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How to Crush Writers Block In 100 Days

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About this course

Hi songwriter!

Are you ready to CRUSH writers block?

This course is meant to be a companion to the 100 days of songwriting. The lessons and exercises build on each other, but each one can also standalone as a songwriting activity. This course is in the Beta stage. As a beta tester you are agreeing to give feedback along the way. If something doesn't make sense or a section could be improved upon I receive your words with open arms!

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The goal of this course is to help you:

  • Build songwriting momentum/get your mojo back.
  • Tap into the vast well of ideas that dwell in your unconscious mind.
  • Master basic songwriting skills that you can add to your tool belt.
  • Develop skills sequentially that create an environment for happy accidents.
  • Complete songs.

What you will need:

  • Recording device (smart phone, DAW, or dictaphone)
  • Pad and paper, or word processor.
  • Instrument (optional): Piano, keyboard, piano app (smartphone), guitar.

You can still do this workshop without an instrument. I provide instrumental tracks for any of the exercises that require chords.

*I teach using the piano, and it's my preference for this course. The advantage of the piano is that it's linear. Up means up and down means down. Visual shapes can translate directly to melodies on the piano. I believe the piano also has a lower bar of entry than say guitar, because you don't have to build up calluses, you just push buttons. So this is my gentle pitch for you to get some sort of keyboard.

What to do:

This course is meant to be a companion to the 100 days of songwriting

Questions and Feedback

If you have any questions about how to get started please shoot me an email at: rigel@100daysofsongwriting.com

Course Structure

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Getting Set Up

The daily exercises in this workshop are meant to be something you can fit into 10-30 minutes a day using minimal tech setup.

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Week 1: Diarrhea of the Pen

A creative writing exercise I learned from my high school creative writing teacher. This'll get the juices flowin'! Pun intended.

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Week 2: Create A/B Melodies

Start with something simple and repeatable. Iterate until it turns into something you like.

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Week 3: Sensory Writing

Master writing using only sensory language.

 

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Week 4: Melody Hidden in Words

Find the melody inherent in every day speech.

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Week 6: XAXA Rhyming with Melody

Write the lyrics in 10 minutes. Melody 10 minutes. Or just set your timer for 20 minutes.

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Week 7: Melody Chords and Groove

This week we combine melody, chords and groove.

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Week 8: Jump to the Heart of the Story

Skip the superfuluous details. Dive right into the action.

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Week 9: Melody Shapes

Practice visualizing melodies on paper and diagraming song sections. What shapes are overused, which ones are missing?

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Week 10: 6 Photos

Find deeper meaning in ordinary objects.

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Week 11: Write a Chorus

Either grab chords from another song on ultimate guitar chords, or Use generic chords.

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Week 12: Smash Two Songs Together

Find two different songs. Smash them into one.

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