Q. Who should ask questions here?
A. Anybody who wants to. Even though this is “Tips for Young Songwriters,” the answers can get pretty sophisticated. I figure anyone who’s been writing songs for less than 100 years is a young songwriter. But since I work with elementary students on songwriting, I try to make my answers understandable on that level.

Q. How long will it take to get an answer?
A. Who knows? Sometimes I answer right away. Sometimes it takes months, to tell you the truth. It depends on how busy I am at the moment, and whether or not I know right away how to answer your question. It also depends on whether your question has been answered already. (See above.) If I’m too slow for you, you are welcome to pester me with another email.

Part II – Questions about Songwriting

Q. Can you give me some good advice? How do I write a song?
A. Yes, I have been asked these questions many times, in various forms. My answer is – please, read this whole blog. Or get a book on songwriting from the library. Try to write a song or two. Then ask me a specific question.

Q. How can I become famous?
A. Is that REALLY what you want? You have to devote your every waking moment to it. I can’t help you much, either. As you can see, I’m not really famous myself. But for some advice on this topic, see this post: Becoming Famous

Q. My songs aren’t very good. What can I do about it?
A. Many people tell me their songs aren’t very good. This is only to be expected, since you are a beginning songwriter! Start by changing what you tell yourself and others: instead of “My songs aren’t good,” say “I’m still learning.” Say it out loud. Right now. There you go.

 

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