Be careful not to reject your co-writer's suggestion just because it takes you out of your songwriting comfort zone. Music producer, Cliff Goldmacher, in this weekly songwriting tutorial, suggests that sometimes your resistance to a co-writer's suggestion isn't based on the idea being a bad one just different. By saying open to new writing techniques, you'll benefit by learning a wide variety of approaches to songwriting.
- Don't immediately reject a cowriter's suggestion if it takes you out of your comfort zone. Leaving your comfort zone might be a good thing. Sometimes, our resistance to a cowriter's suggestion comes not because the idea is necessarily a bad one, but because we've never thought to try that idea ourselves. Before you reject a cowriter's idea next time, ask yourself if your discomfort comes from never having taken that approach before. Why not try and go somewhere in your writing that you've never been? It's a great way to use a new writing technique.
Surprise yourself by writing something you'd never have written on your own. Even though it can be a bit uncomfortable, this is one of my favorite benefits of cowriting.
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 weekly writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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