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If you can write a good country song, you can write a good song. Who better to study with than a #1 hit Nashville songwriter and BMI Award Winner who has spent the past 25 years teaching songwriters, at Nashville's Belmont University and at the Songschool at The Kerrville Folk Festival.
The Songwriting School was proud to welcome Nashville's Rick Beresford to teach the first installment of this country songwriting craft and business series: The Country Songwriting Manual, Volume 1 online over Zoom fully interactive and on-demand. And we are excited to welcome him back to teach again in 2021!
"Teaching is my soul path," Rick intones, and you believe him the animated second he starts talking about working with fellow songwriters. He notched hits himself with the legends (George Jones, Don Williams, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee...), and many of his students are among the day's top writers on Music Row (like Jon Nite, with 8 #1s in the past five years). Rick has developed what he calls "The Songwriting Manual" after a lifetime writing and teaching other writers. We are proud to offer a series of courses where he aims that considerable knowledge of lyric, melody, structure, and strategy at the art and craft of Country songwriting.
Do I have to play an instrument to take this class?
No! Lyric & melody is the song, and while he will talk a bit about chords and chord progressions, your awareness of such concepts will equip you with a vocabulary to better collaborate with players and producers. If you do play instruments, you will get more writerly tools for your own music.
Do I have to read music to take this class?
No! Rick doesn't in fact, so he does not teach in a way that requires reading. He will get you to use your ear to understand the musical concepts of class and make use of them in the songs you write. A theory background is not required though it's always helpful in constructing strong chord progressions and compelling harmony/melody relationships.
What if I mainly want to be a lyricist?
This will be a great class for you. And when topics turn to melody writing, you become a stronger lyricist the more you understand how melody truly works. You may find co-writers in the class.
To grow as a lyricist, we recommend in conjunction with the class Platinum songwriter Mark Winkler's Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics class--also over Zoom this Fall (Wednesday nights starting 1/27/21).
I'm not really into Country music. What is in this class for me?
Nashville has the highest standards for song craft in the world. Learn to write a strong country song and you can write in any genre. If you are checking the credits of your favorite pop writers, many of them also write in Nashville. We hope this class will expand your horizons and remind you that you are a songwriter, no matter the genre.
Does the class get into the business of Country Music, song pitching, etc?
Volume I will focus mainly on the craft. Graduates of Volume I will be eligible for Volume II (Winter 2021 online at The Songwriting School), and in Volume II students will explore professional aspects, meet publishers and song pluggers, and even have a real world song pitching session with a publisher.
Oh man, I think I have more questions!
Great! Let's have a human answer them. Send your questions here or call 818-848-7664.
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