helping you write better songs
" You have been a great help to me. Our little round of correspondence about some songs I was working on some years ago had a broad general effect. With your help, I looked at those songs, most of which were on the recording "Miracle Year" that I sent you, from a different angle. The process was a bit deeper than just changing a few words: standing back and trying to articulate what the song was about, its shades and colors and structure, etc., was enormously helpful because now I'm aware of those things with new things I write. " Jim Gilkeson, USA
Hi, I'm Charlotte Yates. Welcome to my songwriting coaching service, Song Doctor. I can help you write better songs. I can help you improve how you write and what you write. I can show you how to deal with things that stop you writing your best work.
A music company executive once said to me 'None of this is rocket science!' That's absolutely true. But it does take time and effort, passion and love.
I know because I've done it - sometimes really well, sometimes half-baked. Sometimes it felt effortless while others, it's been like no one wants to know, and I mean no one! But I wouldn't have given it up for all the tea in China.
I've worked on my own songwriting by trial and error before eventually digging deeper reading a myriad of songwriting books, blogs and magazines, writing articles, giving workshops, working with professional songwriters, performing and recording for twenty-five years, and studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and USA's Berklee College of Music.
I've learned how to help you write better songs. Whether you're starting from scratch or a bit stuck, in full flight or in a rut - ask me how I can help. I'm all ears!