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Nov 07, 2011

Being in the Zone

This does work - ask any professional sportsperson about being in the zone. They don't know how they got the mental/physical strength/insight/sheer willingness-to-try,

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Nov 07, 2011

Cross That Line

Advice is only helpful if you use it. It usually comes from someone who has been there, done that and has earned the right to give advice. My experience,

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Nov 07, 2011

Using an Existing Song To Create Your Own

I find that if listening to a song I can create alternate melodies and lyrics. Then I get the lyrics down on paper and when I come back to them at another

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Oct 20, 2011

The Most Useful Piece of Songwriting Advice I've Learned...

Stephen Nicks taught a class that I attended and one of the most important things that I learned from him was that as a songwriter you must ALWAYS be prepared

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Oct 20, 2011

The More Personal, the More Powerful

I was reading about songwriting and came across a book regarding songwriting. In it, they mentioned drawing from your own experience, so that is not too

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Sep 01, 2011

Songwriting Secrets

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Jul 01, 2011

Win A Free Songwriting Course

Fill in your entry to win a free songwriting course.

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Jul 01, 2011

Inspiration in the raw

To begin this short story I must let you know that I am not a professional musician, nor have I had any extensive formal music training. I very curious

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Jul 01, 2011

Tape It

Some of the best results have come from having a tape recorder handy when the creative juices flow. The best advice I have every received came from a

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Jul 01, 2011

An Evening At The Ryman

The day finally arrived and at 6:15 PM Curt Collins and I were sitting next to each other winding our way through the streets of downtown Nashville on

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Jul 01, 2011

Writing The Song of Your Dreams

There is an event which happens more often than one would think in the life of every dedicated songwriter. It happens to me at least one or two times a

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Jul 01, 2011

Separating the Creator and the Critic...

The very best song writing advice I've ever received was to separate the Creator and the Critic. They both have very important, useful and necessary jobs

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Jun 18, 2011

Mark Sapsford

Hi Geoff Yes I'm alive! Firstly, I think your article is most important and to anyone reading it hopefully it will stop potential songwriters making

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Feb 02, 2011

Thankyou!

This is definitely THE songwriting process I have been searching for a long time. I have been amazed at how some musicians/song writers can hear whole

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Jan 30, 2011

Two Kinds of Creativity

You are correct. There are two kinds of creativity, one which is limited, attached to results, motivated by self related gain, and the other which is not

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Jan 30, 2011

creating from the hip of our subconscious

I find when I am relaxed, or even driving for long distances, my mind will flow freely and unusually creatively clear,: I carry a voice recorder for these

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Jan 30, 2011

It's True.

I go into the blue zone all the time. I didn't know there was a name for it

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Jan 18, 2011

Song in my dream

I wrote incredible lyrics in my dream a few months ago I had fallen asleep thinking on this song idea and I semi woke up and these lyrics were pouring

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Jan 18, 2011

"Out Of The Blue"

Several years ago a fellow musician and i were in a friends studio and I'd just completed this composition;as i sat back listening to the track i began

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Jan 17, 2011

theminstrel

Goeff, I have been a Home Builder for 30+ years & this is the process that takes place to creating spaces & buildings that people sya when complete...that's

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Jan 17, 2011

Thomas C. Raimondo

I couldn't agree with you more. I have written a song that is very similar to the process you speak of. I was noodling around with a twelve-string acoustic

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Jan 17, 2011

Lori

Yes, I believe this is true. I have, myself, experienced this when I write a poem or song..I give the Holy Ghost all the glory for it though. I've written

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Jan 17, 2011

Linda Shaw

I am intrigued by your post. I know that it is correct for that is how my poetry finds me. ... in my dreams. in my day. as I go about my work it surfaces

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Jan 17, 2011

true

It is true, I've had dreams of wonderful unheard music; but could not remember it the next morning. I've had dreams and woken up to record music. I have

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Jan 17, 2011

good post

“out of the blue” post I also have studied the concept of genius and most recently have been reading `The Talent Code'. In this book the author promotes

