Find the balance between loving what you're writing now and being willing to tweak and edit it later. Being willing to edit your song is a useful skill, according to veteran songwriter Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting tutorial.
- [Instructor] One more concept around the idea of editing … is that you have to be open to editing your songs. … You have to find that wonderful balance … between loving what you've written … and being willing to edit it … to make it even better and more precise. … As opposed to trying to edit too quickly … in the writing process, … there are some of us who are really unwilling … to edit something once it's been written … because there's this concept that … everything that you wrote was perfect as it was. … In reality, especially early on in our writing careers, … the more open we are to editing our songs, … the greater the likelihood that we will write something … that is really finished and polished. … So be open to editing your songs. … Love what you're writing, … but we aware that there's probably something that you can do … to make it even better. … …
- 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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