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.
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.
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..."
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.
Just any Title wont do when it comes to writing a memorable song.
This is and example of the Hook used to write "Nothing Like Love"
Students should be able to create an Instrumental Hook
There are important differences between a Hook & a Chorus
The HOOK is short and repeats but the CHORUS is long and often does not repeat.
Most hit songs have structure. In this lecture I explain the process of using Building Blocks in crafting you songs,
This section continues the instructions in the process of using Building Blocks to help you craft your songs.
We will deconstruct my song "Making Room for Love"
This is and example of the Building Blocks used to write "Nothing Like Love"
Everyone loves a good story. This talk stresses the importance of having a good story for your song.
Using your 5 Senses (Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste) will help pictures in your story.
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.
This is and example of the 1st used to write "Nothing Like Love"
Verses are more than just words thrown on a page, they have a purpose
This is and example of the Pre-Chorus used to write "Nothing Like Love"
This is and example of the 2nd Verse used to write "Nothing Like Love"
Learning what a bridge is and how to build one
This is and example of the Bridge used to write "Nothing Like Love"
The student will learn how to create a short INTRO for their song,
The student will learn the value of writing with another writer.
The student will learn how to co-write with another writer.
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.