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Write songs with us! Bring work in progress, ideas, enthusiasm!
Welcome to the most exciting and creative songwriter's workshop ever! At least, we all think so. All are welcome at the meetups! If you only write lyrics, or only write music, come anyway -- hopefully you'll find a collaborator. Everyone is friendly and positive, with a serious spirit of creativity that lifts us all. All genres represented -- heavy metal to folk. We have tutorials on the basics -- how to write an AABA, Verse/Chorus, or 12-bar blues song - to rhyming, scansion, structuring your lyrics to move and tell a story, and more - as well as ongoing presentations and critique. If you're new, bring a song you're working on, or lyrics in progress, or just come and soak up the creativity and be inspired. If you're an old salt, the assignment for June is to write an electro-swing song - something fun and silly, to contrast with the heavy anthems we've written. Now, this is tough, as almost everyone's on guitar, but I want you to get the feel for the old genre of swing with arrangements and sounds. If you cannot do it, or you are a newbie with no idea what we're talking about, just come anyway. You'll be pleasantly surprised. See you there with bells on!

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5116 N Charles · Baltimore, MD

What we're about

We're going to work on the craft of songwriting: AABA, Verse/Chorus, 12-bar blues, rhyming, scansion, writing the bridge, writing for musical theatre and cabaret -- all the basics, and we'll go as far as you want to go. This is for beginners, intermediate, or folks who have experience and want to hone their craft. Whether you're a composer/lyricist, or a composer or lyricist, please join us. If you have a work in progress, bring along 15 copies for the rest of the group; if not, just bring your ideas and yourself. If you have an acoustic guitar, bring it for the "lab" part of the meeting, where we work on in-class assignments, alone and in small teams, and present in class (if you're too shy, come anyway, and be a part of the group - Performing your song is not necessary!) The workshop format is listen, teach, discuss, write, present, repeat. This is a workshop: bring pen, notebook/paper, rhyming dictionary if you have (I'll share mine). Email me and let me know what you're specifically interested in. I'll try to accommodate. Hope to see you there!

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