“Song Doctor” ~ song coaching with Sue Riley

Sue Riley

Do you have a song that you feel just doesn’t quite work? Are you wondering if there are any different chords that you can use for the bridge? Do you think there might be a more poetic way to say what you’re trying to say in your song? As songwriters, we have 3-4 minutes to convey our song to our listeners. In fact, many people tune out much earlier if the song doesn’t grab them in the first few seconds. In this class, Sue will use the “stars and wishes” approach to gently give ideas about how to fine-tune your masterpiece. Please bring a song that you’re working on and your instrument. We will get to everyone during the week. You can drop in but remember that you will also get ideas on how to fine tune your songs by watching the process with others. I can’t wait to hear your songs.

Swimming in the River of Your Song (creativity) – with Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright

This is our time to create songs from a place of freedom, flow, and fun. Each day we’ll show up and allow ourselves to dip into the waters of creativity — we will listen, we will write, we will mine ideas and marry together music and words. Using games and prompts — we will practice being in and writing in “non-edit” mode and see where each of us is led. Through examples and discussion, we’ll play with our ideas and open ourselves to inspiration. You’ll leave the class with a whole new outlook on your songwriting process, with new skills to help you grow as an artist, and a new song to sing. Jump on in…the water is fine!

Grain Of Salt (song feedback) – with David Roth

Stuck somewhere in the middle? Here’s an interactive and participatory workshop for any songs or parts thereof that you might wish to have some input on. We’ll hear these songs-in-progress and become a collective think-tank about what’s working so far and what might be improved upon. It’s also an opportunity to hone your listening and feedback-giving skills as we work with each participant, as well as a chance to ponder the many elements – lyric, melody, rhythm, chord progression, key, arrangement, etc. – that make a song click.