The Hit Songwriting Formula
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The Hit Songwriting Formula

A fast track to writing great songs that have hit potential
2.0 (3 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.
56 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know the difference between a song, a great song and a hit song
  • Conquer writers block quickly and easily
  • Create catchy and memorable lyrics and melodies
  • Properly structure a song that has hit potential
  • Write songs more proficiently while greatly increasing the quality and quantity of your lyrical portfolio.
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Requirements
  • Have an open mind to discovering new methods and techniques that will help develop your personal songwriting formula
Description

This is a crash course in songwriting. We will walk you through a simple step-by-step process of writing great songs, as we increase your knowledge of defining a song, a great song and a hit song.   Song structure, song styles and various other song elements are broken down into 37 easy to follow lessons that total 1.5 hours.

Students will need a pen/pencil, note pad and an instrument (keyboard/guitar) which is optional - and a basic recording device will do fine.

The information in this course can be used as the building blocks for developing your skills and hopefully spark your inner creativity as you become more proficient as a songwriter.  The course was created with the beginner in mind, but the intermediate and pro are not left out by any means.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of songwriting. Poets wanting to transform their poems into songs, and seasoned songwriters brushing up on their craft.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Before We Begin
3 Lectures 03:06

Greetings, and Welcome to The Hit Songwriting Formula on-line video course!

Preview 01:14

This songwriters course is a cutting edge fast track to writing great songs that have HIT song potential.  You will discover how to captivate your audience by writing lyrics that connect intimately to the listener by way of short stories that are commercially viable and lasts from 3 mins to 3 mins 30 seconds.

We will teach you a step by step blueprint to writing original, one-of-a-kind songs formulated with hit potential - Remember  this one thing, there are no rules in songwriting, as long as there is structure.   


Preview 01:10

Here, the students can reflect on what they wish to achieve by taking this course.

Preview 00:42
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Getting Started
6 Lectures 10:33

In this block of instruction, students learn the difference between a song, a great song, and a hit song.

Preview 02:18

After reviewing this video, students will be able to identify the three stages of song development.


SONG DEVELOPMENT STAGES
01:19

This video teaches students how to brainstorm creative ideas.

BRAINSTORMING
01:07

After completing this instructional video, students will be effectively create song topics.

SONG TOPICS
02:13

This instructional video teaches students and original approach to songwriting styles.

SONG STYLES
02:03

At the completion of this instructional video, students will become more proficient at creating song titles. 

SONG TITLES
01:33
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Putting It Together
7 Lectures 07:57

This video gives students a fundamental foundation for beginning to write lyrics to a song.

Preview 01:21

After briefly reviewing this video, students will be more confident at selecting their lyrical subject matter. 

THE APPROACH
01:08

Here students are introduced to genres, and the importance of identifying genres.

GENRES
00:54

After this video lesson, students will be able to identify the most commonly use genres.

MOST FREQUENTLY USED GENRES
01:03

This instructional video explains to students the importance of creativity in songwriting, and how to enhance their creativity. 

CREATIVITY
01:23

This video briefly explains to students a basic song structure format.

SONG STRUCTURE
00:58

After completing this video lesson students will become more proficient at selecting subject matter to build their lyrics around.

Preview 01:10
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Writing
15 Lectures 16:34

In this instructional video the students are taught how to begin to utilize basic writing techniques. 

Preview 01:14

In this lesson, students will learn the definition of writers block, and how to address this issue.

WRITERS BLOCK
01:51

Students here learn to create a song intro.  This is part one of the five major components of a song.   

INTRO
00:43

Students here learn to create song verses.  This is part two of the five major components of a song.

VERSES
01:26

Students here learn to develop lyrics for a chorus (i.e. Hook).  This is part three of the five major components of a song.  The path to

CHORUS HOOK
01:19

In this video students learn to create the lyrics for a song bridge. (Optional). Though every song does not have a bridge, this is still considered part four of the five major components of a song.

BRIDGE
00:59

Students here learn to create an outro for a song.  This is part five of the five major components of a song.

OUTRO
00:35

In this video students are further encouraged to follow a free-flowing songwriting attitude, while referring to the song's structure as a guide.

JUST LET IT FLOW
01:28

After this instructional video students will have a better understanding of the time frames allotted in today's music.

SONG TIMEFRAME
00:58

This instructional video further explains to students the importance of knowing song characteristics.

KEY AND TEMPO
00:55

Students here are challenged to write songs not designed for musical accompaniment.

A CAPELLA
00:52

This video briefly explains to students the role that music plays in songwriting.

CHORDS AND MELODIES
00:52

In this lesson students are briefly introduced to the option of songwriting while providing their own musical accompaniment.

PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT AND SINGING
01:24

After reviewing this instructional video, students will understand how of the lyrical expression and delivery of the lyrics play an important role in the song's initial success.

EXPRESSION AND DELIVERY
01:04

This video gives students a definition of harmony and how it can be incorporated into songwriting.

HARMONY
00:54
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The Next Level
7 Lectures 16:41

In this lesson students will briefly learn about recording options for their work.

RECORDING YOUR SONG
01:03

Here students are introduced to the business side of songwriting.

SONGWRITING AS A BUSINESS
01:28

After this video students will embrace the concept of sharing their music. 

SHARING YOUR MUSIC
00:54

After this instructional video students will be equipped with knowing the process of copywriting their material.

COPYWRITING YOUR MATERIAL
01:35

Students here have an opportunity to test their knowledge of song structure through a few non-gradable quizzes.

SONG STYLE QUIZ
02:03

This instructional video challenges students to write new songs with a time limit on completion. (Optional).  Though students are taught never to rush their creativity, this exercise can be done at the students leisure, and is only designed to improve on  songwriting skills. 

TIME LIMIT SONG CHALLENGE
01:56

These segments of music are original compositions by the instructors, and may be listened to as examples of completed works. (Optional).

Preview 07:42
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Summary
1 Lecture 00:40

We hope you will benefit from the techniques explained in this course, and wish you good success in your journey of songwriting. Write On!

Preview 00:40
About the Instructor
Darryl Ray Robinson
2.0 Average rating
3 Reviews
56 Students
1 Course
Highly skilled in Songwriting and Musicianship. 30+ years of experience, Studio Engineer and Technician.

Darryl is a college graduate from Strayer University and a registered BMI Songwriter/Publisher. He and his best friend/co-instructor Jae London have worked as independent songwriters for over 30 years, and have numerous recordings in their combined repertoire. Darryl is currently the sole Owner/Operator of Digitrax Studio in the USA, while Jae resides and maintains AMAJ Studios in the UK. Both Darryl and Jae have hosted several music workshops and are active members of numerous songwriter forums. It is their deepest desire to pass on this knowledge to others, and share their strategies of songwriting longevity.

Independent Record Producer

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Jae London
2.0 Average rating
3 Reviews
56 Students
1 Course

Jae London began writing songs when he was 13 years old.  By the age of 16, he became a multi instrumentalist who played in several bands where he started to really develop his songwriting skills.  Along with his songwriting and producing partner (Darryl Ray) they worked alongside, writing, co-writing and producing for numerous signed and unsigned acts throughout the States.  

This experience landed Jae steady work at a major record label as an assistant engineer.  A fantastic opportunity was later offered him (late 90’s) to become the sound engineer for the Hip Hop segment of the Philadelphia Music Conference (PMC) for 3 years running.  Soon after, Jae went on and founded “The PhillyMusic Express Song Contest”.  Jae relocated to the U.K. and started a program where he taught young people about the art and craft of songwriting and stage performance techniques.  Currently Jae is in the studio working on an album project – stay tuned.