Write songs generously. Your songs should be for others to enjoy, too. This is a simple concept but it goes a long way, says songwriter and music producer Cliff Goldmacher in this online songwriting video.
- [Instructor] Instead of describing music as good or bad, … I really prefer the terms generous and selfish. … This is something that the music producer Don Was … said once and it really stuck with me. … Generous music is music that is written to be enjoyed … by everyone. … And selfish music is written … basically saying, hey look at me and how great I am … at my music, at my writing. … So I like the idea of writing songs generously. … You're writing songs not only to move yourself … but to connect with people in a generous way. … So when you're writing your songs … remind yourself to be generous. … …
- 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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