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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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Created by Guy Thomas
Last updated 4/2014
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What Will I Learn?
In this course you will learn the basic skills for writing a song.
You will be expected to write a verse or chorus.
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  • Any kind of audio recorder. Keyboards, (piano) or guitar. Metronome or drum loops (optional)

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with some ability to write lyrics or music.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 01:25:06
3 Lectures 21:24
Courting The Muse

Do The Lyrics Or The Music Come First?

The Initial Idea
5 Lectures 33:00
Verse And Chorus

Extending The Initial Idea

Time To Rhyme

Song Structure

Are Your Lyrics Abstract Or Do They Tell A Story?
3 Lectures 10:36
Writing On Assignment


Level Of Motivation And Integration
2 Lectures 04:08
Take A Breather

Writer's What??!!
About the Instructor
4.0 Average rating
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109 Students
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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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