7 Secrets to HIT Songwriting

Veteran Motown writer teaches you how to master the art of Hook, Verse, Melody writing & more. Secrets finally revealed!
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  • Contents Video: 3.5 hours
    Other: 33 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

When Clay Drayton instructs songwriters, he comes from a place of experience and longevity. He doesn't want you to be a “1 Hit Wonder”. You will learn the secrets of writing songs that have the potential to become Classics.

What many songwriters today are missing are mentors (Seasoned writers who have "Been there, Done that!") to help them develop their songs with tried and proven methods of creating Hit songs. Clay will give you examples, templates and tools to use in your songs. He will be your mentor. He will help you write songs that everyone will want to hear and singers will want to cover.

Not only will Mr. Drayton instruct you, but he will consult with, critique and collaborate with his students.

What are the requirements?

  • Note Pad, Pen/Pencil, Recording device
  • You do not have to be able to play an instrument or have any recording software. Desire is all that is required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will learn the secret elements that Motown used to make their songs magnetic and timeless.
  • You will learn the "Power of the HOOK", How to write a catchy Title, How to Hum out a Melody, How to Paint pictures with words and MORE...

What is the target audience?

  • This class is for those who have a desire to write their first song or those who would like to take their songwriting to the next level.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Before You Start
COURSE SUMMARY
Preview
00:55
GOALS & REQUIREMENTS
Preview
01:28
Section 2: Welcome
Welcome
Preview
01:53
7 Secrets intro
Preview
00:10
00:41

Many people think that they can't write songs because they don't play an instrument. I explain why you don't have to be a musician to take this course.

Taylor Swift's co-writer doesn't play an instrument
Article
04:13

In this session I talk about the tools needed for this course and for becoming a professional songwriter.

Section 3: Preparation H.I.T.S.
Preparation for Writing
Preview
07:53
How to find Inspiration
06:59
04:48

in this session I give the reasons for having the best part of your song being sung within the first 15 or 30 seconds.

Section 4: SECRET #1 A Great Title
Great Titles Intro
00:17
What makes a Title GREAT?
05:43
Intro to Spotting Great Titles
00:24
Finding titles in Cliche's
01:38
Finding Hot Titles on Social Media
02:07
Finding GREAT Titles on Signs
02:45
Finding Titles in Conversation
03:29
Finding Titles on TV & Movies
04:07
Titles in Life Experiences
01:51
Titles beginning with "YOU"
01:41
10:19

In this segment I explain the process of shortening your song title to make it more attention-getting and memorable. My title is "There's Nothing Like Love". When Sliced and Diced it becomes "There's Nothing Like..."

GOOGLE your Title
02:08
1 page

I mentioned Googling your title to make sure that there is no other song titles like yours. Here is the Google search of my title "Nothing like love". The results are ... There was only one song with a similar title but NO song with the same title.

1 question

Just any Title wont do when it comes to writing a memorable song.

Section 5: SECRET # 2 A Powerful Hook
Hook Intro
00:19
What is a HOOK?
05:03
List of SHORT HOOKS from hit songs
05:58
1 page

This is and example of the Hook used to write "Nothing Like Love"

04:12

Students should be able to create an Instrumental Hook

How to create a Hook from a Drum Beat
04:58
1 question

There are important differences between a Hook & a Chorus

Section 6: SECRET #3 The Chorus
The Chorus Intro
00:13
CHORUS VS HOOK (What's the difference?)
02:01
Pre-Chorus
04:52
2 questions

The HOOK is short and repeats but the CHORUS is long and often does not repeat.

Section 7: SECRET #4 A Great Melody
Great Melody Intro
00:17
What is the Melody?
01:53
The Process of Making Melodies
05:10
Exercise: How to compose a Melody for your Title
06:21
Exercise: Composing a Hook from a Track Melody
02:40
Exercise: How to compose a Hook from a Music Track
04:08
Exercise: Composing a Melancholy Hook
03:06
Section 8: SECRET #5 Writing Greating Verses
Intro to writing great Verses
00:12
Building Blocks Intro
00:10
03:29

Most hit songs have structure. In this lecture I explain the process of using Building Blocks in crafting you songs,

04:22

This section continues the instructions in the process of using Building Blocks to help you craft your songs.

05:15

We will deconstruct my song "Making Room for Love"

1 page

This is and example of the Building Blocks used to write "Nothing Like Love"

08:00

Everyone loves a good story. This talk stresses the importance of having a good story for your song.

Storyline Builders 5Ws
08:52
03:34

Using your 5 Senses (Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste) will help pictures in your story.

WRITING WITH PASSION
11:53
06:08

The first verse is extremely important in a song. In this section I show you it's purpose, its' necessity and how to get started writing it.

Creating the 1st Verse
02:27
The 1st Line of the 1st Verse
04:00
Verse Kick Starters
04:09
1 page

This is and example of the 1st used to write "Nothing Like Love"

The Lyric Writing Process
05:52
Metaphors and Simple phrases
03:52
1 question

Verses are more than just words thrown on a page, they have a purpose

1 page

This is and example of the Pre-Chorus used to write "Nothing Like Love"

Second Verses
04:40
1 page

This is and example of the 2nd Verse used to write "Nothing Like Love"

03:34

Learning what a bridge is and how to build one

1 page

This is and example of the Bridge used to write "Nothing Like Love"

Surprise twist
03:55
Section 9: SONG STRUCTURE - Putting all the pieces together
Song Structure (Showing lists of the order of a song)
02:00
06:39

The student will learn how to create a short INTRO for their song,

Section 10: SECRET #6 Collaborating
00:12

The student will learn the value of writing with another writer.

Article

The student will learn how to co-write with another writer.

Stories Behind the Collaborating/Co-Writing of Hit songs
1 page
Section 11: SECRET #7 Rewrite...Rewrite...REWRITE!
00:11

The student will understand the need to continue to refine their song until it is recorded.

REWRITE!...REWRITE!...REWRITE!
10:51
Section 12: THE BUSINESS of the Music Inducstry
Copyright Organizations
Article
Should I SELL my song?
Article
Performance Rights Organizations
Article
Songriting Networking Groups
13 pages
Section 13: Legendary Songwriters Speak out
The Motown Legends
4 pages

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Instructor Biography

Clay Drayton, Award winning Motown Hit Songwriter, Producer & Instructor

Clay Drayton has been involved in the music industry for the past 40 years. He was a songwriter on staff at Motown Records/Jobete Publishing for seven years. While at Motown he wrote, arranged, produced and played on songs for Diana Ross, The Supremes, the Jackson 5, Jermaine Jackson, Janet Jackson, High Inergy, David Ruffin, the 5th dimension, Bette Midler, Al Wilson and many others. He has earned multiple gold & platinum records to his credits. Clay’s song “The Life of the Party” is included on the CD entitled “Michael Jackson’s 50 Best Songs.

After leaving Motown, Mr. Drayton signed with 20th Century Fox Music. He is president of his own music publishing companies; Claytam and Troytiaco. He is a member of ASCAP, the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP) and a voting member for the Grammy Association. He continues to write and produce today for vocalists which include singer Jesse Campbell from "The Voice" and others. Clay is currently teaching a Professional songwriting class in Los Angeles, CA. He speaks for music schools and music networking groups, has been featured in music magazines and conducts Professional Songwriting seminars nationwide.

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