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The London Singer Songwriter Group provides opportunities to connect in a variety of ways, including Songwriting Workshops, Countryside Retreats, Performance, Industry and Networking events.

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Melody & Hook Writing: Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs

WeWork 131 Finsbury Pavement

£17.00

In this three-part interactive presentation course we’ll cover the essentials of Melody, Hook and Harmony Writing – you’ll learn the elements of what makes a great melody and receive invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. In Week 1 we'll cover the essential topics of Motifs and Rhythmic Development in Melody and Hook writing. There is more than enough information each week to be taken as a standalone session and the price is discounted by 15% to £17 each. However, sign up for all three sessions below and the total is only £47: 17,24 & 31/07/19 – Melody & Hook Writing: The Essential Guide! – 3-Week Course http://bit.ly/MelodyJuly3Part This series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes on Wednesday 17th, 24th and 31st July 2019 at 6:15pm: 17/07/19 – Melody & Hook Writing: Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 24/07/19 – Melody & Hook Writing: Music & Harmony Theory 101 for Songwriters 31/07/19 – Melody & Hook Writing: Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody We'll extensively analyse both contemporary and classic songs, looking at what they have in common & crucially what makes them different. These unique sessions are suitable for all songwriters, whether lyricists or composers. There are only 11 places available for each session so please book in advance. Testimonials from previous attendees: “Some absolutely fascinating insights that I will draw on as I take my songwriting forward” “Really enjoyed it – lots of value for money and will definitely be coming back for more!” “You are a gifted teacher and presenter, your enthusiasm is definitely inspiring to be around” Tea, coffee and water will be provided free of charge. The nearest tube is Moorgate. Also, don’t forget to register your interest for our 10% discounted all-inclusive Residential 2019 Summer Songwriting and Studio Recording Camp - ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/

17, 24 & 31/07/19 – Melody & Hook Writing – 3 Week Evening Course

WeWork 131 Finsbury Pavement

£47.00

This three-part interactive presentation course will cover the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing – you'll learn the elements of what makes a great melody and invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. In songwriting Melody is King and this course will give you the information to perfect your composition choices. It will also provide a useful introduction to reading sheet music and the basics of music theory for songwriters. There is more than enough information each week to be taken as a standalone session and the price is discounted by 15% to £17 each. However, sign up for all three sessions here and the total is discounted by 22% to only £47: 17,24,31/07/19 – Melody & Hook Writing: The Essential Guide! – 3-Week Course - http://bit.ly/MelodyJuly3Part The course includes the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes on Wednesday 17th, 24th and 31st July 2019 at 6:15 pm: 17/07/19 – Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 24/07/19 – Music & Harmony Theory 101 for Songwriters 31/07/19 – Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody We will extensively analyse both contemporary and classic songs, looking at what they have in common and crucially what makes them different. These unique sessions are suitable for all songwriters, whether lyricists or composers. There are only 11 places available for each session so please book in advance. Testimonials from previous attendees: "Some absolutely fascinating insights that I will draw on as I take my songwriting forward" "Really enjoyed it – lots of value for money and will definitely be coming back for more!" "You are a gifted teacher and presenter, your enthusiasm is definitely inspiring to be around" Tea, coffee and water will be provided free of charge. The nearest tube is Moorgate. Also, don’t forget to register your interest for our August 10% discounted all-inclusive 2019 Summer Songwriting and Recording Camp week in Surrey: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/

Summer Songwriting and Studio Recording Camp 2019

A five-day songwriting, arranging, recording and production experience! The London Songwriters Summer Camp features collaborative and solo writing briefs designed to illustrate proven techniques of effective songcraft. It will also provide you with hands-on experience in taking your song to the next level in terms of arrangement, recording and production. To register your interest for a time-limited 10% discount at just £559 see http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/ The extensive studio recording and practice-room facilities of a well-resourced music school will be available to you during the camp and we will be using music production software (Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Garageband) to develop songs further whilst recording collaborative tracks. The principles used will be applicable to all DAW software and computer platforms. There will also be plenty of opportunity to play your own songs in our evening on-site open mics and to receive constructive feedback - 1-2-1 tuition is also available. The school is set in beautiful Box Hill, North Downs in Surrey with plenty of scope for outdoor writing, walks and visits to local country pubs. Single-room accommodation is available in the nearby Juniper Hall including all catered meals from Monday midday through Friday lunchtime, and all songwriting/studio facilitation. The camp is limited to 18 attendees. The nearest station is Dorking and a transfer bus will be available on the Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Click here for a full description, testimonials and to register your interest: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/ Note: Your place is only definite once you have paid and you have received a confirmation email.

