Tom is one of the most respected british song craftsmen of the 21st century. Tom’s songs have been covered by much-loved artistes from Dame Shirley Bassey to Boyzone and admired by the likes of Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and Gary Barlow. Tom’s songs have been used for films and TV coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and even a Royal wedding!
Tom visited our Studio 54 music studios in Exeter, Devon to offer an insight into his songwriting style, technique, instrumentation, coping with writers block and writing for and with other artistes.
Quote ‘A magical insight into the mind of a musical master craftsman” (Steve P)
Tom has kindly allowed us to offer his first few videos as Free To View. To watch the remainder of Tom’s classes on a 6-month streaming subscription basis costs only £9.99 (GBP).
What you’ll learn
Tom briefly outlines the topics he will cover in his Music Masterclass.Tom discusses the inspiration and motivation behind his songwriting successTom outlines the inspiration and background to the first song he ever wrote. Tom also performs various elements of the song and shows the dynamic differences between guitar and piano versionsTom outlines his methods for writing song lyrics and what he refers to as 'economic eloquence'Tom continues his thoughts on the use of phonetics (speech sounds) in writing song lyricsTom continues detailing his methods for writing song lyricsTom outlines the writing of his and Sam Semples hit song BetterTom outlines his techniques for dealing with writers blockTom discusses different style influences on his songs, different instruments and tine signaturesTom outlines the process of writing his acclaimed album The Uncarved Block Part 1Tom outlines his arranging of his hit album SkyboundTom outlines his thoughts on how to become a successful singer songwriterTom outlines his work in writing for and with other named music artistes