Songwriting: Write Pro Standard Lyrics

Eve Williams, Music: Information and Inspiration

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18 Lessons (1h 24m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:32
    • 2. Wireframing: Avoid Rookie Mistakes and Create Story Progression

      4:59
    • 3. Story Progression Example: Folsom Prison Blues

      4:37
    • 4. Lyrical Economy: Big Yellow Taxi

      4:23
    • 5. Show, Don't Tell: She's Leaving Home

      3:57
    • 6. Metaphor: Hotel California

      5:46
    • 7. Intertextual Writing: Oblivion

      3:27
    • 8. The Right Language

      4:25
    • 9. Lyrical Hooks

      8:19
    • 10. Songforms and Lyric Writing

      8:31
    • 11. Over to You: Rewrite One of Your Lyrics

      4:52
    • 12. Two Songs on the Same Theme

      3:49
    • 13. Write Lyrics to This Tune

      4:34
    • 14. Cut Down a Cluttered Lyric

      1:32
    • 15. Using Google to Write a Lyric

      3:12
    • 16. Find the Pay Off Line (and possibly the title...)

      1:21
    • 17. Getting Feedback

      2:03
    • 18. Bonus: How to Become a Pro Songwriter by People Who've Done It

      11:26
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About This Class

As an A&R rep at a music licensing company, I listened to many songs every week. Of those that are nearly there but not quite, it's the lyrics that often pose a problem: lyrics without a story, or too much cliché or no consistent theme. It's a myth that pop lyrics are meaningless. Pro songwriters spend alot of time on lyrics.

In those course you will learn how to craft lyrics like a professional songwriter and what errors to avoid. Specifically, we will look at 

  • Wireframing: constructing a story progression to your lyrics

  • 'Show, Don't Tell': the use of imagery

  • Metaphor

  • Intertextual Writing: taking inspiration from other works of art without ripping them off

  • Using the right language for your song's audience

The course begins by looking at some very effective lyrics, then asks you to craft your own. There are video and text exercises to complete and you will have a chance to get my feedback on your lyrics or to post them for group feedback which may just help you find cowriters!