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Jan 17, 2011

Blue Zone is real

I have experienced the blue zone a few times... typically a few minutes after I went to bed or around 4am in the morning. My best songs have been written

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Jan 17, 2011

Linda Shaw

I am intrigued by your post. I know that it is correct for that is how my poetry finds me. ... in my dreams. in my day. as I go about my work it surfaces

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Jan 17, 2011

Unleashing the secret

When sitting back and listening to my own subconscious music it's easy to see that this system works.On the other hand a lot of people may find it difficult

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Jan 17, 2011

I agree!!

I totally agree with you perspective...I have the same experiences in my writing. I've written things down from dreams, heart felt moments and just being

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Jan 17, 2011

Interesting Post

Interesting post you presented. I plan to read it over again..take in all you presented. Good job

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Dec 14, 2010

The Songwriting Genius Within You

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Dec 01, 2010

enjoy your posts

Geoff, I read your posts frequently but never comment. I have your book and really enjoy it and believe in what you say. I was a music therapist and

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Nov 16, 2010

Free writer

I already write on a professional level. Can I be even better then I am already? I write lyric and music without an instrument. It just flows out of my

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Nov 11, 2010

Just in time!

I've been working on a musical project for school, and I had been trying to formulize (I know it's not a word) my original idea to make it easier, but

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Nov 10, 2010

Are You Going Against The Current Of Creativity ?

I truly enjoyed that article ! I too have to agree that it should be a simple, easy process. I believe that anytime we create anything, we are under divine

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Oct 29, 2010

Seems backwards

Here you are talking about teaching people how to tap into what I have been doing for several years. I hear beautiful music in my head. It can sound

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Oct 29, 2010

Aspiring Songwriter

Geoff. I'm alive and still writing songs. I'd like to commend you on your articles because they alone have inspired and enhanced my songwriting. I find

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Oct 18, 2010

Using Theory Can Be Helpful To The Creative Process

Geoff I agree with you that we should look within. However, it does't hurt to have the theory knowledge to fall back on sometimes. If a person is not

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Oct 18, 2010

We Actually are a Genius of are own.... Hmmm...

I really love and agree with this article... I'm a young up and coming artist in the Nort East U.S an it is true what you say about school taught methods...

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Oct 13, 2010

Help!!!

I have had mega tunes I have run through my conscious & unconscious brain over the years. My problem is getting them into a form to remember, record, etc.

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Oct 13, 2010

The genius inside

I find this article intriguing. For i have this happen to me daily for a long time. I also let my own concerts play in my brain. I find the best part

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Oct 13, 2010

Earl Aldridge

Great article. I believe that your may have found the key to American's greatness. One might say the pioneering spirit. Keep up the good work. EW Aldridge

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Oct 13, 2010

j2strat@yahoo.ca

Right on the money! I always had an instinct that the vast majority of musicians were being hindered with traditional music theory instruction. Not that

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Oct 13, 2010

I can relate, and therefore confirm.

Some of my most exciting songwriting experiences resulted from those kinds of techniques :

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Oct 13, 2010

Vivathony

HI Geoff, I bought your course a year ago and have really connected with the core concepts of creating music with the unconscious. Before buying this

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Oct 13, 2010

hotazhell muzik

i love your help and your approach to music... its helped me stay structurally sound... writing and composing. Its my secret weapon when things get to

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Oct 13, 2010

nice work

It sounds like we need to find the inspiration within ourselves instead of rehashing the same old same old . Thanks for the ti

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Oct 12, 2010

Dan cGillivray ( Songwriting name Ian McDaniels)

I agree with almost everything you wrote. I've heard the same things just worded different.I agree in song structure, but these structures can make you

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Oct 12, 2010

magnificent advice on songwriting

magnificent!!! Brilliant!!!! and right on

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Oct 12, 2010

Elizabeth

You are wonderful Geoff ! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Your article,i found it interesting and very encouraging!!!!!!!!!!

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