Why Songwriters Should Embrace the Re-Write
3 Reasons why songwriters should re-write their songs.

POSTED: 09/20/2016 - 02:09 pm

Chika's Songwriting Tips
A few suggestions for getting started on original material and my favorite ways to start a new song.

POSTED: 09/10/2016 - 11:41 am

10 Tips for Lyric Writing
Some useful rules for better songwriting...

POSTED: 09/06/2016 - 11:52 am

Breakdown Theory - Part 1
Covering the basics of breakdowns before diving deep into substitutions, odd/even time frames and more.

POSTED: 01/19/2016 - 02:39 pm

What Should Songwriters Write About?
Do you want to start writing songs, but you're not sure what to write about? In this article, we will explore how to solve this problem. We will also discuss some of the more common subjects to write about.

POSTED: 12/11/2015 - 09:35 am

A Couple Points Beginners Should Know About Songwriting
Songwriting can be a tough job when you are not sure about what you're doing. I will point out stuff that you may have missed, or that might help you in some other way.

POSTED: 12/09/2015 - 08:19 am

8 Ways to Get You Inspired
Get inspired with new creative ideas, get over writer's block and avoid being repetitive and frustrated.

POSTED: 12/02/2015 - 09:55 am

Lyric Setting: How to Match Lyrics to a Melody
A songwriting lesson on how to properly set lyrics to melody by matching sylables of emphasis with beats of emphasis.

POSTED: 10/13/2015 - 09:08 am

Tips for Beginning Songwriters
Writing your own songs can be a difficult process, especially when you're just getting started. Following these tips can help make this process as painless as possible.

POSTED: 09/04/2015 - 12:33 pm

Tricks When Writing With Power Chords
Power chords are amazing. They are easy to play, can be played almost anywhere sound great with distortion or clean and can be coupled with a bass to create easy basslines, additionally they can and are used across all genres of music.

POSTED: 08/25/2015 - 03:20 pm

Should Songs Be Simple?
Should you keep your songwriting simple? How do you avoid common mistakes that beginners often make? In this article, you will learn more about this often misunderstood aspect of songwriting.

POSTED: 08/07/2015 - 02:51 pm

The Key Change: Useless Cliche or Lost Art?
A look into the merits of the key change and it's place in songwriting.

POSTED: 07/01/2015 - 02:29 pm

Songwriting 101: Part 1 Introduction
An introduction to a songwriting series aimed at helping songwriters of all levels.

POSTED: 03/13/2015 - 03:42 pm

Applied Theory: Using the Modes for Creative Purposes
In this lesson I show you how the modes of the major scale can be used in the context of composition and songwriting.

POSTED: 02/11/2015 - 03:24 pm

Compositional Ideas: Pedal Points and Ascending Tones
We are going to look at extracts from Bach's "1st Cello Suite," "Prelude" and "Courante," see how Bach uses pedal points, then look at how we can apply this in our own playing.

POSTED: 02/10/2015 - 03:33 pm

How to Overcome Writer's Block
A personal look at how I have successfully dealed with and overcome writer's block by listening to advice from other guitar players and my favourite author. These four pieces of advice may help you progress your songwriting and let your creativity flow!

POSTED: 02/09/2015 - 04:30 pm

How to Take Any Song and Make a Really Cool Unplugged Acoustic Guitar Version Out of It
Learn some cool, easy, and unique ways you can approach creating your very own acoustic versions of electric songs in both a band and solo context.

POSTED: 01/28/2015 - 03:44 pm

How to Write a Song With Simple Poetry Knowlege
This lesson with teach you how you can write a song with just a little bit of knowledge for poetry. With enough practice you will be able to write about any style of music even rap.

POSTED: 01/16/2015 - 03:52 pm

How to Write More Creative and Free Songs
Writing songs can overwhelm some people, and even more when it comes to recording what you've written. Follow my steps, and it will become very easy.

POSTED: 01/16/2015 - 03:07 pm

How to Write Great Emotional Songs Without Hurting Yourself
o you find yourself constantly trying to find ways to hurt yourself to gain inspiration for new songs. Let me liberate you from this necessity. By reading this article you will gain the knowledge that so many others have used to write GREAT creative music.

