Want to be successful with songwriting? Or want to be a great song writer? Well you better know how to start writing a song that sells.
So how to become a songwriter that produces songs that folks will want to listen to at length.
There’s a new eBook by Mr. Anthony Ceseri which has just been released and it has to be the best songwriting books of 2012. It is loaded with songwriting techniques and tactics with exact steps to writing a song.
I’ve jumped into the eBook and I’ve just realized that one of the things that our music theory courses fail to do is teach you how to compose your own songs. Yes, we give you all the knowledge that you need to understand music, but we haven’t really gone into just how to utilize all this knowledge to be creative.
What we need is a reference for songwriting help.
I’m giving this songwriting course a “full thumbs up” as an addition to any musician’s library, and better yet a course that you should go ahead, pull out a pencil and paper, sit down, and start working with the songwriting guidance.
The Payoffs of this Songwriting Course
First you’ll develop two separate approaches to songwriting ideas and structures. The first is utilizing the songwriting inspiration technique to help you form your own great songs based on previous successful examples.
The second is the do it yourself creation process using proven tools to form your ideas and then just how to write great songs. We’re not going to guarantee that you’ll be the next great Hollywood songwriter, but then again with a little practice and persistence who knows where you’ll go.
After having completed this course you’ll have enough know how to create big ideas, work with chord progressions and rhythmic ideas, be creative with melody lines, and mastering lyric writing as an informed lyric writer. You’ll also be able to create your own space for getting rid of limiting beliefs and establishing your own best practices for song writing.
A Course with Songwriting Lessons That Provide Structure and a Framework
The very first thing you have to understand is this book is about how to start writing a song that will sell. The whole objective is to provide you a songwriting process on how great songs that people will want to listen to.
The course is broken into 5 sections. This first four deal directly with four elements of songwriting. The fifth deals with your mindset and practice for creating a successful environment for your creativity.
This is better than a songwriting 101 class and provides much more practical advice on several aspects of how to write a great song.
Let’s look at the sections.
Section 1 – The Big Idea
First up is getting your head around the big idea of your song. Anthony provides two very powerful strategies to create songwriting ideas for your songs. They are labeled Inspirational and Do It Yourself methods. I found both to be enlightening and easily applied.
There are a number of devices which make you think about story and just who you are directing that story toward. The mental exercises and questions really start to get you focused. That’s why I say, get that pad of paper out and use it right from the start.
Of course this is applied to your lyrical writing, but as an instrumentalist I found great correlation to thinking in these terms for my songs without words.
Section 2 – Songwriting Chord Progressions
A similar approach is taken with the chord progressions you’ll be creating for your songs as far as strategies are concerned. There is enough material here for referencing the music theory you will need, but if you’ve taken the music theory course you’ll be able to focus more fully on the concepts of using chords, scales, and keys rather than trying to learn the specifics of each.
There’s a great section on common chord progressions and using chord charts. If you’re struggling with how to flow the music this is going to be a great place to dig in and get ideas and experiment as well as audition chords and flow.
The song structure section is about explaining the use of different songwriting templates and is invaluable in helping you form the big picture of how your song should come together and how to contrast songs in order to make them more interesting and engaging.
Section 3 – Melodies
OK, this section just warms my heart when it comes to how to use the music theory you already know to get inspired melodies for your songs.
Learning about motifs and modifying them is something I’ve watched my daughter’s trumpet teacher work with her on improvising with play-alongs. Now here is the easy to use and understand instruction with songwriting exercises and a few techniques that you can apply for creating diversity in your creations.
These are simple, yet really effective, ideas such as adding space to a motif. I’ve done this inadvertently, but now I’ve gained an awareness of applied use. Howdy, awareness is the first step in accelerated progress!
Section 4 – Lyrics
Alright, I’ve already said I’m not a lyric writer type of guy. At first I thought I would be the person looking for the “how to write song lyrics for beginners guide”, but I’m going to have to rethink my attitude about that now.
I just found a whole series of do it yourself tools in this chapter to spark my imagination and guide me to breaking out of my shell. Lyric writing doesn’t seem so intimidating now that I’ve got a better awareness of what to do.
The direction given in this section is fantastic. Working with specifics, your senses, metaphors, rhythm and more you’re going to get the help writing lyrics and break through any roadblocks you have in fairly short order.
You know it’s about your stories and how you can relate them in a way that has your audience involved that will make that song sell. The eleven subsections are going to provide you with real workable tactics and songwriting tools to achieve those ends.
Section 5 – The Bonus Module: Mindset and Practice
If you’ve read my posts and articles you know how big I am about getting your brain matter on the right track. My first run through of this table of contents stopped me dead in my tracks when I saw this section!
This is one of the many things that most course writers will overlook or gloss over. But Anthony has 9 sections on how to be successful by taking simple steps to create the right environment for being a successful songwriter.
Yahoo! We are on the same page with this one. Sorry, I’m just a little over thrilled when I see these kinds of things in the course materials.
As of this writing there are also four bonus books, each of which is a nice songwriting helper reference.
The first eBook is called the Chord and Melody Writing Cheat Sheet and is a quick reference to key signature chords a guitar capo chord chart and scale charts for writing melodies.
The second and third are: How to Write a Song techniques excerpt known as volume III for methods used in several hit songs and How to Write a Song: Techniques from the Hits, Volume IV focusing on tying your lyrics to your music by analyzing other artists great hits.
The fourth is a report giving you tips on 3 specifc areas of performing, such as emotion, remembering lyrics while under the pressure of performing, and creating a unique to you cover song.
If you want to check out some of the techniques you can get the free report by clicking on the image to the right.
This songwriting course material is excellent for any musician that wants to write better songs or just needs to be able to be more creative.
I believe it has something for every level of musician that loves creating their own music and stories.
It is a perfect add-on for the music theory course and is recommend as one of the next steps in your music education.
Even if you don’t write your own songs, you will appreciate the knowledge for learning or understanding other artists and the songs they have written.
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