how to compose music

How to Compose Music: A Step-by-Step Guide for Songwriters

Are you thinking it’s time to take your songwriting to the next level? You’ve probably been writing intuitively for a while, but you’d love to become more of an expert at composing music. Maybe you’ve been honing your musical skills, experimenting with new approaches in your home studio, and working to fill in the gaps […]

how to write a love song

How to Write a Love Song

If you’re a songwriter, you’ve probably written at least one love song. Love’s something we all can relate to, regardless our age, gender, experience, or life situation. And love songs are popular. People have been writing and listening to love songs for thousands of years. That’s not likely to change anytime soon. People love love. […]

How to Become a Professional Songwriter

How to Become a Professional Songwriter

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably wondering how to become a songwriter — and actually make a living writing songs. Maybe you’re wondering if it’s a realistic goal, or if you even have what it takes to succeed, so let me set your mind at ease. First, if you’re already writing songs, either for […]

songwriting tips

16 Songwriting Tips for Beginners and Pros

To be a songwriter, you need a bit of talent. There’s no doubt about that. But, you should never worry about not having enough talent. Writing a good song mostly depends on skill — and skill is something that can be learned and practiced. That’s why you’ll often hear me stress the need to write […]

song structure

Song Structure 101: Everything You Need to Know About How to Structure a Song

Music is powerful, and humans are hard-wired for song. Part of how we connect with music is through the song structure. We recognize and remember music that has familiar patterns — including rhythms and rhymes and a definable beginning, middle, and end. And as songwriters, if we’re doing our jobs right, our songs will be […]


How Much Do Songwriters Make?

So you’ve decided you love songwriting. Maybe you’re wondering how much do songwriters make, and if you can really make a living doing it. After all, it’s a tough business. And it’s not all that clear how the top songwriters became successful. Do they have something you don’t? Can you make your own success with […]

home recording studio

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio: A Guide for Songwriters

Are you thinking about setting up your own home recording studio? After all, it doesn’t cost much to write a song. The creative process is nearly free. All you need is a bit of inspiration, some time, an instrument, and a notebook or phone to record your ideas. But if you’re serious about making money […]

chord progressions

A Beginner’s Guide to Chord Progressions

It’s not hard to notice a wrong note or clunky chord when you play one (even if you’re a beginner). What you might not know yet is why certain things sound bad. Your challenge as a songwriter is making a song sound great without being boring or formulaic. With every song, ask yourself: How do […]

song ideas

112 Songwriting Prompts for When You’re Out of Ideas

Whether you’ve got “writer’s block” or you’re just having a hard time feeling inspired, sometimes all you need is a few songwriting prompts to push in the right direction. Coming up with a great concept is crucial to writing a great song. Sometimes prompts can be extremely helpful in coming up with good songwriting ideas. […]

How to Write a Song: A Beginner’s Guide to Songwriting

If you’re new to songwriting, it can be tough to know where to start when considering how to write a song. You might jot down or record some ideas but then leave them unfinished, sitting in a notebook or app, where they stay for weeks or months simply because you’re not sure what to do […]