POSTED: 12/30/2014 - 09:38 am

Sophisticated Simple Music
What do you think of simple music? This article takes an in-depth look at simple music and discusses a new term, I like to call sophisticated simple music.

POSTED: 12/30/2014 - 09:31 am

Composition in the Harmonic Minor Scale
This is going to be a quick and practical guide to how you can start writing some cool riffs in the harmonic minor scale.

POSTED: 12/17/2014 - 04:19 pm

What You Need to Write a Great Song
Basic song-writing notes.

POSTED: 09/16/2014 - 12:37 pm

Innovative Songwriting: Composing With a Limited Chord Range
Learn how you can create strong and varying song structures using even a minimum number of chords.

POSTED: 08/27/2014 - 01:33 pm

Why 'Keep It Simple' Is Bad Advice
A contrary-to-popular-belief view on a common songwriting platitude.

POSTED: 03/26/2014 - 03:12 pm

How to Begin Writing Music (In 5 Basic Steps)
In this lesson I will go over 5 basic steps on how to begin writing music. This is meant for beginners and people who are having trouble writing music in general.

POSTED: 03/26/2014 - 03:11 pm

How to Avoid 'Same-ness' in Your Songs
A guide on avoiding perhaps the biggest pitfall faced by modern musicians.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 07:56 am

The Correct Way To Steal From Your Favourite Guitarist: A Guide
Learn how to steal from your favourite guitarist and make it your own. Good lesson for songwriters who are stuck in a creative rut.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 01:03 pm

How to Write an Amazing Song! Part 1
What exactly is a song? How do you write something that is amazing? Putting those together, what makes an amazing song?!

POSTED: 12/13/2013 - 02:21 pm

Create Soul-Destroying Drum Beats for Heavily Palm-Muted Riffs
Learn a method of writing drums for your heavy metal songs. Perfect for song-writers who do not play the drums.

POSTED: 10/30/2013 - 01:07 pm

How to Write Unique Lyrics
A semi-foolproof way to construct lyrics that won't be seen as cheesy or cliche.

POSTED: 10/21/2013 - 02:46 pm

Using Chord Leading in Songwriting
Here are some great ideas to make you a better composer using chordleading!

POSTED: 10/21/2013 - 02:16 pm

Dynamics and Intensity in Metal
How to use dynamic elements in music that tends to stay at one uniform volume.

POSTED: 10/08/2013 - 02:17 pm

How to Write Progressive Metal - Part 10: Practical Counterpoint Applications
An explanation of counterpoint, set up in a way that will allow you to quickly, nearly effortlessly grasp its usage.

POSTED: 09/05/2013 - 01:31 pm

How to Write Progressive Metal - Parts 8-9: Odd Time Signatures and Polymeters
Learn how to use odd time signatures, both on their own, and in polymeters.

POSTED: 09/02/2013 - 12:20 pm

How to Write a Memorable Melody
Here are some useful tips for writing really catchy melodies.

POSTED: 08/06/2013 - 03:56 pm

How to Write Progressive Metal - Part 4: Turning Riffs Into Songs
In this lesson, you'll learn how to take all those awesome riffs you've been writing sine last time and piece them together into full-fledged songs.

POSTED: 07/15/2013 - 02:20 pm

How to Write Progressive Metal - Part 3: Creating Technical Riffs
In this lesson, you'll learn how to take a simple chord progression and turn it into the kind of beasts that prog fans respect.

POSTED: 07/01/2013 - 03:59 pm

How to Write Progressive Metal - Part 1: Reverse Engineering
In part 1 of this series, you'll learn how to perfectly, profoundly understand the songwriting process for any genre, and begin composing in any style you want, as if you've had years of experience.

POSTED: 06/24/2013 - 02:14 pm

The Frequently Overlooked Songwriting Element That Will Boost Your Musical Creativity
Does your songwriting lack creativity? Become a more creative songwriter by reading this article and learning to use the most frequently overlooked musical element.

