Get up your courage and try performing your songs live. Getting to see how a live audience reacts to your songs can be very helpful, according to industry pro Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting tutorial.
- [Instructor] If you play an instrument … and sing even on a very basic level, … one of the best things that you can do … to get a sense of whether your songs are really working … or not is to perform them live. … Now, if you're not an experienced performer, … this can be pretty daunting, … but the rewards can be great. … Just getting a sense of how an audience responds … to a particular song or parts of a particular song … can be extremely useful as a songwriter, … especially because most of the work that we do … as songwriters tends to happen in a vacuum … where we really don't have any idea … how our songs are going to affect the people … who are listening. … So, it might be worth getting up your courage … to try and perform your songs live. … …
- 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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