Writing Song Lyrics: Adding heart and soul to your songs!
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Writing Song Lyrics: Adding heart and soul to your songs!

Great song lyrics don't just tell a story but touch the emotions of the listener as well.
4.8 (6 ratings)
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50 students enrolled
Created by Peter A Brandt
Last updated 3/2017
Price: $20
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the structure of how to write a song.
  • Understand the different types of rhyme and their role in writing lyrics.
  • Understand the different rhyme schemes and what role they play in writing lyrics.
  • Understand what human emotions look like and how to capture them in songs.
  • Understand my technique for writing lyrics using rhyme in their songs.
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  • Should know how to write in English.

Hi, and welcome to the Lyric Writing Course….have you ever wondered why some songs have such an impact on us while others do not? A great lyricist not only tells a story but touches the emotions of the audience within the song.

My lyric writing course will teach you how to turn an average song into a heartfelt song that will touch your listeners. I will teach you song structure, how to find song ideas, and how to put an emotional touch into your lyrics.

Beside video lectures and some handouts you will listen to some wonderfully moving songs and I will explain why they are like that. I will teach you song structure, rhyming type words and rhyming schemes before we move onto writing exercises you can do to strengthen your lyric writing skills. Finally, I will demonstrate the simple and easy lyric writing process that I use to write my own songs and when we are done, you will hear the song professional record by a Canadian artist.

Section 1 – the Basics of Writing and Lyrics

Section 2 – Song Structure

Section 3 – Use of Rhyme and Tension in your Songs

Section 4 – Human Emotions and Writing

Section 5 – My Writing Process Revealed

Section 6 - Conclusion

The ideal student is an amateur songwriter who have never written song lyrics or a seasoned songwriter who is a great musician but needs some help capturing a story and the emotions that go with it.

I have been a professional writer for over 30 years and I am confident that the knowledge I will bestow on you will significantly improve your writing talent.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant is for anyone who wants to write lyrics that tell a story, using the fewest word, and evoking the strongest emotions in their songs.
  • This course is open to beginners who have never tried to write a song.
  • This course is open to seasoned songwriters who need to work on their skills of writing lyrics.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
The Basics of Writing and Lyrics
4 Lectures 28:47

Writing lyrics doesn't have to be a hard and difficult thing to do. With the proper techniques, writing lyrics that rhyme or don't is something anyone can learn.

Preview 07:04

There is no better way to explain to you about writing emotion into your songs than to show you some stellar examples. Sit back and listen to some great lyricists and identify what emotions they are touching.

Samples of Emotional Songs

There is no easier place to find song ideas than in your own life.

Finding Song Ideas

Song Ideas Quiz
3 questions

When you sit down to write, these tools will help you get right into writing. As well, I will show you how to capture ideas when they come to you, any time, day or night.

Tools you can use for Writing Lyrics

Tools for Writing
3 questions
Song Structure
5 Lectures 23:19

How is a song put together and what is the purpose of each part. We will discuss in detail.

Song Structure Overview

Song Structure
4 questions

Lecture 6 is where we look at the verse, understand its roles in songwriting and what it should look like when its done.

Preview 05:49

Writing Great Verse
3 questions

The chorus is where the theme of your song is summarized. We will look at how to make the most of it.

Writing a Great Chorus

Writing a Great Chorus
3 questions

Bridges can set you song in a new direction or emphasize and heighten what is already there. We will look at its role.

Writing a Great Song Bridge

Writing a Great Song Bridge
2 questions

Hooks are the things you remember about a song. We will look at some examples of great hooks and then discuss how to write you can write a great one!

Writing a Great Hook

Writing a Great Hook
3 questions
Use of Rhyme and Tension in your Songs
3 Lectures 14:09

The number of lines and types of rhymes all play a part in making your song sound stable or unstable. Mixing and matching within your song will add and subtract the right amount of tension in your song.

Stable and Unstable in Lyrics

Stable and Unstable Lyrics
3 questions

Now that we know the rhyme schemes, we will look at the different types of rhyme...from perfect to consonance.

Types of Rhyme

Types of Rhymes
3 questions

Rhyme schemes can tell a lot about your song. If you pick the right one, a mood can be set for the entire song. We will discuss the many different types and what effect they will have on your song.

Preview 03:26
Human Emotions and Writing
2 Lectures 08:28

You can't write about emotions in your song if you don't understand what emotions look like in the human body. We will look at emotions and how they can be captured in your song.

Understanding Human Emotions

Understanding Human Emotions
2 questions

I will show you some tips that every creative writer uses when writing novels and short stories. Writing lyrics is a lot like writing a micro novel set to music. May of the same principles apply.

Creative Writing Tips

Creative Writing Tips
2 questions
My Writing Process Revealed
4 Lectures 27:37

I will show you the process I use for writing great lyrics, Using the song "A Kid Like Me" as the example, I will create my process live on the screen.

The Writing of a "A Kid Like Me"

After writing the initial lyrics it the song was sent to my music man who shaped the lyrics to the music he wrote.

A Kid Like Me Revised for Music

You will get to see and hear the music video "A Kid Like Me" professionally done by recording artist Tom Pinsent, from his debut album "GT's Lounge."

A Kid Like Me Music Video

These exercises will help your practice your writing and rhyming skills.

Writing Exercises
1 page
1 Lecture 03:06

I will wrap up some final thoughts about writing great lyrics.

Final Tips for Writing Great Lyrics
About the Instructor
Peter A Brandt
4.8 Average rating
6 Reviews
50 Students
1 Course
Author / Actor / Songwriter / Filmmaker

Peter has been a writer and author for over 30 years. After a stint in the military, he began his writing career as a Technical Writer. Not satisfied with only this type of writing, Pete began to write books, completing four novels and two non-fiction books before turning his focus on writing screenplays. Two of his screenplays were turned into movies...one a documentary about the slow decline of Pakistani music and its revival by the Lahore Music Forum (LMF) as well as a comedy short (Copy That) in which he he was the lead actor.

Peter is also a member of the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and co-writes songs with his writing partner Tom Pinsent.