What’s a Songwriter Blog?

My first blog post – I’ll admit, this is an experiment. I want to find out if a blog is a good way to share songwriting tips. I’ve been writing songs off and on for close to 40 years, although I only recently started writing on a daily basis.

That’s your tip right there. If you want to be a songwriter, start writing on a daily basis. Kind of like practicing an instrument, songwriting also takes practice. Probably the best overall tip I could offer a beginning songwriter is: write every day. Don’t wait around for inspiration to strike. This really takes the pressure off, because you’re not going to expect to hit it out of the ballpark every time. Not every session will produce a masterpiece, but over time, the process will produce better songs.

This experiment is a way for me to share some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way. Many were learned at songwriting books/workshops or from classes in other kinds of writing, in music theory, and so on.

And many of the following tips come from a forum called Songwriters Tip Jar, which I started with Robert Cote several years ago. It’s still active and has over 7,000 registered songwriters. The brilliance of the forum concept is that the wisdom comes from everyone and is shared with everyone, unlike the old style teaching, which assumes one person has the knowledge and everyone else has nothing to offer and must sit passively and receive it.

I’m hoping this blog works the same way as the forum, in that you can respond to any of my comments with your own ideas, tips, criticisms or encouragement. There’s a place to respond below.


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2 Responses to “What’s a Songwriter Blog?”

  1. robert4bass Says:

    Wow, that’s great blog!
    I love this blog!!

    Good songwriting tip, too! I always say, a half hour of practice daily beats 3.5 hours weekly, and it’s the same amount of time!!

    You rock, Danny!

    Your pal,

  2. Corinne C. Says:

    You’re off to an excellent start Dan! Hope members check it out and contribute.

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