How Your Performance Level Often Dictates Your Songwriting Level

January 3, 2014

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

If all your songs are sounding the same, it may not be a songwriting problem at all.


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Rock guitaristOne of the best ways to improve your songwriting skills has, at first glance, not much to do with songwriting at all: improve your performance skills. That’s because for most songwriters, musical ideas happen when you sit down and improvise on your instrument.

There are many songwriters who will say something to the effect that “three chords is plenty” for writing songs, particularly country music. While that may be true, that should never mean that improving your instrumental skills is an option. It’s part of basic curiosity – about how music works. If you don’t feel curious enough to improve, you have to examine what you really want from music.

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