Take Your Songs to the Next Level

Take Your Songs to the Next Level

  • Acoustic
  • School of Music workshop
  • Singer/Songwriter

Once in a while, you may write a song that arrives fast and whole and feels just right. But most of the time, songs need editing and rewriting to reach their full potential. In this workshop, you’ll learn tools and strategies for being a more effective song editor—sharpening your lyrics, strengthening the melody and chord progression, cutting whatever is not needed, developing the story, and bringing out the heart of your idea.

During the afternoon each participant will share a new or in-progress song, and we’ll discuss its strengths and weaknesses and ideas for improvements. You’ll learn as much from giving constructive feedback about others’ songs as you will from comments and suggestions about your own work. Bring a song that you’d like feedback on and are open to changing (not one you feel is exactly how you want it!), and enough lyric sheets for the group.

This workshop runs from 1:00-5:00pm.

“Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, I’m convinced you’ll find Jeffrey’s songwriting workshop to be informative and highly inspirational—excellent for recharging your creative songwriting batteries!”—Will M.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, which Ben Harper calls “the most creatively valuable book on the subject.” A “renowned guitar teacher” (Boston Globe), Jeffrey leads songwriting and guitar workshops around the country at music schools, camps, and retreats, and teaches courses on songwriting and creative nonfiction writing in the honors program at Syracuse University.  Watch him perform here!
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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Jeffrey is a great guitar player. Sensitive and strong, and makes it look deceptively easy.—Dan Bern

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers has combined his twin passions for words and music into a multifaceted career as a musician, author, and teacher. He is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Based in upstate New York, he has been a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and finalist (with his duo Pepper and Sassafras) for Best Duo at FreshGrass.

A “renowned guitar teacher” (Boston Globe), Rodgers is author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, recently published in an expanded second edition; the multimedia guide Beyond Strumming, and a Homespun video series teaching his acoustic arrangements of Grateful Dead songs.

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