The song Picking A Flower was the January winner in the International Songwriting Contest Song of the Year in the category jazz/world/instrumental. Guitarist (and Guitar Noise contributor) Gilbert Isbin tells us of the steps he took in writing the music for this award-winning song. At the end of the article, Gilbert is kind enough to give us more links and information on the song and the contest itself, including reviews from listeners.
Songwriting Lessons for Beginners
In out songwriting lessons you can learn about song structures, chord progressions, and writing lyrics. These lessons collect all the tips and advice we’ve written about songwriting. Practice writing by participating in the Sunday Songwriter’s Group on the forums.
You’re in good hands at Guitar Noise – our lead editor, David Hodge, co-wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Art of Songwriting.
Sometimes you write down something that sounds good and later (often much later) you figure out why. Here’s an interesting look at this from A-J, concerning one of his songs, Jasmine Scents.
Being naÃ¯ve can both hurt and help you. It’s a great asset to the artist or songwriter but it can also lead one to make less-than desirable (read disastrous) choices. A-J explores both sides of this trait in this interesting and thoughtful article.
The long-awaited sequel of Nick’s Songwriting for Beginners has finally made it online. Here you’ll find more tips to help develop your songwriting skills even further, including a neat little step-by-step guide.
Award winning songwriter Keane Li returns to the pages of Guitar Noise with tips on writing commercial material. Don’t tell anyone, but there’s actually good tips for writing all sorts of songs here!
A-J Charron gives us a write up of some of the do’s and don’ts of packaging your CD.
The cost of making an album is becoming more affordable. But just because you can make an album doesn’t mean you always should.
Here is a concise and handy reference for all the songwriting lyricists out there. Also the difficult topic of giving and receiving criticism.