Unlock your creativity by exploring the foundational elements of writing a great song.
Songwriting is a deeply personal art. There's no one right way to do it, but there are some universal tips, strategies, and sources of inspiration that can help get you started or break through your writer's block.
In this five-week course, acclaimed songwriter Oli Rockberger lays out some of the approaches he uses when choosing harmonic progressions, crafting memorable melodies, finding effective writing strategies, and more. Plus, you'll get weekly personalized feedback on your songs by an expert Mainstage 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.
Our expert mentors do whatever it takes to ensure that you achieve your musical goals for the course and leap forward in your learning.
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.
YES. If you sign up and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week. The reason that the second week of the course is a cut-off for our guarantee is simply because if we go past that deadline, our mentors will have likely put in a lot of time, energy, and effort already.
We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible!
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 a piano, keyboard, guitar, MIDI program, etc.
This Mainstage course is for students who are ready to take their songwriting to the next level. You'll receive immediate, unlimited access, a downloadable Course Pack, and in-depth personalized weekly feedback from a Mainstage Mentor. This Mentor will help you stay accountable to your goals and offer guidance along the way.
You'll want to really digest the material at your own pace, but the guided experience will last about five-weeks.
You'll finish this course having learned about common song structures, common harmonic devices, how to craft memorable melodies, tricks for overcoming writer's block, and more. By the end, you will have analyzed other people's music, thought about your own music in new ways, and written a few songs of your own.
As soon as you purchase a course, you can begin exploring the course material immediately. On the start date, the session begins, which means you'll receive your Course Pack and begin the guided experience that includes weekly activities, feedback from Mainstage Mentors, and much more. This is intended to help you stay accountable and get the feedback you need to succeed.
Yes! We plan to run new sessions roughly every two months. Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.
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