Go to a bookstore and find titles that inspire you. It's a great way to increase your output, according to industry pro Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting tutorial.
- [Instructor] On those days where it feels like you're stuck for song ideas, one of the tricks that I was taught years ago is to go to a bookstore and just browse titles of books. Since book titles can't be copy written, it's always interesting to see what titles book stores will yield up that make perfect song ideas. So when you're at a loss for inspiration, sometimes you can kickstart it by heading over to a book store, browsing titles until one of those titles gives you either a title for a song, or an idea of how to approach a song based on some part of that title.
- 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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