You'll always be able to find a reason to cancel a writing session. Really try not to do that. We mostly cancel because we don't feel like writing. But it's better to push yourself, according to industry pro Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting tutorial.
- [Instructor] One of the things I've noticed … in my years of writing songs is … you will always be able to find a reason … to cancel a writing session. … Try really, really hard not to do that. … The reason we're tempted to cancel, more often than not, … is because we are scared of sitting down … and getting started. … Once we get over that little hump, … things generally go beautifully. … Please, if you can help it, … try not to cancel a writing session. … If you're writing by yourself, … it's almost doubly hard because when you co-write, … at least you're accountable to another person. … It's one of the things I love about co-writing … because that accountability prevents you from canceling. … However, in either situation, … writing alone or as a collaboration, … if you scheduled an appointment to write, … try really hard not to cancel. … …
- 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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