POSTED: 05/21/2013 - 01:07 pm

6 Tips for Guitar Songwriting
With the study and application of the tips offered in this lesson players will have new ways to compose and arrange during their next songwriting session.

POSTED: 05/15/2013 - 11:11 am

10 More Ideas to Inject Into Your Song Tonight
Ideas you can use to spice up your song and move it along. Especially if you are stuck at some point of the song with a lack of ideas on what you can do next.

POSTED: 04/15/2013 - 02:35 pm

10 Ideas to Inject Into Your Song Tonight
Ideas you can use to further the development of your song right away.

POSTED: 04/10/2013 - 12:51 pm

Jazz-Funk Fusion
Jazz-funk style is extremely guitar orientated music that places a lot of weight upon jazz theory. This style of Funk can offer sensitive dynamics along with unique applications of dominant and minor-mode harmony.

POSTED: 04/05/2013 - 09:29 am

My Songwriting Techniques Pt. 2: Lyrics
Second part of songwriting techniques guide.

POSTED: 03/25/2013 - 02:37 pm

Composing With a Drone String
Generating a locked-in tonal center through the use of a drone string is both a fun and a unique compositional tool. The drone allows for melodic movement with a constant tonal center acting to lock-in the tonality.

POSTED: 03/25/2013 - 02:26 pm

How To Write Songs Like The Pros Using Unity And Variety
Unity and variety are very important and foundational concepts which will apply to every area of your songwriting.

POSTED: 03/04/2013 - 02:15 pm

How To Write Complex Progressive Metal And Rock Riffs With Only 2 Chords
Follow along as we analyze some of the intricacies of writing progressive metal and rock riffs. Begin to apply what you learn throughout the lesson.

POSTED: 02/04/2013 - 07:11 am

My Songwriting Techniques Pt. 1: The Music
However there is one that I have developed that seems to work for me.

POSTED: 01/30/2013 - 01:06 pm

Basics Of Songwriting
This is a simple lesson designed to introduce beginners to basics of songwriting, and to show how it is done in general.

POSTED: 12/14/2012 - 02:27 pm

Passion Over Perfection
Do you sit down and attempt to write a song and find your self feeling like your trapped, lost or everything you've learned on any instrument didn't help you at all? Well take a moment and read this, It is probably the number 1 lesson any musician should know.

POSTED: 12/07/2012 - 02:22 pm

Tips And Tricks: Composing
Want to learn how to compose music? Having trouble with lyrics? Need a catchy melody? This is the place to look. With some simple content, a snazzy chord progression, and a little creativity, you could become the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear "songwriter"!

POSTED: 10/24/2012 - 12:42 pm

Easy Methods To Write Melodic Riff
In this article I'm trying to show some easy methods of writing melodic riffs for metal or rock music. It requires 1 guitar, or 1 lead and 1 backing guitar.

POSTED: 09/05/2012 - 01:07 pm

Songwriting In Any Style. Part 2
This lesson is on melody writing and on melodic development.

POSTED: 07/10/2012 - 09:13 am

Switching Between Scales For Better Songwriting
As a guitar teacher many students of mine ask how to write songs without being stuck in the same old place either soloing or riffing.

POSTED: 07/05/2012 - 07:10 am

Songwriting In Any Style. Part 1
If you liked my theory lessons, you'll really love these.

POSTED: 07/05/2012 - 07:07 am

Songwriting: Sounding The Same? Try This
Writers block can be very hard to break, especially if everything you do sounds the same.

POSTED: 06/22/2012 - 11:56 am

My Songwriting Tips
Just a few tips on writing songs based on my experience, I hope it helps some one.

POSTED: 06/04/2012 - 02:07 pm

Songwriting: No Theory Whatsoever
Have you ever become so wrapped up in learning about key signatures and music theory that you've caught yourself saying things like, "I can't use that chord because it's not in this key." If you've ever felt like this "self-talk" was hindering your songwriting progress, then this lesson is for you!

POSTED: 06/04/2012 - 02:03 pm

The Building Blocks Of Good Songs
What are the parts of a song? What makes a good song? Even if you've written a few songs and heard thousands of others, often we gloss over the details which can make our writing so much more effective.

