Learn How to Write a Song: A Step-by-Step Guide

✓ Develop a lyric from your title.
✓ Learn the secrets of song structure.
✓ Look for the melody in your lyric.
✓ Find out where to look for co-writers & resources.



Study the Hits

✓ Stay current with today’s song styles.
✓ Find out what hit songwriters know.
✓ Use their techniques in songs of your own.


Five Magic Songwriting Tips

✓ Increase your chances of success in the music industry
✓ Give your songs plenty of listener appeal.
✓ Add emotional impact and memorability.


✓ Find out what top TV series, films, and ads look for.
✓ Give your songs  mood, atmosphere, & energy.
✓ Write a lyric that will work for hundreds of scenes.


A Note from Robin

Robin-smallDuring my career in the music business as a songwriter, producer, author, record label exec, and recording artist, I’ve collected a lot of useful, no-nonsense info and I love to share it!

My books are used in some of the top universities and music schools in the U.S. to teach all levels of songwriting, from beginning to advanced. I hope you’ll enjoy your visit and find plenty of inspiration. And be sure to check out my SONGWRITING BLOG at MySongCoach.com – for the latest in songwriting craft and tools. ~ May your songs flow!

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Hit Songwriting: Hello by Adele

I often suggest in my songwriting posts that you learn to sing and play (or just sing ) successful songs. But why is that so important? Because you miss so much when you don’t. It’s like the difference between zooming down a highway at 80 mph versus rolling slowly along with your head stuck out the window.

When you slow down, you notice things… road signs, blue sky. You feel every bump in the road and the smells on the breeze. At 80 miles-per-hour you can feel the emotional rush; when you slow down, you can learn what the rush is made of.

I thought it might be fun for you and I to slow down and go through the process of learning to play and sing a hit song together. I chose “Hello” by Adele because, as I listen to it, the 80 mile-per-hour experience is pretty good, and something tells me that if I slow down and take a closer look, there might be some good songwriting tips I could use to create that experience in songs of my own.  So, let’s take it for a drive. Continue reading

Writing With Images: John Mayer
& Sara Bareilles

Using images in your lyrics  is a quick and powerful way to connect with listeners. Let’s take a look at a couple of strong image-based song lyrics. To find them, we need look no further than today’s successful singer-songwriters. This style relies heavily on the use of images to express personal experiences and emotions.

Writer: John Mayer

Read the lyric here.

Watch on YouTube.



THE TITLE IMAGE: The title of this song is an intensely powerful visual image. Who can resist picturing this couple and the destruction happening around them? Continue reading

It’s 2018 and my newsletter is baaaack!

2018Sooooo, 2017 turned out to be the year I finally created my online course “Shortcuts to Great Song Lyrics.” I worked my tail off and I’m very proud of the way it turned out. (You can find out more by clicking here.) But because I was so focused on the course, I let the newsletter languish in a dark corner somewhere at the back of my closet. I apologize to the newsletter and to you.

Well, I’m back now and I’m making a few changes. This year I’m going to break up the newsletter into two parts – a song tip and a song guide – and send one of them out each month, instead of trying to do both of them together.  My emails were so long they were turning into ebooks!

My January 2018 newsletter is out now and has FIVE great tips for making 2018 your most creative, productive year ever! If you sign up for my newsletter before Feb. 7, you’ll get them in your inbox just like that!

So, don’t miss out. Sign up now. Drop your email address into the sign up form in the righthand sidebar on this page.

May your songs flow in 2018!