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.…

Lisa Redford

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…

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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……

Helen Reddington

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…

Harmonic quality of chords

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…

Lisa Redford: Online resources for musicians

January 26, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

After a short break, our regular columnist returns with a look at some useful tools for promoting your music online…

The Backbeat

Songwriting technique: The backbeat

January 15, 2014 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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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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…

Playing piano

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…

Making better use of dynamics in songwriting

Making better use of dynamics

October 10, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

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…

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…

Lisa Redford: Face-to-face networking

July 9, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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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Ten tips for the piano-playing songwriter

June 23, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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