Trying something a little different today. I am going to give you a quick review of one of my favorite books. Writing Better Lyrics – By Pat Pattison, which I can buy on Amazon Prime for less than $13. That is an incredible value. Note: I have no affiliation with Pat Pattison Background: So who is Pat Pattison? Pat is an instructor at the illustrious Berklee College of Music, a school that has launched the careers of countless famous musicians. I am going to jump into…Continue Reading “The Best $12.91 You Will Ever Spend (A Book Review)”

So what is the key to an amazing bridge? In a word: Contrast First off, let me preface. This blog is going to get into the different parts of song form. I will use terms like: Verse, Bridge, PreChorus, Refrain, Chorus, Etc. If these seem totally unfamiliar, check out Pat Pattison’s book Writing Better Lyrics (not affiliated). His chapter on song form is eye opening.  This book is basically the bible for song writers. So much amazing material in here. I digress… OK enough on Pat…Continue Reading “The Golden Rule for Writing an Emotionally Moving Bridge”

So think back to your high school self, and picture the scenario. You sit down for your 9th grade math test. The teachers hands out the papers and you are off. You are sweating… Your hand is cramping… Worst of all, you can hear the smart girl next you turning pages faster and faster… But you power through, and are making good progress when your teacher shouts out “5 Minutes Remaining”. How could it be? ONLY 5 MINUTES LEFT? You scramble, flying through questions, bam, bam,…Continue Reading “It’s Crunch Time: Tip for Writing Fast”

Have we all heard of these crazy sensory deprivation tanks that people are using these days?  If not, here is the Wikipedia definition: “An isolation tank, originally called a sensory deprivation tank (a.k.a. float tank, flotation tank or sensory attenuation tank) is a lightless, soundproof tank with high epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) content filled with salt water at skin temperature, in which individuals float.” Pretty wild. I have never used one (always wanted to), but I hear you feel laser focused and electrically energized when…Continue Reading “The Songwriting Deprivation Tank Technique”

I know the moment all too well. I finally get some free time to write music. I grab my guitar. I grab my pen and paper. Sit down to write. Buttttt then five other ideas shoot into my head. I want to look up vacations I can’t afford on AirBNB, I want to watch Netflix, etc. I decide ill write tomorrow, then tomorrow passes, and the day after that passes. As songwriters, we cannot afford to wait until tomorrow to start writing. Use these tips…Continue Reading “Two Tactics To Put a Stop To Procrastination”

Hello! Welcome to Artistry Unlocked. My name is Peter Keating, I am 24 year old singer/songwriter currenly based out of New York City. Over the past years, I have developer an intense passion for music which started on the drums, shifted to the guitar, and has now evolved into songwriting. I have found songwriting to be one of the most rewarding and borderline addictive forms of artistic expressions.  At the same time, the road to a song you are proud of is almost never smooth and straight….Continue Reading “Welcome to Artistry Unlocked”