POSTED: 05/30/2012 - 06:13 am

Exercising Your Imagination
You've probably exercised a lot of muscles during your whole life. But have you ever exercised your imagination?

POSTED: 05/28/2012 - 06:52 am

Exploring the mechanics of lyricism in greater detail.

POSTED: 05/03/2012 - 11:40 am

How To Compose Songs As A Band
Every bands dream is to write music everyone loves, tour the world, and be rich beyond belief. It's hard to get there when you can't even compose a song together.

POSTED: 04/02/2012 - 08:30 am

How To Get A Song Started
This lesson is on how to get your own song started using someone else's song without plagiarizing.

POSTED: 03/12/2012 - 08:15 am

How To Finish What You Started
A few basic tips that might help turn a scrap of an idea into a finished song.

POSTED: 12/06/2011 - 07:59 am

Breaking Down The Wall Of Writer's Block
Writer's block can be a very frustrating thing. Fortunately, with a few tips learned from many years of playing guitar and writing songs, curing writer's block can be a painless endeavor!

POSTED: 10/07/2011 - 06:32 am

Heart Drive And A Story To Tell
A lesson on how to REALLY write... ANYTHING

POSTED: 08/25/2011 - 07:14 am

Some Compositional Principles
I have tried here to outline some ideas and techniques which I have found useful in songwriting.

POSTED: 04/14/2011 - 08:30 am

Lyrical Struggles
Lyrics can be really annoying to write, so here are a couple of tips I stick to when writing. May be helpful, may be crap. Worth having a look at if you're really struggling, at least.

POSTED: 04/11/2011 - 11:08 am

Write Songs, But How
Hello, this is my first lesson in which I will give you tips for writing diverse metal genres.

POSTED: 03/31/2011 - 10:49 am

New Ways To Write Lyrics
This is an basic way for new songwriters to come up with great lyrics.

POSTED: 02/08/2011 - 09:23 am

So You Want To Write A Song. Part 2
Part two of the series that guides beginners who are looking to write their first song. This part of the series focuses on the process of write lyrics.

POSTED: 01/17/2011 - 11:33 am

So You Want To Write A Song. Part 1
The first of a series of articles meant to give you pointers on how to write a song. Part one focusses on the initial "setup" of writing lyrics.

POSTED: 01/05/2011 - 11:13 am

Aspects About Lyrics 3
#3 (Sometimes) Words Don't Need A Deep Meaning

POSTED: 12/20/2010 - 11:42 am

Aspects About Lyrics 2
Part 2. #2 Process of creativity

POSTED: 12/14/2010 - 11:27 am

Aspects About Lyrics 1
#1 The difference between meaning/story and idea.

POSTED: 12/06/2010 - 11:48 am

Two Is Better Than One By Boys Like Girls
Heres a tab and directions to the song.

POSTED: 12/02/2010 - 12:05 pm

How To Write An Original Chord Progression
A basic idea of how you can write unique and original chord progressions. Either simple 3 chord patterns, or complex 8-9 chord shifts in one movement of a song.

POSTED: 11/15/2010 - 07:29 am

Lyrics Tips
Below I will try to summarize all my practice and techniques and make a few tips for you, aimed to ease the understanding of lyrics-writing process and to improve your songwriting skills.

POSTED: 08/26/2010 - 08:21 am

Tips To Make Lyric-Writing Easier
Just some personal experiences I've had that help me write songs.

POSTED: 08/20/2010 - 12:47 pm

The Notepad
I am going to discuss a method I've discovered, which is seeming to bare positive results. The method I will discuss will show my own way of writing and planning a song, which I've Simply titled "The Notepad".

POSTED: 08/16/2010 - 11:38 am

How To Steal A Riff
I am going to discuss a common occurance in Music, and teach you how to do this. I am talking about "Stealing" Riffs. Now, don't call the police on me. This method I will teach you is a very frequent method of making your own riffs, and it is likely that a lot of your favorite musicians have done this in the past.

POSTED: 08/09/2010 - 12:14 pm

Just Some Tips On Lyrics
My advice and looks on writing lyrics that actually mean something and touch people's hearts.

