Francesca de Valence

Dear songwriter (are you done waiting?)

August 26, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

In her latest letter, regular columnist Francesca de Valence encourages you to get writing, every day, and keep on writing…

Anoushka Lucas

The 10 things I learned about songwriting from writing for theatre

July 12, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Multi-lingual songwriter, composer, actress and performer Anoushka Lucas shares some invaluable lessons learned from her time spent treading the boards…

Four strategies for improving your lyrics

Four strategies for improving your lyrics

July 10, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley gives us an extract from his book ‘Song Journey’, offering some helpful advice for lyricists…

Dear songwriter (who struggles to write good songs)

July 9, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

In the first of a new regular column, the I Heart Songwriting Club founder encourages you to write, write, write…

Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate

Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate

July 8, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

If you’re a vocalist/topliner looking for a collaboration, then the Us3 and YLD producer has some top tips for you…

The art of the performing songwriter

Dean Friedman on the art of the performing songwriter

July 3, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

In this extract from ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, the chart-topping recording artist expounds the importance of producing an authentic live performance…

Lists & Opposites

Lists & Opposites

June 26, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

Founder of The Song Foundry, Ed Bell presents us with two powerful lyric-writing techniques: creating list lyrics and using contrast…

River Nelson

River Nelson’s tips on staying resilient as a lyricist

June 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The New Yorker draws on three decades as a hip-hop artist to offer some invaluable advice to any would-be wordsmiths…

Barry Blue

Barry Blue’s tips on surviving for 50 years as a songwriter

May 23, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The legendary British songwriter and producer offers some wise words for anyone wanting a lasting career in the music-making business…

Writing to a brief for film & television

Peter Raeburn on writing to a brief for film and television

April 14, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

We asked the award-winning composer and producer how he approaches creating music for the media, alongside writing songs for himself…

Mark Farris' writing tips

10 writing tips from Grammy Award winner Mike Farris

April 2, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

The Nashville rocker collected the Best Roots Gospel Album trophy in 2015. Here he reveals the secrets of his success…

Songs & Strings

Songs & Strings: Patrick Hamilton’s tips for arranging and orchestration

March 31, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

The producer, composer and arranger takes a break from the studio to offer some tips on writing and orchestrating strings…

How To Become An Artist Songwriter

How to become an artist songwriter

March 28, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

Nashville musician and songwriting coach Mark Cawley talks from first-hand experience about being both a solo artist and a writer-for-hire…

SK Shlomo

SK Shlomo’s 10 lessons learnt from a decade of collaboration

February 8, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The world-record-breaking beatboxer shares advice on creativity and mental health from Björk, Damon Albarn, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz and more…

DIM & AUG chords

Don’t diminish the use of diminished & augmented chords

December 4, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017, Tips & Techniques

Songwriting coach James Linderman advises on the best use of these lesser-known chords, and how they can ‘augment’ your song…

When The Muse Goes Missing

What to do when the muse goes missing

December 2, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017, Tips & Techniques

Nashville songwriter and mentor Mark Cawley shares some tactics for reviving those elusive creative juices when you’ve lost the flow…

Ask The Experts - Paul Gray

Ask The Experts: Paul Gray of the MU

November 30, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017, Tips & Techniques

We put some frequently-asked questions on royalty splits and songwriters’ rights to The Damned bassist and Musicians’ Union regional officer…

RuthAnne

RuthAnne’s 10 tips on transitioning from songwriter to artist

November 23, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

This successful Irish songwriter is making her move for solo stardom. Here are her tips on how to change lane…

Writing in character

Five tips for effective writing in character

October 30, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018, Tips & Techniques

Drawing on his experience of writing and directing a full staged musical, Steve Kopandy shares his advice on crafting songs…

Lamont Dozier

Lamont Dozier on the ideal writing session

October 28, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018, Tips & Techniques

One-third of Motown hitmaking trio Holland-Dozier-Holland explains how to create the perfect collaborative environment and write songs as a team…

Vocal warm up exercises

10 vocal warm up exercises

October 25, 2018 in Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018, Tips & Techniques

Our regular contributor, performing songwriter and singing coach, Lisa Redford, shares her favourite vocal warm-up techniques to get you going…

J R Harbidge

J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

September 24, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The rocker from the Black Country shares some techniques to help make your melodic ideas and song structures more palatable…