Challenges

The Perfect Practice Sandwich

Let’s face it, practicing guitar can be a pain sometimes. Why can’t you just play songs you enjoy when you feel like it and not worry about making time for it, doing exercises, or going over the harder parts? The…

Free Songwriting Lessons: Songs from Nothing

Songwriting Challenge: Songs from Nothing Required Equipment: Guitar (or another instrument you can play) Any recording device Required Skills: Be able to play two notes Description:  Songs from Nothing is one of the easiest ways to start writing a song right…

Discomfort and the Secret of Guitar Mastery

Becoming a decent guitar player is surprisingly easy. You just have to play for many hours—whatever music you enjoy—and after a while you’ll turn some heads. You’ll probably enjoy playing on your own or for friends, and perhaps have some…

15 Ways to Write a Song (Part 3)

And now, the final installment of songwriting ideas. Click here for #1-5. Click here for #6-10. Here are #11-15: 11. Collaborate: I’d venture the majority of well-known songs have been written by more than one person. Collaborating is excellent because as…

15 Ways to Write a Song (Part 2)

Another exciting installment of songwriting ideas. Click here for #1-5. Here are #6-10: 6. Try a new instrument or tuning: Just as with playing a new style or genre, playing a new instrument forces you to change things up. I…

15 Ways to Write a Song (Part 1)

One of the top songwriting questions is: Where do you start? Do you begin with a feeling? With lyrics? With music? In reality, there are dozens of ways to write a song, and while many songwriters have one preferred method,…