Seek Out Feedback When Writing Songs

by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Sharing your songs with other people is a scary but essential step that can dramatically accelerate your growth as a writer. Songwriting groups, which are everywhere these days, are a great forum for sensitive and informed feedback. Other writers’ critiques and suggestions are valuable even if you disagree with them—opposing views can help clarify your own position.

Canadian singer-songwriter Ferron leads writing workshops and often finds that participants make the mistake of only wanting to hear her feedback. “If you’re an entertainer, you’re going to have a random audience,” she says. “It’s not going to be your chosen audience. So if Sally next to you here says, ‘I like this song, but . . . ,’ it’s just as valid as anything.”

Excerpted from Songwriting Basics for Guitarists

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