POSTED: 08/02/2010 - 10:29 am

Writing Lyrics
Just my personal method of writing lyrics that works for me, and I hope it will for you too if you'd like another perspective on the subject.

POSTED: 06/04/2010 - 10:44 am

Writing Good Metalcore Riffs
A lot of songwriters oversimplify, overthink, or overcomplicate the songwriting process for metalcore music. Here are some helpful hints (with tab examples!) of how to write catchy and heavy metalcore riffs.

POSTED: 04/01/2010 - 08:21 am

The Structural Skeleton System
The SSS will have you writing several songs in one day.

POSTED: 02/17/2010 - 09:07 am

Outright Writing. Part Two
Part two of two. An expansion of the first Writing Tips article. This is a file offering advice for writers and songwriters in general.

POSTED: 01/15/2010 - 11:47 am

Outright Writing. Part One
Part one of two. An expansion of the first Writing Tips article. This is a file offering advice for writers and songwriters in general.

POSTED: 01/08/2010 - 12:39 pm

How To Spice Up Your Chords - Altered, Diminished, Augmented, Borrowed, Secondary Dominants
Ever wondered how to use non-diatonic chords? This article will talk about how to use those black keys, even in C major.

POSTED: 01/04/2010 - 12:44 pm

How To Song Write On An Acoustic With Just Chords
Have you ever wondered how difficult it is to write an acoustic track of decent stature? Well as long as you can sing and have any hint of imagination, its very, very simple. Well, and I left out that you need to know a few basic chords.

POSTED: 01/04/2010 - 12:33 pm

Modern Rock Chord Progressions Detailed
How to get your melody to fit your chord. Also covers the basic progressions, as well as other more interesting variants.

POSTED: 12/22/2009 - 12:15 pm

Rhythm Beyond 44
An in depth look at rhythm guitar and odd time signatures.

POSTED: 12/14/2009 - 01:01 pm

A Systematic Approach To Song Writing
This lesson is an attempt to provide a structured method of song writing.

POSTED: 10/19/2009 - 11:10 am

A Glance At Counterpoint
The idea of counterpoint is one of the most diverse and wide-ranging concepts in music. Therefore, this article will serve as a sort of crash course in what counterpoint is and some simple ways to employ it.

POSTED: 10/12/2009 - 12:41 pm

My Guide To Song Writing
This will be how I will write my first song, I know the basics of how to write a song, but personally have never triumphed, I hope you have more luck than me.

POSTED: 10/05/2009 - 12:06 pm

Harmonizing Melodies Complete Theory
This lesson is for those people who want to be able to understand the idea behind melody and harmony.

POSTED: 07/16/2009 - 11:49 am

The Method Of Composition
This lesson focuses primarily on giving structure to your compositional process, and developing a game-plan to help you complete your pieces more efficiently.

POSTED: 07/03/2009 - 01:04 pm

Conventions On Modal Harmony
Deals specifically on writing using the "church" or diatonic modes commonly found in Western music. Focuses mostly on harmonic considerations, but also contains a few notes on how to best utilize modal melody.

POSTED: 06/26/2009 - 01:14 pm

Writing Original And Interesting Chord Progressions. Part II
A continuation of the previous lesson, in which we explore chords outside of the diatonic note set, as well as key-changes and modulation.

POSTED: 06/19/2009 - 02:02 pm

Using Melody
This lesson teaches some simple rules and patterns to make your melodies musical and... Well... Melodic. Also talks briefly about using horns/other instruments.

POSTED: 06/18/2009 - 12:39 pm

Writing Original And Interesting Chord Progressions. Part I
Sick of being confined to playing the stereotypical G,C,D progression? Learn to use other chords to spice up those progressions and make your music more interesting!

POSTED: 06/12/2009 - 11:37 am

My Personal Philosophy For Writing Lyrics And Songs
Compilation of what I think and do when I write. Some of it was already said in other lessons, but I'm not copying it... it's coincidence.

