A new songwriting festival is coming to Shetland

April 23, 2019 in Events, Festivals, News

A new educational songwriting event will debut on the Scottish island with the aim of attracting the best UK songwriters…

Songwriting – capturing song ideas

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.…

Guitar close up

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…

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…

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’…

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…