Hey, I'm Ben. I've been writing songs for 20 years. If you're like me, you've probably started a song in many ways.
A lyric that pops in your head.
A catchy melody that you're pretty sure you didn't steal from somewhere.
A chord progression you want to play with.
A groove that you've been pounding on your desk all day.
All of these are great ways to start a song, but we too often lose our ideas before we can transcribe them on paper in a way that makes sense to us later.
When the iPad was first announced, I realized that this could be an incredible tool for songwriters. This was an easy, portable, touchable way to get an idea from your head into a form that you won't forget. After two years of planning, learning and development, I released VCVCBC: The Ultimate Songwriting App.
VCVCBC is a musical sketchpad that allows songwriters to capture their ideas quickly, organize them, and build a chord chart to take directly into the studio. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Convenient Rhyming Dictionary!
- Intuitive melody keyboard!
- Extensive chord library!
- Guitar Hero-style guitar for trying out chord progressions!
- Drag and drop chords!
- Pound rhythms on a sketched tabletop, steering wheel or chair!
- Convert any idea to a full chord chart at any time!
- Reorder, duplicate and remove song sections!
- Email your completed songs as PDFs to share with the rest of your band!
You might find ONE of these features in other apps for $2.99-7.99. You can currently buy VCVCBC, which includes them all, for only $4.99!
Want to see what it's like in action? Watch a video of me walking through the song creation process here:
Just to prove that we really could write songs quickly using VCVCBC, my wife Delayne & I challenged ourselves to write 30 songs in 30 days. And we did it. We finished day #30 with "Are You Wearing Pants?", complete with music video:
If you write songs, or believe that you could with the right tools, please buy a copy of the app to support its development. I'm working on version 2.0 right now, which will include audio recording and iPhone/iPod Touch support, among many other improvements.
Thanks for checking it out. I'd love to hear your feedback!