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Getting a Fine Polish on Your Songs Before Uploading

As you know, I don’t deal much, if at all, with the technical side of the music industry on this blog. I’m a composer, and I leave any of the technical bits to other people who really know what they’re doing. But I know this much: if you’re going to put your songs online, it’s […]

Don't Let the Quest For a Polished Demo Distract You

These days, so-called “demos” tend to sound almost like finished products. You only have to go back one generation to find that demos used to be pretty rough around the edges, meant to give a general sense of the possibilities. The performers, along with a smart producer, could turn that mess into gold. I try to […]

How Good Does Your Demo Need to Be?

 You should see your demo as being every bit as important as your final product. It used to be that a demo was rather rough around the edges. As long as you were giving the producer and other personnel the idea of the basic workings of the song, you were fine. These days, demos really need […]

Using Objective Listening to Improve Your Songwriting

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages covers every aspect of songwriting, from melodies to chords to lyrics and more. The 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle is on sale right now. Read more _____________ Objectivity, from a songwriter’s point of view, is the ability to listen to your own music as if it were someone else’s. And that’s […]

The Business of Songwriting – It’s Not Good Enough To Be Good

In the world of professional songwriting, good means you aren’t rising above the rest. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ In my eBook “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”, I draw an analogy between writing a great hit song and playing a game of football. In that description, I make the […]

5 Tips for Choosing a Song's Key

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and get HUNDREDS of chord progressions, and TONS of songwriting advice! _____________ As a first step to choosing a key for your song, you’ll want to be sure, naturally, that the chosen key allows the song to be singable by you, or whoever you’re writing it for. […]