Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Song Writing Tips

This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of writing lyrics and melodies for all genres of music. You'll learn how to use hit songs as patterns for writing original songs of your own. Plus, you'll find information on collaborators, chord progressions, and a special section on rap songs.

Robin Frederick has composed and produced over 500 songs for record albums and television series. She is a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records and a recording artist with releases on Virgin/Higher Octave Records and Sound Experience Music. The information in this article is from Robin's workshop "You Can Write Hit Songs."

There's something magical about songwriting. No matter how many songs I write or how much I know about songwriting, I am still amazed and a little awestruck that it happens at all. How does a song get started? How do you know where to go next? How do you know if your song is any good? Well, I'll answer the first two questions in this article. The third question - How do you know if my song is good? - is answered like this: A song that expresses what you feel is a good song, even if no one else thinks so. A song that expresses your thoughts and feelings in a way that reaches other people, helps them feel something deeper or understand something better - that's a really good song!

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