6 String Ranch and Austin Vintage Guitars Present:
Beyond the Basics — Two-Day Songwriting Workshop with Darden Smith
June 23 – 24, 2018
Beyond the Basics
“The best songs tell the truth. They put words to the mystery.”
For the last 30 years, Darden Smith has been making a living with songs. He’s released fifteen albums, toured across the US and Europe, and through projects such as SongwritingWith:Soldiers, explored new ways to use songwriting to help others tell their story.
This two-day workshop covers a lot of ground, looking at the basics of the craft, as well as the possibilities of where each participant can go with their songs. Darden combines nuts-and-bolts lessons learned from his years as a writer with the tools to putting inspiration into practice. The participants will leave with a new appreciation of their strengths and talents, concrete ways they can improve as a writer.
Saturday morning — The basics: A look at verse/chorus/bridge structure, rhyme scheme, the value of a good hook, economy of words, melody, starting the song from scratch, the rewrite, dealing with writer’s block, etc.
Saturday afternoon — Look a little deeper: What story do I need to tell? Am I telling the truth? How do I get to the heart of the song?
Saturday night each participant will work on a new song based on the work that day.
Sunday morning — Listen: Participants will have a chance to play their new work for Darden and hear his thoughts on the songs.