Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor: Finding your lyrics

March 10, 2015 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Struggling with your lyrics? Award-winning UK singer-songwriter Jane Taylor shares some ideas for getting the creative juices flowing yrics are… Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Book review: ‘Nashville Songwriter’ by Jake Brown

October 23, 2014 in Gear

Jake Brown has written an insightful book looking at the methods of the 20 most influential songwriters in country music… Tags: , , ,

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Writing away from your instrument

August 12, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

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Berklee alumna launches SongwriterLink for collaborations

August 6, 2014 in News

Graduate of Berklee College Of Music develops a songwriting collaboration platform to match songwriters with other writers, lyricists and producers… Tags: , , , , , ,

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Nashville songwriters star in new YouTube series

July 24, 2014 in News

Just launched today, The Songwriter {Nashville} is a series of mini-documentaries exploring the working lives of Nashville songwriters (funnily enough)… Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Profile: Frettie.com

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: , , , , ,

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker to refocus on songwriting

May 28, 2014 in News

The Pulp frontman is taking a break from his BBC 6Music radio show to concentrate on writing some new songs… Tags: , , ,

Van Dyke Parks

Sodajerker presents… Van Dyke Parks

January 20, 2014 in Features, Interviews

The Sodajerker team catch up with a truly unique songwriter who’s worked with everyone from the Beach Boys to Skrillex… Tags: , , , ,

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BIMM Brighton launches new part-time music degree courses

December 14, 2013 in News

Brighton Institute of Modern Music is now offering part-time BA (Hons) degree courses in Songwriting, Music Business and Music Production… Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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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: , , ,

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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: , , ,

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Book review: ‘Isle Of Noises’ by Daniel Rachel

October 7, 2013 in Gear

This book sets out to do for British artists what ‘Songwriters On Songwriting’ did for their US counterparts – and… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lisa Redford

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: ,

Desmond Child

Desmond Child to teach NYU’s Masterclass Songwriting Workshops

September 16, 2013 in News

The acclaimed hit-maker who wrote Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ becomes Songwriter In Residence at the Clive Davis Institute… Tags: , , , , , ,

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How I wrote… ‘Food For Thought’ by UB40’s Robin Campbell

September 15, 2013 in Features, Interviews

In the first article in a new series, Songwriting gets the story behind the legendary British reggae band’s breakthrough single… Tags: , , , ,

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New contest for UK singer-songwriters

September 13, 2013 in Competitions, News

Writing magazine Gold Dust is staging a singer-songwriter competition, with a cash prize and the chance to get professional representation… Tags: , , ,

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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: , , , , , , ,

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Songwriting & ReverbNation competition now open (again)

August 1, 2013 in Competitions, News

We had such an overwhelming response to the first four months of the competition, we’re keeping it running for longer… Tags: , , ,

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Book review: Music Theory, Songwriting And The Piano

July 31, 2013 in Gear

A new producer-focused training textbook and accompanying DVD on workflow techniques needed for effectively creating, composing and recording music projects… Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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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: , , , , , , , , , , ,