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FEBRUARY 2019: MELODY & LYRIC
Get inspired to write lyrics and melody that tell a relatable story.



MELODY & LYRIC FEATURING JIMMY ROBBINS
Songwriter/Producer Jimmy Robbins shares his writing style for both melody and lyric and how he builds production around these two song elements.
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MELODY & LYRIC FEATURING JOSH KEAR
Songwriter Josh Kear discusses the art of writing lyrics, how to avoid clichés, when to break rules and more!
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BLOG: 7 LYRICS THAT STARTED ONE WAY AND ENDED ANOTHER
We all have favorite songs, and sometimes we like songs because they are left open to our imagination. Lyrics can be tricky and that’s why we are sharing 7 songs that started out one way but ended up in a way we weren’t expecting!
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FEBRUARY EXERCISES:

1.       Hum it out. Start humming along to your already favorite songs. When you finish the chorus and bridge, add a few more hums you make up yourself. As small as this exercise sounds, it's actually super beneficial to help you start building your own melodies. You realize you have always had ideas to add to your favorite songs! Those ideas may just manifest into your own masterpiece.

2.       Play around on an instrument. If you've never tried an instrument, pick up a friend's guitar or tinker around on a piano. Sometimes, just playing around on an instrument (even if you don't really know how to play it yet) can lead to new melodies.

3.       Write your lyrics first then sing them over an already-famous song. Hearing how another writer created a song can encourage new melody ideas you wouldn't have had otherwise.

4.       Research your favorite songs and see how the songwriters came up with the idea for their melody. When we listen to who inspires us, sometimes we gain new ideas from their former creations. Having similar habits will show up in your own music.

5.       Co-write! This one cannot be stressed in the songwriting industry enough. Call up a friend, go to your local NSAI chapter meetings or call the Nashville office for some help on finding possible co-writers. If NSAI knows about your music and style, we are far more likely able to suggest possible cowriting connections.

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