Lesson 7: Songwriting

If you want a great record, one way to do it is to fill it with great songs. At its simplest form, a song is something that can be performed with vocals and simple accompaniment—that’s it.
Aside from the sound design, the mixing, the overdubs, studio tricks, and all the other things that come with lush production value, when we think of a song at its most elemental level, we’re thinking about the relationship between lyrics, melody, and chord changes. How these three elements interact with one another can tell you a lot about the potential for a hit record. As a producer, it’s vital to be able to hear and recognize potential for success. Shall we begin?


Be able to identify the concepts that make up modern songwriting.
Be able to understand the importance of lyrics and melody during the songwriting process.
Be able to apply the techniques explained in this course to begin to create basic song structure.
Be able to identify songwriting techniques as heard in modern music.