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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…)

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    The most basic system for divvying up the writer’s credits is the honor system. In the honor system, everyone in the room when the song is written is told tight there on the spot exactly what their portion of the proceeds will be. While the most common split in a two way collaboration is 50/50, it is not unusual to see some splits of 60/40 or 70/30. In a larger songwriting team, you will see some splits that are not at all even (60/53/15, etc.) Try to avoid fractions that will make the accountants job a nightmare, and be certain that all of your splits add up to 100%. Don’t laugh. It has been known to happen.