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In this short video, Berklee Online course author and instructor Neil Diercks offers his top four tips for becoming a better songwriter. By allowing yourself to write bad songs, encouraging yourself to write even when you’re uninspired, practicing as much as possible, and sticking to a rigorous writing schedule, you will grow as a songwriter.
Watch these other songwriting videos with Neil Diercks:
Creating Hooks: Songwriting Tips from Neil Diercks
4 Simple Ways to Save Time When Collaborating
About Neil Diercks
Neil Diercks is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, song coach, and musician. He served for many years in various capacities at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., in Nashville, beginning as an intern and eventually becoming Manager of A&R Activities. It was within this role that he worked with hit songwriters including Gary Burr, Steve Bogard, Stephony Smith, Jeff Stevens, and Victoria Shaw, who penned hits for artists such as Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Ricky Martin, and Christina Aguilera.
Neil is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied songwriting, voice, and music business, and went on to serve on the Board of Trustees for three years. He has lectured and led songwriting workshops internationally, and has won several awards for his teaching, including the UPCEA Excellence in Teaching award (2015), the Pearson Excellence In Online Teaching award (2015), and the Berklee College of Music Distinguished Faculty Award for Berklee Online (2016). He currently collaborates with songwriters and artists in Los Angeles and around the globe.
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