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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Should Songwriters Put Their Songs Out There?

One of the questions I get most from beginning songwriters is whether there’s any risk or problem with getting their songs out there on social media, streaming services, websites or any other ways that songs can be heard by (hopefully) large numbers of people. It’s an interesting concern to me because, in my experience, the
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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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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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Seven Qualities of Great Demo Singers

Running a Nashville recording studio for over twenty years, I’ve seen – and heard – an incredible number of vocalists. When it comes to demo singers specifically, I’ve found that the best ones have a very specific and highly developed skill set that allows them to deliver beautiful, compelling renditions of clients’ songs day after day
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Three Ways It Pays For Songwriters To Follow Through

Songwriting is art. Like all art, songs require a healthy dose of inspiration which is nearly impossible to predict or control. In that way, the spark that results in the creation of a song is a gift but the rest of the process is nothing more (or less) than good, old-fashioned work. By following through
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Five Pre-Songwriting Demo Mistakes (…and how to avoid them)

The professional songwriting demo process is a necessary part of the equation for songwriters aspiring to get their material heard by music industry decision-makers and, hopefully, cut by successful recording artists. Despite the fact that hundreds of demos are recorded every week in places like Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, new songwriters often find
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