WRITING A HIT SONG: WHAT DOES IT TAKE? Songwriting Workshop

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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:

Song structure
"Hooks"
"Riffs"
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.

When: 1/25/2014
Time: 3pm-6pm
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.

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  • lauren s.

    great group, great instructor!

    January 26, 2014

  • Barbara

    I had a blast learning how to deconstruct hit songs into their unique elements. If you love listening to music and writing, this workshop will captivate. David is personable and passionate about his work.

    January 26, 2014

  • Erik

    I enjoyed the session very much! The information David presented about what makes a hit song was either eye-opening new or confirmed what I had been thinking. Very informative. I hope that there will be another session where we can "workshop" our songs. -E

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • lauren s.

    Hi Everyone, FYI it is too late to cancel at this point and I need to pay our instructor for the day. So if you cannot turn up you will still need to pay the fee to cover the instructor and the food we already are preparing. Thank you. Lauren

    January 25, 2014

  • Erik

    A must see for me! -E

    1 · November 6, 2013

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