Category Archives: Songwriting Exercises & Tools

Practical exercises and tools to jump-start your songwriting process and provide you with inspiration or a fresh perspective.

4 Ways to Keep Your Songwriting Organized

Keeping your songwriting organized can make you a more efficient songwriter and save plenty of time. The goal is to spend less time on finding your music, and more time on actually creating music. Although organization usually comes down to personal preference, there are several ways to keep your song ideas nice and tidy. Let’s explore some helpful tips to keeping your songwriting more organized and making your life a bit easier.

Why Every Songwriter Should Have a Hookbook

If you’ve been creative for any length of time, you’ve noticed that things tend to ebb and flow. You can have an incredibly productive month (or two, or three) and then be tapped out for ideas for a little while. It happens to everybody. Pro writers are able to sidestep that issue by having something called a “hookbook.” A hook is nothing more than an idea – usually a song title, but it could be a guitar lick or melody line. Here’s what you need to know about starting your very own hookbook.

How to Apply Music Theory to Your Songwriting

Music theory knowledge gives you more control over your songwriting, but sometimes it’s difficult for songwriters to figure out how to view their songs from a technical perspective in a way that supports their creativity. In this article, we’ll explore all the major aspects of music theory and give you the tools you need to strengthen your songwriting.

How to Balance Technicality and Creativity in Your Songwriting

There are many different approaches to writing a song, and they usually come in the form of either technical inspiration or creative inspiration. There’s no right or wrong approach to songwriting, but it can be beneficial to learn how to balance one with the other. Let’s take a look at how technicality and creativity can peacefully coexist in your songwriting.

4 10-Minute Songwriting Exercises to Boost Your Creativity

There are millions of exercises out there that might be able to quicken your thinking or raise your level of alertness. Theater improv exercises and games of Sudoku are great ways to keep your brain active and stave off dementia. But whether these things help with music and composition is anyone’s guess. Today’s set of exercises is aimed directly at playing and writing music, focused on widening the mental pathways that allow us to create and perform songs.

Songwriting 101: Structure, Arrangement, and Dynamics

In the first post of this Songwriting 101 series, we discussed the four main approaches to writing a song: melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics. Now that you’ve got a handle on those, it’s time to tackle the basics of structure, arrangement, and dynamics so that you can start applying them to your songwriting.

Why Songwriters Should Embrace the Rewrite

My number-one advice to songwriters is this: don’t be afraid of the rewrite. When I started rewriting and perfecting my songs, it brought a whole new level of confidence in my songwriting. I could defend every single choice I had made in my songs, and I was finally creating songs I was proud of. If you’re still on the fence about rewriting, here are a few reasons you should try it out.

How to Make the Most of Your Songwriting Time (Especially if You’re Busy)

Whether songwriting is your hobby, your full-time job, or anywhere in between, it can be tough to carve out enough time for your craft to actually progress when life gets busy. And when you do get a chance to finally sit down with your instrument or notebook without interruption, you want to ensure that you’re making the most of the precious songwriting time you have. The key is to incorporate it into your existing routine, and actually plan out your songwriting schedule and goals. Follow this guide, and you’ll be writing more songs in no time!