2022

Happy New Year and wishing you all the very best for your songwriting in 2022. Whatever your ambitions, remember it all begins with a song!

2021
On 2nd January I said ‘What are your New Year songwriting resolutions? Mine are to release more of my finished tracks, to write better and better songs and to continue to support other writers.’ Same for 2022 I think!

Last year had its challenges but with your support we ran our monthly Lyric and Melody Writing Evening Courses, Online Retreats, Writing Days, 1-2-1 Mentoring & Song Feedback sessions.

I’m also happy to have finally found the focus to release my ‘Blue Dansette project on London Songwriters Recordings.

Here are your London Songwriters events for January 2022:

Song Clinic
Saturday 8th January at 11am marks the return of our Song Clinic – Detailed Feedback On Your Original Songs sessions, back by popular demand as requested in your recent survey responses.

It consists of small group & professional feedback on one of your songs, submitted as a recording/lyric in advance. As well as constructive feedback on the Lyric, Melody & Harmony, we can also discuss Recording, Releasing & Marketing your music, as some of you have responded to my call last year to get your music out into the world. There are only 8 places.

WRITE GREAT MELODIES
Our unique WRITE GREAT MELODIES – 4 Week Evening Course begins 10th January at 7pm. Join us for four weekly interactive presentations with accompanying practical exercises on Mondays as follows:

10/01/22 – The Power of Melodic Rhythm & Motifs
17/01/22 – Scales of Emotion – Melodic Note Choices
24/01/22 – Chord Colours & Effective Progressions
31/01/22 – Supercharge your Melodies with Pitch & Prosody

WRITE GREAT MELODIES is a comprehensive summary of important songwriting techniques. As lyrics are meant to be sung to a melody, Lyricists would also benefit from the technical knowledge, especially the crucial first week on Melodic Rhythm.

Melody is King so don’t miss out learning the detailed, specific techniques to fully realise your inspiration and skill up for the New Year ahead.

“A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks”
“Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument”
“Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them”

Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you in 2022!

End Of Year Lyrics Course

We are running our fully interactive online Lyrics Evening Course this November/December.

The 3-part Write Great Lyrics Course starts Monday 29th November from 7-9pm. It will teach  advanced techniques to make your lyrics truly stand out. From using deceptively Simple Lyrical Language to Sophisticated Wordplay the course will inspire you to Plan, Progress & Perfect your lyrics in any genre. There is more than enough information for each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 –or book all 3 at £60 £47 for a 22% discount.

29/11, 6 & 20/12/21 – WRITE GREAT LYRICS – 3-Week Evening Course

“Lots of really useful detailed information, delivered in a way that made it both fun and easy to understand.”

 

November Melody Writing Evening Course

We are running a comprehensive fully interactive online Melody Writing Evening Course this November.

Our 4-part WRITE GREAT MELODIES Evening Course will teach basic & advanced techniques to make memorable melodies that stand the test of time. The Course is £20 per standalone session (code MELODY2021 gets you 15% off at checkout) & for a limited time you can book at just £67 for all 4 sessions!

1, 8, 15 & 22/11/21 – WRITE GREAT MELODIES – 4 Week Evening Course

Melanie Bell attended the September 2021 course and has blogged about it on her Inspire Envisioning site:

“I’m glad I took that class.  I learned a lot in a short time and am still unpacking it. I appreciated that Murray believed in his students. He encourages everyone to express themselves and comes from the standpoint that everyone can learn and create.”

Thanks Melanie!

“A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks”, “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument”

“Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for”

“Murray’s approach to teaching is wholistic in that not only does he present a concept and define it, but he offers real songs as examples. He proceeds to clearly break down those concepts using the song as a guide or template to illustrate the subject.  I could undoubtedly see from class 1 to 4 how my level of observation, knowledge and application of the concepts increased.”

I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analysing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques.”

Autumn Retreat 2021

Our Autumn Online Retreat features comprehensive songwriting presentations, collaboration/solo exercises, playbacks and songshares with professional feedback.

Each day can be booked separately if you wish & will feature Songcraft Presentations summarising crucial techniques from our Write Great Lyrics & Melodies Evening Courses. It is also an exciting opportunity to put these techniques into practice with carefully designed Writing Briefs & to connect with like-minded lyricists, composers & producers.

Collaboration is recommended but optional & there is an opportunity to play your existing songs (recorded or live) for valuable feedback in the evening Songshare Sessions.

AGENDA

Fri 22nd Oct / Sat 23rd Oct / Sun 24th Oct 
10:30 Songcraft Presentation & Writing Brief
11:30 Collaborative OR Solo Writing Session
16:00 –
17:00 Writing Brief Playback
19:00 Songshare Session

Attend all 3 days for £99 or individual days at £33 :
22, 23, 24/10/21 – Autumn 2021 Retreat (3 Days)

22/10/21 – Autumn 2021 Retreat (Day 1)
23/10/21 – Autumn 2021 Retreat (Day 2)
24/10/21 – Autumn 2021 Retreat (Day 3)

From 2015 to 2021 London Songwriters has hosted seventeen highly enjoyable and effective Songwriting Retreats for over 200 happy writers from across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. Each writer has rated the experience 5 out of 5, many return for multiple subsequent retreats.

