As promised, here is a quick follow up and a couple songwriting resources from our recent “Songwriting 101” workshop that we hosted recently in collaboration with our partner Mzansi Music Magazine and Wits School of the Arts.
A huge shout out and thanks to must go to the following people
- Godfrey, Chris and Willem and the team from Mzansi Music Magazine for connecting all the dots and for introducing us to our wonderful panellists
- Wits School of the Arts and Dr. Susan Harrop-Allin who introduced us to the amazing Phumelele Mzimela who taught us the circle of 5th’s and how to scat.
- Ashlinn Gray for reminding us that music starts with the groove and showing us where the hooks lie.
- Jackie Queens for her “Cape Town Holiday Vibes” and how to introduce emotion and storytelling into our music.
- Rhey Osborne for reminding us not to write until we feel something & showing us how to find the key for our songs.
- Thami Shobede for his great suggestions on how to find inspiration and how to get into the right mood before writing a song.
- and last, but not least, our wonderful moderator Sethu Gumede for keeping us all on time and making sure that all the burning questions were answered.
Resources for songwriters:
There were quite a few bits of theory on the day and some new concepts introduced. Here are a few links to some of the items discussed that are worth exploring:
Circle of 4ths/5ths:
Guitar Alliance also has a good explanation and shows us the table-format that Rhey Osborne explained, showing us the sharps and flats in each scale: http://guitaralliance.com/circle-fifths/
Here’s a cool video by Youtuber, Mark Newman that explains the concept further:
MOOCs (massive open online courses):
Jackie Queens sent through this excellent selection of links for you guys to explore. If you’ve missed a course, make sure to subscribe to the course providers channels as these materials are available on an ongoing basis:
Berklee College of Music:
Introducing Entrepreneurship for Musicians:
That’s a great selection which should keep you busy for a while!
Any other songwriting resources that you’ve found online that you want to share with local songwriters? Please share by linking in the comments below.