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Creative Session: How to Write a Song

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The process of songwriting is subjective, multifaceted, and very personal. There is no right or wrong way to write a song. Here is a collection of tutorials and videos that give advice, share some songwriters' creative processes, and list some helpful resources.

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  • Music & Audio
    Composition
    A Beginner’s Guide To Songwriting – Part 1Thumb
    This tutorial is the first in a series focused on showing complete beginners how to write a simple song. This series will focus predominantly on the process of writing a song, rather than the specific software and hardware techniques, skills and applications you might need in the recording, mixing, and mastering of that song. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    7 Sets of Lyrics Resources for SongwritersLyricwritingpreview400
    Writing lyrics is a very personal thing, and it is that sense of individualism that can really help people relate to a song. There are no strict rules that must be followed, but having a helpful collection of songwriting resources can really help. Here are 7 sets of lyric writing resources with a bunch of helpful links.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Web Roundups
    50+ Great Lyric Writing ResourcesLyrics
    Want to get started writing your own lyrics? There’s a long way between the beginner’s "violets are red" debut and award-winning wordsmithing, so here’s a bunch of great resources to help get you on your way. Includes tools, how to guides, communities, recommended books and sources of inspiration.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    The Creative Process of Songwriting - 10 PerspectivesSongwriting
    Writing a song is a creative process with many facets - writing lyrics, finding a matching melody, arranging the song, and even getting in touch with your emotions, or expressing yourself through the song. There are as many approaches to songwriting as there are songwriters. Here are some techniques used by ten very different people. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Lectures
    Worth Repeating: A Documentary on SongwritingPreview
    Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome conference doesn’t mean that you can’t still watch the lectures! Each weekend, we’ll feature a recommended audio lecture on Audiotuts+. Nashville songwriters Steve Moakler and Stephanie Lambring walk through the process of making a song and doing it for a living.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    10 Things Not To Do In NashvillePreview img
    Nashville's music business is just that, a business. And like any other business, there is a casual sort of protocol, however laid back the vibe of the place might be. Violating certain unspoken rules can mark you as anything from an outsider to a full-blown beginner who hasn't done his homework. After working in the industry for twenty-five years, I have compiled a mental list of Nashville no-nos and hopefully they will save you from making a few of the mistakes that many make.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    10 Cures For A Songwriting SlumpPreview
    Sooner or later, even the most inspired and prolific songwriter will stumble into that dreadful and frightening abyss known as writer's block. To call it frightening is truly not an overstatement when one is attempting to land a writing deal, keep a publisher happy, or best-case scenario, keep the already lucrative royalties flowing. The voice of defeat stirs in every songwriter at some point, first as a murmur and then as a blood-curdling scream.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    7 Places to Find Inspiration for SongsThumb
    Where do you find inspiration? It is as intangible and elusive as a ghost. You know when you have it, and can’t manufacture it when you don’t. Without it, creative work is a chore, and often a fuitless one. With it, magic happens. The question of where inspiration comes from interests me, and over the years I’ve kept notes about where the inspiration for successful songs has come from. It has been found in many and varied places. Most of all, it comes from real life - especially from sincere insights into life truths, and emotional responses to events and relationships. Some artists seem to have discovered ways to help the creative process, and inspire inspiration.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Lectures
    Neil Young on Songwriting and RecordingPreview
    Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome conference doesn’t mean that you can’t still watch the lectures! Each weekend, we’ll feature a recommended audio lecture on Audiotuts+. CBC Q's Jian Ghomeshi sat down for an exclusive interview with the legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young as well as the producer of Young's new album 'Le Noise' Daniel Lanois.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Lectures
    The Art of SongwritingPreview
    Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome conference doesn’t mean that you can’t still watch the lectures! Each weekend, we’ll feature a recommended audio lecture on Audiotuts+. Zane Lowe and Mark Ronson break the art of songwriting down to the basics at BBC Introducing's Musicians' Masterclass.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Lectures
    Songwriting Workshop Part 1Preview
    An interactive songwriting lecture and workshop by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Larry Dvoskin.Read More…