Songwriting for Guitarists

(6 customer reviews)


You want to hear your music on the radio, the Internet, or even Sirius XM – that’s a realistic goal. Somebody’s doing it, why not you? For your song to go viral you must make sure that your music fits with an existing format. You must be creative but not so unusual that your music doesn’t fit the playlist.

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The most financially successful guitarists are songwriters. The reason is simple; they usually own the copyrights and publishing for their original music. It takes a combination of craftsmanship, skill, and talent to become a successful songwriter. Unless you attempt to write original music you’ll never know if you’re one of the lucky ones. If you don’t purchase a ticket you won’t win the lottery.

The Songwriting for Guitarists Course teaches how to professionally write, arrange and record a song that fits within your favorite style. It’s divided into four one hour videos that cover it all – Getting Started, Equipment, Lead Composition and Recording.

The Complete Songwriting Course includes 4 DVDs or downloads and is now available for half price, only $29.95! Why so cheap? The course was created in 1995. The rules of songwriting haven’t changed so the program is still as relevant but technology has changed so some of the hardware and software explained in the second and fourth sections cover equipment from that era. We’re including these two videos with the course at no charge to you. Even in these two lessons the process taught hasn’t changed – midi sequencers and drum machines still perform the same functions now as they did then. If you’re new to midi programming and recording these will still give you a great overview of the process and they’re absolutely free.

The other two lessons teach the basics of songwriting and lead composition. They’re every bit as relevant now as they were in 1995 when the lesson was created.

Bonus: But wait… there’s more!

A song by Doug Marks is written throughout the 4 lessons.  In the fourth video Doug is in the studio with Lonnie Vencent (bass guitar, Hawk, King Kobra, BulletBoys) and Jim Gillette (vocals, Nitro).  The song is “Out of Time” modeled after a Deep Purple song.

Topics Include:

  • Choosing a song as a model
  • Creating a full arrangement section by section
  • Editing riffs to fit vocals and lead smoothly into the following section
  • Crafting a solo that fits the song
  • Writing lyrics
  • Using sequencers to write and record
  • Working with scratch and click tracks
  • Preparing to go into a professional studio- save time and money!
  • Micing an acoustic drum kit
  • Tips for making more money from publishing
  • …and so much more!
Additional information

DVD, Digital Download

Reviews (6)

6 reviews for Songwriting for Guitarists

  1. Dan

    This course is a great walkthrough of how to take a song from a completely basic idea to a fully finished product. Techniques for writing chord progressions and leads are both covered, as well as how to come up with a good arrangement. The technology shown is somewhat dated, but the process for recording the song is my favorite part and a fascinating piece of the puzzle. You can’t go wrong with this one!

  2. stringbender

    I gave this two stars because there is good info here but …the explanation of all the hows and whys of song writing are not there. The technology is dated and spends too much time on old recording techniques. There are good explanations of how to mic in a studio and actual recording of a song. This review is back and forth because I just expected more and it didn’t hit the mark.

  3. Doug Marks

    Stringbender (Tim) – I don’t disagree with your review about the dated technology. That’s the reason for the reduced price – we charge half as much for the course because the technology section does need to be revised. Still, all technology has been updated on I think that there is plenty of information about the songwriting process that is as valid now as it was in 1995.

  4. Tim

    I really have to adjust my review, I have thought about this since I posted and you are 100% right and I was wrong to be so hard on it. The course is listed as an older course so I should have expected the older tech and yes the info on how to write is very good so I do apologize about being so rough the first time around. I should really stop and think before I review, I did look the course over again and MM has more song writing info in Sarah’s lessons (the next purchase for me)

  5. Sarah Spisak

    This course is very informative and entertaining! Yes, the technology is dated but you could learn a lot from this. I watched these videos several years ago and was able to quickly write some very well-structured songs.

  6. Jim

    I downloaded it. Yes, the software is “older,” as you point out, but I’ve already gotten several ideas I did not know about. And your tips on who to include in your song writing process are pure gold!

    I’m only on the 1st video, and I would recommend it. I can’t believe you have discounted it this deeply.

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