In order to find co-writers whose skill sets complement yours, it's helpful to know your songwriting strengths and weaknesses. Industry pro, Cliff Goldmacher, in this weekly online songwriting course, suggests that it's the rare songwriter who is equally strong in all areas of writing. By knowing where you're strong and where you could use help, you'll be better able to chose an effective collaborator and the two of you will write something better than either one of you could have written alone.
- Learn what your songwriting strengths are…and then find cowriters whose skill sets complement yours.…It is the rare songwriter who is equally strong…in all phases of the process.…From my personal experience, the more that I cowrote,…the more I realized that my real strength lay…in lyric writing and it wasn't until I started working…with people who were great at melody…that I realized my melodies were just kinda okay.…One of the benefits of cowriting…is that you can find collaborators…who are strong where you're weak and vice versa.…
The upside to this is that you'll both end up…with a song better than either one of you…could have written on your own.…
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
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