songwriting assignments.

Three parameters. Two weeks to create.

Assignment #21
  1. 1
    Choose a chord progression with no more than four chords in it and never deviate.
  2. 2
    Create three distinct song sections by focusing mostly on melody.
  3. 3
    No hiding! No effects other than EQ and compression.
Assignment #20
  1. 1
    Base your song off of a dream you’ve had—recurring or otherwise.
  2. 2
    Feature two interweaving musical elements.
  3. 3
    Involve your subconscious by including some amount of improvisation in your recording.
Assignment #19
  1. 1
    Set your song at a motel during a meteor shower.
  2. 2
    Feature a “cascading” melody.
  3. 3
    During your process, spend some time outside at night alone.

Does it cost anything to join Neon Chef Book Club?

Nope! All you need is an email address and poof, you’re a chef.

I’m not an experienced songwriter or composer. Is NCBC still a good place for me?

Yep! If you have any interest in working on your songwriting, music composition or recording skills, NCBC is a great resource for you. Chefs of all experience levels have a home here—think of this as a helpful starting point to work on whatever you’d like.

I don’t have much of a home recording set-up. Should I still submit work to NCBC?

Heck yes! Voice memos, laptop demos, studio sessions and everywhere in between are welcome. Some of our favorite submissions of all time have been voice memos. You may notice some assignments require a bit more technology than others—we suggest seeing it as an opportunity to either get creative or dive into that part of your craft a bit more than you previously have!

I fell off my bicycle this morning. Am I okay?

Ah, we’re sorry to hear that. You’re probably okay. But if you got any scrapes, make sure you wash them with soap and water. Get back out there tomorrow.

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