Keeping a file of unfinished songs is a great way to avoid starting with a blank page. In this weekly songwriting training video, Cliff Goldmacher, a veteran songwriter, recommends keeping an organized file of unfinished lyrics and rough recordings of your songs that you can refer to instead of starting from scratch each time you sit down to write.
- Keep a file of unfinished songs…and refer to it from time to time.…One of the hardest things about writing…is starting with a blank page.…If you keep an organized file of your unfinished lyrics…and rough recordings, you won't have to climb the mountain…from the bottom every time you sit down to write.…Also, it's remarkable how a few days or weeks…can add perspective you need…to see a partially finished song in a new light…and finish it.…It can feel great to start with a fresh idea,…but don't forget to check your unfinished ideas…from time to time.…
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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