You can't teach songwriting!... Or can you?
You either have it or you don't, yep I've heard that one before. You can't teach someone how to write songs you either have it or you don't. Now I understand you can't teach inspiration but you can use techniques to get the juices flowing. Once you've got the inspiration going then that's where the craftsmanship comes in.
Think of songwriting like a mould of clay that you want to shape into a piece of art. You may have an idea of what you want it to look like but for it to look the best it can be you need to learn the techniques. That's what songwriting is.
With songwriting you can teach song structure, rhyme structure and how to write lyrics. Recent lessons I've giving have been teaching students how to write melodies and how they work. I've also taught how to put chords to melodies.
I feel even if you've never written a song before you can be taught how to put one together. Now I'm not saying that you can be taught to write number 1 hits or classic songs however I do feel you can be taught how to put a song together and understand how it works.
Songwriting is a skill that you can learn as long as you have the desire to do so and are prepared to put in the hard work. It's also really fun and when you do write a song that people connect with you will want to do it again and again.
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