Smart Songwriting: Write Great Songs That Attract Listeners
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This course will teach you how to write and market great songs.
4.6 (65 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 5/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 mins on-demand audio
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to write a great song and improve on current ones
  • How to make money with your songs
  • How To Pitch Songs Properly To Music Supervisors
  • How to write and promote songs to commercial radio
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  • computer, microphone or pad and pen to write songs and record them. I recommend a Mac Book Air

As the artist "Manafest" I've sold over 300,000 Albums Worldwide over 1,000,000 singles and toured 18 different countries!

I've written the majority of my songs with my producer Adam Messinger (Magic!, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown) and learned what it takes to write a hit song.

All my students get direct email access to me to ask any questions (Invaluable)

This course covers the basics & Advanced concepts of songwriting from song structures to melodies.

The Overcoming Writers Block Module is essential to any writer learning about block time to schedule in writing sessions. Songs don't get written by themselves you have to make the time and just do it.

I meet a lot of songwriters who are broke because they refuse to learn the business of songwriting. I cover this and give you a lot of ideas on how you can make real money with your songs.

I've built a hundred thousand plus a year music brand and now want to help other artists.

Success didn't happen overnight. It takes a lot of hardwork and dedication but you can do it too. Never give up!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for new and seasoned songwriters especially if your not making money with your current songs
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
7 Lectures 32:15

The song title should sum up the song. A lot of the time but not always the song title is in the chorus. This gives the listener an idea of what the song is about and there first impression of the song.

Song Title

Song Structures

Having catchy harmonies in both verses and choruses is super important. It keeps the listener engaged.


Who are you writing for? Don't say everyone. A pro tip if you want to reach as many people as possible. Is to write about "Love" that's transcultural, and crosses all languages What is the demographic your song is going to impact? Age, sex, genre?

Is it a party song, pop song, for radio, ballad,

Knowing who it's for will give you a ton more clarity

Know Your Audience

Here are some of the songwriting tools I like to use when writing:

Microsoft Word or TextEdit

Pad & Pencil or notebook

iPhone to record voice memo ideas

Apogee One Microphone while traveling to demo songs

I use a Shure SM7b to record professionally - to send files and back forth between producer or whoever I'm collaborating with.

Logic Audio - Record demos (Garage Band or Pro Tools also great)

Songwriting Tools
1 page

Get out a piece of paper and write down a list of 10 different song titles and topics you could write about.

Action Steps
Anatomy of a Song
8 Lectures 31:02
Writing Lyrics Part I

Writing Lyrics Part II

How To Write a Pre-Chorus

Pre-Chorus Screen Cast

The chorus is the most important part of the song. We will cover what makes a great chorus. Setting up the chorus coming out of the lyrics and connecting the bridge. The pre-chorus as well as the B part of a chorus to keep it fresh and exciting.

How to write a hook (Chorus)

How To Write a Bridge

Story Telling

Action Steps: Module #2
Performing Your Song (Virtual Vocal Coach)
7 Lectures 19:49
Why I Don't Memorize My Lyrics Before I Hit The Studio

Performing your song in studio and delivering a strong performance isn't about shouting, but style, attitude, pitch, finding your voice and breath control. This lecture is going to help pull the best studio performance out of you so people hear it come through on the song.

You started the verse or chorus good but then lost energy or focus near the end.
Sometimes it's the opposite you start off slow and then start to pick up energy near the end.

Turn your phone off, focus, stop thinking about anything else, unless it helps you with pulling out a better take.

Have some water, tea for your voice if it get's scratchy especially if your screaming.

Don't get Lazy. Try to get the best take you can. If you have to come back to do it.

I used to say memorize your lyrics but not anymore because you could get to the studio and have your

Preview 04:09

How To Have Confidence In Your Songwriting

Breath Control

Why You Need To Hire a Producer

Writing a Chorus Live In The Studio With Manafest & Adam Messinger

Action Steps Module #3
Overcoming Writers Block
5 Lectures 12:12
Pro Tip #1 Block Time & Scheduling

Pro Tip #2 - Movies, Books & Music

Pro Tip #3 Repetition

Pro Tip #4 - Secret To Great Song Writing Is In The Re-Write

Pro Tip #5 - You have to be vulnerable and try things
Business of Songwriting
8 Lectures 36:47

If you write a song that get's placed and does really well, there's a good chance that news will spread and people will call you.

Potentially a publishing deal

It's normally publishers who setup a lot of co-writing sessions with other writers

Charging a flat fee or just a piece of the publishing can sometimes be worth more or both.

Look up writing workshops in your city or events that you can go to and network: Nashville, L.A are the big ones

Writing For Other Artists

Working with other artists:

Paying for someone to be featured on a track (tap into their audience)

Learning new ways to write songs different then you do

Brings new perspective

Building relationships (call in a favor to post about the song when it's released)

If it's 2 people split the publishing 50/50

if it's 3 people it's 33.3 around the board

sometimes if you bring someone in near the end then I've seen 40/40/20


Hopefully you've already begun building a fan base prior to finishing everything up. The marketing of your song should start when you begin writing it. let your fans in on behind the scenes stuff.

Marketing Your Song

How To Market Your Song Part II

Protecting & Copywriting Your Songs

Investing in your songs is a great place to put your money but don't overdue it either. There is a balance and make sure your not taken advantage of either.

Investing In Your Songs
6 Lectures 32:57



TV/Film/Video Games

Mechanical Royalties

SoundExchange Royalties

Performance Royalties


AVLA (Canada)

MROC (Canada)

Show Me Where The Money Is In Songwriting

Those performance royalties are paid by radio stations, venues, and TV networks to Performing Rights Organizations like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SOCAN (in Canada) who then distribute the money to their affiliated songwriters and publishers.

A Performing Rights Organization (or P.R.O.) ensures songwriters or publishers get paid if for their music by collecting publishing revenue like: performance royalties.

An example of performance royalties would be your music playing live at a venue, film or TV and radio performance royalties.

For digital performance royalties from Satellite radio like Pandora and other internet broadcasting stations you would need to sign up with and register your music there.

They don't collect mechanicals to do that you would need to have signed either an admin deal with a publisher or record label. My preference is to use TuneCore's Publishing or sign up for CDBaby Pro.

Performance Rights Organizations

Getting Your Songs In TV/Film/Video Games

How To Get Your Songs On Commercial Radio

How To Make Money With Other Artists Songs Using iTunes

Paying for an artist to feature on your track is totally worth it and can open a lot of doors! Whether that's iTunes, Radio, Touring or just more exposure.

Paying For Artist Features
About the Instructor
Christopher Greenwood
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Chris Greenwood: Musician, Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur

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Across the last decade and some change, Manafest has steadily cemented his status as one of the world's most diverse, envelope-pushing and all around uplifting artists. His seamless, lightening-like blur between the spectrums of rap, hip-hop, rock and pop hasn't just led to 300,000-plus album sales and five coveted Juno Award nominations (essentially the Grammy equivalent in his home country of Canada), but also more than 1,000 shows logged over four continents.