Songwriting Lessons and Workshops


My true passion when it comes to music is songwriting.

Performing live and covering other artists material are both a pleasure and necessary component for writing great songs. Learning other songs allows a writer to see other approaches and styles in addition to tried and true song templates. All of the great songwriters burrowed ideas from previous compositions. Paul McCartney wrote The Beatles ‘Blackbird’ from a Johann Sebastian Bach piece that he and George Harrison partly learned and would play at parties to impress the girls – true story. 🙂

There really is no magic wand when it comes to writing songs. If there is any magic at all it comes when the stars align and inspiration strikes in a way that floods you with creativity. But to truly maximize those moments, a writer needs to be properly equipped to sort out whats good and whats bad and shape the song in its most effective state.

I have been writing songs for over 25 years now and have learned lots of things through trial and error coupled with day in and day out persistence. After all, if you want to be a writer you have to write. When I first started writing songs, I wasn’t sure if the song would be well received and many songs wouldn’t stay in my catalog for more than a few months before being discarded. At this stage in my writing I have a very high success rate of recognizing which songs are keepers before ever performing them live.

I believe one of the greatest ways for a person to have meaning in their life is to provide something of value to their community. It would give me no greater joy then to share my songwriting experiences/methods with other songwriters -from beginners to seasoned veterans alike. The great thing about writing is that ideas and shared experiences are of value at any phase in an artist’s development.

If you are interested in working one on one, I would love to work with you. I will also be holding special quarterly workshops at the Troy Arts Center of the Capital Region. The black box theater has a capacity of 100 seats and a special guest songwriter will perform a short set.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at via email or call me at 518 369 2150.

Here is wishing you continued inspiration and passion!


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