Category Archives: Songwriting Education

The nuts and bolts of songwriting. Digging into practical music theory and music business topics as it applies to songwriters.

The 5 Best Career Paths for Songwriters

Virtually all songwriters would love to be able to support themselves financially through songwriting, but it can be difficult to find a stable career in music. It’s not impossible to achieve, though! The career paths below all have some aspect of songwriting involved in them and will still help you pay the bills. Check them out and see if something piques your interest!

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!

4 Ways to Free Your Songwriting Process From Your Instrument

When a band’s original songs are homogenous, that’s on the songwriter. There’s a good chance the band’s main writer always writes on an instrument, and his or her songs are limited by that. Falling into ruts as a player will keep your songwriting stuck in those same ruts. Fortunately, there are simple practices you can establish to keep your ideas fresh and avoid becoming That Band.

Songwriters: 5 Tips to Write Stronger Lyrics

So many songs deal with the same themes – love, life, loss – but great songwriters are able to make that story fresh. Why is it that when two songs promote the same idea, some sound powerful while others sound tired? Here are five ideas you can try right now with your lyric writing to ensure that you’re telling your own unique story in a strong, vivid way.

9 Ways to Instantly Spice Up Your Songwriting

It’s easy to get in the habit of writing songs in your perfect key, in the same style, and always on your same instrument. The hard part is figuring out why you’re not happy with the finished product. Sometimes small details can dramatically change the bigger picture. Try these tips to instantly spice up your songwriting!