Writing with a professional songwriting coach is a great way to write fresh music, and songwriting sessions are time set aside to do just that. If you’re ready to go to a songwriting session but you’re not sure how to get the most out of it, never fear! Two of our Amp songwriting coaches, Chris Chimene and Luke Levenson, shared their best songwriting session tips.
Create an Atmosphere
What inspires you? Is it playing through music by a particular artist? Is it playing through different chord combinations on your guitar? Use this as a starting place. Play around, jam, see what happens. This will help set the tone for the session, it will help you relax, and you might playing something that you want to keep!
When you’re writing with another person, it’s important that you both go in the same direction. Talk about the song, what you want it to be about, the mood, and where you want it to go. As you’re writing, communicate with each other so that you don’t end up writing two different things.
Don’t Force It
If you have a line or a word that you aren’t happy about, don’t get stuck on it. Move on to the next thing and come back to it later. Don’t stop your creative process over something small! Try to avoid using filler lines that you might settle for later on, take your time and really try to find something that says what you want it to.
Keep an Open Mind
Good songwriters aren’t just people who have a bunch of little melodies floating around in their brains. Good songwriters are people who have practiced intuition- they understand what people will enjoy listening to because their experience has taught them what will work. Sometimes this means experimenting with musical thoughts that might seem strange or silly, but if you follow them through the idea, you’ll end up with something unique.
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