Hit Songwriting

Hit Songwriting

Hit Songwriting

It takes more than just polished melodies and dope beats to make it as a successful songwriter, especially in today’s extremely competitive music business. It takes courage, faith, dedication, and most importantly, love for music. In our small-class setting, you will learn from a pro in the industry, who has remained on the front line of songwriting and collaboration. Arm yourself with tips and tricks of the trade, practical advice based on real-world experience, and optimize your songwriting capabilities. We aim to not only make you a better songwriter during this course, but also to help you reach the pinnacle of your music acclaim. Students are encouraged to bring in their own projects, process critiques, be guided through improvements to their work, and join a collaborative songwriting session. During our Hit Songwriting Course, we will invite a guest speaker(s) to impart additional insight and perspective.

101 – Compose Yourself (and with friends)

Master the use of chords, scales, musical form, rhythm, melody in your compositions.

  • Habits and Techniques
  • What makes a hit?
  • Form
  • Chord Progressions
  • Hooks in the track
  • Repetition
  • Common Tones
  • “Fly on the wall”: how songs get written and developed
  • Harmony
  • Analysis
  • More composing tips, tricks, and exercises

201 – Tackling the Top-line

Get the creative juices flowing, writing lyrics, melodies, and song concepts — rhyme, meter, and writing techniques for musicians.

Writing Top Line

  • Learning how to craft powerful melodies and lyric ideas for your tracks.
  • Understanding harmony and melody movement.

Great Lyric Writing

  • Get the most out of your writing by understanding how to craft more emotive and detailed lyrics.
  • What makes a lyric relatable, how to choose interesting concepts in today’s industry. How to twist the common topics and lyrical safe bets that work every time.

In-depth Melody and Harmony

  • Using music theory for melodies.
  • Understanding melody patterns in pop music.
  • Harmonic and melodic intervals.
  • Different methods to start a top line – melody or lyric first?
  • Finding your own style and feet (creative exercises).

If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message or call (347) 746-4604 before booking.

30 Hours | In-Person: $1199 + $100 Registration Fee | 33% off Live Online

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    Testimonials

    I wouldn't change a thing about this course. It was ten times better than I expected it to be. The instructor was incredibly informative and kept things fun. I've played with software for a couple of years and thought I got most of the basics down but I definitely was wrong. Great course! I would definitely recommend this course to anybody wanting to learn the production side of music. It was incredibly helpful and left me inspired to make tracks 24/7.

    Kristina Bialkowski

    I went from knowing pretty much nothing about Logic to knowing how to built loops, work with midi, mix, and actually be able to record the music I write and and arrange on the computer. I'm really excited because Logic Pro X has opened up a new world for me as a singer songwriter!

    Dawn Red Sun

    I am a lot better off than I was months ago blindly watching Youtube tutorials and not knowing what I was doing. The teacher was a great, very patient and understanding, with all skill levels in the room.

    Abraham Perrotta

    The small class size allowed the instructor time to give us individual attention/feedback. The teaching style was easily adjusted according to the levels in the class. As a very new producer, I never felt left behind. I never would have thought I could make this much progress in just 6 weeks!

    Andie Arbogast

    This class was great. I've been wanting to learn digital music production and was warned that Logic was one of the most complex and difficult to learn DAW. In only 6 days I think I've learned the program well enough to start producing my own tracks. Not only that but I've left the class with enough excitement to get busy and make some music with my new found knowledge.

    Paul Vachier

    It was very hands on. the teacher knew a vast amount about this topic and is very informative and clear. He has methods of utilizing teachings that enable us to relate to better understand in what circumstances these methods would be used for productions.

    Raymond Casarez

    This class was tough for me, as I'm a beginner (and am 48 with not a ton of technical or DAW experience). I wanted to immerse myself, so I could learn as much as possible, but much of the class was still a bit too advanced for me. Darren was fantastic, and I REALLY appreciated the offer to come back and stand in future classes. That makes me feel like I'll definitely get my moneys worth!

    William 'John' Bragg

    I came into the program with no idea how to work Logic, and after the intensive week, I worked out programming beats, using loops and samples…I feel like I can take my music to the next level now. Thanks 🙂

    Christy Thompson

    Great teacher who leaves no stone unturned! After Garnish, I feel that I have the tools to build a strong foundation and begin a career in the music industry.

    Daniel Cobos

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