Your best song has about ONE MINUTE TO GRAB 'EM BY THE HEART

Your listeners and fans are all hungry for great new songs.

 

If you deliver the goods, you can take a giant leap up the ladder of success and achieve higher levels of artistic fulfillment. If not, they'll click off your song and move on.

 

This is a huge missed opportunity for everyone!

I specialize in coaching writers to create UNFORGETTABLE SONGS

The kind that knock your listeners' socks off in ONE LISTEN. Unique. Expressive. Real. Songs that reveal Who You Are.

"Alex is just about the best 'song doctor' I've ever worked with, both as a colleague and a teacher."
 
– Tony Visconti, Grammy-Winning Rock Producer
(David Bowie, Morrissey, T. Rex)
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
With me as your songwriting coach, if you're

STUCK OR SCARED OR PSYCHED

at least you're not ALONE.
I've always got your back.

With all the techno-toys at our fingertips nowadays, it's easy to isolate and lose the HUMANITY at the heart of original songs. And let's face it, nothing else comes close to the thrill of an Actual Professional resonating with — and giving you actionable feedback on YOUR ideas, YOUR melodies, YOUR lyrics. In other words, YOU.

 

My job is to give you a detailed Reality Check, then work with you on Next Steps towards achieving your vision. With that in mind here's a quick Reality Checklist!

Reality Checklist #1
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com

IS YOUR BRAND-NEW SONG BRILLIANT OR BOGUS?

(Because you've probably lost all objectivity.)

✔︎
Can you even remember its name the morning after?
This is the acid test. If you wake up and draw a complete blank about how that song goes... the one you heard AT LEAST 100 TIMES the night before, there's trouble in River City. Toss it and start over.
✔︎
Did you lay your ass on the line?
Does it make YOU laugh, cry, dance, think... FEEL? If there's nothing emotionally at stake for you, others will probably yawn as well. All the gizmos and gadgets in the world can't make up for a lack of fully felt and expressed lyrics and melodies. Show some leg already!
✔︎
Does it break new ground lyrically & musically?
After a while, we all settle into perfectly comfortable writing patterns... okay — ruts. Your voice stays within the same range, your hands go to the same chords, you reach for a few tired clichés thinking no one'll notice. Ah, but they do! Does this song carve out new territory? Does it scare you to reveal so much? Or would a co-writer, a critique, or a kazoo bust you out of your comfort zone?

WANT MORE GOOD STUFF? HERE'S WHAT ELSE YOU CAN FIND ON THIS SITE:

Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
With me as your songwriting coach, if you're

STUCK OR SCARED OR PSYCHED

at least you're not ALONE.
I've always got your back.

With all the techno-toys at our fingertips nowadays, it's easy to isolate and lose the HUMANITY at the heart of original songs. And let's face it, nothing else comes close to the thrill of an Actual Professional resonating with — and giving you actionable feedback on YOUR ideas, YOUR melodies, YOUR lyrics. In other words, YOU.

 

My job is to give you a detailed Reality Check, then work with you on Next Steps towards achieving your vision. With that in mind here's a quick Reality Checklist!

Reality Checklist #1
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com

IS YOUR BRAND-NEW SONG BRILLIANT OR BOGUS?

(Because you've probably lost all objectivity.)

✔︎
Can you even remember its name the morning after?
This is the acid test. If you wake up and draw a complete blank about how that song goes... the one you heard AT LEAST 100 TIMES the night before, there's trouble in River City. Toss it and start over.
✔︎
Did you lay your ass on the line?
Does it make YOU laugh, cry, dance, think... FEEL? If there's nothing emotionally at stake for you, others will probably yawn as well. All the gizmos and gadgets in the world can't make up for a lack of fully felt and expressed lyrics and melodies. Show some leg already!
✔︎
Does it break new ground lyrically & musically?
After a while, we all settle into perfectly comfortable writing patterns... okay — ruts. Your voice stays within the same range, your hands go to the same chords, you reach for a few tired clichés thinking no one'll notice. Ah, but they do! Does this song carve out new territory? Does it scare you to reveal so much? Or would a co-writer, a critique, or a kazoo bust you out of your comfort zone?

WANT MORE GOOD STUFF? HERE'S WHAT ELSE YOU CAN FIND ON THIS SITE:

CLICK HERE for the FREE hands-on video series:
The Breakthrough Songwriting Workshop.
CLICK HERE to find out about FREE Songwriting Tipsheets.
AND CLICK HERE to find out about Song Critiques and Songwriting Coaching (only for hard-core writers!)

 

All of my coaching materials are designed to provide practical hands-on tools, encouragement and inspiration.

 

If you TRULY have the fire in the belly, and are prepared to do whatever it takes, there are two programs I've been perfecting for 25 years. I've seen remarkable successes from my clients... not overnight, but certainly ASAP.

CLICK HERE for the FREE hands-on video series:
The Breakthrough Songwriting Workshop.
CLICK HERE to find out about FREE Songwriting Tipsheets.
AND CLICK HERE to find out about Song Critiques and Songwriting Coaching (only for hard-core writers!)

 

  • Tap the deep well of your life experience for your songs

  • Master the essentials of songwriting craft

  • Tweak and rewrite based on actionable feedback

  • Turn off the self-critical voice that stops you

  • Generate more killer titles and hooks

  • Discover fresh lyrics and powerful melodies

  • Enhance and magnify your songs’ dynamics

ONE-ON-ONE COACHING:
FOR COMMITTED SONGWRITERS ONLY!

Coaching is an intensive, ongoing course of action tailored to the needs of each individual songwriter. I provide this service to a select number of clients who are committed to exponentially raising the quality of their material.

 

All feedback on each individual's work is delivered in a respectful manner as part of a program which includes:

  • Personalized action plans

  • Ongoing contact (Skype, email, phone, in person)

  • Rigorous deadlines for song submissions

  • Detailed feedback on material and rewrites

  • Creativity and writing exercises

You can impress listeners with your songcraft, and present the most polished recording or performance in the world, but if your tune has no heart, its shelf life will be measured in minutes.
 
Next, a great song's dynamics take listeners on a roller coaster ride, using tension, release and resolution to successfully "suck 'em in, build 'em up, and pay 'em off."
 
Your song's hooks — musical and lyrical, and lots of them — are the magical elements that keep it running through their heads for days.
 
And finally, taking a strong stand with your lyrics and music requires courage, and ideally carves out fresh territory, stylistically and meaning-wise. I want your best songs to meet these goals, ASAP!

Coaching and consulting sessions are available in person (NYC area), via Skype worldwide, or by telephone.

 

How Coaching Sessions Unfold: After an initial phone interview, coaching clients fill out a brief Coaching Questionnaire detailing their songwriting experience and goals, and a One-Year Vision is drawn up, assuring that you and I are "on the same page."

 

The actual coaching takes place in one-hour Skype, phone, or in-person sessions, supplemented by the submission of lyric sheets, MP3s and other materials. Works in progress are welcome.

 

  • When: 1 hour, usually weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Scheduling is determined according to the availability of both parties. A minimum of three sessions are suggested to get started.

  • Price: $225 for each one-hour session. (A fee of $5 is added when paying via credit card.)

  • Songwriting requirements: All levels of experience are welcome, but please note that this is a rigorous program, requiring a high level of commitment.

 

To register for coaching, or to schedule a free 20-minute consultation about the process, please call (917) 397-3695.