Five Major Email Mistakes Songwriters Should Avoid

Let me begin by saying that my intention in writing this article is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I unwittingly made early in my songwriting career. The kinds of mistakes I’m talking about are not done maliciously as much as they are a result of an unthinking set of behaviors based on
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How Not to Suck at Songwriting

My friend and longtime collaborator, Kevin Fisher, is a multi-platinum selling songwriter based in Los Angeles. Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker and many others have recorded his songs. As an artist himself and a writer for others, his songs are being played all over the world. In this article, Kevin shares some of his hard-won
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A Primer on Song Structure For Songwriters

As songwriters, most of us begin writing by emulating the flow and feel of some of our favorite songs without giving too much active thought to the underlying structure. However, the longer you write and the more attention you pay to what makes songs work, the more clear it becomes that there is a great
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Seven Milestones in a Successful Songwriting Career

One of the things I’ve noticed in my twenty-five years of writing songs is that it’s way too easy to ignore significant milestones in your songwriting career because you’re so focused on the brass ring of having a hit. I think it’s time we take a closer look at what success really means over the
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Five Qualities to Look For in a Co-Writer

Given how mysterious some parts of the songwriting process are to even the most experienced songwriters, it’s understandable that there’s no clear formula for what makes great co-writing chemistry. In my experience, it has very little to do with the amount of time you’ve known someone or even how much you respect or admire their
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Four Demo Tips For Songwriters Who Don’t Play an Instrument

If I’ve learned anything in my years of studio work, it’s that there’s no such thing as a “typical” songwriter. While some songwriters are highly-trained session musicians, others have never picked up, let alone played, an instrument in their entire lives. I’ll be speaking to this second group in this post. Not playing an instrument
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Four Things They Don’t Tell You About a Career in Songwriting

Since songwriters don’t get an orientation day when they start out, I thought I’d welcome you newcomers to the trade with a few things you probably haven’t been told or thought of yet. My intention here is not – is never – to discourage you but, rather, to help set your expectations so you can
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Four Things to Try on Your Next Co-Write

Once you’ve begun co-writing your songs and have a few positive experiences under your belt, it might be worth injecting some new variables into the equation. This can be good for a variety of reasons including never letting yourself get too comfortable at the expense of your creativity and keeping your mind focused on the
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Four Demo Tips for Songwriters in the Studio

If you’re fortunate enough to have written a song you think has a chance of getting cut or getting placed in a film or TV show, then you owe it to yourself to make sure your demo of the song is done professionally. The trick with professional recordings is that they’re not inexpensive and there’s
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Four Questions Songwriters Should Ask Themselves

In any career, especially one involving the arts, it’s very easy to get so immersed in the day to day activity of creating your art and making a living that you lose sight of the big picture. While there is real value in simply putting your head down and getting to work, it can pay
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