Online Songwriting Workshop

Online Songwriting Course
I’ll be hosting a series of weekly online songwriting workshops every Saturday in June at 12:00pm cst. All levels of writers are welcome, whether you’ve been working at it for awhile and need to restart the fire, or just beginning and need tips on how to get going. Even if you do other types of writing and are ‘song-curious,’ this is the class for you.

Here’s how it works:
• Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27
• Time — 12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern
• 90 minutes per session (+ / -)
• We’ll be doing this on Zoom
• Fee $250 (Paypal – dsmith@dardensmith.com / Venmo – dardensmith-music-art)



What you’ll need:
For the Sessions:
• A laptop, computer, etc. (Phones work, but I find that it’s not a great experience)
•  Steady internet to stay in the calls and hear the info, and interact with the class!

Between Sessions
•  A way to record your songs (phones are completely acceptable)
•  Time to work on your songs between sessions, send updates, etc.

In the sessions, we’ll of course be covering the basics (Structure / Verse / Chorus / Bridge, Meter, Melody, etc), but the focus of these classes will be digging deep into lyric clarity, how to mine your own experiences for songs, and how to create the habits and practice of a successful writing life. Over the course of the month, we’ll also be looking at your goals for your writing, and how to create a plan to make those a reality.

There will be assignments each week. My goal is for each participant is to write and record 4 new songs over the course of the month. One new song from each participant will be put on a playlist sent to all participants.

If you have any questions on the class, feel free to get in touch – dardensmithmusic@gmail.com

Saturday Night in the Studio – Facebook Live

Saturday Night in the Studio
7:00pm cst / 8:00pm est

Since the world turned upside down on us, I’ve been doing shows from my studio, and it might be one of the actions that has kept me sane, positive, and looking forward.
It’s a chance for me to play songs that I usually don’t get to perform in what we used to call “regular shows.”
Most Saturday night shows are all request nights, so let me know what you want to hear.

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Austin, TX — Cactus Cafe w/ Monte Warden and Walt Wilkins

What started out as a one-off show in Luckenbach earlier this year has now grown into something of a problem. But we’re gonna make it through this without too much bodily harm.

Monte Warden and Walt Wilkins are two of my favorite people in the world (although it’s a very long list, so it’s not as amazing as it sounds) and I LOVE their songs. We’ll be on stage together, trading songs, jokes and insults (for Monte).

Come prepared to laugh, cry (again, Monte), and hear some damned good songs.

Ticket info TBA

Dallas, TX – Poor David’s Pub

What started out as a one-off show in Luckenbach earlier this year has now grown into something of a problem. But we’re gonna make it through this without too much bodily harm.

Monte Warden and Walt Wilkins are two of my favorite people in the world (although it’s a very long list, so it’s not as amazing as it sounds) and I LOVE their songs. We’ll be on stage together, trading songs, jokes and insults (for Monte).

Come prepared to laugh, cry (again, Monte), and hear some damned good songs.

For tickets and info

Austin, TX – Songwriting Workshop

Six String Ranch and Austin Vintage Guitars Present:

“Singing Your Story / Writing the Truth” — One-day songwriting workshop at 6-String Ranch
Saturday November 9, 2019
9:00am – 5:00pm
Austin, TX

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought”
— Yip Harburg (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”)

Everyone has a story. With a roadmap, a few tips and tricks, and practice, you can write songs that communicate, that tell the truth, both to yourself and to others.
And I want to help you make that happen.

All levels of writers are welcome at this one-day workshop.
If you’re there, I assume you are already writing songs and want to get better.
We will look at how you can improve one of your existing songs and each participant will write a new song by the end of the day.

The workshop will cover:
– The basics – Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Melody / Structure
– Clarity in lyric
– The importance of meter and rhyme scheme
– Starting a song / Finishing the song
– Writing from your life – the importance of telling your story
– Creating writing projects for yourself
– Habits of a successful writing life
– Recognizing and building on your strengths as a writer

Throughout the day, along with working with the group as a whole, I’ll spend one-on-one time with each participant to discuss your process and on how to improve and achieve your writing goals.

Any questions on the workshop? Please send me a note at dardensmithmusic@gmail.com

Price – $260
Limited to 15 participants.