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Songwriting Tips

Songwriting Inspiration Starts with a Good Vibe

“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” (Paul Hawken)

When writing, if a song doesn’t flow from your pen, don’t force it. You cannot capture a good song if you are not having a good vibe.
Remember, never stress if words are not flowing. Stop forcing yourself to write and do something you enjoy and feed your inner artist instead.

Songwriting Inspiration Starts with a Good Vibe. Let each moment take care of itself – Enjoy work, enjoy play, enjoy everything and watch your writing soar…

Separate Creativity from Learning while Writing your next Music Production or Song

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

Get silent, get away and write your next music production or song. It’s most important to separate your creativity from learning during this time.

…taking some time away from the noise and removing all clutter inside your mind, follow the inspiration and creativity that slowly begins to emerge. Disregard negative thought activity and pay close attention to the different words, images, and landscapes of creativity that pop into your mind. Afterwards, follow the road to your next music production, song or poem…

Avoid learning anything during this time. It takes practice to resist, however, learning during inspiration can stifle your flow and momentum of ideas.

Tutorial: Separate Creativity from Learning while Writing your
next Music Production or Song
1) Practice ‘thinking about what you’re thinking about’ If you’re not inspired, chances are you’re thoughts are focused on things that are not inspiring.
2) Separate Creativity Time from Learning Time When you get away, don’t learn. Take what you have already learned and use it! It’s time for you to reach back and give it all you got with what you already know.
3) Learning Time: When you are reading a manual, learning something new, its not the best time to be creative.

Follow inspiration, creativity and learn to separate your creativity from learning time. By getting away and separating your learning and creative time, you’ll find yourself less frustrated, more creative and in less time.

How to Push your Boundaries while Writing Songs

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what’s next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” (Agnes De Mile)

Mankind’s human mind just loves to categorize, stereotype, and label everything it understands and everything it doesn’t understand. As writers, as soon as words hit paper, our thoughts tend to wander to what our words mean and how they will be interpreted before we even complete the  thought or finish the song.

Tutorial: How to Push your Boundaries while Writing Songs.

1) While Writing Songs Stay focused, attentively watch and catch your mind wandering.
2) Instead of thinking of words and what they mean, visualize a picture of your words.
3) Describe the picture you see and follow wherever it leads.
4) Avoid editing at this stage

To capture difficult songwriting topics, simplify your current song writing process and use this tutorial to leap off the cliff of emotional pictures and let inspiration’s creativity catch the fall into your next song…

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How to Unlock your Songwriting and Music Production

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.” (Shakti Gawain)

When writing, don’t censor your ‘inner artist’. Let your emotions flow through your pen and let your creativity pour out onto your paper. Get your feelings and thoughts out of your head – don’t be scared of what’s inside you! Most importantly, capture the emotions of what you are writing.

You can always focus on structure or rewrite it again later but you may never feel that same emotion again… This applies to songwriting, music production or any type of creativity for that matter.

Tutorial: How to Unlock your Songwriting and Music Production.

  1. After studying, researching and identifying where you need to grow and learn.. set aside 1-3 hours of time, find a quiet and inspirational place to listen to your creativity.
  2. Forget about everything you have learned. Forget about the music industry and what everyone else is doing.
  3. Listen to yourself, your thoughts, emotions and any creative ideas about songwriting and music production and capture them. Just keep writing until your inspiration is done. Keep vibing and making beats until inspiration has run out. Don’t think, just do! This is very important.
  4. Afterwards, think on what you have learned, what everyone is doing in your style of music and measure it, edit it, arrange it. Get into the technical thinking to make sure the creation is where you want it technically.

The key to unlocking your songwriting and music production is to keep practicing this process so your music creativity gets faster and faster. By getting on a schedule and practicing this process 1-3 times a week, you will stay inspired, strengthen your music creativity muscles and greatly increase your song and music production library.

Songwriting Tips for Lyrics and Making Beats on a Time Crunch

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” (Mary Shelley)

When inspiration comes at you, it strikes with words, melodies, & music that can often seem overwhelming. It can be such an information overload that if sidetracked for one slight moment, all creative ideas could be lost. The most important thing to know in times of inspiration is acknowledging the desired end result.

Here are 3 Songwriting Tips for Lyrics and Making Beats on a Time Crunch:

1) Capture your Lyrics and Theme: Lyrics are Simple. Keep the words flowing on paper, keep them coming until there is nothing left. ‘Afterwards’, figure the theme and song title, then edit, and arrange lyrics.

2) Choose your Song Melodies: Melodies can be a bit trickier.Some melodies can sound great but when adding the words, they get hard to understand or too complex to be enjoyed by your fanbase. The best thing is to get a small recorder to record those great melodies that come randomly. Then, when new lyrics are finished, go through the melodies and see which one blends with the lyrics. This process can transform average melodies to solid hooks. If you need to come up with melodies on the spot, just get on the mic, adlib and record until you find the melody that fits your lyrics.

3) Making Beats for your Songs: Music can be the most challenging because it can be hard to discern when a song is completely ‘finished’. The most important thing is to know your style of music and fanbase. Are you writing songs for yourself, the underground, for a particular style or for the radio? After determining your audience, the last factor is can you listen to the entire song and not hear ‘a thing’ wrong with it? Can you live with the instrument performance or can you ‘really’ do it better? Now this method is assuming that your ears have been technically trained to hear too much compression, eq, an unbalanced mix, etc. If you’re unsure, get a second opinion from someone you know in the industry or who has great sounding productions. Ask them to shoot straight and be honest with you. Once you can listen to a song from front to back without something ‘bothering you’ creatively and technically, it is a sure sign that your song is as complete as you can get it. From there, the ultimate test is to make sure you and your fan base are happy with your creativity.

These 3 Songwriting Tips can help bring clarity to those emotional explosions of inspiration, prevent loss of focus, and can help you write more songs in less time…