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The Best Free Songwriting Lessons on the Web

Songwriting is the craft of combining melody, lyric, rhythm, and harmony (chord progressions) to create new songs. Sooner or later, most guitarists will want to explore this area of self expression.

Most songweriters agree that the first thing you need to write a song is a good idea. Some of the areas these ideas fall into include Love (finding, first, lost, found, unrequited, celebrating, the Blues), Sex, Cities/Places - real or imagined (Memphis, Viva Las Vegas, Cleveland Rocks, MacArthur Park, Kokomo), Events (New York Mining Disaster and American Pie), Holidays/Special Occasions (Birthday and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas), Time (Time Is On My Side), Teen Angst, Letters/Phone Calls (I Just Called To Say I Love You), Names (Sweet Jane), Cars (Mustang Sally and Hot Rod Lincoln), Parodies, Protest (Give Peace A Chance), Nonsense (Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da), Novelty (My Ding-A-Ling), Work/Money/Survival (She Works Hard For The Money and I Will Survive), Dances/Music (Land Of A Thousand Dances and I Love Rock 'N Roll), Patriotic/Inspirational (God Bless The USA), Fantasy (Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds), Clothing (Lady In Red and Devil In A Blue Dress), Social Message (Blowin' In The Wind), and Religious/Gospel (Turn, Turn, Turn).

Click below for the best in free Songwriting lessons available on the web.

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Clearwater Dreaming
by LF Lavery
MoneyChords.com is spotlighting our favorite Ohio songwriter, LF Lavery's song Clearwater Dreaming. This song should be required on every Clearwater Beach bar band's playlist. You can almost hear the steel drums and feel the white sand between your toes. [Download your copy here]

Copyright Basics
by U.S. Copyright Office
This free 12 page pdf book contains what you need to know about copyright protection. [Download your copy here]


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