THESE DAYS YOU CAN WRITE A SONG ON MONDAY AND PUT IT OUT ON THE WEB BY TUESDAY.
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULD.
Why? Because Quality still wins out over Quantity. The amazing tools we have at our fingertips allow our creativity to go into overdrive... but listeners have more choices than ever — so you have to write songs they won't click away from. Polishing your skills makes all the difference.
WRITING A "GOOD" SONG IS EASY.
WRITING A KILLER SONG CAN SEEM IMPOSSIBLE.
Sometimes the lyrics come in a flash, but the music... EHHH. Or vice versa.
Other times you're SURE you nailed it, but your listeners start nodding off right around the 1-minute mark.
And yeah, sometimes what sounded so great the night before ends up in the trash the morning after.
I'll help you BREAK THROUGH
and write your BEST SONGS... EVER.
VIDEO: HOW I WORK WITH SONGWRITERS
VIDEO: START & SUCCEED INTERVIEW
I'm Alex Forbes — a professional songwriter with 30 years of hit songs, film & TV syncs, and releases under my belt.
I also coach committed songwriters — the kind who're willing to do whatever it takes to raise their music and lyrics to the next level — even if that means rewriting the same bloody song six times. Or tossing it out completely. (Yeah I know... ouch.)
Because your listeners demand excellence. And so do I.
MY MOTTO IS "WRITE MORE. WRITE BETTER. RIGHT NOW." YOU IN?
Many of the clients and students I've worked with have gone on to achieve great success, artistically and music biz-wise.
Then if you want to take it to the next level, I offer committed songwriters a free 20-minute Song Chat. This is a great opportunity to discuss your vision, and any roadblocks that stand in your way.
It's much harder to break through alone.
This way you don't have to.
Hands-On Tipsheet #1
6 DOWN 'N DIRTY WAYS TO PUT YOUR
Track 'Em, Tidy 'Em or Toss 'Em
At this point you probably have a truckload of half-baked songs lying around taking up mental space. Why not do a Spring Cleaning as you launch this next phase of your development? Do what Marie Kondo's best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up suggests: hold each song in your (metaphorical) hand and ask, “Does this song spark joy?” If it does, either record it, perform it, or strip it for parts. If not, buh-bye.
Invent Immovable Deadlines
The Threat of Public Humiliation is a helluva strong antidote to procrastination, so use that fear to your advantage. Invite a writer you admire to collaborate. Sign up for an open mic or schedule a gig. Throw a party and whip out your latest work-in-progress. Take a class, submit a song for critique, or find a mentor. Whatever you do, promise me (or someone else) that you won't sit on the couch wishing you were living the dream. Fill up your calendar and never look back.
Play To Your Strengths
We each have a vast array of gloriously brilliant strong suits, and uhhh… “areas that need improvement.” Sure, beef up your skills in those soft spots, but if you wanna kick your writing into high gear even faster, team up with people who are already brilliant in those areas. For example, if you’re a master lyricist cursed with mediocre musical or technical skills, don’t let that stop you. Actively seek out colleagues who have what you want, and want what you have. They’re out there!
Brainstorm on Big Ideas
We all get sidetracked by the minutia of our lives and our songs, but keep your eye on the ball: you’re here to make a contribution with your work, right? Try listing the Ten Songs You Won’t Go To Your Grave Without Writing. In my case, this list morphs on a daily basis, but that’s what keeps life interesting. Go ahead, write out some of your Big Ideas, then pick one to zero in on today, even in the back of your mind. Tap into the source of what makes you YOU, because the universal springs from the personal.
Don't Isolate, Participate!
Look, I’m as guilty as the next person of swan-diving headfirst into my computer and neglecting the world outside my window. But after a while the isolation can turn deadly. Expanding your songwriting community is the key to generating momentum. And most success in this business results not from clicks on impersonal pixels, but from friendships with warm-blooded humans. There’s always someone out there dying to hear your Next Great Song.
Find a Coach. (My Specialty!)
An effective Songwriting Coach focuses like a laser beam on your unique talents, pushing you to fulfill your vision as a songwriter. Coaching provides a valuable source of objectivity about your work… something that’s almost impossible to achieve in a vacuum. Committed songwriters who engage me for Song Critiques and One-On-One Coaching usually experience an exponential growth spurt, surpassing their own expectations. You can schedule a free 20-minute Song Chat with me here to discuss the possibilities. (Age 16 and older please.)
WANT TO Thrill your listeners
in 3 minutes flat?