Songwriting Exercises

Study Your Favourite Songs

There are two sides of the coin when it comes to songwriters: the side where songwriters claim it is impossible to teach songwriting, and the other side of songwriters that will read every songwriting book they can get their hands on. It’s pretty clear that I believe the latter, that any aspiring songwriter can learn…

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Songwriting Exercise: Flip Your Melodies

A section’s melody is one of the most important elements of a song—as well as one of the most difficult. There are several ways to approach writing a melody, and when we use the same approach, we run the danger of writing similar melodies for every song we write. If you are looking for some…

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Songwriting Exercise: Roll a Dice to Find Your Chords

Sometimes we sit down to write and we’re not sure what we want about. That blank page is very intimidating! If you’re not sure of the mood of your song, sometimes the music can be hard to build from ground up. If you’re ever having trouble finding chords for your next song, here is a…

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Songwriting Exercise: Creating Mosaic Rhymes

We know about perfect and imperfect rhymes and how they can make a song sound less predictable. Cliché rhymes are everywhere, but we’re seeing a lot of new songwriters using mosaic rhymes to change things up. These are rhymes for one word with multiple syllables, but split up into two or three words to create…

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Song Ideas You Can Do This Weekend

(Some links lead to songwriting exercises!) 1. Write a song based on a book title 2. Write a Chorus with the hook line in the beginning and end of the Chorus 3. Write a song that counts up or down (a list, weekdays, months, time, etc.) 4. Write a seasonal or holiday song (Christmas, Halloween,…

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Songwriting Exercise: Write a Riff in Five Minutes or Less

A riff is a great way to start off your song. It can hook your listener in immediately and establish the emotion of a song before you’ve sung the first word. Riffs can be slow and subdued like “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, or quick and upfront like “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camillo Cabello.…

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Songwriting Exercise: Using a Timer

Have you done timed object writing before and loved it? The advantage of using a timer is that it shuts off the inner critic. The goal is to get the main ideas across and defined, rather than ruminating endlessly on one line, and get it finished in a set amount of time.  Here are a…

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Songwriting Exercise: Structured Object Writing

Nearly every writer has tried object writing at some point in their lives. The idea is usually very similar every time: when you wake up in the morning, grab your tea or coffee and sit down with a timer and a notebook. Pick an object and free-write for ten minutes about it. Maybe at the…

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