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All the Marshmallows: Songwriting with Dave Longstreth (Feb '22)

All the Marshmallows: Songwriting with Dave Longstreth (Feb '22)

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All access to lecture recordings, songwriting prompts and all course materials for Dave Longstreth's songwriting workshop taught in Feb/March 2022. By purchasing this past course, you're able to watch Dave's lectures and go about the course at your own pace!

    Dave's class includes four lectures titled:

    1. The Moment of Inspiration
    2. Patterns: Surprise and Inevitability
    3. The Vast Interior
    4. Production, Arrangement, and The End

    He covers a wide range of topics, including active listening, ear training, judgment, trust, imperfection, flipping the polarity, bodaciousness, inevitability & surprise movement, meaning from the interaction of pattern layers, metrical stress, rhymes / assonance / alliteration vowel & note gang, tone language, no intention, symmetry / asymmetry, infinite monkey theorem, hildegard v. mayor of new york, editing with binary prompts, frog dna / dinosaur dna escalation, freytag’s triangle, bridges, putting it in your body, production doesn’t exist, arrangement, three ways, voicings, flavor matrix, juxtaposition of opposites, do something wrong tracing/badly.


    -- Testimonials from Feb 2022 students --

    "The lessons learned in your class helped me complete a very personal and important song after a year of writer's block. Thank you for sharing so many effective tools - I'm seeing the parallels between story and song structure everywhere I look which has enriched my writing and viewing/listening process."

    " Truly, so many of the insights you shared have helped me both refine and develop a lot of songs that I've been working on for ages, and find an inner peace with aspects of the process I'd previously felt anxious about. I feel like these are lessons I'll be able to draw on for the rest of my life. Thank YOU."


    This "Past Course" includes:

    1. Class Video Recordings – Watch all 4 of Dave's lectures + Q&A's on his songwriting process.
    2. All course materials, including songwriting prompts crafted by Dave.
    3. Access to the "community jukebox" – upload your new songs to the jukebox and share the tunes with fellow classmates!


    Q: What musical experience is required to understand the material in this course?

    A: People across all musical levels will be able to gain something from the course. However, it will be helpful to be comfortable playing a few basic chords on any instrument of your choice in order to complete the songwriting prompts.

    Q: What if I’ve never written a song before? Can I still participate in this workshop?

    A: Yes! As with any new skill, just starting is usually the hardest part. This workshop will provide the structure and accountability we all need to get started and follow through, for beginners and old guard writers alike.

    Q: What is different about watching this past course versus participating while the workshop is run live?

    A: By purchasing this course, you'll have access to the same resources as the students who took the course while it was running other than the live songshares. 


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