Songwriting Tips and Techniques (Ep.2) Podcast

02Songwriting Tips and Techniques to Write Better Songs from John Swaim

john-swaimFeaturing Special Guest: John Swaim
Singer • Songwriter from Nashville, TN

In this session #2 of the Backwoods Recording Studio Podcast John Swaim is back sharing more of his songwriting tips and techniques and talks about artists that have inspired him. John authored the song “Walk on the Rocks” which was recorded by Country Music Star Alan Jackson and can be found on the “Everything I Love” CD, which sold over 3 million copies. John’s songs were also recorded by Legacy Five (Gospel), The Little River Band (Pop), Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Bluegrass). You can find out more about John and his songwriting career at


More specifically, in this session #2 you’ll find out from John:

  1. How do you know when a song is finished? How to get unbiased advice on a song.
  2. How to fill in the gaps that aren’t yet musically or lyrically defined and you don’t have a complete Melody.  A technique that has worked for John.
  3. Is writing about personal experiences, real life, places the right approach.
  4. How do you approach writing with other writers.
  5. Once you have finished a song then what?
  6. How do you demo your songs? Should you record them yourself or use a professional studio?
  7. Is songwriting a gift or can you learn it?
  8. Is it a good idea to write songs depending on a trend? “Real Life”
  9. Artist and Songwriters that inspire John and why.
  10. What advice, encouragement would you have for some of our new songwriters listening?

Resources Mentioned in This Podcast

John talks about songs, people and tools he use when writing a song.

Recommended Reading

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