Learn Something new in the new year!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to write a commercial song? Do you feel you have a knack for writing lyrics or a great melody, but are unsure how to put it all together? Have you written a song but don't know what your next step is?
Join us for an afternoon songwriting workshop with professional songwriter David Chester where we will go over the the nuts and bolts of writing a well-crafted commercial song, including:
Great lyrics (They are not all "I love you" and "You broke my heart")
We will use well-known hit songs and "break them down" so you can see all the above components and how they have been successfully applied.
We will also discuss:
What is important to keep in mind when you are ready to record your song
Acoustic vs. Electronic music production
Vocals (Get the BEST singer possible!!!)
There are no more "demos" (the difference between a "demo" and a "master")
Home recording/studio recording: What's best for your song?
Do you need a producer or can you do it yourself?
ASCAP/BMI/JASRAC: What they are, what they do
Avenues for promoting your original material
You are welcome to bring your original material (produced song, melody only, lyrics only) and David will provide feedback. It is essential to have others hear your songs before you unleash them on the public; getting a general consensus of what does/doesn't work is invaluable.
Where: Kimono Wine and Grill
Fee: 4000 yen
What to bring: Something to write with/on, original songs (if you have them), a desire to write great commercial songs.
Coffee will be available, as well as a delicious afternoon snack
We need at least 5 people to make the workshop happen.
David Chester has written music and/or lyrics for over 60 songs, including originals and English-language cover versions of Japanese pop hits recorded by such artists as Richard Marx, Robert Flack, Phoebe Snow and Deniece Williams. He is also a producer/arranger/pianist and has traveled the globe as a musician and done extensive concert work throughout Japan.