Songwriting From the Roots ~ with Brooks Williams

“Songwriting From The Roots” is a workshop in writing songs that sound and feel like “roots” music. We’ll examine a few key elements shared by both Americana and blues songs and then try writing our own songs “in the tradition.” Key topics include the musical and lyric structure as well as the specific chords and language used in some of the more traditional sounding songs. This is a hand’s on workshop with active writing, playing and singing. No previous songwriting experience necessary. We’ll use a couple classic roots songs as a roadmap to jump-start our creativity and get us inspired to think of our songs from an alternate perspective.



Format
·         Instructor-led discussion
·         In-class writing exercises
·         Experiential exercises (singing, playing instrument, working on lyrics together)
·         Other:  examining and singing a couple classic roots songs

Learning Tools
·         Handouts
·         Use of Recordings
·         Students demonstrating new technique learned
·         Other:  playing and singing the classic songs as well as looking at songs that are being “workshop-ed” as we go along

Attendance
Drop in students, can attend one or all sessions

Equipment
Bring your instrument