Get started with songwriting with these online resources.
I’ve scoured the web and regularly use these myself and direct my students to them for inspiration, exercises, and contests. These help me and I’ve used them and my knowledge to help many others; whether you’re new entirely, looking to hone your craft, get new inspiration, or to find cowriters and professional guidance. Enjoy, and let me know if I missed a good one! — Bobby A, June 23, 2015
A Flipboard collection of Bobby Apperson’s favorite songwriting tips and articles; the most recent news and articles can be found here!
Written by veteran songwriter Gary Ewer, Essential Secrets of Songwriting offers dozens of very specific, helpful articles on songwriting’s nitty-gritty. Other sites paint broad strokes about the process and songwriting output, which is helpful when starting out. Ewer writes on topics for more experienced writers who may be stuck at that late beginner / early intermediate stage (or beyond); examples include Bad Songwriting Habits with Easy Solutions, how to change keys, incorporate diminished and augmented chords, hooks, lyric-writing, and more. garyewer.wordpress.com
Music Industry How-To is a great site covering a variety of topics on music-making, production, performing, and (especially) marketing; all vital for any music-maker.
LOGIN required / freemium for recent guides and new ones emailed to you; paid access for all archived guides. www.musicindustryhowto.com
SongTown provides videos and guides for music production, publishing, and songwriting, and offers everything from webinars to retreats for musicians.
MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED; comparable to Spotify or Pandora in terms of cost and includes the above, discounts to special events, forum access, song feedback forum with pro writers, and MONTHLY PITCH SHEETS letting you know current Artists who are looking for new songs to record. www.SongTown.com
Speed Songwriting provides a downloadable, in-depth guide drawing from both experience of the author, pro songwriter Graham English, and authors such as Berklee School of Music professor Pat Pattison. The members section is full of terrific articles such as “7 Mistakes Keeping Smart Songwriters from Finishing Songs“.
LOGIN required / freemium for basic articles; upgrade available for video guides. www.speedsongwriting.com
Songwriting.net provides a wonderful array of free blog articles on songwriting, and often spotlights the process and material of famous artists such as Songwriting Tip: 4 Dos and Don’ts When Writing Songs. You can also read more about the major international songwriting competition.
Songwriting School of Los Angeles provides a wonderful blog as well as classes in Burbank, CA. You don’t have to be local to SoCal to take advantage of either; the blog is free and the basic songwriting course, The Roots, can be taken online. Free blog, cost for courses; http://thesongwritingschool.com/classes/free-songwriting-tips-and-resources/songwriting-blog
SongChops.com has great blog articles broken down by various categories of songwriting aspects, like structure and lyrics. The worksheets are especially helpful, and there are exercises, videos, and contests. See The Songwriting Notebook for getting started!
The SongWriterLink Blog contains a lot of great advice and exercises on every angle of songwriting. The main section of the site lets you create a profile to connect with producers, lyricists, and other songwriters for collaboration or critique. http://blog.songwriterlink.com/
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For the latests and greatest songwriting articles and links, please like my Facebook page! You’ll see links from the sites above as well as originals like this one. You’ll also see updates on the latest songwriting classes and events in NE Los Angeles. — Bobby Apperson, https://www.facebook.com/BobbyAppersonMusic