This is a crash course in songwriting. We will walk you through a simple step-by-step process of writing great songs, as we increase your knowledge of defining a song, a great song and a hit song. Song structure, song styles and various other song elements are broken down into 37 easy to follow lessons that total 1.5 hours.
Students will need a pen/pencil, note pad and an instrument (keyboard/guitar) which is optional - and a basic recording device will do fine.
The information in this course can be used as the building blocks for developing your skills and hopefully spark your inner creativity as you become more proficient as a songwriter. The course was created with the beginner in mind, but the intermediate and pro are not left out by any means.
- Have an open mind to discovering new methods and techniques that will help develop your personal songwriting formula
- Know the difference between a song, a great song and a hit song
- Conquer writers block quickly and easily
- Create catchy and memorable lyrics and melodies
- Properly structure a song that has hit potential
- Write songs more proficiently while greatly increasing the quality and quantity of your lyrical portfolio.
Darryl is a college graduate from Strayer University and a registered BMI Songwriter/Publisher. He and his best friend/co-instructor Jae London have worked as independent songwriters for over 30 years, and have numerous recordings in their combined repertoire. Darryl is currently the sole Owner/Operator of Digitrax Studio in the USA, while Jae resides and maintains AMAJ Studios in the UK. Both Darryl and Jae have hosted several music workshops and are active members of numerous songwriter forums. It is their deepest desire to pass on this knowledge to others, and share their strategies of songwriting longevity.
Independent Record Producer
Jae London began writing songs when he was 13 years old. By the age of 16, he became a multi instrumentalist who played in several bands where he started to really develop his songwriting skills. Along with his songwriting and producing partner (Darryl Ray) they worked alongside, writing, co-writing and producing for numerous signed and unsigned acts throughout the States.
This experience landed Jae steady work at a major record label as an assistant engineer. A fantastic opportunity was later offered him (late 90’s) to become the sound engineer for the Hip Hop segment of the Philadelphia Music Conference (PMC) for 3 years running. Soon after, Jae went on and founded “The PhillyMusic Express Song Contest”. Jae relocated to the U.K. and started a program where he taught young people about the art and craft of songwriting and stage performance techniques. Currently Jae is in the studio working on an album project – stay tuned.