Since getting yourself to write on a consistent basis is difficult, veteran songwriter Cliff Goldmacher suggests either joining or starting a songwriting group. In this weekly songwriting tutorial, Cliff discusses the many benefits of being involved in a songwriting group. Accountatiblity, structure, and a support group are all a part of your active membership of a songwriting group. If there isn't one near you, why not consider starting one yourself?
- Join, or start, a songwriting group.…Getting yourself to write on a consistent basis…can be a real struggle.…Writing is emotionally draining…and tough for most of us to do in a vacuum.…I've found that creative types like assignments or community…when it comes to our writing.…Joining a songwriting group where you're required…to bring in a new song…or a rewrite of an old song every week…can be hugely helpful.…You'll have the additional motivation…of being held accountable by more than just yourself.…
It really does work.…If you're not aware of any existing…songwriting groups in your area,…make it a point to get to a local writers night,…and reach out to other writers about starting a group.…By simply showing up every week and doing the work,…you'll find your songwriting muscles getting stronger,…no matter whether you agree with all…of the group's suggestions and constructive criticism,…or not.…
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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