Archive for Songwriting Basics

How to Share Your Love of Songwriting by Pursuing a Career in Music Education

January 23rd, 2021 by

We don’t have to tell you how incredible music is. The benefits are endless and impossible to capture with words. Music connects us as people. It is known as the “universal language”. It’s calming. It’s healing. People even use music therapy to lower stress and treat mental health conditions.

But, again, as a songwriter, you undoubtedly already know all of that. Songwriters often have a passion for music that many others don’t possess. But, unless you manage to sell your songs to a famous musician or record label, you might not be able to rely on a career as a writer.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Many songwriters write for themselves or do it as a hobby. But, if songwriting alone isn’t scratching your musical itch, you might want to consider a career in music education. It’s a fantastic way to share your gift and passion with others, and fuel them with the tools and skills they need to discover how incredible music really is.

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Scope of music streaming platforms in 2020

January 23rd, 2021 by

Traditional CD’s and tapes have been replaced by digital downloadable music. Currently, you can register in a music streaming service and enjoy your favorite music.

There are diverse music streaming platforms and provide varied options for music lovers. Music streaming platform should be compatible with every device you choose. It would be best if you consider the audio quality and support platform for the digital assistant.

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The Creative Craft of Lyric Writing Explained

January 23rd, 2021 by
Creative Craft of Lyric Writing Explained

Let’s forget about all the technique that goes into lyric writing and let’s look at why you like creating amazing lyrics in the first place. Professional songwriters know that lyric writing is all about what works for you creatively and not so much about the technical things. Lyric writing can present problems in many different ways and technique will help you move past these problems really easily, but just going with what feels right for you is the key to good songwriting.

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Music Industry Quick Tip: Know Who You’re Contacting

January 23rd, 2021 by
Music Industry Quick Tip Know Who You're Contacting

Whether you are promoting your music, looking for a label, trying to snare a manager or agent, or trying to establish any kind of music industry relationship, there is a simple, yet often overlooked, trick you can use to increase your chances of success – know who you’re contacting.

Sounds pretty obvious, right? Well, it doesn’t just mean to know someone’s name and email address.

  • What is their job?
  • What kind of experience do they have?
  • What kind of music do they like?

There are a few reasons why doing your homework before you approach someone with your music makes sense:

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Best Productivity Tips for Songwriters

January 23rd, 2021 by
Best Productivity Tips for Songwriters

Like all creators, songwriters largely depend on inspiration. Any songwriter would confirm that, when inspired, they feel the creative power with which they can move the mountains.

But, what should you do if you suddenly run out of ideas and Euterpe, the muse of poetry and music, hasn’t been visiting you for days?

In this case, you need to take matters into your own hands and start searching for inspiration.

Don’t know where to start?

We’ve prepared a few productivity tips specifically for those songwriters who’ve been feeling increasingly demotivated and are currently experiencing the creativity drought.

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Mechanical Licensing Collective Mechanical License Administration

January 23rd, 2021 by

Mechanical Licensing Collective ( MLC) is a new nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018. Starting in January 2021, The MLC will administer a new blanket mechanical license available to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States.

The MLC will be responsible for collecting the mechanical royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and then distributing you to music publishers, administrators, and self-administered songwriters, composers, and lyricists.

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SongShop – An Online Platform Built for Songwriters

December 28th, 2020 by
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INTRODUCTION TO SONGSHOP

Hi! My name is Steven Gerein. I am the creator of SongShop! I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, and give you a bit of background as to how SongShop came to be.

SMALL TALK

It was just another set up day – Spend the afternoon loading in gear. Set the stage and lighting. Line check, sound check, and then break until show time. Me and a couple band members did what most others would do –  walked down to the bar and grabbed a beer. We sat and chatted for a while, just the usual small talk about the show, set up, and how we thought the night would go. But then we started talking about something else; something that sparked the idea for SongShop. One of the guitar players who plays with us also has his own project, and he had been prepping songs for his next album. I was also starting to prep for another recording, and we got on the topic of finding songs from other writers.

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How to Implement Dorian Mode in Lead Sections

October 16th, 2020 by

Dorian Scale Modes

It’s always a good idea to find a way to expand your soloing “vocabulary”. Whatever is your instrument, finding new ways to approach your lead sections is a must if you’re a lead player. You might prefer to write them first, or you might feel like improvising them completely. However, you need to have a better grasp on the matter and have more material to work from. While the choice of scales for lead sections is somewhat limited and usually relies on the minor pentatonic scale or natural minor and major scales, there are a few others worth mentioning. One of the examples is the Dorian mode, which comes as a very interesting collection of notes (so to speak) that can completely reinvent your music and add a new dimension to it.

