Tips for Songwriters Making Rough Recordings

As much as we’d like to admit it, not all of our songs are going to be worth spending the kind of money and time that a professional demo recordings require. In order to know whether or not  your song is – or can be – worth that investment, a song critique can be helpful.
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Six Ways To Improve Your Songwriting Motivation

The difference, in my experience, between professional songwriters and hobbyists has very little to do with actual songwriting talent. Being a pro requires an ironclad work ethic to not only create a consistent body of work but also to develop and maintain what I like to think of as songwriting muscles. I’ve put together a
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A Songwriter’s Introduction to Demo Studio Professionals

For songwriters getting ready to demo a song, it’s essential that you choose a professional recording studio with qualified personnel. However, if you haven’t spent much time in the studio, it can be tough to know what distinguishes true professionals from wannabes. In this article, I’m going to delve into the specifics of what you
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How Songwriters Can Make Sure They Get Great Songwriting Demos

Recording your song demos can – and should – be a terrific experience. Hearing a world class singer and studio musicians bring your song to life is one of the great joys of being a songwriter. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind both before and during your demo if
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Five Things Every Songwriter Needs For A Successful Demo Session

While professional demo sessions are notable for what the songwriter doesn’t have to do (i.e. perform, record, produce), there are nonetheless important things that every songwriter needs to bring to a demo session to assure a successful result. I’ve listed the most important ones below… 1. A Finished Song It may sound obvious but make
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A Mindfulness Primer for Songwriters

OK, since we’re all artists here and open to some of the more mystical/emotional approaches to art and life, I thought I’d take a moment to emphasize the importance of being truly present – aka mindful – in your songwriting practice. While there are whole books – and philosophies – written on the the value
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Four Tips On How To Be A Great Studio Client

Having been on both sides of the studio owner/studio client equation over the years, I thought I’d take a moment to give songwriters a little insight into how to handle themselves when it comes to their interactions with professional recording studios. The more aware you are as a studio client, the more smoothly your session
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Tips from Industry Professionals on a Career in Songwriting

Every once in a while, it feels great for me to remember that at this point in my career I’ve managed to surround myself with some of the most intelligent, thoughtful and accomplished industry friends a person could possibly hope for. Not only that, but they’re generous, too. I reached out and asked some of
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Four Indicators of a Successful Co-Write

For those of you who are relatively new to co-writing or haven’t yet co-written, it can be difficult to know what to expect when you get together with another songwriter to collaborate. As a veteran of over a thousand songwriting collaborations, I thought I’d put down a few of the indicators you should be noticing
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Three Things Not To Do For Productive Song Critiques

I’d like to start this article by saying that I think it takes real courage to submit your songs for a professional critique. As a songwriter myself, I understand on a gut level that this is like offering up your children to be judged by a stranger. That being said, if you’ve gone as far
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