It can help to remember why you started writing songs. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in trying to find success that we lose sight of why we were moved to write in the first place, says veteran songwriter Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting training video.
- [Instructor] Speaking of remembering, … I think it is extremely important every once in a while … to remember why you started writing songs … in the first place. … Very few of us start writing songs … because we want to make money. … We write songs because we're moved to do it. … Something in our lives brought us to a point … where we absolutely, positively had to create something … to memorialize whatever it was we were going through … or thinking about. … So, although it's important to think … of songwriting holistically and to look … at moving forward and understanding the business, … remembering why we actually started writing songs … can be a great way to recenter ourselves … and remember what's important. … …
- 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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