No matter how much songwriting you do, other interests are essential and make your writing better. A well-rounded life makes for better songs, says industry pro Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting tutorial.
- [Instructor] One of the best ways that I have found … over the years to keep myself motivated with my songwriting … is to make sure that I am cultivating other interests, … things outside of songwriting. … Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in something … that we're clearly passionate about, … meaning our songwriting, … that we let all of our other interests whither and fade. … And the danger there is that when things aren't going well … with your songwriting, you've really got nothing else … to fill you up or keep you interested … or engaged in your life. … So in as much as it is possible, given that … your primary passion is most likely your songwriting, … try and cultivate outside interests, … other things that will ultimately, … and this is interesting too, improve your songwriting. … Because a well-rounded and interesting life … means that your songs will be more interesting. … …
- Sitting down to write
- Finding inspiration in literature
- Making it personal
- Overcoming fear
- Finding the best time to write
- Learning the business of music
- Learning from peers
- Finding a collaborator
- Building your catalog
- Performing your songs live
- Pitching your songs
- Being persistent and resilient
- Balancing patience and impatience
- Remembering your motivation
- Counting your blessings
- Writing what moves you
Skill Level Beginner
Songwriting Techniques with Chordswith Julian Velard2h Intermediate
1. Songwriting Pointers
2. Songwriting Career Tips
3. The Big Picture
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