• Melody & Hook Writing: Enhancing Melodies & Hooks with Pitch & Prosody

    Do you want to learn how to maximise the impact of your melodies? This week we will cover enhancing your melodies with pitch and prosody - how to use melodic sequences, inversions, outlines, hooks and motifs to maximum effect. You may need some basic familiarity with music theory to follow this class. Our presentation series with practical exercises covers the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing - you'll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. There is more than enough information each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 each. Sign up for all four sessions here & the total is discounted by 15% to only £67: https://bit.ly/LSMelody4 The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes on Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May 2020 from 7 to 9 pm BST. 6/05/20 – Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 13/05/20 - Melodic Note Choices 20/05/20 - Effective Chord Progressions & Riffs 27/05/20 – Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody We will extensively analyse both contemporary and classic melodies, looking at what they have in common & crucially what makes them different. These sessions are suitable for songwriters of all experience levels. There are limited places available for each session so please book in advance. Testimonials from previous attendees: “A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks” “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument” “The audio/visual examples were great”

  • Song Clinic - Detailed Constructive Feedback On Your Original Songs

    Join us for an enjoyable & friendly group songshare session. Play your songs at any stage of development for extensive professional constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony & structure. Constructive appreciation is crucial to our craft, whether you are on your 1st song or your 1000th. Generous time is allowed for each writer in this online session. This workshop is: "A really well organized and superb system for gathering feedback - genuinely illuminating! Thoroughly enjoyed it." "The feedback is spot on and is invaluable in developing the songs I have written." as fellow songsmiths have said. * Check that the songs are communicating as intended and whether they can be tweaked to compare with already successful songs. * Receive encouragement in a safe and supportive environment as well as professional and informed constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. * Listening to your peers will also help to inform your own writing and many aspects of essential songcraft will be covered. You will be asked to submit one recorded mp3 song (external links are OK) and/or lyric in Word format by email in advance. The recorded song can be a simple live Guitar/Piano and Vocal or a full production. A link and instructions will be provided for the Zoom meeting with a maximum of 10 attendees. AGENDA 2:00 - 2:05 Feedback guidance 2:05 - 4:00 Songshare Session Also check out the discount on our week-long all-inclusive 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

  • Melody & Hook Writing: Effective Chord Progressions

    Online event

    £20.00

    Do you want to learn to maximise the impact of your melodies? This week we’ll look at how your choice of chords affects the melody & how it relates to genre & contemporary writing. You’ll understand how progressions really work and speed up your writing by removing the guesswork that many self-taught musicians can be tempted to rely on. Our presentation series with practical exercises covers the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing - you'll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. There is more than enough information each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 each. Sign up for all four sessions here & the total is discounted by 15% to only £67: https://bit.ly/LSMelody4 The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes on Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May 2020 from 7 to 9 pm BST. 6/05/20 – Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 13/05/20 - Melodic Note Choices 20/05/20 - Effective Chord Progressions & Riffs 27/05/20 – Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody We will extensively analyse both contemporary and classic melodies, looking at what they have in common & crucially what makes them different. These sessions are suitable for songwriters of all experience levels. There are limited places available for each session so please book in advance. Testimonials from previous attendees: “A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks” “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument” “The audio/visual examples were great”

  • Song Clinic - Detailed Constructive Feedback On Your Original Songs

    Share your songs at any stage of development for extensive professional constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. Constructive appreciation is crucial to our craft, whether you are on your 1st song or your 1000th. Generous time is allowed for each writer in this online session. This workshop is: "A really well organized and superb system for gathering feedback - genuinely illuminating! Thoroughly enjoyed it." "The feedback is spot on and is invaluable in developing the songs I have written." as fellow songsmiths have said. * Check that the songs are communicating as intended and whether they can be tweaked to compare with already successful songs. * Receive encouragement in a safe and supportive environment as well as professional and informed constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. * Listening to your peers will also help to inform your own writing and many aspects of essential songcraft will be covered. You will be asked to submit one recorded mp3 song (external links are OK) and/or lyric in Word format by email in advance. The recorded song can be a simple live Guitar/Piano and Vocal or a full production. A link and instructions will be provided for the Zoom meeting with a maximum of 10 attendees. AGENDA 2:00 - 2:05 Feedback guidance 2:05 - 4:00 Songshare Session Also check out the discount on our week-long all-inclusive 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

  • Melody & Hook Writing: Melodic Note Choices

    Online event

    £20.00

    Do you want to learn to maximise the impact of your melodies? This week we'll cover Melodic Note Choices and the non-scary essential scales you need to create melodies - understanding how these really work will speed up your writing exponentially & remove the guesswork that self-taught musicians rely on! Our presentation series with practical exercises covers the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing - you'll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. There is more than enough information each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 each. Sign up for all four sessions here & the total is discounted by 15% to only £67: https://bit.ly/LSMelody4 The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes on Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May 2020 from 7 to 9 pm BST. 6/05/20 – Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 13/05/20 - Melodic Note Choices 20/05/20 - Effective Chord Progressions & Riffs 27/05/20 – Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody We will extensively analyse both contemporary and classic melodies, looking at what they have in common & crucially what makes them different. These sessions are suitable for songwriters of all experience levels. There are limited places available for each session so please book in advance. Testimonials from previous attendees: “A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks” “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument” “The audio/visual examples were great”

