Giving and receiving meaningful feedback on your creative work is probably the single most important thing to actually developing your practice and seeing your work improve.
Psychologist Anders Ericsson, who famously inspired the idea of the ’10 thousand hours rule’ for developing expert performance level at anything, cites ‘meaningful, specific, and detailed feedback’ as one of the most critical aspects to moving beyond the plateau that most people stop at in their creative practice.
In that spirit, the Songwriting Workshop that I teach at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy is centred around the combination of weekly projects that fine-tune specific aspects of the songwriting process, with detailed and personal feedback on song projects throughout the term. The next term starts October 14. You can find more information here, and here:
Hope to see you there!
A new term of my Songwriting 1 course at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy kicks of on October 17! Get your creative juices flowing, and join me there!!
The most effective way I write songs is to immerse myself in songwriters. I like to remind myself of the songwriters who will always, without question, ignite something in me. Here is my list.
These writers don’t just write great songs; they are GREAT SONGWRITERS. Drenching myself in the structures, forms, and developments of lyrics and music of these songwriters will always set up my songwriting practice.
I will often then cross-pollinate this listening by immersing myself in a style or genre that I am either interested in or inspired by.
Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.
“How do you write about a broad concept like “the extinction of species”?
Doris Folkens, Ontario, Canada
Click below to access a free downloadable PDF of this lesson! It contains the information summarized, key writing exercises, and song examples.
The music I listen to doesn’t always (umm…actually, never!) sounds like the music I make. Here are some of my favourite albums I listened to in 2018.
Nils Frahm – Solo Remains
Strawberry Heritage – Overgrowth
Anais Mitchell – Hadestown
Melody Gardot – Currency of Man
Adanowsky – El Idolo
Julia Michaels – Nervous System