A comprehensive guide to writing better songs
This is a course for songwriters of all levels. I will take you through the process of coming up with ideas and starting a song, all the way to creating a final product and getting it out there. We will begin with a few introductory videos and then get straight into learning my process for writing songs.
I will share with you all a number of ideas and insights I have had into songwriting. Having written countless songs over about 12 years of playing, I have some ideas I would love to share with you guys.
This is a comprehensive guide to writing better* songs and if you are a songwriter at any level, I believe it will be worthwhile, even if you just take away a few new ideas to add to your songwriting toolbox.
*better: songs that are authentic, honest and true to you!
- What this course is about
- Structure of the course
- How I approach teaching songwriting
- What is the purpose of art?
- What motivates anyone to write a song?
- What is the purpose of songwriting?
- Why do we bother to write songs?
A look at what you have to offer as a songwriter. Do you have something unique, original and exciting to share?
- You are a creative person!
- You have something unique, and interesting to offer.
- Don't ever feel you are not good enough, smart enough or cool enough to write music.
Setting up your Songwriting space is essential to creating an environment that is inspiring for writing songs.
Six Points for Setting up Your Songwriting Space.
- Clean up your space!
- Create an inspiring space.
- Make it comfortable.
- Always have a computer or notepad available.
- Get a recording device for capturing ideas (both lyrical ideas and musical)
- Get rid of distractions (phones, loud noises)
Rules of Songwriting
- Don't get too caught up in rules, if it works and sounds good to you, chances are it is good.
- Song structure is important, but even song structure can really be whatever you like.
- The number one rule is to be authentic and honest.
- Don't try to make a perfect song or imitate someone else's song.
This lecture looks at song structure. Andrew talks through some of the common song structures, and iterates that you can ignore all the rules of structure if it feels right to you.
Andrew looks at what to write your song about.
- How to find inspiration.
- How to find a topic.
- How to not be too specific.
This lecture investigates where ideas come from and how to come up with a song idea.
Writing lyrics is often argued to be the hardest part of songwriting. It can sometimes be painstaking for even write one line. Hopefully this lecture will give you some ideas to help make the process a little easier.
- You should be excited to start writing songs
- You should be beginning to get comfortable on an instrument. That can include your voice.
- Write their own songs
- Produce their own songs
- Be confident in their songwriting ability
- Confidently create authentic and honest songs
- Have a toolbox of ideas for when their creatively blocked
- Take their songwriting and music career to the next level
- Have an improved, more refined songwriting process
Andrew Hearle was born in Brighton, England and shared his childhood between the pebble beaches of Brighton and the palm trees of Noosa, Australia. Growing up Andrew played in bands and passed his teenage years writing songs and performing.
After school he was accepted into the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin, Jai Courtney) and studied there for three years before moving to Sydney.
Andrew has worked and recorded as a solo artist as well as with numerous bands. He has performed around the world and continues to record and perform. Andrew plays under as Andrew Samuel. Lookup Andrew Samuel on Spotify or iTunes to listen to his latest releases.
He has always been passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge and so writing and presenting courses was a natural progression.