Write quickly and edit slowly. By moving quickly through the songwriting process, you can preserve the inspiration you're feeling. Then come back and edit later when you've made it through the entire song, says songwriter and musician Cliff Goldmacher in this online songwriting video.
- [Instructor] This tip is a related tip … to the one above. … Write quickly but edit slowly. … So I love this idea of sitting down to write … and just trying to capture as quickly … and as efficiently as possible … what you're feeling in that moment. … I like to refer to it as capturing … whatever is in the room at that given time. … Then once you've done that … and once you've gotten a sense of the full song, … edit and don't edit quickly. … This is not the part of the process to be rushed. … Editing is where you really take your time. … Make sure your song is doing everything … that you are hoping it will do … realizing your vision. … And then you'll have something that you're proud of … that's finished and polished. … So write quickly … but edit slowly and methodically. … …
- 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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