Understanding the Fundamental Building Blocks of a Hit

A Live Online Workshop

February 1st | 7PM - 9PM ET | A Live, Online Workshop

Join us for this one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive workshop, where we pull back the curtain on the science and patterns behind today’s hit melodies and hooks and the delivery techniques that bring them to life!

While no two hit songs are exactly alike, most possess core commonalities that are fundamental to their success in today’s marketplace.
This workshop provides actionable insight into what makes a hit a hit.

During this workshop, we’ll explore the Five Pillars of a Hit Song, review current hit songwriting trends, and through in-depth Billboard Top 10 case studies, dive into the techniques that make them so effective.

From melody and hooks, to lyrics and rhymes, to structure and arrangement, this workshop will provide you with a strong foundation of the elements consistently found in a hit song “blueprint”.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Discover what the Five Pillars of a Hit Song are
  • Get in-tune with the most common and effective melody, hook writing, lyrical, structural and arrangement techniques being used in today’s hits
  • Learn what today’s hit songs have in common at their core
  • Gain insight into current hit songwriting trends
  • Get introduced to the Hit Songs Deconstructed methodology, which is used by commercially successful songwriters, producers and A&Rs around the world and universities such as Berklee College of Music, Thornton School of Music, and NYU, and many more.

If you are looking to write and produce chart-topping songs, then you need to get into the hit song mindset. The Hit Song Blueprint will help you do just that.

What you need to know before you register:
  • This workshop is ideal for anyone who is brand new to Hit Songs Deconstructed workshops
  • It is for songwriters, producers and A&Rs whose goal is to create commercially successful songs
  • Active listening exercises are at the core of this workshop, so make sure you can join us from a quiet environment with high speed internet and high quality audio/headphones.
About this Workshop:
  • FormatThis is a live Zoom webinar presented by Hit Songs Deconstructed co-founder David Penn.  
  • Q&A: There will be plenty of Q&A sessions throughout the presentation.
  • Workshop Materials: After the workshop has concluded, you will receive a copy of the presentation, a Spotify playlist with all songs referenced during the presentation and access to the live video recording of the workshop.
  • Networking: You will also receive access to HSD-Connect, the Hit Songs Deconstructed private, invitation-only community and network, where you can connect with past and present workshop participants.
Limited Seats Available

Due to the intimate nature of this masterclass, there are limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Testimonials from Past Workshop & Masterclass Participants

Decoding Hooks is for you if:

• You want to compete at the highest levels and attain continued commercial success
• You want new tools to evaluate your songs' strengths and weaknesses and help prime them for maximum impact
• You are ready to take the leap and combine your unique creativity with a little bit of science

By applying the techniques you learn during this workshop to your music, you will take your writing and producing skills to the next level, regardless of the genre you’re working in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What knowledge of songwriting and music theory do I need to understand what is being taught?
A solid foundation in the basic craft of songwriting and music theory is highly recommended.

Who is this meant for?
Songwriters, producers, instrumentalists and A&R/Music Industry Professionals who have the goal of being involved in today’s mainstream music scene. Ideal for anyone attending an HSD workshop for the first time.

What is the basis for the material covered?
We will focus on recent Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits.

How will the material be conveyed?
The presentation will feature a combination of audio examples, graphs, charts, commentary, and Logic Pro sessions to illustrate principals and techniques

Will the video of the live workshop be available after the conclusion of the workshop?
Yes, the video is posted to the workshop portal after the workshop concludes.

Your Workshop Instructor

David Penn
Co-Founder, Hit Songs Deconstructed

David is a recognized expert in the craft and trends behind hit songs and has been featured by Billboard, Variety, Music Week, Canadian Musician Radio, BMI, Financial Times, and the Economist, to name a few. He also regularly guest lectures at top universities such as Berklee College of Music, NYU, and Frost School of Music, as well as at industry events such as Music Biz, DIY Musician Conference and others.
A music connoisseur of all time periods and genres, he is a “go-to” consultant for songwriters, producers, publishers and labels.

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