Write what moves you. No exceptions. Those are the songs that move others. If your songs are moving to you, there's a good chance others will feel the same way. Writing what you think someone else wants to hear if you have no emotional connection to it is a sure way to write a song that works for no one. Writing what's important to you will translate to your listeners, teaches veteran songwriter Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting training video.
- [Narrator] The more songs you write, … the more you have a tendency to try and figure out … what it is that people will want to hear … and what's commercially viable right now. … At the end of the day, … you absolutely have to get back to … writing what is moving to you. … If something that you write is moving to you, … there is a very very high likely hood that … that will be moving to others. … But starting from a place of trying to figure out what will … move others, doesn't really have the desired effect. … Begin by writing what is moving to you … and you can rest assured … that will move other people as well. … …
- 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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