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Want to learn what makes great songs great? In each podcast of the Songwriter's Toolbox we highlight a professional songwriting tool. But you don't have to know music theory - the show is meant to be accessible to everyone. Music lovers love it because they can hear more of what's going on in songs. Songwriters love it because they learn practical tools to improve their own songwriting. The Songwriter's Toolbox is where I keep that tools that I use in my role as the Song Analyst on national weekly radio program Art of the Song - Creativity Radio (www.artofthesong.org). It's also the title of my forthcoming book! FYI: In my daily life I'm Creative Director for Chocolate Strawberry Studios (www.ChocolateStrawberryStudios.com).

Songwriter's Toolbox Michael Shorr

    • Music
    • 4.0, 20 Ratings

Want to learn what makes great songs great? In each podcast of the Songwriter's Toolbox we highlight a professional songwriting tool. But you don't have to know music theory - the show is meant to be accessible to everyone. Music lovers love it because they can hear more of what's going on in songs. Songwriters love it because they learn practical tools to improve their own songwriting. The Songwriter's Toolbox is where I keep that tools that I use in my role as the Song Analyst on national weekly radio program Art of the Song - Creativity Radio (www.artofthesong.org). It's also the title of my forthcoming book! FYI: In my daily life I'm Creative Director for Chocolate Strawberry Studios (www.ChocolateStrawberryStudios.com).

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4.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

daveinla ,

Some good insights

I thought the episode on phrasing was useful. Simple songwriting technique I never would have thought of. On a similar topic I always wonder about how artists pick their moments to NOT use lyrics, putting in ahhhs, yeahs or nah nahs etc. lady Gaga, Charlie Puth, Billy Joel, Springsteen, all use these fillers often. Newer songs like Sweet But Psycho, Havana, Girl Like You use it a lot too. Would be interesting to understand why and how they use this technique. Or even holding notes for measures and measures.

jetmek02 ,

Great podcast, any more episodes????

I like the first installment, but when are you going to do more? I am anxiously waiting!!

Nashville Nickname ,

Talking over his own head

I only listened to the episode on modes, but he doesn't seem to know his music theory well enough to be taking about it. I like what he's trying to do, but it comes across more as a guy trying to impress you at a party than someone who knows what they're talking about.

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