Three Situations Where Songwriters Should Think Twice

The blessing – and curse – of pursuing success as a songwriter is that songwriting success often represents the equivalent of a dream come true. While it’s wonderful that as songwriter’s we’re pursuing our dreams, the danger is that we’re often susceptible to less-than-well-intentioned people hoping to take advantage of our somewhat blind enthusiasm and
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The Value of Home Recording for Songwriters

Given that a songwriter’s primary skill has always been and will always be writing great songs, I’ve decided to focus on a secondary set of skills – recording – which can add value at all levels of the songwriting process. Whether your goal is simply to get your ideas across so that studio professionals can
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What You Can-and Can’t-Do with Your Finished Song Demo

Running a recording studio for the past two decades, I’ve recorded songwriting demos for GRAMMY-winning songwriters, major music publishers all the way down to first-time songwriters. One of the things I’ve noticed is that for newer songwriters there’s often confusion about what a demo can be used for. Strictly speaking, your professional song demo is
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Five Ways Cheap Becomes Expensive with Song Demos

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Professional demos aren’t cheap. Part of the business of songwriting has been – and always will be – presenting your songs in the best possible light for the music industry decision makers. These folks are used to hearing – and expect to hear – high quality recordings of the
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What Great Musicianship Looks – and Sounds – Like

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to George Marinelli.  As a founding member of Bruce Hornsby’s GRAMMY-winning band, The Range, George has worked at the highest levels of music for several decades.  As a long-time member of Bonnie Raitt’s band, George not only tours and performs on Bonnie’s albums but has also collaborated as a
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Four Questions When Choosing A Genre For Your Song Demo

So, first there’s the song. Generally speaking when we sit down to write a song it has more to do with the groove, melody and the lyric than it does with which categories and/or boxes into which your new song will eventually fit. It has also been my experience that most songs don’t necessarily announce
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Mindful Drumming On Songwriter Demos

Glen Caruba is one of Nashville’s most in-demand studio percussionists, Glen has not only recorded with Jimmy Buffett and on countless jingles and soundtracks but is also the author of three percussion instruction books & videos distributed by Hal Leonard. Glen’s insight into what drummers and percussionists should be thinking about in the studio is
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Capturing the Magic in Your Rough Recordings

Jennifer Hamady, is an exceptional vocalist, vocal coach and author of the “Art of Singing” series. In this article, Jennifer digs into preserving the essence of your song in your rough recordings. Enjoy! ——————- Songwriting, for most of us, is a tremendously intimate experience.  The magical inklings of lyrics and melodies spring to life in
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Four Reasons to Let Session Musicians Try It Their Way First

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the finest session musicians in the business. Above and beyond their jaw dropping musical talent, these studio thoroughbreds also bring a depth and breadth of experience to the recording process that shows up in ways both obvious and extremely subtle. It occurred to
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Six Important Reasons to Consider Scaled-Down Songwriter Demos

I can picture the scene… You’ve just finished your song and you nailed it. Great melody, killer lyric and it’s got that magic “thing” that we all hope for when we write. Now it’s demo time. Nothing but the best will do. Why not put every instrument in the Western musical tradition on there and
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