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10 tips for getting started as a songwriter

March 19, 2017 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

November 5, 2016 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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?

September 28, 2016 in News, Tips & Techniques

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 tips: Five ways to capture song ideas

September 12, 2016 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

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Three songwriting goals for 2016

February 11, 2016 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

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How to maintain the stream of songwriting ideas

November 17, 2015 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

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Vocal Mastery: Performance & Recording

November 11, 2015 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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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Songwriting technique: Tension and release

October 22, 2015 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

Jane Taylor: Finding your lyrics

March 10, 2015 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Struggling with writing your lyrics? Award-winning UK singer-songwriter Jane Taylor shares some useful ideas for getting the creative juices flowing…

An insider's guide to sync

An insider’s guide to music synchronisation

January 2, 2015 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

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: Cover versions

November 19, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

Need a break from writing? Our regular columnist looks at the fine art of making a familiar song your own……

How to deal with a disappointing gig

November 3, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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: Pitching your songs effectively

September 26, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The founder of long-running songwriters’ tip-sheet SongLink demystifies the process of pitching songs to A&Rs and imparts some invaluable advice…

Lisa Redford

Lisa Redford: Writing collaboratively

August 30, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Are two heads better than one for writing songs? Lisa considers the benefits and perils of writing with a partner…

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……

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Helen Reddington: Songwriting spaces

June 28, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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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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!…

EKSA Songwriting Camp

A trip to EKSA Songwriting Camp

June 12, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

Aaron Slater recently attended Eliot Kennedy’s Songwriting Camp at Sheffield’s Steelworks Studios. What did he learn from the award-winning songwriter?…

Lisa Redford: The great duets

June 3, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

As our regular columnist works on a duet of her own, she looks at some great collaborations of the past…

A beginner’s guide to… music publishing

April 25, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

For the serious songwriter, getting a publishing deal is crucial. We asked an industry insider to explain how it works……

Lisa Redford: Writing to a brief

April 8, 2014 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

This month, our regular columnist Lisa looks at the different challenges that are involved in writing songs to a commission…

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Songwriting technique: Harmonic quality of chords

March 17, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

First of a two-part article, in which Berklee Music’s James Linderman looks at chord quality and the moods they create…