2019 Autumn Peak District Retreat Week

Picturesque, spacious converted countryside barn

We are running our Autumn Peak District Retreat week from the 14th to 20th October 2019. The price is fully inclusive of food, accommodation and comprehensive songwriting facilitation. The fresh air and stunning views come with the location! RSVP link to register your interest: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/ Whatever your songwriting experience, by attending the retreat you will: • immerse yourself in your writing without the distractions of everyday life • have a great time in lovely surroundings with like-minded people • increase the quantity and the quality of songs you write at the retreat and afterwards • increase your confidence as a songwriter • increase your songwriter connections and co-writing network • write at least one or two songs each day • get encouragement and valuable feedback on your current repertoire • learn and/or practise the essential songwriting 'tools' and 'rules' (and work out when you can break them) • have a songwriting holiday experience for less than the cost of holiday B&B/food alone From 2015 to 2019 a total of over 150 Songwriters from across the world have attended one of our twelve successful retreats in the beautiful South Derbyshire countryside collaborating, writing, learning and using successful comprehensive songwriting tips, walking, going to country pubs and making new connections, which are still continuing to bear musical fruit. Each writer rated the experience 5 out of 5 and their testimonials are included below. It will consist of co-writing and solo-writing briefs, songshares, songcraft presentations, walks, pubs, perhaps an open mic…all in all an enjoyable and productive songwriting holiday break! The cost of the Autumn Retreat is £479 for a full week plus an extra night for free if you want to stay until 10am Monday 21st October. Please let us know via the following form if you are interested and I can contact you with further details: Autumn 2019 Retreat - Register your Interest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccz1tZU2_VK-4_IOAeV00xK-NIwUDz88fSCf1llyJbCrsMRg/viewform In the previous participants’ own words: ‘The retreat was one of the best weeks of my life!’ ‘Loved every minute and learned a lot. Great to be able to share ideas and mix with some very talented people’ ‘I had a fabulous time and I am delighted with my new friendships and song output. It was a marvellous week.’ ‘Just back from a magical song-writing retreat in Derbyshire with London Songwriters led by Murray Webster’ ‘I’ve come away with 5 songs – 3 of which I plan on releasing in the future, so THANK YOU! for making it happen’ ‘The guidance in the morning was excellent – focused, just the right amount of info, really important learning’ 'Perfect from start to finish’ 'I have just been on a really fabulous retreat for song-writers with Murray Webster. If you want a laid back but focused, friendly, supportive event to do some collaborative and/or solo songwriting and develop your skills, Murray's are the best out there at an affordable price.' ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat spending time in lovely surroundings with lovely people. Was impressed with the facilities provided for writing and performing our songs and the overall support of Murray for the whole time. Can't wait 'til the next one!’ ‘The songwriting instruction sessions I found particularly useful. ‘Very useful advice and exercises’ ‘Fun walks, meals and songwriting, singing and collaborating.’‘Fab environment for bringing out creative ideas and making songs happen, that otherwise wouldn't.’ ‘The exercises were interesting and challenging.’ ‘Attending this event is a no brainer for anyone who thinks they might be interested in songwriting. I have been writing songs for a long time and haven't had so much fun for years.’ ‘Thanks it was a great week!’‘The retreat was a great place to collaborate and meet like-minded people. It has since given me the momentum and new tools that I needed to get me songwriting more regularly and in a more structured way.’ ‘The scenery was amazing and I was glad to fit in a few walks during my stay.’ All the participants said they would love to do it all over again and would recommend it to others.

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