Learn what it takes to write a hit, from one of Britain's greatest songwriters.
This complete course taught by Gary Barlow, writer of 14 number one songs, is designed to take you from the tune in your head to becoming a successful songwriter.
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Gary Barlow, OBE is one of Britain’s greatest songwriters. He’s written 14 number one singles, had 24 top-ten hits and won six Ivor Novello songwriting awards. He has also sold more than 50 million records. Mesmerised by a Top of The Pops performance by Depeche Mode, he was first inspired to learn the keyboards when he was 10 years old and he has been writing and performing his own songs ever since. His dedication to his craft has taken him from working men’s clubs in Wales, playing for less than twenty pounds a night, to selling out Wembley Stadium over consecutive days and playing to many thousands of fans.
Meet your Maestro. He’s going to give you all the inspiration you need to start your songwriting career.3 mins
What Is Songwriting?
Gary passionately imparts what music and songwriting mean to him personally.3 mins
Gary says songwriting is a process that involves many layers of exploration and demands a curious nature.5 mins
Gary talks about the importance of training your ears by listening to other people’s songs.9 mins
Gary sits at the piano and deconstructs his global number one hit A Million Love Songs, a track he wrote aged 15.5 mins
Gary reveals the remarkable songwriting regime that he started as a schoolboy and set him on the path to success.4 mins
One Christmas, Gary was given a choice of presents by his parents. His choice changed the course of his life.13 mins
Gary explains why singing your own songs in front of an audience will take your writing to a whole different place.5 mins
Major To Minor
Gary pulls apart the song Pray and shows us its component parts.4 mins
Find Your Voice
There are no shortcuts to finding your own voice. Gary shows you the ways in which you can get started.11 mins
No Idea Is Ever Wasted
It’s critical that you keep all your ideas safe so that you can come back to them. Gary illustrates this with the story of a song that stuck with him until he was ready to complete it.4 mins
Find out why Gary likes to get a song started with a chorus.3 mins
Chords are great building blocks for songwriters. They have dictated the emotions and sentiments of many of Gary’s most famous songs.3 mins
Experiment With Chords
Gary shows us how he brought two ideas to the studio and fused them together to create a song big enough to open a sell out show at Wembley Stadium.7 mins
Arguably the greatest comeback in pop history was launched off the back of a collaboration. Gary explains how a partnership with producer John Shanks, helped create the song, Patience.9 mins
Gary shares the single biggest moment that influenced his songwriting.3 mins
Constructing A Song: Part One
Starting with a clean slate, Gary shows you how to construct a brand new song and explains many of the decisions you need to make right from the start.7 mins
Constructing A Song: Part Two
Tempo, sentiment and choice of key come into focus as a new song takes shape.13 mins
Constructing A Song: Part Three
Gary points out the pitfalls one encounters when writing choruses.12 mins
Constructing A Song: Part Four
Gary talks about the importance of staying in the moment to maintain the flow and puts the melody of our new song under the spotlight.10 mins
Constructing A Song: Part Five
Gary drives the hook home and fine-tunes the lyrics.10 mins
Constructing A Song: Part Six
Gary believes the song now has that one piece of magic in the melody of the chorus.10 mins
In the creative world, confidence is king. Without it everything falls apart. Gary speaks from the heart about how he once lost his confidence and what he did to build it back up.6 mins
See An Opportunity
In songwriting, everything you do will prepare you for a moment that will take you by surprise.7 mins
Gary talks about the joys of living a creative life and reflects on how Back For Good came about through experimentation.13 mins
Different skillsets are required for musical theatre and for scoring film soundtracks. Gary touches on what you need to know to work in these areas.10 mins
After four decades in the business, Gary has some good advice on how to stay fresh and relevant.6 mins
Reaching An Audience
In an age in which music has never been more accessible, Gary gives his take on how to find your audience.3 mins
Gary talks passionately about his love and respect for music.7 mins
This level of achievement you feel when performing, you're going to go to a whole different place.
You’ve got the inspiration, now put it in to practice. Downloadable and printable PDF course notes, including summaries, further inspiration and more content and insight from Gary himself.
Songwriting Course MaterialCourse Notes71 pages
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