Top 5 Songwriting Tips

By Ryan Smith, of Soul Asylum, Melismatics, Ryan and Pony & Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

"There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release."  - Eddie Van Halen

These words of wisdom came from the late-great guitar innovator Edward Lodewijk Van Halen. Whether you are a fan of Eddie's music or not, it's undeniable that he had a serious impact on future generations of guitar players and created his own unique sound that is instantly recognizable.  He found his own voice and made his mark in a profound way!  

As a musician, songwriter, or artist of any kind these three steps are necessary parts of the creative process. The world has drastically changed due to COVID-19, and the playing field for creating, performing and releasing music has been LEVELED! There has never been a better time to develop your craft, practice, write, record, and release your music! Here are a few things to consider about this process:


You really can't plan inspiration, but if you are having a tough time getting going try talking a brisk winter walk, reading something new, going for a drive, catching up with a friend, or watching a good movie.


This is the part that takes the most discipline.  If you have an iPhone, you are walking around with a recording studio! GarageBand is also very easy to use and an excellent way to develop and record your music.  There are all kinds of tutorials on YouTube showing you how to use these and other programs.


It's never been easier to release your music to the entire world! Bandcamp, Tunecore, CD Baby, and other sites can help you get your music to the masses.

After working with some of the greatest American songwriters through the years, and keeping this three-part creative process in mind, I created a video to share the Top 5 Songwriting Tips I've found work best. 

I also have an online Songwriting class currently available. If you'd like to join my class "Online Songwriting for Teens and Adults", we will meet weekly for 4 Mondays starting on January 11th, at 8PM CT.  It's an exciting adventure through the process of creating your own music, and a great way to connect with friendly, creative, and supportive new friends! 

Sign Up For Online Songwriting for Teens and Adults

January 07, 2021 — Carrie Bell

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