Why Intuitive Songwriting? Because that’s where your creative genius lives.
Forget everything that’s holding you back from becoming a brilliant songwriter, and get ready to learn what intuitive songwriting is all about. This mini e-course is an introduction to my signature Intuitive Songwriting program. I'm going to show you how to strengthen your intuition and evoke the creative genius within you. I can’t wait to show you what you’re truly capable of as a songwriter, regardless of how experienced or inexperienced of a songwriter you are.
In this self-study mini e-course, I'm going to share my own intuitive approach to masterful songwriting, and I'm confident that you'll be on the road to writing your best songs yet after our time together.
- What intuitive songwriting is all about and why it is so essential to your songwriting
- How to rock your intuition like a hurricane and allow ideas to flow through you on-demand
- How to become an incredibly prolific songwriter in only six (6) weeks
- How to own your songwriting approach so that your songs sound distinctly your own
- Powerful techniques from the experts that will enhance your own songwriting
- What really inspires people about your music
I’m excited to share with you the methods I’ve learned from over a decade of songwriting myself. These are the same methods I still use today, and I have been so fortunate to have a prosperous and prolific career as an indie singer/songwriter for over 15 years now and with nine (9) original albums released.As Kevin Spacey once said, “If you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” That’s exactly how I feel now, and I can’t wait to help you become the very best songwriter I know you can be. We’re gonna rock our collective creative genius together, so let’s get started!
Yours in music,-Gregory Douglass, The Creative Advisor
- Our own personal experiences, which can create ties to a particular song and create a strong and lasting impression on our psyche.
- Our unique perspective of a song and its subject matter as it relates to our own understanding of the world.
- Our emotional reaction to a song which may even lead to new understandings of ourselves.
When we hear a song we love, we are essentially having an intuitive response to it in one way or another, and this is at the heart of intuitive songwriting. Throughout this course, we are going to deepen our understanding of ourselves through our own intuition and explore the best ways to creatively apply these understandings to our songwriting.
So why am I kicking this lesson off with a sermon on fear? Because fear is what holds us back from everything. It holds us back from being the best songwriters we can be, and the best versions of ourselves we can be in any capacity. When it comes to the creative process, a lot of us get hung up on trying to provide all the answers ourselves without any help, and that’s why I love this quote from Gabrielle Bernstein.I want to take this a step further and add that when she refers to “the connection that we have with spirit,” I believe she is referring to the source of all things – call it God, the Universe, the Divine Feminine, the Law of Attraction, or whatever you’d like. I believe this is the same source our creative energy comes from. As artists and creators, we have the opportunity to form a loving and productive relationship with this creative source, because it is the source of all things – but it doesn’t happen when fear is in charge.When we let fear take charge, that’s when we experience writer’s block. Fear lets our ego or our inner critic make all of our creative decisions. Fear assumes that we have all the answers and tries to apply them without any help or guidance from our intuition. Our intuition is the doorway to our creative source, and fear is the gatekeeper.So the first step to rocking your intuition is to strike a relationship with it, start trusting in it, and start relying upon until it becomes as second nature as the air you breathe! When you start to apply this perspective, you will begin to recognize when fear is taking the wheel. Let fear be a reminder to you that you're just relying on your own strength again, you’re disconnected from the presence of your creative power again, and it’s time to call upon and reconnect to your creative source again. Then thank fear for the friendly reminder, and kick him to the curb!Remember, you are never really alone in this creative journey – you always have your creative source to call upon.Take Less Responsibility For Your IdeasLet’s take this concept a step further. Understanding that you are never alone in this creative journey means that you always have a creative source to draw from intuitively, so this will allow you to start taking less responsibility for your own ideas. This is an essential part of your creative process because your job is simply to show up for your creative source or “muse” as I like to call it, and be a willing “vessel” for new ideas and interpretations to flow freely.As Woody Allen says, “Showing up is 80% of making great things happen.” So your only job as an artist and creator is to show up for your creative muse and welcome the creative free-flow.An amazing song idea may suddenly come to you from this type of creative free-flow, but if you allow your inner critic (your left brain) to analyze it to death right away, you’ll successfully block that creative outlet from flowing freely. The same is true if you allow your ego to become inflated from your amazing new song idea, because this is another form of self-analyzation. Bear in mind that nothing is original (we’ll dive deeper into this concept in week two). Only your unique perspective and distinct interpretations are original, so there’s no need to pat yourself on the back incessantly. It doesn’t serve you during the creative process – it only limits your true potential. By taking less responsibility for your initial ideas, you are allowing the right brain to make its decisions intuitively – with minimal effort – and allowing your creative outlet to flow freely and easily.All this said, it is important to celebrate your victories. Sparking a new song idea or making progress on a new song can be incredibly exciting, and certainly worth a pat on the back. Just be sure you your ego doesn’t get in the way of keeping the momentum going!"To live a creative life we must loose our fear of being wrong." -Joseph PierceStay CommittedIt’s important to show up for your creative muse and to show up often, because we aren’t here to write good songs, or even great songs. We’re here to write breakthrough songs and produce our very best work yet. Like anything else, consistency, accountability, persistence, and dedication are essential to your practice. You don’t develop a six-pack after one week at the gym, and you don’t become a master chef after only one year of training. The only magic bullet you’ll find in this course is learning how to harness the magic that can happen when you allow creative energy to flow through you intuitively. The rest is up to you to show up for your creative muse daily, faithfully, and authentically.The methods I demonstrate throughout my full Intuitive Songwriting programs will help make your commitment to your craft easy for you because they make songwriting fun. Intuitive songwriting is something that you’ll look forward to doing every day, and the more you do it, the more you’ll reap the benefits from your songwriting. The more you “flex” your intuition and strengthen your relationship with your own creative muse, the more capable of a songwriter you will become – allowing for ideas to flow through you on-demand.
