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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Four Professional Songwriting Tips

Since most of us become songwriters almost by accident, the line between amateur and professional songwriter is blurry at best. Strictly speaking, a professional songwriter is someone who is not only writing songs but generating income from those songs. However, it’s been my experience that long before a songwriter’s songs begin making money, they’ve put
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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 Unusual Ways to Make Money with Your Songs

As I’ve said many times before, writing a song for its own sake is still – and will always be – an admirable pursuit. It’s something that not many people can do and is a wonderful form of individual artistic expression. That being said, if your goals include not only writing songs but also making
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Four Ways to Write Better Songs by Making Them Simpler

For most people in the world, writing a song is simply an impossible proposition. The idea of creating music and lyrics is more like a magic trick than a job. For those of us who can write songs, however, we have a different set of challenges. One of the primary ones involves learning how to
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