If you're stuck looking for new approaches to your songwriting, experienced songwriter Cliff Goldmacher recommends learning a new instrument. In this weekly online songwriting course, Cliff says that learning an instrument can help with your songwriting motivation and inspire you to take a new approach to your writing. Staying musically curious is a good policy when it comes to your songwriting.
- Stuck?…Try learning a new instrument.…Sometimes it's hard to motivate yourself to write…or you simply can't find the inspiration.…The act of learning a new or first instrument can go…a long way towards shaking loose some new inspiration.…Staying musicly curious is always a good policy.…The reason I know how to play the ukulele now…is because I was completely out of ideas,…saw a ukulele in a music store, picked it up,…got together with my cowriter,…and literally just put my fingers down wherever I could,…and we ended up with a song that I'm still proud of today.…
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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