The Art Of The Song
As well as songwriting and singing, touring and recording I also coach songwriters and run workshops for individuals and for groups and I LOVE it!
Rob Bray and I (who run a lot of the workshops together) try and chose inspiring and beautiful places for people to write in (take a look at some of the pictures above).
THE NEXT RESIDENTIAL GROUP WORKSHOP IS IN
Clavey's Farm, Mells, Somerset (pictured above)
31st May- 3rd June 2012
Four-day residential course with songwriter and music coach ROB BRAY and myself.
Things we will cover...
- Unblocking your creative blocks
- Finding your inspiration
- Creating lyrics without a melody
- Creating lyrics that fall perfectly into an existing melody
- Exploring ways of finding melody without any instrument!
- Finding melody with guitar chords (if you play the guitar)
- How to decide on your chords (if you play an instrument)
- Creating a 'style' of song( blues, country, gospel, jazz etc)
- Writing a song in response to the moment.
(letting your subconscious do the work!)
- Rhythm Sessions
- Vocal Sessions, exploring your range, finding your voice
- Vocal warm-up and accessing the power in your voice
-Performance - owning the stage, setting up your equipment, communicating with your audience, learning not to apologise!!
- Selling your songs, PRS, recording, getting them onto radio
- Growing an audience, booking tours and promoting your music
Check out the facebook page too and connect with other songwriters who have been on the courses. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Songwriting-Workshop
"The venue provided an appropriate setting to encourage inspiration and exploration. It was a warm, safe environment in which to demonstrate new ideas and skills."
"The content and delivery were highly professional and stimulating. The leaders encouraged new ideas."
"Professional, clear, warm and humorous delivery from Rob and Jane. They gave us challenging tasks while supporting each individual."
"It was FUN!"
"Thanks for all the help and encouragement."
"Encouraging and inquisitive - it really felt each writer was valued and interesting."
"This has inspired me, improved my confidence and completed another piece of the musical learning 'jigsaw'."
"Awesome weekend! Thanks so much for being so supportive"
"Really well structured, fantastic support, educational and inspirational!"
"Rob and Jane work well to provide a calm 'safe' environment to help relax the group. A very enjoyable two days."
SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS - INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP
Private tailored songwriting sessions for individual songwriters
Please drop me an e mail at email@example.com and we can discuss what you would like to work on most of all.
1 hr a week/2 weeks
A special day session or afternoon
A whole week-end
All tailored to whatever you feel you need to work on as a songwriter. I have worked with people who have never written a song before and with professional full time songwriters. You are all marvelous artists searching for a better way to communicate how you feel through words and music and THAT I love most of all.
I run songwriting workshops across the UK together with songwriter and musician Rob Bray
We create a safe, supportive and inspiring space for you to develop your songwriting skills. We explore brand new ways of finding songs without fear of 'getting it wrong'. We encourage artistic support always, and the element of competition (thankfully) doesn't seem to get a look in on our workshops. We're much more in favour of getting the best out of everyone on the course so that you all come away feeling good about what you can do. Our methods are always fresh, challenging (in a good way), inspiring and always executed with an enormous amount of fun.
Every workshop has been wonderful to facilitate and I have truly loved watching people realise that they can all write songs and learn to share them with others with pride.
These workshops really do work and I'm hugely proud of them as they are helping me unlock my own blocks and find inspiration to write new songs. If you'd like to get involved e mail me here firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you on the mailing list and let you know when and where the next ones are taking place. We have one in Mells in May and I i will be booking a two and one day course in Bristol in July and August. I can come to your area and run a workshop there too, just let me know you are interested and we'll make it happen.
WHY TRY A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP?
The art of the song - the process
As a songwriter, over the years I have been fortunate enough to have experienced lots of positive feedback for my craft. The applause and the reviews and the awards are all a nice way of being told that you're songs work somewhere along the line.
That positive feedback has only encouraged me further to develop my craft and to get better at what I do. It's why I know that only when we get positive encouragement do we ever flourish as artists. Far too often songwriters become isolated and are left with a rather negative inner voice that can often sabotage so much of their creative exploration that it can often be a battle to write a song at all!
I know this because I too have been in that battle!
But when I decided that I wanted to teach songwriting I realised that in order to do this well, I really needed to learn to understand my own process. When I broke it down I discovered that writing a song was not actually such a mystery!! Working together with Rob Bray, a brilliant singer songwriter who I run the residential courses with, we developed many creative and wonderful ways to help people access the songs within them. We both truly believe that everyone can write a song if they want to and that we can always find inspiration for our songs and better still, that we can eliminate 'writers block' for ever!!
I thought that breaking down my songwriting process would take out the magic from it. I was used to 'waiting' for songs to arrive whenever they decided to and there was something mystical about this for me.
However, it turns out, it unleashed a whole new way of looking at songwriting and what's more, it meant that I no longer had to 'wait' for inspiration. Today I can write a song about ANYTHING and at any time, and as a working mum with limited time, this has been a complete revelation to me.
We can pass on methods and techniques that will allow you to write songs whenever YOU want to write them and in our workshops you can lean to write a song from scratch without any previous experience.
If you do write already, then we help you develop your craft even further so that you can write in many different styles. We have tips and practical tools that can help any songwriter access every area of their creative potential and in my experience people always have far more potential and talent than they dare to imagine!!
I will be launching the brand new website www.theartofthesong.co.uk this year..watch this space!!