Writing Songs the Beatles Way, with Matt Blick

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What makes songs Beatles songs so infectious and catchy? http://musl.ink/pod169

Today we’re joined by Matt Blick, who is the man behind the Beatles Songwriting Academy, a website dedicated to analysing every single Beatles song to learn what makes them tick.

Since founding the site in 2009 Matt has written over 500 detailed posts on what he’s learned from studying the songs of the Beatles – and he’s written over 300 songs himself.

You see, unlike some song analysis websites you find, Matt’s site is particularly notable for being very practical in its focus. Although it’s fascinating to read his posts purely for interest, every one is written with the active songwriter in mind, to inspire and guide them to better and easier songwriting, inspired by the principles used by The Beatles themselves.

In this conversation we talk about:

– How The Beatles could obey and break the conventional rules of songwriting so expertly if they never learned music theory.

– Some specific ways The Beatles modified chord progressions to be more effective and distinctive in their songs.

– Matt also shares what actually causes writer’s block and how to fix it.

We also talk about the ways Matt has benefitted from all his Beatles studies in his own songwriting, including specific examples of songs he’s written using particular principles he learned from the Fab Four.

You’re tuned in to Beatles Month at Musical U.

Listen to the episode: http://musl.ink/pod169

Links and Resources

Mattblick.com – http://www.mattblick.com/

Beatlessongwriting.com – http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.com/

Matt’s “Be-altetudes” – http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.com/p/be-atletudes.html

Ticket to Write 1: Use the flat 6 (bVI) chord in a major key song – http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/ticket-1-flat-6-chord.html

Ticket to Write 33: Subvert a 12 bar blues by altering the chord sequence – http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.com/2014/07/ticket-33-subvert-12-bar-blues-by.html

Ticket to Write 67: Repeat Verse 1 – http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.com/2014/02/ticket-67-repeat-verse-1.html

Ticket to Write 24: Repeat words and sentence structures – http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/ticket-24-use-parallel-lyrics.html

Stream Matt Blick – “Let’s Build An Airport” – https://mattblick.bandcamp.com/track/lets-build-an-airport-2

Matt Blick on Twitter – https://twitter.com/realmattblick

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