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Write a Song with a Collaborator

Songwriting Challenge: Get together with a friend (or two or three) and see if you can write a song together When you work with someone else to write a song, it’s called collaboration. The songwriters are called collaborators. Collaboration is sometimes hard because you don’t always get to do things exactly your own way. But your friend will […]

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Write a “Falling” Song

If you live in the North like me, Fall is time for hot cider, apple picking, and falling leaves. I love to watch the leaves fall (and I love to kick them around once they’re on the ground!) Songwriting Challenge: Write a “Falling” Song What in the world is a falling song? Sometimes a song’s […]

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Write a Song with a Bridge

On our Songwriting Basics page, you can learn about VERSE and CHORUS which are the building blocks of popular music. Lots of modern songs also have a BRIDGE. Just like a real-life bridge that takes you from one side to another, a musical bridge brings to to a completely different place in the song. Famous Example: Lean On […]

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Write a Blues Song

We’ve all felt down in the dumps. Lost a dog. Lost a friend. The sun won’t come out. Bike broke again. That’s the blues. The deep down underground blues. This month’s Songwriting Challenge is to gather up all that gloom and doom and put it into a song. A BLUES SONG. I love to sing the […]

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Write a List Song

When songwriters are trying to get an idea across, they often use specific examples to help the listener know exactly what they are talking about. Some songs take this even farther. The whole song can become a list of examples, and we call it a List Song. A list song usually gives a list of […]

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Write a Colorful Song

In Gary Golio’s book, Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of Young Jimi Hendrix, he writes that Jimi tried to “paint with sound.” Each different sound was like a new color in a box of paints. A series of high-pitched screeches might make you feel one way. A low, steady note repeated over and over […]

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