Masterclass

Do you write songs and often get stuck? We will help you get unstuck and write any time.

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Overview

Are you ready to take your songwriting skills to the next level?

Our comprehensive songwriting course is designed to help you master the art of creating powerful and meaningful songs, no matter if you are an absolute beginner or a more advanced songwriter.

In this course, we will cover the three essential components of songwriting, Harmony, Melody and Lyrics.

We will also feature exclusive interviews and analyses from real songwriters to provide you with insights and perspectives from professionals in the industry.

Throughout the course, we will provide you with recommended reading, resources, tasks and assignments to help you continue your journey as a songwriter. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced songwriter, this course is designed to help you take your songwriting skills to the next level. So why wait? Get the course now and start writing songs today!

Harmony

In the Harmony section, you will learn everything you need to know about chords, time signatures, and diatonic chords. We will explore various harmony patterns in different genres, including classic rock and metal, and teach you how to write lead sheets. We will also cover modulation, modal interchange, and chord scale voicings. By the end of this section, you will have a solid understanding of how harmony works and how to use it effectively in your songwriting.

Lyrics

In the Lyrics section, we will dive into the art of writing lyrics. We will teach you how to find inspiration and topics, as well as how to find and arrange words, phrases and lines. You will learn about different rhyming patterns and tools, and explore jingle writing as well as Ed Sheeran’s approach to lyrics. We will also cover classic rock and metal lyrics, as well as the infamous Vogon Poetry. By the end of this section, you will have a deep understanding of how to craft compelling and engaging lyrics.

Writing

In the Writing section, we will put all the pieces together and teach you how to write a complete song. We will cover basic ear training and learn how to build and develop phrases, as well as how to write melody to a given chord progression or chords to an existing melody line. We will also cover reharmonization. You will learn how to write on different instruments, such as piano and acoustic guitar, and how to start writing based on nothing but a drum track. By the end of this section, you will be able to write and arrange a complete song from start to finish.

Real Writers

Finally, our Real Writers section will feature exclusive interviews and analyses from real songwriters, including Jen Majura, Aaron English, Blair Borland, and Nessa Vans.

You will learn about their creative process and get insights into how they approach songwriting.

Testimonials

Sebastian Phillipi
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I'm a passionate hobby musician. The only problem is that when it comes to being musically creative, my talent is close to zero! I'm basically the sprinter with two broken legs. I gave up on songwriting years ago because I found it tedious and either didn't know where to start or had an idea but got stuck when it came to turning it into a song. This course has helped me immensely! The approach could really come straight out of a textbook, you can tell that Henning has studied writing and production and that Raffa is a songwriter and teacher. In many of their videos, they use a kind of chalkboard where they write down the most important things. But they also show practically on the instrument what matters. It's wonderful! I've learned so much from this course that I don't really know what to tell you here. If I had to summarize it, I would probably highlight two points: 1. Even though I had some prior music theory knowledge, this course has really solidified that knowledge. Raffa and Henning mention so much interesting information incidental that you can't help but learn! And the (rather odd) humor is not lacking either, so you enjoy watching the content. In my case, I often do it in the evening on the couch simply because it's fun! 2. I was able to put together a kind of toolbox for myself in this course. It's like with everything: the more tools you have and master, the easier or more versatile it is to solve problems. I now have a whole bunch of ideas and "tricks" at my disposal when it comes to writing a song. Before, it was pure frustration for me! Now I feel like I can handle it!
Valeria Soto
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It’s very well known that when it comes to songwriting, even the most experienced musicians in the world can struggle from time to time to get things done. There’s a lot of contributing factors than can influence our creative process in the best, but also, in the worst way. That’s why having this massive amount of knowledge available and organized in such a thoughtful way it’s a giant plus. Regardless of the music you listen to or the instruments you play, Henning and Rafa are incredibly knowledgeable, and they do a great job sharing their vast experience along this course, plus, we get to watch other songwriters sharing their creative process in a very relatable way. The dynamics of this course make it very enjoyable. It’ll help you overcome that barrier that stops your creative process and give you more tools to be a better overall musician.
Lino Cabrera
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This is some awesome stuff! Sometimes we just need some lil boost and practical know hows on songwriting before actually doing it. I think this is it! Thank you very much sir!
Jamie Oldfield
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I struggle with songwriting and structure and all that kinda stuff so I’ll reference it a lot going forward and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get that single released or the EP finished or that album done by next year. Let’s see if I can get it done!
Pierce
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I've only made it to the Different Harmonies section so far, but I already feel like songwriting has been demystified. I never considered myself creative before, but now songwriting is a concrete task that I can actually practice and get better at, rather than hope that inspiration will one day hit me
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Meet Your Instructors - Henning Pauly & Rafael Cano

Henning has been writing songs for over 30 years now. He has written and produced a ton of albums. He studied Arranging and Sound Design at Berklee College of Music and graduated with honors (summa cum laude). He worked for 6 years in Los Angeles as a producer and jingle writer before moving back to Germany to continue as a producer before turning to his current adventures on his YouTube channel EytschPi42.

His own releases cover a wide range of styles, but he is best known for his progressive rock and metal work on albums from Frameshift (with James LaBrie and Sebastian Bach), Chain, Roswell Six (Steve Walsh from Kansas, Sass Jordan, Michael Sadler), Psychic for Radio, Shadow’s Mignon and Henning Pauly.

Rafael started writing his first songs more than 20 years ago. He is the band leader and singer of the indie rock band Campaign like Clockwork, with whom he won a lot of nationwide German band contests and played innumerable shows and festivals as well as a European tour.
Henning and Rafa met during the production of the Campaign like Clockwork album Neon For No One in 2008. They have worked, played, written, arranged and filmed together ever since. Their true friendship and equal enthusiasm for songwriting in all its forms make them a perfect screen team, providing you with just the right mix of in-depth knowledge and silly banter.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of instruction are included in the Complete Songwriting Course Bundle?

Over 52 hours. Yep. Over 50 years of combined real-life, professional experience have been distilled into 52 hours of lessons so that you don’t have to wait this long to give your songs the treatment they deserve.

How are Henning Pauly and Rafael Cano qualified to teach songwriting?

Great question. In short, Henning went to Berklee and did a double major in Contemporary Writing and Production as well as Music Synthesis, graduating summa cum laude (with highest distinction), and worked in LA for years writing jingles professionally and writing/producing/publishing albums with well-known musicians and vocalists. Rafael is an experienced and published songwriter, singer and bandleader. Both are insane music theory nerds.

Am I able to buy each section individually or do I need to purchase the whole bundle?

You can buy the entire bundle (the best deal), but you can absolutely buy each section individually. No problem.

Is this only for a certain style of music?

No. This course covers multiple genres of music: singer/songwriter, classic rock, metal, pop, Disney, musicals, jingles etc. All examples of these genres were written by Henning and Rafael themselves just to prove to you that the techniques and tools presented in this course actually work!

Do I need any prior knowledge to get something out of the course?

NO. This course is just as much for beginners as it is for experienced musicians. The latter can probably skip a few lessons, but we pick you up at the beginning and guide you all the way to the most complex concepts.

What if I get stuck or need help?

When you buy the course, you are invited to join a private Facebook and Discord group where you can join hundreds of other course owners and all our instructors to ask any questions you might have and find help. You can even show any progress you are making and ask for feedback!

How is the course delivered?

Once you have bought the course, you can stream at any time, right from our website on our custom platform which lets you keep track of your progress and interact with your instructor.

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