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Songwriting Lessons – Orange County

Hone Your Songwriting Skills to Become a Great Musical and Lyrical Songwriter

Get songwriting lessons in Orange County or online with Hamrock Music to help you unleash your creativity and become the songwriter you have always wanted to be. Songwriting is one of the most liberating forms of musical and verbal expression. Whether you have no experience writing music or you want to learn to write more effectively, Hamrock Music can help you reach your goals. For many songwriters, the initial idea for a song can come pretty quickly, but all too often it becomes a major struggle to finish the song or even know where to go next.

For over 20 years, Mark Hamrock has helped many songwriters, including professional ones, improve their craft and become better and more creative songsmiths through songwriting lessons. Contact Mark today to see how he can help you improve as a writer and musician.

SONGWRITING LESSONS

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

ANALYSIS

How to analyze well written songs and deconstruct ideas used to make your own

SONG ELEMENTS

Learn the main elements of a song and which is the best to start with when songwriting

SONG STRUCTURE

Song structures, the sections of a song, and how to effectively arrange a song

THEORY

Major and minor key formula theory (chords within a specific key)

CREATING HARMONIC INTEREST

Harmonic (chord) theory and the use of modulations to create interest using common chords outside of key, secondary dominants, substitutions, jazz chords, etc.

MELODY WRITING

Techniques for writing strong melodies

STYLE IMPLEMENTATION

How to implement different styles of music

WRITING EFFECTIVE LYRICS

How to write effective lyrics using alliteration, assonance, imagery, and sensory.

BRAINSTORMING

Brainstorming exercises, including object writing, for penning more unique lyrics

IMPROVING CREATIVITY

Drills for improving creativity

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SONGWRITING LESSONS

LESSON SAMPLES

Recording Piano

Laying down some piano comping for a sax solo

Recording Bass

Tracking bass guitar into Reaper for the track “49 Days”.

Songwriting Lessons

Reviews

Loving the lessons with Mark! I am a singer and started taking guitar lessons with Mark (who is a way better guitar teacher than the other teachers I took from btw haha) and in the last few months I have been learning to write songs which I never would have imagined I would be doing! I have learned so much and now I am using poetry ideas I had and turning them into really good songs! Thank you so so much, Mark!

Kayla Fitzgerald
Songwriting Student

I have always dabbled in writing songs and they have always been pretty mediocre. After taking lessons with Mark for about two years I am now writing songs that are really sounding good. He has completely demystified music theory for me and the ear training exercises have helped me a ton. Mark has made the process so much easier and quicker for me.

John Phillipe
Songwriting Student

I have played piano for many years and had ideas for jazz compositions but could never finish a song. I searched Google for a music teacher and found Mark and thought I would do a couple lessons to see if it helped at all. Man, was I surprised… I wish I would have started lessons earlier. Mark has taught me how to analyze jazz standards and it has opened my eyes! Now I’m starting to apply what I’m learning to my own compositions and it is so much fun! Take lessons from this guy now, you won’t regret it.

Dicky Johansen
Songwriting Student