When it comes to deciding how to split ownership of your song with your collaborator, professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher suggests an even split is always best. In this weekly songwriting tutorial, Cliff recommends a 50/50 split because some days you'll write more and some days you'll contribute less, but it runs counter to the spirit of collaboration to try and decide percentages of a cowrite based on who contributed what.
- Don't worry about who wrote what,…50/50 is the simplest/best split.…What I'm referring to is the ownership of the copyright…once you've written a song,…and specifically when it comes to writing a song…with a collaborator,…assuming you're starting from scratch.…Some days, you're going to be on fire…and contribute more than your half,…and some days you're gonna feel like…you've never written a song before in your life.…Just know that it all works out in the end,…and don't worry so much about it.…It's generally considered poor form to count words…or try and figure out who wrote what,…and here's a personal pet peeve,…don't tell people after the fact,…I really wrote most of this song.…
Co-writing is a little bit like Vegas,…what happens in the writing room stays in the writing room.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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