Songwriting (the creative process for beginners)

A tutorial with a well established hit songwriter, meant to guide, support and inspire the beginner songwriter.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

A video tutorial on how to help and inspire the beginner songwriter. The course will explain and identify the elements involved with a starting idea, lyrical and (or) musical, and how to expand that idea (or seed as I like to call it) into a song. The process is a creative journey full of twists and turns. That is what makes songwriting so interesting and magical. The marriage of music and lyrics.

What are the requirements?

  • Any kind of audio recorder. Keyboards, (piano) or guitar. Metronome or drum loops (optional)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course you will learn the basic skills for writing a song.
  • You will be expected to write a verse or chorus.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with some ability to write lyrics or music.

What you get with this course?

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Basic Overview
You Want To Be A Songwriter
Getting Prepared
Section 2: THE SEED IDEA
Courting The Muse
Do The Lyrics Or The Music Come First?
The Initial Idea
Verse And Chorus
Extending The Initial Idea
Time To Rhyme
Song Structure
Are Your Lyrics Abstract Or Do They Tell A Story?
Writing On Assignment
Level Of Motivation And Integration
Section 5: WRAP UP
Take A Breather
Writer's What??!!

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Instructor Biography

Guy Thomas, U.C.L.A. Songwriting Adjunct Professor

Guy Thomas is a songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist musician who has recorded with and written songs for some of the biggest names in popular music. While still living in Ohio at the age of 17, Guy was signed by RCA as a solo artist in New York. He moved on from that learning experience to start his own band and then performed and toured with a wide array of famous recording artists co-writing, playing lead guitar, bass and keyboards.

In the eighties, Guy signed on as a full time staff songwriter and had his songs recorded by numerous artists including Carly Simon, Kenny Rogers, Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins.

Guy and Kenny Loggin’s co-wrote the Billboard’s top 10 hit song, “Conviction of the Heart” along with other songs like, “Leap of Faith” and “Now or Never” for Kenny’s critically acclaimed album “LEAP OF FAITH.”

When Guy wasn’t touring, he was working full time as a writer for national and regional commercials (i.e. Budweiser, Toyota, Mattel, Suzuki to name a few) as well as movie trailers and television theme songs.

Since having his first child in 1998, Guy quit touring and signed as a full time writer with Cherry Lane Music Publishing, now BMG Music Publishing, writing and placing hundreds of songs in various network and cable television shows as well as films. Guy also created a catalogue of over five thousand music cues for various international music libraries covering genre’s ranging from county, pop, classical, rock, grunge, alternative rock, jazz and R&B that continuously airs today on shows like: Dateline, Famous Homes & Hideaways, That’s So Raven, Parental Control, Oprah, Katie, Extra, Anderson Cooper 360, Hoarders, Ellen DeGeneres, Pawn Stars, On The Case with Paula Zahn, Duck Dynasty, Auction Hunters, TMZ as well as NBC Sports.

Guy’s expertise in current music trends has been well recognized in the academic community where he has been an adjunct professor of modern music songwriting at UCLA for the past decade.


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