Tips & Tricks

How to Figure Out Your Writing Process

It can be very helpful for songwriters to understand themselves, especially their writing process. Some only start with lyrics, some can only write at night, some can only write when they’re falling asleep. Some will claim not to have a writing process, which in itself is also important to know. Songs or songwriting sessions can…

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How to Write Strong Hooks in Your Songs

by Giselle Fletcher This is an excerpt from Giselle’s new course Secrets of Songwriting, available now. Strong hooks are created by the repetition of a small musical riff. Hooks should appear everywhere in your songs to make them catchy and memorable, don’t save them just for the chorus. Grab us right from the start of your…

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Do All Your Songs Sound the Same?

If you’ve read a few posts here and there, you know that I love writing a little bit every day. But sometimes when I’m in the groove and finish many songs in succession, I listen back and realize they’re sounding similar. This especially happened when I’ve honed on writing in a particular genre.  It’s great…

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How to Make Your Rhymes Sound Less Forced

Rhyming can sometimes be the stickiest part of songwriting. When I’m writing, either by myself or with a co-writer, being unable to find a good rhyme can leave us picking through words for a long time, sometimes even an hour. That’s a tough frame of mind to be in! On one hand, you don’t want…

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How to Match Metaphors in Your Songs

We’ve all been there: we’ve written a song, the metaphors make sense within the context and they express your idea well. We bring that song to a mentor or friend and they frown, a little confused: they’ve been thrown off by the fact that the Verse was talking about city life, but the Chorus mentioned…

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How to Receive and Use Tough Feedback

Feedback is an important part of the songwriting process. Co-writing is a great way of bouncing off ideas and getting immediate feedback while writing, but having another songwriter listen to your song, read the lyrics and give you their honest opinion is priceless.  That being said, it can be difficult when the feedback is mostly…

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Classic and Modern Types of Bridge Sections

If you’re a songwriter, you probably have opinions on Bridge sections. Many of us tend to use only a couple of types of Bridges, and that might come from the songs that have influenced us. If you’re writing an ABBA song, the options are limited. You might hate Bridges and routinely skip them.  Either way,…

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How to Make Your Chorus Stand Out

We’ve all heard the common advice: Make your Chorus stand out by jumping up in vocal range. Sometimes it feels like the only way to create a catchy Chorus that has everyone singing along. However, if we take a listen to many pop songs in the last five years, singing higher notes for the Chorus…

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What are AABA Songs?

Many of us are used to the regular Verse-Chorus format. AABA Songs are less common, but a classic song form that is great for understated choruses or highlighting a meaningful tagline. The form itself mimics a traditional storyline, lending itself to those types of songs. The AABA Form: A – first verseA – second verseB…

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Another Way to Think About Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is something that all songwriters will face at some point in their journey. Every person is different and might need varying ways of getting back into writing music. It can be a personal process that you can’t work though the same way every single time.  Writer’s block can sound like a scary, daunting…

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