POSTED: 04/16/2009 - 11:11 am

Lyrics My Way
This is how I do lyrics. This is not a 'I will make you write great lyrics' lesson. This is a 'How I did it, you might get something out of it' lesson.

POSTED: 04/07/2009 - 12:20 pm

Simple Tips On Writing Lyrics
Somethings that I have noticed along the way about writing songs that can help.

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 01:29 pm

How To Evoke Imagery
This article discusses a few ways to connect to the listener by evoking interesting and involving images in their heads.

POSTED: 03/24/2009 - 02:46 pm

Tips And Hints
This is just a quick guide on how you could write lyrics or show you a different perspective.

POSTED: 12/10/2008 - 02:25 pm

How To Record With Cubase SX. Not For Beginners
Wanna record or edit your own-made song? I'll tell you how to do that in Cubase SX. You'll need to know the basics about Cubase though.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 10:30 am

Rhyming And Inspiration
Have a hard time finding something to write about?? Don't have a good rhyme scheme for the ones you do write? This lesson talks about finding creative ways to write songs about many different things.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 12:55 pm

There's Nothing New To Write About
In this lesson Josh May addresses the reason why beginner lyric writers have trouble writing new songs, and how you can overcome that problem.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 12:51 pm

Easy Guide On How To Write A Song
Easy Guide on "How to write a song".

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:55 pm

Writing Tips
A couple of suggestions that should hopefully help any songwriters out there unleash their potential.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 11:48 am

Songwriting in 4 steps
Ive been writing songs for the past 6 years and have found this structure to be the most successful format for song writing that Ive tried.Check it out and tell me what you think! Goodluck.

POSTED: 09/18/2008 - 01:05 pm

Basic Guide To Lyric Writing
All great songwriters have had some tragedy happen to them. whether it was losing a family member, a particularly brutal break-up, drugs taking their life, all have stories to tell. And that is what gives their songs such power.

POSTED: 09/12/2008 - 01:03 pm

Building A Song
My strategy to writing a decent souding song.

POSTED: 09/12/2008 - 12:56 pm

Composing Original Riffs
Can't make of a song that doesn't sound similar to another song? Would you like to? I've got some tips that just might help you.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 09:14 am

Building Your Lyrics
A good way to get over writers block, start writing a song, organize your song, and have your song make sense.

POSTED: 01/19/2005 - 02:02 pm

Alternative Techniques For Writing Music
In most songs, the riff rarley changes. Here are some alternative ways to put variety and a sense of mystery to your music.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 07:44 am

Writing Songs & Lyrics Based On Experiences
Writing songs and lyrics based on your own experiences is a great way to write any type of music. This is a way that works for me whether I'm writing poetry, songs, or just individual lyrics.

POSTED: 04/30/2004 - 02:03 pm

Just Give It Time!
I've found that all it takes to write a good song, whether or not you are an awesome musician, is to just sit down and take your time with it.

POSTED: 01/20/2004 - 11:45 am

Indeedhow to cleverly use repetition in your songs, and inevitably also a discussion of choruses, refrains, bridges etc. Initially, I'll deal with lyrical repetition.

POSTED: 08/31/2003 - 10:59 am

Writing Lyrics (Things To Consider)
So you're convinced you want to write? Let's find out then some things which are closely related with writing lyrics. What I am trying to do is give you basic guidelines to follow when writing.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Writer's Block & Overcoming It
I'm going to explain what a writer's block is first. Have you ever reached a stage in your writing 'career', I suppose, where everything is coasting along quite smoothly, but then suddenly you find you can't write anymore?

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Lyrics (Briefly Summarised)
The summary for those who want to write. 9 simple Q. and A. about lyrics.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Inspiration: something that gives you new ideas and enthusiasm to do something. Inspiration: an experience, emotion or thought that sparks off a creative flow. In the context of writing lyrics, inspiration is the thing that arouses a desire to convey your feelings and thoughts in the form of lyrics.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Rhyme (How Do You?)
Throughout this lesson, my main intention is to teach you how to use rhyme so that it is beneficial to your work, like enhancing flow and other reasons, (like grounding weirdness; giving off that story-like effect; verse linkage etc).

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am