‘The guidance in the morning was excellent – focused, just the right amount of info, really important learning. The exercises were inspiring and challenging.

“Thanks again for a great weekend of songwriting. I feel like I came away from it with a lot more theoretical knowledge & the ability to write a song in a shorter space of time.”

October Lyrics Course

We are running our fully interactive online Lyrics Evening Course this October.

The 3-part Write Great Lyrics Course starts Monday 4th October from 7-9pm. It will teach  advanced techniques to make your lyrics truly stand out. From using deceptively Simple Lyrical Language to Sophisticated Wordplay the course will inspire you to Plan, Progress & Perfect your lyrics in any genre. There is more than enough information for each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 –or book all 3 at £60 £51 for a 15% discount.

4, 11 & 18/10/21 – WRITE GREAT LYRICS – 3-Week Evening Course

“Lots of really useful detailed information, delivered in a way that made it both fun and easy to understand.”

 

September Melody Writing Evening Course

We are running a comprehensive fully interactive online Melody Writing Evening Course this July.

Our 4-part WRITE GREAT MELODIES Evening Course will teach basic & advanced techniques to make memorable melodies that stand the test of time. The Course is £20 per standalone session (code MELODY2021 gets you 15% off at checkout) & for a limited time you can book at just £67 £47 for the remaining 3 sessions!

13, 20 & 27/09/21 – WRITE GREAT MELODIES – 3 Week Evening Course

“A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks”, “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument”

“Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for”

“Murray’s approach to teaching is wholistic in that not only does he present a concept and define it, but he offers real songs as examples. He proceeds to clearly break down those concepts using the song as a guide or template to illustrate the subject.  I could undoubtedly see from class 1 to 4 how my level of observation, knowledge and application of the concepts increased.”

I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analysing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques.”

August Lyrics Course

We are running our fully interactive online Lyrics Evening Course this August.

The 3-part Write Great Lyrics Course starts Monday 9th August from 7-9pm. It will teach  advanced techniques to make your lyrics truly stand out. From using deceptively Simple Lyrical Language to Sophisticated Wordplay the course will inspire you to Plan, Progress & Perfect your lyrics in any genre. There is more than enough information for each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 –or book all 3 at £60 £51 for a 15% discount.

Tickets are available on Bandcamp  and there is an additional SALE at £47 on Friday 6th August:

9, 16 & 23/08/21 – WRITE GREAT LYRICS – 3-Week Evening Course

“Lots of really useful detailed information, delivered in a way that made it both fun and easy to understand.”

 

 

July Melody Writing Evening Course

We are running a comprehensive fully interactive online Melody Writing Evening Course this July.

Our 4-part WRITE GREAT MELODIES Evening Course will teach basic & advanced techniques to make memorable melodies that stand the test of time. The Course is £20 per standalone session & for a limited time you can book at just £67 £47 for the remaining 3 sessions!

12, 19 & 26,/07/21 – WRITE GREAT MELODIES – 3 Week Evening Course

“A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks”, “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument”

“Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for”

“Murray’s approach to teaching is wholistic in that not only does he present a concept and define it, but he offers real songs as examples. He proceeds to clearly break down those concepts using the song as a guide or template to illustrate the subject.  I could undoubtedly see from class 1 to 4 how my level of observation, knowledge and application of the concepts increased.”

I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analysing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques.”

June Lyrics Course

We are running our fully interactive online Lyrics Evening Course this June.

The 3-part Write Great Lyrics Course starts Monday 7th June from 7-9pm. It will teach  advanced techniques to make your lyrics truly stand out. From using deceptively Simple Lyrical Language to Sophisticated Wordplay the course will inspire you to Plan, Progress & Perfect your lyrics in any genre. There is more than enough information for each week to be taken as a standalone session at £20 – use checkout code LYRIC2021 for a 15% discount on each class.

“Lots of really useful detailed information, delivered in a way that made it both fun and easy to understand.”

 

May Melody Evening Course

We are running a comprehensive fully interactive online Melody Writing Evening Course this May.

Our 4-part WRITE GREAT MELODIES Evening Course will teach basic & advanced techniques to make memorable melodies that stand the test of time. The Course is £20 per standalone session & for a limited time you can book at just £67 £47 for the remaining 3 sessions!

10, 17 & 24,/05/21 – WRITE GREAT MELODIES – 3 Week Evening Course

“A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks”

“Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument”

“Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for”WRITE GREAT MELODIES 4 Week Evening Course

I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analysing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques.”