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Issue No. 016

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In This Issue...

The Songwriting Process
Finding what works for you

Recommended Reading
Inspiration from a hit songwriter

Inspired Quote of the Month
A little shot of inspiration to keep you going through those dry spells!

Your Favourite Songwriting Process
Do you have a favourite songwriting process you’d like to share?

The Songwriting Process:
Finding What Works for You

The songwriting process is a personal journey. There are probably as many different ways to approach writing a song as there are songwriters.

I'm going to outline a few different approaches that I like to use when writing a song. Some of them I use more often than others, because it's easy to get used to doing things one way. But I tend to get bored using the same formula time after time, so sometimes I like to mix it up.

Writing from Melody

My most commonly used approach to the songwriting process is to write the melody first. I have always been comfortable writing melody, and I believe a strong melody is of extreme importance. So this is where I usually begin.

I've played guitar for many years and am very comfortable on this instrument, so I often sit around noodling on it. I play around with some of the melodies that always seem to be circling in my head until I fix upon one that I find compelling.

You don't need to be proficient on the guitar or any instrument to write melody, although it can certainly help. Simply humming some lines into a hand-held digital recorder is enough to…

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Recommended Reading

This month's recommended reading is The Craft and Business of Songwriting by John Braheny.

This is one of the first songwriting books I ever bought, and it is still one of my favourites. It covers not only the creative aspect of being a songwriter, but the business side too.

Perfect for amateur and professional songwriters alike, The Craft and Business of Songwriting features dozens of exercises, examples and anecdotes from successful songwriters including Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Paul McCartney.

With all this and more, readers will find the insider secrets they need to make them more competitive in a crowded marketplace.

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Inspired Quote Of The Month

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." - Sylvia Plath

Your Favourite Songwriting Process

Do you have a favourite songwriting process you’d like to share? Write about it here to share it with visitors to inspired-songwriting-tips.com We’d love to read all about it!

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Until next time, happy writing!

All the best,
Richie Gilbert

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