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August 20, 2015

Songwriting With The Masters

Join ASG President, Rick Busby for “Songwriting With The Masters: From Hank Williams to Jason Isbell” a special one-day songwriting workshop at The Mockingbird Cafe on Saturday, August 29.

If you are a songwriter who would like to improve your craft, or if you are a student of songwriting that would like to deepen your understanding of the songwriting craft, then make a date right now and register to attend the workshop “Songwriting With The Masters: From Hank Williams to Jason Isbell” on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM at The Mockingbird Cafe.

ASG President and resident “Song Doctor,” Rick Busby will facilitate the workshop, leading songwriters in attendance through an exploration of some of the greatest songs of the last 70 years, while exploring a master’s checklist of songwriting elements. If you believe your own songwriting can benefit from a deeper understanding of the craft as practiced by some of the greatest songwriters of all time, then this workshop is for you. The cost to attend the workshop is $40 per person, which includes the cost of lunch. The workshop is open to the public and you do not have to be an active ASG member to attend. This is a rare opportunity for non-members of ASG to attend an ASG sponsored event without becoming a member first, and the price of the workshop is the same for members and non-members alike.

During the workshop, Rick will lead songwriters in attendance through an exploration of songs written by some of the masters in songwriting history, including:

  • Hank Williams
  • Burt Bachrach & Hal David
  • Gerry Goffin & Carole King
  • Bob Dylan
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  • George Harrison
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Merle Haggard
  • Jimmy Webb
  • Van Morrison
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Randy Newman
  • Neil Young
  • Carly Simon
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Elton John & Bernie Taupin
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Rodney Crowell
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Ryan Adams
  • Jason Isbell

In the process of exploring songs written by these masters, we will look at a wide range of songwriting elements, concepts and strategies, including:

  • Analyzing Song Structures & Forms
  • Identifying Song Types: Love Songs, Protest Songs & More
  • Relationships Between Melody & Lyrics
  • Creating Effective Verses
  • Building The Chorus Around The Hook Line
  • Chorus or Refrain?
  • To Bridge or Not To Bridge?
  • Chord Structures & Modulating Song Keys
  • Writing Killer Opening Lyric Lines
  • Hard Rhyme vs. Soft Rhyme or No Rhyme Schemes
  • Metaphors, Similes & Other Lyrical Devices
  • Writing in 1st Person Confessional Point of View
  • Writing in the First Person as a Third Person Character
  • Setting the Time & Place
  • Active vs Passive Voice
  • Much More…

To register by credit card for the workshop, click the PayPal button below. You may also register by check or cash at the door the day of the event, space provided.

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Rick Busby

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