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Songwriter U: Pop Chord Progressions Using The I-IV-V

A lot of the elements that make pop music successful relate to it being catchy and familiar. As a songwriter, there are many ways to engender this feeling in listeners, to do with song structure, instrumentation, lyrical...

Gordon Kennedy, Writer of Eric Clapton Hit “Change the World,” Gives Advice for Songwriters

Gordon Kennedy has quite the resume. He is a multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and record producer, a talented guitarist, and is widely considered to be a Nashville legend. Kennedy is most known for his hit song "Change The World,” recorded...

How to Write Piano Accompaniment for a Song

Being able to create your own music in an integral part to becoming a great musician. Having been a musician myself for 18 years, I know firsthand how exciting and rewarding it can be to write your...

Songwriter U: The Writing Process

If there's one approach to writing songs that works every time, I still haven't found it. There are, of course, those rare times where you're inspired and it all just comes to you effortlessly. But those times...

The Point of Point of View, Part III: Second-Person Narrative

Okay, we’ve been both outside and inside the world of the song in the last two issues, now let’s take a step outside the world of the song, and then turn around and press our nose up...

Victoria Shaw Offers Five Tips To Aspiring Songwriters

If you've turned on the radio over the last quarter century then you have heard something that Victoria Shaw has written. Her No. 1 songs include Garth Brooks "THE RIVER" (which we recently did...

Rodney Crowell’s “Adventures In Song” Discount Extended to Jan. 3

Registration is open for Rodney Crowell’s "Adventures in Song" camp, an immersive four-day event in Nashville that rigorously explores the craft of songwriting with some of the art form’s greatest practitioners. The camp, which...

What “Hotel California” Can Teach Guitar Players

The Eagles recently announced they will play their ‘Hotel California’ album in its entirety on their upcoming tour dates. Title track "Hotel California" is among the greatest, most recognized guitar tracks of all-time, simply put:...
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Hometown Rising Festival Rises to the Occasion with a Star-Studded Lineup

Blake Shelton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and more scheduled to appear.
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