Songwriting Hack #2 – “Lay It Down, Repeat It, And Move On”

If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed over the last year that there have been quite a few songs popular in both pop and country music that have the same chords in the verse and the chorus. Yet, they still manage to keep the songs interesting. So today I wanted to talk about a technique…

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5 Second Verse Lyric Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Song

There are many ways that a song can start to go wrong in the second verse. Don’t let these “song-killers” crop up in YOUR second verses!  Here are 5 second verse lyric mistakes than can destroy your songs. 1) Say the same thing as the first verse in different words. You have to give the…

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Writing Jingles For Ads, Commercials & Movies

Chapters Chapter 1: Writing A Jingle Chapter 2: Writing For Ads Chapter 3: Writing Sync Songs With Production Writers Chapter 4: Breaking Into Sync Writing Chapter 5: Can You Re-write Sync Songs? Chapter 6: How Much Time Do You Get To Write A Sync Song? Chapter 7: Organizing A Sync Catalog Chapter 8: Should I…

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Add New Skills To Your Songwriter’s Toolbox Like A Pro

Songwriters, like any craftsmen, rely on skill. But skill is largely based on your ability to consistently add tools to your songwriter’s toolbox. Here are 4 steps to get you on the path to adding new tools, break out of old ruts, and level-up your writing. Practice Active Listening. When we‰’re listening to music, it‰’s…

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Writing To Your Song Title

When I was a rookie songwriter, I don’t know how many times I had someone tell me “you have to write FROM your title”. Looking back, I think that advice contributed to some weak songs. At the time, I didn’t need any help writing a weak song. After gaining more experience and writing hundred of…

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Songwriting Hack! “Short-Short-Long Verse”

Today, a friend of mine posted on Facebook, a song by Bruce Springsteen. It’s an old song called “My Hometown”, and it kind of struck me. I often encourage people, when they listen to melodies, to try to recognize patterns. I hadn’t heard this song in a long time, and the first thing that jumped…

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How To Write Songs For Sync Licensing

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In today’s ever changing music landscape, writing music for sync has become an important marketplace for songs and songwriters. Knowing how to write songs for sync will not only supplement a writer’s income but it also has the potential to launch a recording artist from obscurity to stardom. More music content is being consumed now…

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It’s Never Too Late When It Comes To Your Songwriting Dreams

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I believe that it’s never too late to be what you might have been and to chase your songwriting dreams. In my case, I was in my mid-thirties when I started trying to write professionally. I got a much later start than some others who pursued their songwriting passion right out of high school. But,…

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How To Write A Song

We have many people that come to SongTown wanting to learn how to write a song for the first time. Others have written for a short time and want to learn good techniques and habits. I love to help people who are just starting out. I believe it’s especially important start off on the right foot and not…

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How To Write Romantic Songs

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Over the course of my career, my biggest hits have been romantic ballads or mid-tempo songs. So, I’m not the stereotypical pro writer who writes up-tempo all of the time. I’m not afraid to write a ballad! And, I don’t think you should be either. Some of the biggest songs in music history have been…

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