Whether you're a new comer writing for the first time or a seasoned writer working on your nth album, you can learn something from this lesson on songwritting if you approach it with curiosity and an eagerness to learn.
Before I continue, let me give credit where it is due. All these lessons have been taken from http://www.musesmuse.com/ with permission given by their authors to use them here. All the lessons are copywritted so be respectful of that if you choose to reproduce them anywhere else. The lessons will appear just as they are on The Muses' Muse and any text that is my own opinion will be in brackets
With that being said, let me take this chance to thank Harriet Shock, James Linderman, Danny Arena, Sara Light, Pat Pattison, David E. Schindler, Patty Larkin, Molly-Ann Leikin, Larry Robkoff, Robert Angello, Caeser Pink, John Braheny, Mitch Ballard and Jerry Flattum for their contributions to this lesson, to the song writting community and for their willingness to let me share these lessons. Please support the Muse! Thank you all!
I really hope these articles are as useful to you all as they have been to me. It took a buttload of time to compile all these so I'm sure you appreciate it. ;) Lemme know if I made any mistakes while moving the articles from there to here or if there's anything else you feel this lessons is lacking to make it truly 'complete'. As always, thanks.
So, let's get down to what we're all here for, writting that hit song that's going to win us those Grammy's and Emmy's. ;) This lesson is a compilation of articles, many of which are very long and intimidating at first glance. But I promise you, after you labor through once, you'll find yourself coming back time and again, rereading them to refresh your mind. Personally, I would recommend just taking notes the first time through! ;)
Songwriting for Beginners
Page 2 - Oysters & Other Muses - Harriet Schock provides advice on how to get that grain of sand (inspiration) that may eventually turn into a pearl (a song).
Page 3 - Luring The Muse - Patty Larkin talks insightfully about how to find your inspiration.
Page 4 - Building the Perfect Beast: Form Follows Function - Pat Pattison, this enlightening article explains why it's a good idea to have your rhyming and rhythm scheme follow your song's subject - and gives you tips on how to do it too!
Page 5 - Arranging the Psychic Sonic Furniture - James Linderman gives hints on how to arrange chords within your song to make use of emotion - tension and resolution.
Page 6 - Make Your Songs Stand Out - Lyrical & Musical Contrast - by Danny Arena & Sara Light - two fantastic songwriters who would know.
Page 7 - How Anyone Can Write Better Lyrics - by David E. Schindler - An insightful look into how some great lyrics are written and what you can do to improve your own skills.
Page 8 - Verse Development - by Pat Pattison. How to hone your songwriting skills, verse by verse.
Page 9 - The Golden Rules of Songwriting - by David E. Schindler - A very useful list of things to do to keep you productive as a songwriter.
Songwriting for Pros
Page 10 - Six Easy Steps to Writing Hit Lyrics - Molly-Ann Leikin, Creativity Consultant, has contributed this useful article to the Muse's News newsletter and I've linked to it here for your convenience.
Page 11 - "Don't bore us, get to the chorus/ Don't be a shnook, get to the hook!" - by Larry Robkoff. Some great advice from a guy who knows what he's talking about - and a fun read besides.
Page 12 - The Hit Song Puzzle - James Linderman gives some hints on how to look at your songwriting from the publisher's point of view.
Page 13 - It's a Jungle Out There - Robert Angello, owner and operator of Angello Sound Studio, a recording studio in Nashville, gives advice on how to choose the right studio for your demo project.
Page 14 - Using New Technologies For Promotion - Caesar Pink of the band The Imperial Orgy takes us through the various steps he and his band have gone through to get themselves promoted on a shoestring budget.
Page 15 - How To Present Your Demo Tape - by John Braheny. Lots of useful advice about how to get your demo tape actually viewed!
Page 16 - How To Get A Running Start in Nashville - Mitch Ballard has contributed this "tips of the trade" type article for those of you hoping to make it in the Country Capital.
Pages 17 through 21 - Troubadours, Pirates and the Digital Police - Songwriting, publishing, production and distribution in Y2K - by Jerry Flattum. A comprehensive 5-parter with tons of links & informative information. While it's past Y2K, obviously, many of these concepts still apply.