Lyric-writing: A one-day workshop with Chris Difford

Sun Feb 02 2020 at 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
The Guardian, Kings Place, London, United Kingdom

The Guardian, Kings Place, London, United Kingdom

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Learn the art and craft of writing song lyrics with Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist Chris Difford, founding member of Squeeze.

Good lyrics are the key to making a song connect with an audience by imbuing it with an emotional heart. Great lyrics will even drive a song’s melody and tone. During this practical course with award-winning Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford, you’ll explore and experiment with various lyrical perspectives and techniques, enabling you to develop a personal style of expression.

During this inspiring one-day course, you’ll learn how the best lyrics are true to the writer, conveying ideas and emotions that are personal to them. Whether your head is in the clouds, the kitchen sink or the gutter, Chris will help you to use your own feelings and experiences to write lyrics that will resonate with listeners and add new depth to your music.

Content


Introduction to lyric-writing

Using the imagination and fictional writing to inspire your lyrics

Musical structure and presentation – with show and tell

Developing your own personal style and form of expression

Practical lyric-writing workshops

Songwriting exercises with accompanying instruments


What to bring


No formal qualifications are required to take part in this course, however an ability to play a musical instrument is advantageous.

You are encouraged to bring an instrument along if you wish, but it is not essential to take part in the class or benefit from it.


Tutor profile

Chris Difford is a founder member of Squeeze and the lyricist behind classic songs such as Up the Junction, Black Coffee in Bed and Pulling Mussels (From the Shell). He is the winner of numerous awards, including two Ivor Novellos, one of which was for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Chris also teaches songwriting at Brighton Music College. He tweets @chrisdifford.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses | theguardian ! com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website
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