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10 Foolproof Ways to Critique Your Own Songs

How to analyze your lyrics and melody to craft a stronger song.

How To Use Recording Effects Effectively

From setting up mics to laying in effects, some simple strategies for crafting a sound to fit the direction of the song

Five Career-Endangering Mistakes for Songwriters (And How To Avoid Them)

One of the great mysteries in the music business is how to meet the decision makers who can help bring success to you and your songs.  However, the second greatest…

A look at Taylor Swift’s “State of Grace”

Clocking in at just under five minutes, “State of Grace” defies a number of modern-day pop-music assumptions, the most obvious of which is that the vast majority of listeners don’t…

Six Ways To See If Your Song Is Ready To Demo

One of the big decisions that we, as songwriters, have to make is whether or not one of our songs is ready for a professional demo.  In other words, is…

6 Ways Simplicity Trumps Technology in the Studio

Living with first takes, limiting the number of recorded tracks and other ideas for streamlining your sessions.

What a Producer Does and Why You Should Consider Using One

Working as a producer for the last ten years, I’ve recorded with all kinds of artists from “fresh off the boat” newbies to artists whose experience in the world of…

Four Ways to Avoid Music Submission Mistakes

Congratulations for taking a big step forward in your career as a songwriter.  If you’re considering submitting one (or several) of your songs for a music business opportunity, then you’ve…

Opening Up: Effective Ways to Begin Your Next Song

Listeners who visit your web page have very little patience and an itchy trigger finger—meaning that you’re just one left-click away from losing them if you don’t deliver in a…

I Hate My Drum Sound. Please Help Me Fix It.

A quality drum sound can be a bit more elusive, in part because there are so many variables involved—the type of drummer, the style of music, size of the room,…
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