How to Write a Song: 5 Polishing Techniques for Lyrics | Part 9/9 | Andrea Stolpe

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You feel pretty good about the song you’ve just written, but you know it could be a little better. In this video, songwriter and Berklee Online course author Andrea Stolpe demonstrates five techniques that will help you polish your songs. She encourages you to read out your lyrics and say them as if you were speaking, to try writing the lyrics as complete sentences, and to make sure you’re using words in your lyrics that feel natural to you. She also advises you to trying changing the tense of the song, and try changing your point of view: Experiment with changing “I” to “you,” “him,” or “her.” These are polishing tools that will help the lyric keep the listener in the moment instead of on the outside of the song.

Watch all the videos in this series:
How to Write a Song: Use Imagery and Small Moments:
How to Write a Song: Verses Carry the Story, Chorus Carries the Message:
How to Write a Song: Tips to Generate Imagery for Lyrics:
How to Write a Song: Focus on Weight and Pace of Moments:
How to Write a Song: Use Melody to Build Your Verse Lyrics:
How to Write a Song: Use Toggling in Your Lyrics:
How to Write a Song: Write Lyrics Through a Lens:
How to Write a Song: Imagery Tips for the Second Verse:

About Andrea Stolpe:
Andrea Stolpe is a multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator. Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Jimmy Wayne, and more. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing. Her books, Popular Songwriting: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling and Beginning Songwriting: Writing Your Own Lyrics, Melodies, and Chords detail a unique process for uniting your artistic voice with the commercial market. Andrea has taught melody, harmony, and lyric writing courses for Berklee Online for more than a decade. She authored the Berklee Online course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, which she teaches. She also teaches Lyric Writing: Writing from the Title, and Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music for Berklee Online.

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