Award-winning, Two-time Grammy-nominated Music Educator, Songwriting Adviser for the Taylor Swift Education Center, Fourteen-Year Berklee College Songwriting Coach and one of the Leading Songwriting Instructors in America is returning to Seattle! He is here to impart some of his professional wisdom in an intimate and action-packed songwriting workshop.
10am-12pm: SONGWRITER’S BOOT CAMP
ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME—HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Chorus Core Workout: Learn to compose memorable choruses in fifteen minutes or less.
- Verse and Bridge Sculpting: Learn a simple and ever-reliable framework for composing vibrant verses that heighten your song’s emotional arc.
- Music and Lyric Cross-Training: Elevate your song by quickly identifying and exploiting unique nuances within your lyrics, melodies and chord alliance.
Noon-1:30pm: BREAK FOR LUNCH (Not included)
2pm-5pm: CUSTOM SHOP / MASTERCLASS
- Overhaul, augment and embellish your melodies, chords, lyrics and performance. This session can accommodate SEVEN SONG submissions, but everybody is welcome to register; you will learn so much in this segment, even if you don’t enter a song. Come and hear Shane’s constructive, inspiring feedback in real time while working with songwriters of all ages!
- In order for your song to be selected for this segment, please submit your song now to firstname.lastname@example.org. If chosen, you will be invited to play your song for Shane and the attendees, and to receive his expert feedback. Whether your song is chosen or not, this is an incredible opportunity to gain invaluable songwriting insight.
5pm-6:30pm: BREAK FOR DINNER (Not included)
7pm-9pm: Concert (free event)
- Join us for our finale: an intimate concert. Some of the participants from the day’s classes will be chosen to perform, and Shane himself will perform! A beautiful grand piano will be provided by Classic Pianos of Bellevue. Note: Guitarists welcome, too! You don’t need to be a pianist to join us!
Songwriters from all over the globe are gathering in Music City USA for the highly anticipated Shane Adams Songwriting Retreat - Fall 2017.
Host (and human exclamation point) Shane Adams will enlighten attendees with his good humor, expert musical craftsmanship, while elevating your songs utilizing astonishingly insightful songwriting acumen.
Sharpen your pencils, open your notebooks, fire up your iPad, and flip open your netbook....
Instruction and Breakout A: Drafting and Crafting the Perfect Chorus
Instruction and Breakout B: 10 Modern Chord Progressions Every Songwriter Should Know
Instruction and Breakout C: Crafting a Prechoruses that Actually Works
Instruction and Breakout D: The Ultimate Prep for Singing in the Studio
Instruction and Breakout E: Building the Perfect Bridge
Attendee Expert Panel: Breaking into Markets you didn't know existed
Hired Guns Panel: Recording in Nashville
Shane Adams Clinic: The Singer-Songwriter's Guide to Recording in the Home Studio
Dennis Sanders Clinic: Nailing Distribution: Negotiating Options for a Productive and Beneficial Distribution Deal
Lisa Haupert Clinic: Smile, You Can Keep Your Style: Putting the Singer in Singer/Songwriter with smart vocal maintenance for stage and studio.
Scot Sherrod Clinic - Flying Upstream: Staying Current and Dynamic in a Changing Market
Sierra West Clinic - Pause In Chaos: Using Silence and Dynamics to Energize Your Acoustic Performance
(Sessions may be changed and adjusted without prior notice)
Award Winning Author, Producer, and Composer
Twice Grammy Nominated* Music Educator
Country Music Hall of Fame "Top 10 Hit Maker"
Founding Berklee Online Songwriting Instructor
VP of RareSpark Media Group
Attained cuts for Kenny Chesney, George Strait, The Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts, and many more!
COO of World Music Nashville
CEO of The Label Group (an INgrooves distribution label, management, and production company)
20+ years of management experience for gold and platinum artists!
Grammy award winning songwriter and producer
Artist developer for the stars
Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World, Sara Bareilles, and many more!)
