This is a purely lyric-focused songwriting course based on my research and experiences in the combined fields of songwriting, psychology, and metaphysics.
This course is a sharing of my personal process that I use for my own songwriting practice. It is my hope that you will know the beautiful feeling and personal satisfaction of bringing a piece, a representation of who you are, into external reality so it may be appreciated by yourself and others.
You can find references to my personal work over the years at SoundCloud under AdamSweeneyMusic.
A Lyric-Writing Machine (defined): is one who is able to easily connect with him/herself and write lyrics for the sake of its own practice and enjoyment, while validating everything that comes through. In this way, the well will never run dry even if dirty water comes first before the clean water when the spigot is first turned on.
The course focuses primarily on these 2 simple principles:
The course is structured as such:
I encourage discussion and dialog with my students throughout the whole course. I respond very quickly to messages so let's do this together!
I am 100% involved in my course. All materials are created by me and I am present in every lecture-presentation. There is no redirection to 3rd party articles or materials.
Additional lectures are created and uploaded periodically.
I want you to know that songwriting is a simple process. Although it can be made difficult or complicated by our expectations, hesitations, and lack of confidence, the process itself is fundamentally simple and my goal is to bring you back to that simplicity, where the magic happens seamlessly.
This intro lecture gives you real life examples of lyric-writing machines. You will learn one of the key secrets to being a successful songwriter as well as how to differentiate between your creative inspiration and your brain and reaching the balance of using both tools to your advantage.
This is a list of 10 ways to get yourself motivated in positive and productive ways in order to establish your inner connection to your creative flow energy which you need in order to write exceptional lyrics.
In this lecture we learn the 3 golden rules for writing lyrics: creating, relating, and communicating and why they are so important. We also answer the question quite literally of "What is the defintion of writing lyrics?" which gives you a holistic view of what is really being accomplished.
This lecture provides an overview of the 3 grammatical points of view (POV) as well as how you can have main and sub POVs. You also learn how this can be a natural, but how bringing awarness to it can make you a better songwriter.
In this lecture we define using the 1st person POV and you learn the advantages of writing lyrics in 1st person. Listen to a sound clip I have chosen and highlighted in pure 1st person POV.
Let's explore multiple points of view which can be expressed through multiple vocals via recording or live on stage. You will learn how you can have different voices coming from the same or opposiving POV as well as the use of lyric spurts.
This lecture contains everything you need to know about Intros, Verses, and the Pre-Chorus. You will get tips on how to optimally use each one to keep your listeners full engaged.
In this lecture we will go over the subtle differences between a chorus and a refrain. You will get 3 examples of famous refrains and tips on the best use of a chorus or refrain.
This lecture contains everything you need to know about bridges, breaks, and interludes. You will learn when it is appropriate to use each one so you can effectively choose the right one for your song.
This is my favorite lecture of the section where we discuss the importance of outros. I go into detail on 2 different kinds of outros: a Constant Change Outro and Tempo Change Outro with 2 song clip examples.
This is a fun exercise taking what you just learned in the last section and applying it to your favorite songs.
In this lecture we will discover what parts of a song are necessary to have with the idea in mind that quality is sometimes better than quantity.
In this lecture we are going to cover whether each part of a song is lyric-mandatory or lyric-optional.
In this lecture we will go over using the parts of a song in different orders to create variety among your songs. We will also go over the strategic use of repeats. I will provide examples of song structures.
In this lecture you will learn the limitations setting goals has on your writing and how creating a daily process will increase productivity 10, 15, or even 25 fold!
Good writing is sometimes behind bad or mediocre writing. I will teach you the importance of following the string of creativity which leads to your best work.
E-motion is energy-in-motion and in this lecture you will learn how to harness your emotions before they leave you and capture them in your song lyrics.
This is a shout out to all of you thanking you for taking my course. I hope it helped and inspired you:-) Talk to me in the discussions and I hope to add onto this course in the future. -Adam
This is an introduction for my post-course lectures, which will be added periodically, filled with interesting tips, strategies, explanations, and exercises.
Here you will learn my personal method which I use to write almost every one of my songs. It is what I call "The Waterslide Method" for songwriting. This is an actual technique to write your lyrics and you will need your instrument and/or voice to support you.
In this lecture, you will learn how to note key words and phrases and have lyrics form around them naturally while diversifying them from your other songs and other artists you may write similarly to.
Hello! I have been writing lyrics for 14 years and teaching music and songwriting for 12 years. For the last few years I have been helping songwriters all over the world write lyrics more effectively and helping them create a daily practice of connecting with their inner creativity and inspiration while writing tons of clever lyrics. I look forward to connecting with you in my course! Adam