- Who is your favorite artist/band of all time and why? Name at least three things you love about them (take notes in Evernote).
- Who were three of your favorite artists/bands growing up and why? Name at least three things you loved about each of them (take notes in Evernote).
- Who are three of your favorite artists/bands today and why? Name at least three things you love about each of them (take notes in Evernote).
Are you noticing a pattern here? Most of our influences resonate deeply with us because we see so much of our own potential in them. Somewhere in our subconscious mind we recognize that we carry these similarities with us, and the better we understand these similarities, the more we can apply them to our craft as songwriters.
Your Authentic VoiceApplying these similarities does not mean simply copying our influences. Your only job is to recognize the qualities that you love about your influences and explore them further. Perhaps they are mirroring some hidden potential within you. It’s important that you start applying them through your own unique perspective on the world. There will never another human being exactly like you with the exact same influences, thoughts, feelings, skills, interpretations, or creative expression. You are distinctly who you are and uniquely the result of everything that you experience. That is simply to say that while you have the ability to see aspects of yourself in others, you will never be a “rip-off” of anyone else so long as you remain true to your authentic voice and continually show up for your creative muse with honesty, integrity, and authenticity.You may feel like you don’t yet have a voice as a songwriter, or that perhaps you’ve lost your voice somewhere along the way, but I assure you that it’s there. It might be waiting for you to discover it – to see yourself in your influences and the qualities they are mirroring back at you. Reconnecting to our musical roots can be very helpful for this because our influences are reminders of who we truly are and where we truly come from.Showing up with an authentic voice to your songwriting will become easier and easier as you utilize the methods of intuitive songwriting, because there’s going to be a lot of self-discovery along the way. Remain open to receiving this information as it comes and own it like the one and only voice that you have. You will begin to see patterns, and those patterns will strengthen and evolve as your authentic voice becomes more apparent. Don’t be afraid of it – this is only your creative genius emerging."There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen..." -Unknown
- Upon first your listen, focus on the instrumentation of the song, how the song is produced and arranged, the song structure, and how each section connects to the next. Record your observations in Evernote.
- Listen to the same song a second time and focus only on the lyrics and storyline. What is the song about, and how are the lyrics supporting each section of the song? Continue recording your observations in Evernote.
- Then listen to the same song a third time and focus only on melody itself, how it flows from section to section, and how the lyrics are supporting the melody rhythmically. Listen carefully to how the singer is singing and how that contributes to the emotion of the song. Then try to determine why certain sections move you the way they do, and circle back to what you like (or don’t like) about that song in the first place. Continue recording your observations in Evernote.
- What “gets me out of bed” every morning when it comes to my songwriting? (Make your notes in Evernote)
- What are my songwriting goals and desires for the long term? (Make your notes in Evernote)
- What are my songwriting goals and desires for the next one (1) to five (5) years? (Make your notes in Evernote)
- What are my goals and desires for this eCourse, and what do I hope to have accomplished by the end of our six weeks together? (Make your notes in Evernote)
- An intuitive belief in your creative self and what you are truly capable of as a songwriter
- A passion for songwriting and desire to create your best work
- A commitment to embrace and apply the lessons you'll learn in this course
- A computer, tablet or smartphone that supports Udemy course materials