Internationally recognized vocal coach
Teacher of teachers
Vocal technique wizard
President: San Diego Songwriters Guild
Big West Music Artist
Twice Winner San Diego Music Awards' Best Singer/Songwriter
Senior Vice President of Warner/Chappell Production Music
On the Board of Governors for NATAS
Has produced over 400 Production Music Library title
Where'll it be?
Music City, USA
World Music Nashville
Bellevue Valley Plaza
Nashville, TN 37221
What'll it cost?
$289 for Berklee Alums
Where can I stay?
There's several hotels nearby our venue, namely:
Or you can try the very affordable and fun Airbnb route!
FAQ with Shane
Question: What is the purpose of this event?
Answer: For the longest time I've wanted to connect my amazing network of clients and students. You guys are seriously amazing and you need to know each other. You all work hard and you all work smart, and you are doing many many things correct. Still, there are gaps. I'm handpicking the experts I think will best help your aspirations. Additionally, you all have much to share and garner from one another. My deepest hope is that we will all support and grow together as a group. I'm interested in facilitating lifelong friendships and musical partnerships.
Question: Will the focus of the event be on writing Country Music?
Answer: Our focus is on stellar, non-genre craftsmanship to cultivate your style awareness so you may draw from your own influences while identifying and incorporating "signature elements" of any musical style.
Question: Should I rent a car or do Lyft/Uber?
Answer: Nashville is a fairly small city, very easy to get around. Our event venue is roughly 20 minutes from downtown. There is a thriving Lyft and Uber community (although in West Nashville where our venue is, Lyft is the quicker option - in my opinion).
Question: What will the weather be like?
Answer: Nashville in late October is typically pretty beautiful, although some years its been rainy. Dress for comfortable southern fall weather (mild during the day, chilly at night). Check weather listings the week before, if it's been wet, good chance it'll rain during the event.
Question: Is food provided? What about lunch and dinner?
Answer: Except for light afternoon snacks, meals will not be provided. There are 10 or 11 great restaurants literally next door and in the same complex as our venue (with fast food across the street) and a Starbucks on the corner. There is also a grocery store within a minute walk for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free needs. My favorite sushi place of all time is catty corner to us...ask for Sang, and tell him I sent you.
Question: I hear you arranged to get us discounts at the World Music Nashville?
Answer: You heard correctly. Because of my working relationship with World Music Nashville I have secured a 10% discount off of ANYTHING they have in stock. They have an amazing acoustic (and electric) guitar selection. (Seriously, American Strats, Martins, Taylors, etc.). I'm also working on getting a discount for Steinberg software and hardware products for event attendees.
Question: Nightlife? Touristy stuff?
Answer: I'm planning on doing an open mic both nights, one at the venue, the other in a downtown club. Although we have a packed schedule, you'll have time in the evenings to explore, to see and be seen.
Downtown Nashville is a blast with its famous honky-tonks and live music.
12 South District has wonderful food (there's a cupcake ATM machine!) Great to walk around.
The Gulch (close to downtown) has amazing urban shopping and restaurants. The Station Inn has the best bluegrass in the country.
Grand Ole Opry is about 20 minutes east of downtown with the gorgeous and expansively indoor gardened Opryland Hotel.
"Five Points" in East Nashville has the super hip hipster vibe. Great grimy bars and upscale funprententious dining.
The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's Home) is brilliantly historical. Period clothing wearing guides take you back to a fascinating if not troubled time/life of Andrew Jackson.
Question: Okay, last one....are your eyes really closed in the "header" picture above?
Answer: Yes. The sun was directly in my eyes and we only had a moment for me to run out in the middle of downtown Nashville during morning rush hour traffic. The only shot that turned out where I wasn't dodging cars with my guitar was the one where I blinked. (Shout out to the amazing Kelly Blaine for snapping such cool shots with such an unphotogenic subject!). Oh, show business. Thanks for noticing. Let's pretend I'm being all zen. Deal?