“I just thought I would let you know I really enjoy reading your Acoustic Tunesmith articles. I don’t write songs regularly, but your practical songwriting ideas, guitar playing tips, and sprinkles of humor inspire me! Thank you!” —Deb Barrett
Have you been an acoustic songwriter for years? Or are you still building fret hand calluses while learning how to write songs? Either way, our newsletter has some mighty fine tips to bulk up your skills.
So they tell us…
“Every issue you publish reinforces my opinion. I always walk away from reading them with lots to think about and attempt to incorporate into my songs. Thanks again for helping out the songwriting community!” —Greg Beck, Singer-Songwriter
We’ll untangle a featured chord to spice up your playing, drop in some fun songwriter trivia on occasion, include bits of wisdom straight from the minds of renowned tunesmiths, answer burning questions about guitar, music, or playing…
Don’t be surprised if we toss in something interesting about acoustic guitars for you to check out. And when you get in a songwriting slump, we have a handful of object writing prompts to jump start your creativity.
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It’s your go-to guide on guitar buzzes. Do they even have anything to do with your guitar? Or does ignoring them mean you’re letting your best bud twist in the wind with serious damage you can’t see?
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“Brad and his music are like fresh baked bread, touching so many senses at once and one slice is truly not enough. His storytelling is simple and complex all at the same time… finding a place in one’s heart and head … never one dimensional.” —Jill Holly, International Singer-Songwriter, Founding Songwriting Instructor, McNally-Smith School of Music
Acoustic Tunesmith Membership coming 2nd quarter of 2024.
We’re pretty jazzed about this announcement. How do you like the sound of these Acoustic Tunesmith apples?
Monthly Pro Player or Songwriter Sessions
Every month, we’re bringing in a pro player or songwriter to drop some serious knowledge on you, for a solid two hours. Forget those run-of-the-mill groupie Q&A sessions about the guest’s career, or what it was like working with so-n-so… You want something that’ll help you be the acoustic tunesmith you were born to be. That other stuff can be gotten online anywhere.
Here, you’ll get live, meaty insights straight from our guest to you. We’re making sure they come with stuff they use in their writing and playing, and feel will help you.
Community Tips and Riffs
Get ready for a 90-minute session each month where you can learn or share a killer playing technique or riff. Ever heard those famous names say, “I never had a single guitar lesson in my life”? Well, it’s not entirely true. They learned from others who knew something they didn’t, simply by asking.
We’re giving you that same opportunity. Come with a tip to share, or learn something new in minutes by asking “What is that you just did there?” It beats the heck out of spending ages trying to figure it out on your own.
Song Feedback Sessions
How about getting reactions and feedback on your songs every month? It’s one of the best ways to up your songwriting game, and the AT community is all about friendly, positive vibes when it comes to offering input. Don’t worry if you’re new to feedback sessions – we’ve got a method that makes it a breeze.
Songwriting Technique Sessions
You’ve been digging those free songwriting tips in our newsletter Write from the Frets, but are you craving more? How about spending a solid 90 minutes each month diving deep into a particular songwriting technique? Ask your questions and come prepared to play with a featured songwriting technique.
AT Song Challenges
We’re throwing in the chance for you to join monthly songwriting challenges. We’ll dish out prompts for beginners, intermediates, and seasoned songwriters. Pick your level and use it to craft a song each month. These challenges have been a hit elsewhere, and they’re all about having a blast. Plus, you’ll get to see what others create with the same prompts – it’s seriously cool.
There’s even more packed into your AT membership that we’re still securing but haven’t spilled the beans on yet. And while we’d love to offer it all for free, that’s just not sustainable, not if we want to keep helping you become the acoustic songwriter you were meant to be. Our goal is to make this accessible to as many folks as possible, and still deliver tons of value.
It’ll be a no-brainer though.
Stay tuned here for updates, or hop on our list and be part of the Acoustic Tunesmith journey.
Visual Songwriting for Everyone is hitting the scene in 2024.
It dawned on me like multiple shovel whacks to the back of the head. Folks kept saying, “I always see a video in my mind when I listen to your songs…”
Ping-dong-boing! It got me thinking – maybe it’s time to share my unique approach to weaving imagery into songs.
Now, you might be wondering, what’s so special about my approach to putting imagery in songs and cause people to see a video?
I know, right? Sounds crazy. How can a blind songwriter make listeners visualize videos in his songs if he can’t even see them himself? People tell me it’s a conundrum.
But it won’t be for you, with Visual Songwriting for Everyone, you’re in for the reveal. You’ll learn how to craft your own potent songs using tried-and-true techniques to paint vivid pictures with your words.
Blindness didn’t stand a chance in my journey to become the visual songwriter I was meant to be. And you know what? Lack of imagery shouldn’t be a roadblock in your songwriting journey either. These techniques will give you a crystal-clear advantage. You’ll not only master the art of creating compelling imagery but also understand when and where to deploy it in your songs.
Listen, telling a joke with the punchline in the beginning, middle, or end makes all the difference. Similarly, visual songwriting is all about timing and placement. Many songwriters haven’t quite cracked the code on what, when, or where to use imagery, let alone how to craft the best visuals. There are good reasons to include certain images in your song, and there are equally good reasons to leave some out.
Slapping imagery on your song just for furniture sake can leave it flatter than a pancake squirrel on the highway. Trust me, that’s not the vibe you want for your songs.
Stay tuned for more juicy details on all of this, but for now, catch you inside the newsletter.