Don't wait until you have a big stretch of time to write. Just do a little every day. Waiting until you have lots of time often results in very little output, according to songwriter and music producer Cliff Goldmacher in this online songwriting video.
- [Narrator] I would highly recommend … not waiting until you have a huge block of time … to sit down and write a song. … The problem with approaching it that way … is it is extremely rare in our busy lives … that we find ourselves with huge blocks of time. … However, small pieces of time show up everywhere, … so it is my contention that taking a little bit … of time every day to work on your songwriting … is infinitely better and decidedly more productive … than looking for some big block of time … where you can really dig in. … That being said, if you can find a large … chunk of time to work on your writing, wonderful. … But don't make that your default setting. … Your default setting should be, … "I'm going to work on my songs … "a little bit every day." … What will end up happening is that you're going … to look up at some point and realize … how much you have been writing … even though you haven't had big chunks of time to do it. … …
- 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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