Acoustic Songwriting. Create your own original songs.

Express yourself to the world! I teach you to write your first three songs - guitar, vocals, songwriting, confidence.
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  • Lectures 44
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

TOP RATED, WORLD CLASS MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS COURSE ON UDEMY - UPDATED CONTENT for songwriting December 2015

Write your own songs

My course does exactly what the title describes in a simple, relatable way. I help you to create and perform your own music - whether you're a beginner musician looking to get started with your songwriting or you're a seasoned professional I will go through the process of acoustic songwriting - learn guitar (chords, scales, finger picking), vocal exercises and ranges, lyrics, building confidence, performing and much more.

Why you need this course

Creating your own songs isn't all that easy. On your own it can be quite confusing, difficult and frustrating. I've been through the process myself, and with the help of lifelong musicians who have helped me I know the ins and outs of songwriting and performing across a range of genres. I want to share this with my fellow beginners, musicians, with you.

What you will get out of this course

I will give you straightforward instructions, advice, insights and resources for you to take simple steps to create your first three songs in the genres of your choice.

I personally provide support within the course daily, answering questions and giving feedback on what you've created so far. I don't just throw you in at the deep end - I provide you with the resources to learn and develop what you need and then help you stroll through to the finish line.

My course integrates all of the aspects required to be a successful acoustic songwriter. I teach and I preach, with a live performance of a relevant original song by me at the end of each section!

Why $99?

As a professional songwriter, performer, and teacher for over ten years I have helped hundreds of people to learn to play guitar, sing and write their own songs. Face to face I charge $50 per hour for a student. To complete everything a student would learn in this course it would cost them between $500 - $1000 for the lessons.

To reach more people than I could face to face I decided to create this course. As I add more content I intend to raise the price but for now I've decided on $99 - the cost of just two lessons.

By paying a small cost for this course I believe you will get your value back, with a lot more by the time you have completed it.

Ask yourself - how much is learning to write songs worth to you?

How long will it take?

Although everyone is different, on average it has taken existing students between 4 - 6 weeks to complete the course, whilst developing their skills and knowledge along the way.

Who this is not for

This course is not for anyone looking for a one-click fix. Although I provide you with a path walked enough times that it can be a relatively smooth journey it still requires a lot of time and effort from you to make it happen. If you're not interested in putting in your own energy to become a songwriter then this may not be the right course for you.

Is there a money back guarantee if I'm not happy?

Absolutely. I am confident that my course will bring you more value than you spend on the course. As one of the top featured Udemy Music Instructors my motto is 'your success is my success'. If within the first 30 days you feel my course is not going to help you to achieve your goals in creating your own songs then you get a no questions asked, full discount straight away.

What materials are included?

The majority of my lectures I have chosen to be in video format so that you can hear and see me when we're going through each and every area of the course.

Aswell as the course lectures, presentations, audios, pdfs and quizzes the course will soon also offers:

  • A workbook to track your progress
  • A template for creating your own work timeline with goals and milestones
  • My full support as an instructor to answer questions, provide feedback and support
  • Interviews with other successful musicians

I will be constantly adding more valuable content and resources to the course as time goes by. Keep checking back here if you're not sure right now and feel free to send me a message with any questions or requests you may have.

So go ahead and click the 'Take this course' button at the top right of your screen. I look forward to seeing you on the course.

Feedback from my current students:

"Wow, I'm a complete beginner..got this as a christmas present from my boyfriend. I loved it! I've already written three songs with help from the instructor and he's even given me feedback on my songs. Thank you." - Hamza mubarik, India

"I've paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars on lessons and then John comes along with this course and I can learn, practise, and even get quick feedback for a fraction of the costs. I'd say there are still a few things the course could be improved - like maybe an interview with a famous songwriter? But this still stands well above any teacher or course I've ever used for guitar." - Liam Jacob, Miami, United States

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have a guitar, paper and pen. That's it.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create three of your own original songs
  • Play confidently as a basic/intermediate guitarist
  • Sing with strenth, confidence and range
  • Structure your songs professionally
  • Create a diverse range of songs - Pop, Rock, Blues, Latin, Country, and more
  • Perform with confidence
  • Structure your songs well
  • Start performing your music
  • Recording and making money from your songs

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone with a dream to write their own songs
  • Existing songwriters looking to learn more in-depth about the process
  • Teachers of guitar or singing who are looking to learn and provide their students with more
  • If you play a different instrument the concepts I teach are transferable and can still be a lot of help

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Welcome - me, my background and approach to music
Preview
02:28
Course structure
02:02
By the end of this course ... creating our goal!
01:45
Live performance - 'Sidestreets'
04:39
Section 2: Guitar fundamentals
Crash course - basic guitar
06:08
Open string chords
06:03
Basic chords chart
Article
Minor chords and 7th's
04:50
Bar chords
07:20
Bar chords review notes
Article
Scales and chord patterns
08:14
Scales along the neck
11:52
Finding your own chords: breaking out!
07:41
Strumming patterns and finger picking
05:55
'Hooks', tricks, and creating your signature sound
03:18
Live performance - 'Leave'
02:46
Section 3: Vocals
Singing 101
03:57
Basic and powerful exercises for your voice
03:35
Moving out of the 'awkward' phase
02:12
Gaining confidence fast
04:04
Band performance - 'Ecstasy'
Preview
03:16
Section 4: Writing your lyrics
Inspirations and ideas - how do you get started?
03:01
What makes you tick? Who do you want to connect with?
01:48
Simple exercises and tips to get the words flowing
03:01
Say what you need to say
01:44
Live performance - 'Rize'
Preview
02:52
Section 5: Arrangements
Styles, genres, arrangements, song structures
01:18
Pop
02:51
Blues
07:08
Latin
03:02
Rock
04:26
The beauty of simplicity, the wonder of complexity
02:01
Building in dynamics
03:10
Live performance: Without a sigh
03:40
Live performance - What Blues Really Means
Preview
04:08
Section 6: Developing your own style
Exercise: explore your sounds
02:38
Curiosity and learning from others
01:48
Getting out there
03:41
Getting feedback
03:01
Section 7: New: Getting fans and making money from your music
Welcome to the new section!
02:09
Beginner's self-promotion
03:11
Section 8: Conclusions
Reviewing our goals. What now?
03:19
Take away messages
02:00
Thank you! Any requests?
05:30

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Instructor Biography

John Harper, Acoustic songwriter, lead guitarist in 4lab, genre traveller

TOP RATED INSTRUCTOR FOR MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS COURSES ON UDEMY

I've been constantly learning, exploring, practicing and discovering areas of songwriting, performing and monetizing on music, for the past 12 years.

I've played around the world in various bands and I'm now recording a ten track acoustic album.

With everything I've learned along the way I want to share with others and help them to discover and express themselves through song writing so that they can explore, connect with others, and become a successful musician.

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