Guitar Nine Columns: Songwriting and Composition

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Enjoy over 20 years of staff columns, guest columns, interviews and more!

December-January 2017

Melodies are what stick in the listeners mind and convey passion and emotion: creating coherence in your solos.

December-January 2017

There's a chance you have too many unfinished songs sitting on your computer, or maybe even on your bookshelf - let's finish them.

October-November 2017

Tommaso maintains the skill of songwriting is developed through years of practice.

August-September 2017

Tommaso argues these myths are designed to keep your playing stagnant.

August-September 2017

The basis of all lyric writing - you may know one or two of these, but even then you need to practice the third one.

April-May 2016

It isn`t difficult to learn to study theory the correct way. It can actually be easier and more fun than you expect.

February-March 2016

Music theory isn;t learning how to write down different notes, or practicing and reciting scales on a guitar. It`s about experiencing the way notes interact and the effect they have on the listener.

June-July 2015

Without a strong sense of melody and phrasing your music will never have that magical sense of wonder.

April-May 2015

Without a strong sense of melody and phrasing your music will never have that magical sense of wonder.

April-May 2015

Stay alive. Stay sane. Stay healthy. There are methods to achieving compositional greatness that do not involved personal pain.

April-May 2015

Awesome tools, tricks and techniques that you can use again and again to create your own killer sounding, unplugged acoustic guitar song.

April-May 2015

UK guitarist Sam Russell shares his personal methods on finding the inspiration to be creative musically and lyrically.

April-May 2015

A guided tour of the 2015 album by the Scott Allen Project.

February-March 2015

Simple music is about balance. It is about taking 1 to 2 musical ideas, weaving them together and manipulating the musical elements just right.

October-November 2014

You`re going to like having the ability to write guitar solos that are highly melodic, expressive, and passionate.

February-March 2014

Mike Campese is back with additional ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.

December-January 2013

Mike Campese is back with ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.

December-January 2013

You might think that the pentatonic scale is just an easy scale but with no depth - well, you are wrong.

December-January 2013

There are four mistakes that you can fix that will drastically increase your musical creativity and help you come up with songwriting ideas much faster.

October-November 2013

It does not necessarily have to take you a very long time to gain the skills needed to accurately express yourself through music.

August-September 2013

Unity and variety in songwriting are essential to keeping a song balanced and maintaining interest throughout the entire piece of music.

June-July 2013

Most guitar players have a tendency to use a single (often limiting) approach to songwriting that holds them back from achieving the results they want.

December-January 2012

Connect with our audience; stirring up emotions while avoiding negative emotions.

October-November 2012

Shedding light on modes for those of you that are reaching out for new ideas to add to your musical armoury.

August-September 2012

When you find a group of musicians that you write, perform and hang with and can trust, well you may have won a lottery in life.

August-September 2011

This month`s lead guitar element focuses on using the major scale to build other scales.

June-July 2011

Pursuing your lead guitar development by reducing the major scale to modes (or inversions) in the name of improvisation.

December-January 2010

Here are nine songwriting tips you can use right away, regardless of your current level of technique.

October-November 2010

Kole teaches three essential and very effective concepts for making music.

December-January 2009

No matter your level, these five tips will greatly improve your compositional ability.

December-January 2009

Is the ability to write songs a gift, or can it be learned? Lou Lombardi has the answer.

April-May 2009

Adding color to the bland, unifying lyrics, and other compositional techniques.

December-January 2008

The often misunderstood and underappreciated interval - the minor second.

December-January 2008

The lighter/darker side of the enigmatic diminished tritone, and its infamous interval, the b5th.

December-January 2008

Kevin Ferguson offers guiding principles used to transcribe and arrange Vivaldi (and other Baroque) violin concertos to electric guitars.

August-September 2008

Kole goes beyond rut-busting, with tips on how to surpass all ruts.

June-July 2008

Kole supplies you, the songwriter/composer with three tools that will help you kick writer`s block `night in the ruts`.

April-May 2008

An introduction to the most familiar way of analyzing and composing music for many of us.

December-January 2007

You can get so much from exposure to unfamiliar music styles.

October-November 2007

A theory borrowed from psychology but adapted by the author to the musical realm.

October-November 2007

Tom Hess with his fourth installment on songwriting, with more advanced, yet simple and overlooked concepts.

August-September 2007

Michael Knight looks at some activities for versatile composition and soloing.

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