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Go from performing other people's music to writing your own by exploring the fundamentals of creating great songs.
Are you a musician who has just started writing your own music? Jumpstart your creative process with this course full of universal tips, strategies, and sources of inspiration to help you craft your own sound.
In this course, acclaimed songwriter Oli Rockberger lays out some of the approaches he uses when choosing harmonic progressions, composing memorable melodies, finding effective writing strategies, and more. Plus, you'll get weekly personalized feedback on your songs from an expert Soundfly Mentor. Sign up now and write your next great song!
Oli Rockberger is a singer/songwriter, solo artist, producer/arranger, studio keys sideman, and one-third of the acclaimed electro-soul act Mister Barrington, based between New York and his native London. Currently working on his fourth studio album, his music has won critical acclaim for its blending of pop, soul, and jazz, while his musical breadth and versatility has led to collaborations with the likes of Levon Helm, Laura Mvula, Carly Simon, Gloria Gaynor, John Mayer, Jesse Harris, Judy Collins, Les McCann, Chris Dave, John Forte, and Randy Brecker, amongst numerous others. Oli performs, records, and presents workshops internationally, and brings the richness of his musical experiences to his insightful and engaging course for new songwriters.
Visit http://www.olirockberger.com for more info.
By the end of this course, you’ll understand the various elements of a great song and how to piece them together to create something original.
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This course is for beginner songwriters who are looking to learn how to write songs from scratch. It focuses specifically on the building blocks of songwriting, including structure, harmony, and melody.
You'll learn about common song structures, common harmonic devices, how to craft memorable melodies, tricks for overcoming writer's block, and more. You'll analyze other people's music, develop tools to think about your own music in new ways, and write a few songs of your own.
There are no pre-requirements for this course, although it's targeted specifically at people who know some piano or guitar. The course touches on chords, intervals, and other elements of composition. You will need some way to make music — whether that's a piano, a keyboard, a guitar, a DAW or MIDI-programmable device, etc.
This course was designed to be completed in roughly six weeks, assuming students would have a few hours a week to spend on it. Each "week" includes a certain section and challenge activity for you to take on. That said, that timeline is just a casual recommendation — you can choose to blow through it all in one sitting or take a year with it, if you'd like.
You can start the course anytime. If you'd like more accountability and guided feedback from a professional, you can request to work through the course and your own goals with a Soundfly Mentor for four or six weeks, and get a more personalized experience for a specific period of time.
This course includes 38 lessons, including videos, graphics, text, activities, demos, downloadable resources, and much more.
As a subscriber, you'll get unlimited access to all the course content on Soundfly.com, including this course and all our other premium courses, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials within our courses. You're also entitled to a 25% discount on our custom mentorship program, you will be invited to join our exclusive community Slack group, and you'll have access to exclusive discount perks courtesy of our partner brands. You can cancel anytime.
Yes, absolutely. If you would like to go through the course with support, accountability, feedback, and guidance from an expert, you can request a mentor by filling out this form. A Soundfly staffperson will reach out within 48 hours to learn more about your goals, your music, and your skills level, and pair you with a mentor who can help you achieve your next musical milestone. Our mentorship program is our science-backed learning model designed to help you learn more efficiently and effectively. Your mentor will tailor the course to your experience and interests, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your goals.