3 Day Bootcamp

3 Day Bootcamp - June 12 – 14

Venue:Lane End Conference Centre, Lane End HP14 3HH, UK Now £995

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3 Day Bootcamp


This unique 3 day course, held in the picturesque country village of Lane End in Buckinghamshire, and hosted by multi-platinum songwriters and industry experts, will take you through the complete process of hit songwriting  from the initial inspiration through careful crafting all the way to getting your songs in front of the right people in the music business. There are lots of fun interactive sessions carefully designed to help you remember the invaluable techniques used by pro songwriters.

You’ll get to spend time with like minded people, all with a passion for writing and become part of the ever growing TSA songwriting community, now having hit records around the world. After dinner in the evening, there’s a chance for everyone to hang out, talk music, play music, and enjoy the odd glass of wine. You can’t help but have a load of fun and leave feeling inspired and motivated!

Course Programme

Day 1

  • An introduction to the ® S.C.O.P.E. Song System
    – Strategy
    – Creation
    – Optimisation
    – Presentation
    – Exploitation
  • The common denominators of hit songs
  • Developing your songwriting radar
  • Finding lyrical inspiration
  • Generating unique lyrical ideas that people will love
  • Keeping your subject matter strong
  • How to develop your idea into a storyboard
  • How to plan your song so it will practically write itself
  • TSA Strategic Song Planner
    – What is it?
    – How it works?
    – Making it work for you
  • How to banish writers block forever
  • How to create a perfect lyrical theme to existing tracks
  • The secrets of the top 5 hit harmonic progressions
  • How to construct a hit song with just a handful of chords
  • Where and when to use surprise chords so they grab the listener’s attention
  • When and what to leave out of your chord progressions, and why you should
  • The easy way to strengthen your songs with smart syncopation
  • What is melodic contour?
  • How to instantly create original melodies without even singing
  • The simplest way to create killer hooks
  • Mastering the 3 essential melodic forms
  • What is ‘withholding’?
  • Understanding inside, outside and alien notes
  • Why melodic placement is a game changer
  • The 3 methods of melodic placement
  • Pick-ups, ladders and runways
  • How to make your melodies tug at the heart strings
  • How less can sometimes be more
  • Power in prosody
  • Collaboration exercise
  • Evening meal followed by evening playback, feedback and hang time!

Day 2

  • The 5 most effective structures in hit songwriting
  • What does everything do in a song?
  • How long should the intro be?
  • Busting the middle eight myth
  • Why your song doesn’t always need a chorus
  • The timeline of hit song structures
  • Understanding the ‘drop’ and how to create one
  • How to strengthen each and every part of your song with amazingly simple devices
  • How professional writers always keep listeners listening
  • The power of tension and release in lyric writing
  • Creating interest through conflict
  • Curing cliches in 30 seconds
  • Testing your chorus
  • The difference between head sense and heart sense
  • Choosing the right pronouns
  • 6 reasons pro songwriters succeed because they collaborate
  • The 12 key steps of successful collaboration
  • How to be a popular collaborator
  • Collaboration exercise
  • Evening meal followed by evening playback, feedback and hang time!

Day 3

  • 3 easy ways to make every part of your song stand out
  • Understanding flow and balance in songs
  • Trimming the fat
  • How to check and improve your songs before you send them out to the labels!
  • TSA Songwriter Checklist
  • Essential tips for producing demos
  • Choosing the right singer, tempo and key
  • 3 ways to create tension & release in your productions
  • How to send out your demos
  • Understanding the music business
  • What to do and what not to do if you want labels to take you seriously
  • Publishing deals and what they mean
  • Why synchronisations are great for business
  • Getting paid!
  • How do I get my music out there?
  • How to make money from your music
  • Learning the skills of networking
  • Discovering and maximising your strengths
  • Writing a 12 month plan
  • What next?

Next Dates

Aug 14 – 16
Oct 9 – 11
Dec 4 – 6

Please click here for full terms and conditions regarding Songwriting Bootcamp.

TSA reserves the right to change tutors on this course if necessary.


Who is this course for?

Musicians with their own material

Fed up of open mic nights? Thought so. This course will show you how to go a step beyond the local pub and into the charts. We’ll show you what you need to do to make your songs irresistible to the labels and who you need to contact when you’re done.


If you want to become a professional songwriter for major label artists, we can show you how. We’ve already written hits that were performed by artists such as Beyonce, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and many more.

Professional Songwriters

Already written a hit or two? We find that there’s still lots to learn from other musicians, even beginners, which is why we welcome other professional writers into the courses we host. Polish up your skills and find out how the industry is moving on.


Producers have one of the most important roles in the music industry. They need to know the information that’s important to a successful track. This course gives you the tools you need to catch the mistakes that can make or break a song, so you can boost a track to new heights.

Songwriting Hobbyists

Music shouldn’t always be used purely to make money and we understand that, sometimes, you just want to play music for the love of it. If you’re in it for the creative output alone, this course will help you get more from your songs.


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