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Want to Learn Piano? Here Is How to Get Started

October 8th, 2020 by

If you want to learn the piano and thinking about how to get started or what steps you need to take in order to kick start your piano learning journey? Well, keep reading because this post may have the answers to your piano learning-related questions. Here are some steps that can help you to get started. 

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Heal your Mind, Body & Spirit with Classical Voice Training

October 8th, 2020 by
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A young man once went to a renowned psychologist with a small problem that had wreaked major havoc in his life – anger. He had lost a significant client; his wife had left the house with their infant daughter, and his best friend refused to talk to him. After about an hour of hearing out the man’s problems, the psychologist just smiled and said, “Son! You don’t need any medication or therapy. Just go and get yourself some music lessons for the next one month.” The man gave a flustered look to the Doctor, and spurted out, “Doctor, my life has turned upside down, and you are asking me to sing?!” The Doctor only said, “Do as I say, everything will be alright.”

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How to Jump Start Your Songwriting Career if You’re Struggling Financially

October 8th, 2020 by
Jump Start Songwriting Career

You’ve probably heard the “starving artist” expression more than once in your life as a musician. And while there are plenty of stereotypes about songwriters and their financial struggles, unfortunately, many of those stereotypes are true. Songwriting isn’t always a lucrative profession, especially when you’re just starting out.

In many cases though, it’s just a matter of getting your foot in the door with a great song, or getting noticed by a popular artist to start making real money from your words and music. But what can you do to make that happen? How can you jump-start your career as a songwriter, even if you’re struggling to pay your bills? Let’s take a look at a few tips you can use to work toward a successful songwriting career while remaining financially stable.

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5 Musical Elements Hit Songs Have In Common

September 25th, 2020 by
Musical Elements Hit Songs

How do musicians write their hit songs? There are tons of opinions and books out there on this subject, written from songwriters. A majority of these manuals are written by analysts who do not have any songwriting experience but are good at studying patterns. Is there a secret formula out there that can push the aspiring songwriter to overnight stardom? 

As it stands, the search for the hit song’s secret sauce is still on. When asked about it, Lamont Dozier, a Motown legend said that he does not know what the recipe is that creates hit songs. Nevertheless, the songwriter who has crafted 78 top ten songs says that he can sense a hit song by what he ‘feels’.

Since hit songs have a certain ‘feel’, then it is proper to say that these ballads have common elements hit songs have in common.

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Best Substitutes for Minor Pentatonic Scale

September 25th, 2020 by
Play minor pentatonic scale on acoustic guitar

Be it guitar players, keyboard players, or any other instrumentalists – playing lead sections always comes with its challenges. And that’s especially the case if you’re either improvising or writing your own solos. These days, it seems as if everything has been tried. And knowing how much the minor pentatonic scale has been (ab)used, it gets harder to come up with something that sounds original. Of course, you can always use the same old licks and maybe rearrange a few things here and there. However, if you’re really planning on sounding unique and “reinventing” your approach to soloing, here are a few great substitutes for minor pentatonic.

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Know how listening to slow music can help in practicing mindfulness

May 6th, 2020 by
Listening Slow Music Practice Mindfulness

It is a well-known fact that surviving in today’s world is much more difficult than how it used to be. There is a lot of stress floating around, and the kind of lifestyle led doesn’t play any role in reducing it in any way. Since this stress can affect a person immensely, some steps should be taken to avert it. One such endeavor is known as mindfulness.

In simple terms, it is the ability to remain in the present and be completely aware of what is around. It helps you to pay complete attention to the current situation without wandering too much. There are different ways of practicing mindfulness. Listening to music is one of them. The importance of music in practicing mindfulness has been discussed in detail here.

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How to Write Effective Content for Online Piano Courses

April 20th, 2020 by
How to Write Effective Content for Online Piano Courses

Human beings are social beings. The outbreak of COVID-19 sends the world into a frenzy of social distancing, something not obvious for anyone. Most people probably have nothing to do indoors. Some want to take that new course they desired. The only way now is to get it on the internet. You probably work from home as a content writer, writing content for such online courses can be a timely thing to do. There are multiple courses you may want to write about.

An example is an online piano course. You may be wondering how possible it is to write content for an online course on the piano. Well, join us as we take you through the steps to writing effective content for online piano courses.

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    Mailing yourself a copy of the songs you have written is a good idea, but don’t rely on this as your primary means of protection. The point of doing this is to indisputably prove that you are the originator of the work in question. However, you need to be prepared to verify under oath that the envelope hasn’t been opened and that the seal on it is intact. Do not use staples or tape, as these can be manipulated. It’s best to seal the envelope as you normally would and then sign your name across the seal in such a way that if the seal is broken, the writing is disturbed.