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10 Mistakes Songwriters Make with Robin Frederick (the list with minutes)

Post by CTWF » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:41 pm

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10 Mistakes Songwriters Make with Robin Frederick

1. 04:53 - Not knowing what you're writing about. (Lyrics.)

2. 18:28 - Cram too much into one song. (Lyrics: Better deep than wide.)

3. 24:22 - Telling, not showing. (Use comparisons, images.)

4. 28:05 - Writing melodies that need more shape (contrast).

5. 37:17 - Not engaging the listener. Good to start right in the middle (of the story).

6. 51:40 - Lyric and music could be working together more effectively.

7. 56:04 - Writing songs that sound dated. (Today, melodies have more momentum, emotional trigger words.)

8. 1:06:55 - Waiting too late to ask what genre your are in. (Ask this at the start.)

9. 1:11:28 - Not writing enough, not growing your catalogue.

10. 1:17:35 - Not aiming your songwriting at a target. (Where are my strengths? What can I do efficiently?)

11.(Bonus!) 1:20:11 - Don't compete with the slowest car in the race. (Breaking in as an outsider requires that extra push.)
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Re: 10 Mistakes Songwriters Make with Robin Frederick (the list with minutes)

Post by harperpeterson » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:35 pm

Thank you so much for writing this out!
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Re: 10 Mistakes Songwriters Make with Robin Frederick (the list with minutes)

Post by CTWF » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:12 pm

harperpeterson wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:35 pm
Thank you so much for writing this out!
Your are welcome! What a coincidence, I am right now watching this episode again over dinner with my wife, as we have had a song project sitting around for a year that we should really get started on, and I think there is so much good advice in this episode, she should watch it too. Tom

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