RESOURCES

COMMUNITY

NYC Musicians Connect Facebook Group

Electronic Musicians Facebook Group


TUTORIALS

Songwriting Tutorial Video

5 Day Singing Challenge

Hook Theory

  • Intelligent software that helps you create chord progressions and melodies

  • Best selling books that teach how to write chords and melody like the pros

  • Playable melody and chord progressions from 8000+ songs

  • Listen to a melody and chords and try to guess what they are

Producer Dojo Workshop

Ear Training - Interval Cheat Sheet

Practice Log

6 Hacks for better bass lines (Music Theory)

www.blanksheetmusic.net - free printable staff paper

MuseScore - free music composition and notation software


CRAFT AND CREATIVITY

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam. Classic guide to the creative process. Also an online course.

Robin Frederick, Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film and TV, Taxi Music Books. Commercial, pop-oriented approach to writing songs.

Pat Pattison, Writing Better LyricsWriter’s Digest Books. Authoritative handbook on the lyrical craft.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Songwriting Basics for Guitarists, Stringletter. Multimedia guide with tab and video (includes guitar-specific presentations of some of the material in The Complete Singer-Songwriter).

Rikky Rooksby, How to Write Songs on Guitar, Backbeat Books. Detailed theory-based instruction on melody, harmony, rhythm, and chord progressions.

Jimmy Webb, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of SongwritingHyperion. A deep dive into one songwriter’s process.

Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting, Da Capo. Massive collection of craft-oriented interviews. New in 2016: a follow-up volume, More Songwriters on Songwriting.


DIGITAL TOOLS

Hook Theory App: Hookpad

B-Rhymes. Website and apps for finding near rhymes.

Chorderator. One of many online tools (and apps) for naming chords based on a guitar fingering, or finding a fingering based on a chord name, in standard tuning or any alternate tuning.

Lyricist, Virtual Studio Systems. Software for creating lyric sheets and chord charts.

MasterWriter. A writer’s tool especially for brainstorming lyrics, using an extensive database of rhymes, phrases, alliterations, and pop culture references.

Rhyme Genie. Rhyming dictionary software.

RhymeZone. Free online rhyming dictionary.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SPIRITUALITY

A Course In Miracles - The Foundation for Inner Peace

  • This book is transformational in the way that it guides you to shift your perspective away from fear and self-doubt into unlimited possibilities and love.

  • This book has a Catholic context. Though I am not religious, I still recommend it as the lessons can be extracted and applied to one’s life.

Loving What Is - Byron Katie

  • Transform limiting beliefs, and thus your life experiences, by questioning your thoughts.