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Robert Hoare

Lyricist & Musician

Songwriting workshops & seminars

"I think that the material that is meaningful in the long run, that has the greatest impact on people, is the material that avoids cliches.
And it avoids picking a subject and abstractly filling in the lyrics for it without having any emotional impact behind it, without having any real feeling for the subject matter . . .
To think up a unique subject is not enough. You still have to put it in some relevant human context."

- Todd Rundgren (from an interview – Songwriters on Songwriting) 

Songwriting Workshops

The workshops and seminars are designed to help you develop your own method for writing lyrics. The workshops, seminars can also be done online in English or German.
Next workshop – hdpk Berln, May 24, 2019
Contact me for more information
or go to: www.betterlyricwriting.com

Topics

- organising ideas, finding the right title
- writing tools and how to use them
- plot development
- song form and structure
- finding lyrical coherence
- creating imagery
- figurative speech
- rhythm & rhyme
- writing & sketching techniques, editing tips
- accenting & emphasis
- writing lyrics for melodies
- selected lyrics are analysed and discussed

Upcoming workshops

The next workshops in Berlin will be in autumn 2019.
Workshops in Oslo will be posted here soon.

Songs for analysis 

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Examples

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Addition listening

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Music Basics

Music Basics is a comprehensive and concise little reference and study guide for music. The rudiments of music are explained in as few words as possible and in simple language. There are also exercises and practical suggestions for instrumental study. The book is specifically aimed at the needs of music teachers, high school music students and musicians seeking a thorough understanding of the basics of the musical language. Click on the icon above to have a look inside at Amazon.

Look inside

Click on the icon above to see a sample from the book on how to practice a 3:2 polyrhythm or the quarter note triplet .

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