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Masterclass // Lyric-Writing Workshop

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Noize Fabrik

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Lyric-Writing Workshop with Robert Hoare

These classes have been designed to help participants discover their own methods for writing lyrics. They will focus on the most important aspects of good lyric writing and some of the most common difficulties when writing.
In Session I special attention will be given to developing ideas, writing methods and song forms. Session I is an important prerequisite for the following sessions. Sessions III and IV are more advanced and during these sessions there will be in class exercises and writing assignments. In these sessions selected participant songs will also be discussed.
Writing techniques and selected ‘masterpieces’ will be introduced and analysed throughout all four sessions.

Session I
Session I is an introduction to lyric writing. Topics will include the key elements of lyric writing, how to collect and organise ideas, common song forms and an introduction to figurative speech.
Session II
Session II focuses on creating lyrical coherence, plot development techniques
and using figurative speech.
Session III and IV
The topics in Sessions III and IV focus on using rhyme and rhythm to create lyrical structure. There will be practical exercises, analysis and in-class assignments to help
understand how to effectively use these tools.

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Sessions I and II: 75€
Sessions III & IV: 75€
Full Masterclass (Sessions I, II, III & IV): 120€ before May 14th; 150€ from May 15th.

SUMMARIES OF SESSIONS I - IV

Session I - SATURDAY 26th MAY, 12PM - 5PM
1. Introduction to lyric writing
- What makes a ‘good’ song lyric?
- What should a ‘good’ lyric do?
11 important points for effective writing.
2. Collecting ideas & the creator/editor person
- Being a detective - finding and developing ideas
- Learning to work productively with your internal “creator and editor”
- Practical exercises and writing practice exercises
- Automatic writing exercises and word games
3. Organising ideas, song forms
- what is a good idea?
- finding the right title
- a strong beginning or setting the frame
- typical song forms and structures with listening examples
- the preliminary function of the verse, refrain, chorus, bridge and transitional bridge
- writing tools and how to use them – thesaurus and rhyming dictionaries
- developing abbreviations strategies and ‘return methods’ for the editing
- creating imagery using figurative speech – the game of “One Into Another”
4. Analysis and listening examples

Session II - SATURDAY 2nd JUNE, 12PM - 5PM
1. Exercises in figurative speech
2. The step by step process - plot development and the payoff
- plot development and techniques
- finding lyrical coherence
- writing exercises & sketch techniques, story boarding,
- deconstruction and developing themes
- writing with and without a melody
3. In class writing exercises
- exercises in figurative speech
- getting the big picture, first draft to fining tuning
- personal development and editing examples
4. Putting it all together
- 10 key elements to make your lyrics work
5. Analysis and listening examples

Session III - SATURDAY 9th JUNE, 12PM - 5PM
1. Brief summary of Sessions I & II
2. Phrasing, syllables and an introduction to scansion
- rhythm, meter, prosody and scansion
3. Introduction to the 5 structural tools
- phrase balancing
- highlighting
- creating motion and stopping motion
- contrasting sections
- controlling lyrical speed
4. Practical exercises, analysis and listening examples
5. In session song writing and analysis of selected participant songs

Session IV - SATURDAY 16th JUNE, 12PM - 5PM
1. The power of rhyme
- what is rhyme and how does it work?
- types of rhyme
2. Working with rhyme
- rhyme schemes, rhyme scheme analysis
- rhyme balancing
- rhyme pace
- rhyme flow
- rhyme resolution
- working with sound
3. Writing assignments
4. Session I - IV overview and conclusion

About the instructor
Rob Hoare is a graduate musician and lyricist (BFA Honours Music) from York University in Toronto. Over the last 20 years he has worked as a lyricist together with artists such as Rammstein, Rosenstolz, Elen, Sebastian Studnitzky, Till Broenner and Mark Murphy. He has been giving lyric-writing workshops in Europe since 2007 and has worked on over 45 albums. He currently works freelance and lives in Berlin.
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