The Hit Songwriting Formula

A fast track to writing great songs that have hit potential
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Have an open mind to discovering new methods and techniques that will help develop your personal songwriting formula

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Before We Begin
01:14

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

01:10

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.   


00:42

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

Section 2: Getting Started
02:18

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

01:19

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


01:07

This video teaches students how to brainstorm creative ideas.

02:13

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

02:03

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

01:33

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

Section 3: Putting It Together
01:21

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

01:08

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

00:54

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

01:03

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

01:23

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

00:58

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

01:10

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

Section 4: Writing
01:14

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

01:51

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

00:43

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

01:26

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

01:19

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

00:59

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.

00:35

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

01:28

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

00:58

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

00:55

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

00:52

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

00:52

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

01:24

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

01:04

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.

00:54

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

Section 5: The Next Level
01:03

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

01:28

Here students are introduced to the business side of songwriting.

00:54

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

01:35

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

02:03

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

01:56

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. 

07:42

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

Section 6: Summary
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!

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Instructor Biography

Darryl Ray Robinson, 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.

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Instructor Biography

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.   


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