Songwriting Lessons

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…

Unlocking Open Strings in Your Playing

  Today’s lesson is a guest post from Joel Cornell of Joel’s Guitar Lessons, a fellow Bay Area (Oakland) teacher who specializes in rock and metal guitar. If you like this lesson, head to his website and download a free copy of…

Flow: How to Get in the Zone and Stay There

Ever sit down with your guitar and realize… wow, I’m playing much better than normal today. You’re making very few mistakes, you’re playing faster and more efficiently. Why can’t we play like that all the time? The ability to get…

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,…