Hit Songwriting Secrets is designed to show you the inner workings of how a hit song is crafted. Crafting a hit song is certainly an art form, and mastering this art form requires the proper tools and techniques. Who will teach you these tools and techniques you ask? In Hit Songwriting Secrets you will gain access to the secret skills, tricks, and instruments of hit songwriters to write a custom song of your own in 30 days or less. The course is easy to navigate, organized accordingly, housed under one convenient roof, and includes the following:
Expressing yourself through songwriting is a wonderful experience. Music is a language of the world and you can start communicating today. In Hit Songwriting Secrets you can master the art of writing innovative, fresh, and distinguished songs:
Well-known songwriters and producers use these techniques everyday to assist in creating songs with hit factor. In Hit Songwriting Secrets you can look over my shoulder and watch as I write a song from scratch. You will learn step by step to write your very own song as you follow along with each lesson. By the time you complete the course you will have completed writing an original song and you will have earned a Udemy Certificate of Completion. Hopefully you will find it refreshing, exciting, and interesting to take a course on a fun topic like songwriting. What are you waiting for? Writing your own song is just a click away, so don't delay, go ahead and take the course. Express yourself in song today.
This lecture details the main reason behind creating this course. It also gives a brief overview of what the course will entail with specific topics that will be covered.
This lecture discusses the instructor's background. In addition to the instructor's reasons for creating a course on songwriting.
This lecture discusses getting to know more about the students. It also has simple questionnaire so the instructor can learn a little more about the students.
This lecture discusses what makes up a song. It also discusses what a song is not.
This lecture discusses how a songwriter can come up with a song title. It gives a songwriter specific tools and techniques for coming up with ideas.
This lecture discusses a brief history of songwriting in reference to song forms. It gives and overview from the past to the current song forms.
This lecture discusses the tool of writing a song synopsis. It also shows the student its relationship to songwriting.
This lecture discusses how to use word association in conjunction with songwriting. The students will complete an exercise using word association.
This lecture define what a hook is and its relationship to songwriting. The students will participate in writing a hook.
This lecture discusses which section of the song tells the story. Students will participate in coming up with a story for their song.
This lecture discusses a section that can sometimes come before a chorus. It also discusses how to go about writing this section.
This lecture further discusses the section that comes before the chorus and goes into greater detail.
This lecture discusses the section of a song where the story should be expanded upon. Students will participate in expanding this section of their own song.
This lecture discusses writing the first draft. It also discusses what you should and shouldn't do when writing the first draft.
This lecture discusses techniques for rewriting a song. It gives practical tips for this process.
This lecture discusses the concept of song flow. It also discusses how songwriter might apply song flow in the rewriting process.
The lecture introduces two types of point of view. It discusses how a songwriter might choose point of view for a song.
This lecture discusses the last type of point of view. It also shows an example of this type of point of view.
This lecture defines what a melody is. It shows the songwriter how to use the lyrics in reference to melody.
This lecture is a continuation of the previous lecture giving further detail about the concept of a melody.
This lecture discusses the concept of contrast and its relationship to songwriting. It discusses the importance of contrast in a song.
This lecture is a continuation of the previous lecture on contrast and delves further into how to create it in songs.
This lecture discusses the definition of climax and where it lies within a song.
This lecture gives tools and techniques for generating ideas for a melody. It also shows an example of creating a melody.
This lecture discusses the concept of rewriting a melody. It gives practical tools and tips for sculpting an effective and catchy melody.
This lecture discusses different types of feedback a songwriter might acquire. It also discusses how a songwriter should use feedback.
This lecture discusses how to use a song critique. It gives anecdotes about critiques and how some were useful and others not.
This lecture details what demo services are and how a songwriter might find one. It also details the important steps of what to do before contacting a demo service.
This lecture discusses the steps to take after a songwriter completes writing a song. It also gives examples and anecdotes.
This lecture is a continuation of the previous lecture and gives further details, steps, and practical tips about what to do after you've written your song.
This lecture discusses the debate of whether to make songwriting a hobby or a career. It also explains the difference of the two concepts of hobby and career.
This lecture discusses different songwriter resources and how to find them. It gives examples and anecdotes of the different types of resources.
This lecture is a continuation of the previous lecture giving further detail and insight into useful songwriting resources.
This lecture discusses what songwriting clubs and circles are, where to find them, and what activities the provide.
This lecture discusses potential songwriting conventions a songwriter could attend. It details what occurs at these events.
This lecture is a continuation of the previous lecture giving further detail and insight about songwriting conventions. It also gives specific examples of different activities that occur at songwriter conventions.
This lecture discusses the role of songwriting submission services. It gives a list of these companies and the services they provide.
This lecture discusses the different types of competitions a songwriter might enter. It lists specific contests and gives a range of the general fee associated with submission.
This lecture is a thank you message to students for taking the course and gives practical tips of what to do moving forward. It also discusses Richard's upcoming course on advanced songwriting.
Richard Smith-Beverly is currently a private instructor at the Napoli School of Music and Dance where he has taught hundreds of students lessons in piano, voice, composition, violin, and guitar. The school honored him this year with a plaque for 8 years of outstanding teaching at Napoli. Richard earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he trained extensively arranging for big band, small chamber orchestra, small ensembles, and studied commercial production and songwriting under commercial composer Chuck Butler. In addition, Richard studied for four years at the Baltimore School for the Arts where he received much of his early music education. “I started teaching as a way to give back – for all the knowledge, training, and education that I’d been given over the years,” says Richard. Richard began his teaching career in 2005 at GEGISOM (Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music) in the inner-city of Philadephia. In 2006, Richard was hired as a Media Tech at The Entertainment Source, LLC in Jenkintown, Pa creating music charts for the different company wedding/party bands, updating the company website periodically, as well as creating promotional content and brochures. Richard went on to teach at the Napoli School of Music and Dance in the prestigious Mainline of Philadephia. He became very well-known and well-trained as a private instructor and in 2007 began teaching private in-home lessons in the suburbs of Pennsylvania for Musika Lessons, LLC – a company based out of New York. In 2007, Richard was also hired as a bass soloist for Trinity Church Oxford in the Northeast of Philadelphia and sang there for several years. That same year Richard was also instrumental in helping to create a Music Program for elementary school children that was hosted on Saturdays at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadephia. “I love teaching because it gives me a different kind of euphoria than when I’m performing,” says Richard. “Helping my students create goals for themselves and seeing them achieve those goals is very rewarding. It gives me great satisfaction when I teach a student specific techniques and seeing them apply those techniques in their own musical experience. The most gratifying experience of teaching is seeing my students grow as musicians – many of my students had their first musical training with me and to see and experience their progression over the years is the best,” says Richard. In his leisure time Richard enjoys day trips to New York for attending Broadway shows or music concerts. He has travelled to the West Coast for vacations to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Richard has also travelled to cities in the North East including Boston, Massachusetts and Providence in Rhode Island. On a recent trip to New York Richard had the immense pleasure of meeting six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald.