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Introduction to Songwriting
Transcript of Introduction to Songwriting
Adam Hewey: firstname.lastname@example.org 902.247.2931
As a group, let’s choose a genre, a key, a setting, and an emotion
You can take care of the rhythm!
“It’s Your Thang –
Do what you wanna do”
– The Isley Brothers
The Artistic License
Why do we like what we like?
He likes that, she likes this …
How do we want our listeners to feel?
What are you singing/writing about?
E.g., Pain, Breakup, New Love, Time, Death, Friends, Family, the Weekend, Bad Job, Hate School
Which Comes First, The Chicken or the Egg?
Who Am I and Why Are You Listening to Me?
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Writing For Me Vs. Writing For Them
“I hate being depressed but it is awfully good for songwriting” – Tomi Allen
The Darkness: “Friday Night”
Interactive Song Writing Activity
Music and Lyrics By Adam Hewey and Cody Peck
Produced by Adam Hewey, Cody Peck
and Stephane Deraspe
Engineered By Stephane Deraspe
@ Deep Sound Productions in Deep Brook,
"Said To Say Hello"
What “elements” or “themes” do we look for when we listen to Country/Blues music?
"The Radio Hit”
What Makes a Radio Hit?
Chords & Style
The Figurative Vs. The Literal
Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction
The Basics of Songwriting
Melody, Lyrics, Rhythm & Tempo, Chords/Harmony, Mood, Theme, Setting
Inspiration: What, When, Where, How, & Why?
Why Do We Like What We Like?
The Artistic License
So What? What Does It Mean To Me?
Lyrics, Melody, Chords, Genre, Rhythm, Theme, Mood, Setting
“It Isn’t complicated, it just doesn’t make sense.”
Tonal Framework & Key Centers
(E.g., G major, A minor, Bb major)
Majors, Minors, Dominant 7ths, Minor 7ths, Major 7ths
Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Chorus
Where Do I Fit and How Do I Know?
Time, Date, Place
Fresh Prince: “In West Philadelphia, born and raised …”
Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Sweet Home Alabama”
James Blunt: “1973”
Lady Antebellum: “It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now"
What If I’ve Never Experienced It Before
Does It Matter?
How do we make them feel that way?
...Let's get to the next slide ...
A localized phenomenon?
In places other than North America?
Where do we get inspiration?
Pain, Hurt, Love, Death, Experiences, Travel, Break Up, School, Work, etc.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde
Pop, Rock, Metal, Country, Hip Hop, Classical, Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc.
WHAT Makes "WHAT" Sound Like "WHAT"?
E.g., What makes Country or Blues music sound the way that it does, etc.?
What makes a sad song, sad? A happy song, happy?
Happiness, Joy, & Peace