October 13, 2020

5 THINGS SONGWRITERS DO TO MESS UP THEIR SONGS--AND HOW TO FIX THEM, with Platinum Writer Mark Winkler

What are 5 Things Songwriters Do to Mess Up Their Songs, and how can we fix them? Platinum Writer Mark Winkler sits down with Rob Seals, instructor of THE ROOTS songwriting class, to discuss just that. Watch the full video below, and grab the PDF handout as well. Mark's class Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics starts Wednesday 10/14, 7pm PST, 8 wks. Click to learn more or enroll. Tuition reduced for enrollment before we start. Not positive it's for you and want to come to...
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October 07, 2020

MAKING A DEFINING RECORD, with PRODUCER JOHN ALAGIA

The Songwriting School was honored to welcome producer/songwriter/mix engineer John Alagia, whose skill and integrity helped artists like Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Lukas Nelson, Rachael Yamagata, Mandy Moore, and so many others make defining records. He spoke with his old friend Rob Seals (The Roots songwriting class instructor)  over Zoom while visiting his hometown of Louisville, KY in a thoughtful and inspiring conversation about Making a Defining Record.  WATCH THE CONVERSATION WITH PRODUCER JOHN ALAGIA   INTERESTED IN EXPANDING YOUR...
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October 07, 2020

MATT SCANNELL of VERTICAL HORIZON on The Art of the Song

WATCH THE CONVERSATION WITH MATT SCANNELL How many times has a song come to you in a dream and you were sure you'd remember it, so you rolled over and went back to sleep--only to wake to find it gone with the morning light? When that happened to my friend Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon, he got up. He got the song down. That song, "Everything You Want," became the #1 song on the Billboard charts the following Summer. It...
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September 22, 2020

THE COUNTRY SONGWRITING MANUAL, with Hit Nashville Writer Rick Beresford

Rick Beresford is a #1 Country Writer and BMI Song Award Winner. In this Zoom conversation at The Songwriting School with The Roots songwriting class instructor Rob Seals, Rick shares just some of the Country Songwriting Manual--10 principles and the three qualities we apply to each which make for effective songwriting. The Songwriting School is proud to welcome Rick from Nashville to teach an 8-wk fully interactive class over Zoom this Fall: The Country Songwriting Manual, Volume I, Sunday afternoons 1-3pm...
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September 15, 2020

HOW TO SING ON STAGE WITHOUT FEAR, with Joy Graysen

Vocal Performance Coach Joy Graysen helps you understand what holds you back on any stage and how to break through to bold and powerful performance in "How to Sing on Stage Without Fear." Watch the full video from her Zoom workshop below. Joy's empowering 6-wk vocal performance class The Art of Amazing Performance starts Saturday 9/26/20, 3pm PST fully interactive over Zoom. Class 1 is an open class. GO HERE TO GET THE ZOOM LINK. However to guarantee your spot in the...
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July 30, 2020

HOW TO RE-WRITE SONGS, with Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler

"Writing is Re-Writing." This is an idea we learn as songwriters. But how do you re-write songs so that you end up closer to the truth of them? The Roots songwriting instructor Rob Seals speaks with Platinum-selling lyricist and accomplished recording artist Mark Winkler on the topic of How to Re-Write Songs.
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May 21, 2020

WRITING STRONGER LYRICS, with Platinum Writer Mark Winkler

Rob Seals writes: I love great lyrics. And I love talking to great songwriters about how they write theirs. I was excited to talk with Platinum Writer Mark Winkler as we discussed Writing Stronger Lyrics.  I had questions for Mark. The nearly 95 songwriters in attendance had questions for Mark. He fielded our questions with thoughtful, personal, specific examples. We looked at a couple of songs. It was an inspiring and informative night. Watch it below. Mark Winkler's online class Advanced Section of Writing Commercial Hit...
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May 08, 2020

HOW TO CREATE AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCES ON DIGITAL MEDIA, with Joy Graysen

Joy Graysen has helped scores of singers and artists make meaningful connections to their own power, their material, and their audiences, from American Idol and Voice Finalists to those tackling their first open mics. In this free interactive Zoom workshop, she helps you find your power and Create Authentic Performances on Digital Media. She is teaching an empowering 6-wk class over Zoom this Spring: How to Conquer Stage Fright and Master the Art of Performance. Learn more about the class...
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May 07, 2020

HOW TO GROW YOUR AUDIENCE IN A QUARANTINE-AFFECTED MARKET, with Gaelen Whittemore

 WATCH THE FULL EVENT ARCHIVE HERE: Gaelen Whittemore has been equipping artists to navigate the digital landscape for nearly 8 years here in his Your Modern Mindset class. As artist manager and CEO of 3T Entertainment, he is both steering careers of established artists like Too Short and recently signed to Empire Records IYLA.Watch the archive of Growing Your Audience in a Quarantine-Affected Market. Want to study with Gaelen Whittemore? You can take his Online/On-Demand Your Modern Mindset Intensive right away.  The next interactive Digital Marketing...
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October 30, 2019

HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC DISCOVERED - YOUR MODERN MINDSET Intensive, Online & On-Demand

GET YOUR MUSIC DISCOVERED... Playlisting and advertising: necessary marriage or contradiction? Learn about the current state of new music discovery in this video archive of a talk at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles with artist manager/CEO Gaelen Whittemore. Study with Gaelen in the Your Modern Mindset Music Business Intensive. Watch the Intensive online, either in your browser or in the app.  His regular Zoom Masterclasses on Branding, Building Your Release Calendar, and Revenue Models are also available online. VIEW...
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