Songwriters tend to edit their songs too early on in the writing process according to industry veteran, Cliff Goldmacher. In his weekly online video tutorial, Cliff recommends maintaining the creative flow and worrying about the editing process at a later time. Early on, it's better to get the overall outline of the song filled in before making sure that each word and note is perfect.
- [Voiceover] During a writing session,…write more and edit less.…In our quest for song writing perfection,…songwriters tend to want to get every note…and every word exactly right before moving on.…This can be really rewarding if and when it works,…but more often than not it can bring a writing session…to a grinding halt.…In my experience the flow of a session…takes precedence of the exact right melody or lyric.…Getting the overall shape and feel of the song down,…sooner rather than later will give you…the confidence to go back and edit…more stringently later on.…
Momentum is your friend.…Sometimes it's better to use a good enough line,…and move on with the understanding…that you'll come back to it later and improve it.…
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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