CODA vs. FINALE | Is a Coda a True Song Section? What is a Finale? Aug 04, 2022

What is a Coda? And, is it a true song section or more of a sheet music concept? What about a Finale? Do I mean a grand finale? Do I mean Finale in the operatic sense? Nope, it's...

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Why it's a Good Idea to WRITE YOUR CHORUS FIRST | 3 Reasons To Start Songwriting with a Chorus Jul 25, 2022

It can be a good idea to write your song's chorus first.

So many times, creators just assume the way to go is to write something in the order it ends up being consumed. 

But, just like films...

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How To Find Vivid Words For Your Song Lyrics WITHOUT a Big Vocabulary Jul 17, 2022

We don't talk in poetry. We speak utilizing prose - largely basic and non-poetic language. 

So sometimes the transition to writing poetic lyrics can be a non-trivial one. 

So, if we...

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CHORUS vs. REFRAIN: Is a Chorus and a Refrain REALLY The Same Thing? Jul 10, 2022

Often, the terms Chorus and Refrain are used interchangeably. 

But are a Chorus and a Refrain really the same thing?

And, if not, how can we utilize a Refrain in our...

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Goals For Your BRIDGE | What Your Song's Bridge Should Accomplish Jul 01, 2022

Was your 2021 a successful year? Was it a good year for your goals? Was it an effective year for you?

You wouldn't know if you didn't have goals for that year.

In the same way, it can be...

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4 Lyric Writing MISTAKES You're Making lyric writing Jun 27, 2022

Lyric writing might be the single most difficult part of the songwriting process.

It certainly takes the most time and effort to get right. One can improvise special music, but very rarely...

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How To Write Songs FASTER songwriting efficiency songwriting speed Jun 12, 2022

If we were to try to come up with a way to measure a songwriter overall in a simple way, it probably would come down to 2 main factors: Quality and Throughput

Or, put more simply: The...

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Goals For Your POST-CHORUS | What Your Song's Post-Chorus Should Accomplish May 17, 2022

How do we make sure something we make is on track? 

We have goals for that thing. How do you know if you're writing as many songs as you want? You have a goal to hit. If you hit...

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Goals For Your 2ND VERSE | What Your Song's Second Verse Should Accomplish 2nd verse second verse Apr 29, 2022

How can we know if our 2nd verse is effective? One great way is to have clear goals that our second verses should generally accomplish.

So, in this video, we're talking about what the goals...

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Goals For Your PRE-CHORUS | What Your Song's Pre-Chorus Should Accomplish pre-chorus Apr 21, 2022

It can be hard to know if your song section is effective at what it is supposed to do.

How can we make it easier? Talking about what goals each song section should generally...

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Does Your VOCABULARY MATTER As A LYRICIST? lyric writing Apr 01, 2022

Does vocabulary matter as a lyricist?

The Short Answer: Yes.

If we simply think of what vocabulary really is at its heart, it’s simply having access to more words to use. 

It allows us...

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