Learn Songwriting from Nashville Artists
Songwriting is a process, like learning to bake bread or building a house. Everybody can learn how to write songs, and studying with professional songwriters and artists is a great way to gain insights and skills into the process. At Green Hills Guitar Studio, we have experienced, professional songwriters to provide feedback to nurture your songwriting and musical growth through songwriting lessons.
Areas of Study
- Melodic study and writing
- Accompaniment skills
- Live performance & recording studio preparation and coaching
- Harmony, chord function and chord progressions
- Lyric study and writing
- Music theory and ear training
- Rhyme scheme
- Form/structure – how to define sections and set up the chorus/hook
- Song analysis and study
- Song arrangement
- Performance and recording preparation and techniques
- Finding and developing YOUR voice as a songwriter
- Charting songs and the Nashville Number System
- The art of co-writing
- Who are you writing for? – defining and embracing YOUR goals and aspirations
- Creativity, and the whole bag
- The critic and the judge (those voices in our heads, we all have ’em!)
- Seeing the choices and options within an idea
- Living as a songwriter – publishing, recording, performing, touring
- Staying “in the process”- how to get out of being stuck, and how to FINISH songs
Begin writing your songs TODAY! Finish those ideas that have been lingering around like ghosts, improve your existing songs, or start that new project and take off in a new direction.
All you need to know is in the music that you love.
– Bob Dylan
This Dylan quote describes a great way of looking at the songwriting process. What type of music resonates with you? What frightens and intimidates so many people, even more than learning to play guitar, is suggesting to someone that they COULD actually write a song. It is magical, but it isn’t magic.
The Dylan quote signifies the enormity and the simplicity of songwriting. It is also comforting because it is about exploring the music you already love. And importantly, that there is a process. Study the music you love and that will help you find your own songwriting voice.
Having a teacher or mentor who helps you understand all of the components of a song or piece of music is really key to this process. The process is not always the same or linear from project to project. But if you learn the tools and skills to work the spark of an idea when it appears, you can mold that idea into a song. These tools will also give you insight into how to go hunting for an idea.