recording


Five recording tips for entering a songwriting contest

Here are a handful of useful pointers to help you record your song and produce the best possible competition entry…

Piano keys


10 tips for getting started as a songwriter

ACM’s Ivor Novello-winning songwriting tutor goes back to basics with advice for anyone wanting to get their creative juices flowing…


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…

The Secrets Of Writing A Catchy Memorable Hook


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…

Songwriting – capturing song ideas


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.…

Songwriting goals for 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…

Girl in a field songwriting


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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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. Thank you for your time.

  2. Rob Burns says:

    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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