By making a rough recording of your song the moment it's finished, producer Cliff Goldmacher suggests you'll not only prevent yourself from forgetting how the song goes but also benefit from listening back to your song as an audience member would. In this weekly songwriting tutorial, Cliff suggests that this rough recording should just be enough to communicate the melody, lyric, and chord changes of your song.
When you've finished your song,…make a definitive rough recording.…When your song is done, you're going to…need a quick and easy recording…to capture its melody, lyric, and the chord changes.…Here's the good news, there is no Grammy…for best rough recording.…A simple guitar, or a piano and a vocal…recorded directly into your smart phone,…or your laptop is perfectly acceptable.…This rough recording will prevent you…from forgetting how your song goes.…This may sound far-fetched for those of you…who've written only a few songs,…but as you begin to write more often,…and build your catalog,…you would be amazed at how easy songs can be to forget.…
This recording will serve as the reference…for the demo vocalist, and the session musicians,…should you choose to bring your song to the next level,…and to a professional demo.…
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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