Originally Posted by musicmachineshop
Are there any sites or blogs or organizations that you particularly like?
For some method
insights into how others write hit songs, read as many interviews as you can at songfacts.com: Songwriter Interviews
Estimated reading investment time: about 2 hours
I actually prefer the interviews in Paul Zollo's book Songwriters on Songwriting
because they're more in depth. Unfortunately, you have to buy that book whereas the songfacts website I mentioned is free. If you find those interviews helpful, get the Paul Zollo book.
For the business
side of music, read all the blog archives at Eric Beall's site: Music Publishing Blog | Eric Beall
Estimated reading investment time: about 4 hours
If you find his writing helpful, you'll want to buy his books. His books cover extra detailed information that's not in the blogs.
Songwriting schools or classes online?
I'm not aware of any websites at this point that offer structured lessons that would be better than just you
favorite songs teach you. Listen to your favorite songs carefully on your own. Yes, you may have heard Song X 1000 times but you can still listen to it differently the 1001st time. The key is to listen with a deliberate de-construction
type of mindset. E.g. listen to the verses -- how is verse2 different from verse1? Isolate the bridge section -- how is it different from the chorus? Did the instrumentation change? How? When do harmonies go in and out of different lyric sections? Etc,
Also, be aware that the vast majority of songwriter websites and forums are heavily tilted towards lyrics
instead of music
. Lyric writing, lyric critiques, lyric dissection, etc. Lyrics are important but they are over-emphasized on songwriting websites. If you come from the school of thought that considers the music-vs-lyrics "importance ratio" as 50% music / 50% lyics or even 90% music / 10% lyrics, you'll realize all those lyric-heavy websites are off the mark in terms of helping you improve your "product." (My Pet Theory: I believe that songwriting websites are naturally skewed toward lyrics because it's easier to convey "words
" back and forth among participants rather than "music
" ideas. E.g. it's easier for more people to show and recognize that "love" rhymes with "dove" whereas it's more abstract to talk about a II chord acting as a substitute for a IV chord, etc. Also, I guess it's theoretically possible for a song forum to enable seamless "music" idea discussion via instant soundclips sharing but a ton of awkward technology has to been in the chain to make this frictionless -- hence we have a dominance of lyrics discussion.)