  • Song Clinic - Detailed Constructive Feedback On Your Original Songs

    Share your songs at any stage of development for extensive professional constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. Constructive appreciation is crucial to our craft, whether you are on your 1st song or your 1000th. Generous time is allowed for each writer in this online session. This workshop is: "A really well organized and superb system for gathering feedback - genuinely illuminating! Thoroughly enjoyed it." "The feedback is spot on and is invaluable in developing the songs I have written." as fellow songsmiths have said. * Check that the songs are communicating as intended and whether they can be tweaked to compare with already successful songs. * Receive encouragement in a safe and supportive environment as well as professional and informed constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. * Listening to your peers will also help to inform your own writing and many aspects of essential songcraft will be covered. You will be asked to submit one recorded mp3 song (external links are OK) and/or lyric in Word format by email in advance. The recorded song can be a simple live Guitar/Piano and Vocal or a full production. A link and instructions will be provided for the Zoom meeting with a maximum of 10 attendees. AGENDA 2:00 - 2:05 Feedback guidance 2:05 - 4:00 Songshare Session Also check out the discount on our week-long all-inclusive 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

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  • Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing 4 Week Evening Course - 6,13,20,27/05/20

    Do you want to learn the techniques that will maximise the impact of your melodies? In this four-part course with practical exercises we'll cover the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing - you'll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. Melody is King & it stands or falls on very fine margins - we only have relatively few notes to play with. If you feel you are not making the most of your melodies sign up for a wealth of fresh ideas! We'll delve deeply into essential topics, basic & advanced, such as using Rhythmic Hooks, Motifs, Pitch, Chords & Riffs as well as a simple guide to reading scores, music theory & much much more! Each session is £20 but the total is discounted by 15% for this Meetup group if you book all 4. There are limited places available so please book in advance. The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes from 7:00 to 9:00 pm BST: 6/05/20 – Melody & Hook Writing: Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 13/05/20 - Melody & Hook Writing: Melodic Note Choices 20/05/20 - Melody & Hook Writing: Effective Chord Progressions 27/05/20 – Melody & Hook Writing: Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody Based on 18 months of regular evening course presentation experience, these sessions are suitable for all songwriters, whether pure lyricists or composers. Once you have booked we will send a link with instructions to a Zoom online meeting. Previous attendees commented: “A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks” “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument” “Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for” Also, don’t forget to register your interest for our 10% discounted all-inclusive October 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

  • Developing Your Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs

    Online event

    £20.00

    Do you want to learn the techniques that will maximise the impact of your melodies? In our four-part course with practical exercises we'll cover the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing - you'll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & invaluable advice on each of those elements that contribute to a balanced whole. This week we'll cover the crucial eye-opening topic 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 at £20 each. Sign up for all four sessions here & the total is discounted by 15% to only £67: https://bit.ly/LSMelody4 The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes from 7 to 9 pm BST: 6/05/20 – Developing Melodies and Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 13/05/20 - Melodic Note Choices 20/05/20 - Effective Chord Progressions 27/05/20 – Enhancing your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody In songwriting Melody is King & so, over four weeks, we'll explore in detail the roles of Rhythm, Harmony, Pitch & Prosody in the writing of effective melodies. We'll extensively analyse both contemporary & classic songs, looking at what they have in common and what makes different genres unique. Based on 18 months of regular evening course presentation experience, these sessions are suitable for all songwriters, whether pure lyricists or composers. Once you have booked we will send a link with instructions to a Zoom online meeting. Testimonials from previous attendees: "A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of ideas, tricks & lessons" "Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument" “Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for” Also, don’t forget to register your interest for our 10% discounted all-inclusive October 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

  • Song Clinic - Detailed Constructive Feedback On Your Original Songs

    Share your songs at any stage of development for extensive professional constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. Constructive appreciation is crucial to our craft, whether you are on your 1st song or your 1000th. Generous time is allowed for each writer in this online session. This workshop is: "A really well organized and superb system for gathering feedback - genuinely illuminating! Thoroughly enjoyed it." "The feedback is spot on and is invaluable in developing the songs I have written." as fellow songsmiths have said. * Check that the songs are communicating as intended and whether they can be tweaked to compare with already successful songs. * Receive encouragement in a safe and supportive environment as well as professional and informed constructive feedback on the lyric, melody, harmony and structure. * Listening to your peers will also help to inform your own writing and many aspects of essential songcraft will be covered. You will be asked to submit one recorded mp3 song (external links are OK) and/or lyric in Word format by email in advance. The recorded song can be a simple live Guitar/Piano and Vocal or a full production. A link and instructions will be provided for the Zoom meeting with a maximum of 10 attendees. AGENDA 2:00 - 2:05 Feedback guidance 2:05 - 4:00 Songshare Session Also check out the discount on our week-long all-inclusive 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

  • [Online] Advanced Lyric Writing: Metaphor, Wordplay, Rhetoric & Singability

    This interactive presentation will cover how to use Metaphor with advanced Wordplay & Rhetorical techniques to enhance your lyrics and above all make them singable. By analysing classic & contemporary songs from The Beatles to Billie Eilish, from Dylan to Stormzy, you will learn the elements of what makes a great lyric and how to include them in your own writing. The session is suitable for all songwriters, whether pure lyricists or composers. Once you have booked we will send a link with instructions to a Zoom online meeting. Testimonials from previous runs of this course: "Such useful material covered. I'll take these tools away & put them into practice" "Interactive, eye-opening and educational" Last week we covered how to find and generate great lyric ideas and map out a well-structured original song from that seed. Also check out the discount on our week-long all-inclusive 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat http://www.londonsongwriters.org/autumn-peak-district-retreat-2020/