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Tips for Writing a Contemporary Jazz Song

February 12th, 2018 by

writing a contemporary jazz songThere are many books on the subject of songwriting and it seems that each one has a different way of approaching it. What you might not hear often enough is anyone suggesting to “just do your own thing”. There are many “methods” and “systems”, but in actuality, they are really just that composer’s way of doing their own thing. Sure, the song has to make sense and people have to be able to access it.  In that regard there are similarities among many contemporary songs, whereas they all have verses, choruses and basic song structure. This is where the craft of writing a song comes in, because writing a contemporary jazz song or any song is a craft and an art. (more…)

What Nobody Tells You About Songwriting

August 10th, 2017 by

Writing a song with guitar pen and paperWhat nobody tells you about songwriting? If you are an aspiring songwriter, you might have asked yourself this question. Are there some things that you should know before you thread this career? Is this path even worth pursuing for? Well, these queries surely need elucidation. After all, it would be bad to leave amateurs clueless and blindsided. 

It is a common sight that songwriters don’t get enough training to get them started. In fact, we could say that it is formal education regarding songwriting is a rare thing. You can only get it if you enroll in music schools. Of course, we have to emphasize that not all music academies will offer such course.  (more…)

How to Choose the Right Instrument

May 22nd, 2017 by

Learning to play an instrument is such a rewarding accomplishment, regardless of whether you plan on using your skills as a hobby or professionally in your career. With such a wide variety of instruments to choose from, making the right choice can be a difficult process.
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Thankfully, there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand to make your decision-making process easier.

#1) What kind of music do I like

First determine what kind of music you enjoy and what kind of music you want to create. That is the first step to figuring out what instrument you should learn to play. If you like listening to punk rock music, you might want to consider learning guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard. Other traditional instruments, such as cello, violin, double bass, will do well in classical styles of music. One of the most versatile instruments that exist is the guitar. This is why the guitar is so popular in the music world: you can use it to play classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, metal, punk music, and everything in between. (more…)

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    The creative part of songwriting is only the first chapter in the saga of making a song into a hit. After the song is finished, it has to be demo-ed, registered with the US Copyright Office, and professionally pitched to publishers, producers and artists who can ‘take the song to the world.’ All of this takes time and effort and if there are two or more writers involved in the creation of the song, they also can share the work and expense involved in getting exposure for the song. One of the co-writers may have a home studio and be very good in producing professional quality demos, while the other co-writer’s strength may be in making the contacts necessary to ‘pitch’ the song. As with the songwriting process itself, the co-writers can each contribute their own expertise and skills to see that the song receives maximum exposure and opportunity for success.