What Songwriters Should Know About Recording Engineers

Engineers, strictly speaking, are responsible for the “nuts and bolts” of the recording process. In our current technological environment, this means not only a familiarity with ageless studio techniques such as microphone placement but also a deep understanding of the latest innovations in their chosen digital audio workstation (DAW) software and contemporary approaches to recording
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Navigating Your Meeting With a Music Publisher

Getting a chance to sit down with a music publisher and play them some of your songs is a genuine opportunity and one not to be taken lightly. While having great songs is certainly an important part of the equation, it is by no means the only thing that counts. To that end, I’ve listed
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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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A Songwriter’s Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Broken Songs

There are times our songs come to us easily. They feel good as we’re writing them, people respond when we perform them and the demos practically jump out of the speakers. There are other times, however, when things just don’t seem to quite come together. To help you troubleshoot, I’ve put together a checklist to
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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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A Primer On Groove for Songwriters

One of the unsung elements that helps bring a song to life – and make it memorable – is the groove. By way of definition, groove is a mystical combination of tempo and feel that adds depth and texture to your song. That being said, it’s not uncommon for songwriters to relegate groove to an
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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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