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Ten Free Tools to Help Your Songwriting

By Wisdom Moon on February 01, 2011

I am so excited about our Songwriting Challenge and seeing the first round of song submissions come in for January's songs. It is great to connect with other Christians who are striving to grow in their songwriting. An important part of that growth is utilizing the right tools.

They don't have to be the most popular tools out there, they just have to be the tools that work for us personally. Here are a 10 FREE tools you might want to check out to help you in your songwriting:

1. Voice Recorder: I'm sure most of us have voice recorders right on our phones these days. It's a great tool to have around so we can quickly record song ideas on the spot.

2. Webcam: I have a built-in webcam on my MacBook. When I'm working on a song, I like to record myself singing and playing the song on my guitar. That way I don't necessarily have to write down the chords and try to remember how I originally played it. Also, recently I sent one of these videos to a friend so that we could do some co-writing.

3. OmmWriter: This is a simple text processor that allows you to block out everything on your computer and focus on your writing. It has the ability to turn off all notifications, play quiet/relaxing background music, have a nice background graphic, and it also fills your whole screen so you're not distracted. Unfortunately, it's only available for the Mac.

4. Google Docs: I love Google Docs because it saves everything in the cloud and you can access your files from anywhere you have Internet. Also, it's easy to share your files. You can also upload videos (and probably audio) and share them privately with others. Great for co-writing!

5. Google Voice: You can get a free phone # with Google Voice. You can then set it to go straight to the voicemail when you call. Got a melody or lyric idea? Just dial your number and leave a message to yourself. You can then later go back and listen to it or download the audio to your computer.

6. RhymeZone: I've never used this personally, but it may be helpful when you're stuck on a lyric and looking for words that rhyme.

7. Audacity: If you need a free software to record your songs with, I highly recommend Audacity. It's great for recording song ideas as well as a rough demo.

8. Skype: Here's another great tool for co-writing. You can make free calls to other skype users and interact with them via video. You can also share your screen and files. I use Skype at least once a week for meetings, interviews, video calls, etc.

9. SoundCloud: This is a cloud-based app that allows you to create, save, and share audio. Great for sharing your songs.

10. Dropbox: If you need a free cloud-based app to save all types of files, check out Dropbox. I use it every week with my All About Worship Leadership Team to share files. Dropbox has apps for your computer as well as mobile devices so you always have easy access to your files. (If you signup using this link, we'll both receive an extra 250mb of space!)

What are some free tools you utilize?

-Wisdom Moon

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Wisdom is a husband, father, worship leader, songwriter, and Founder/CEO of All About Worship. He was born in South Korea, but spent most of his life in Silicon Valley (California), and currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and three kids. Wisdom has been involved in worship ministry for over 20 years. For more about Wisdom, visit WisdomMoon.com

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