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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 mystery is why, - once in contact with one of these elusive industry people - so many songwriters throw common sense out the window and behave in ways that can only hurt their cause and, ultimately, their reputation in the eyes of the industry.  In my years as a professional songwriter and producer, I’ve been on both sides of the equation and so I’d like to, hopefully, help you refrain from some of these easily avoidable mistakes.


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 have the wherewithal to sit still for just under five minutes. But Taylor, along with producer Chapman, engineer Chad Carlson and the rest of the crew at Nashville’s esteemed Blackbird Studios, make it all work—in large part by working the dynamics of a great song to perfection.


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 our song good enough to warrant spending the money and time necessary to make a high-quality recording? While our instinct may be to love all of our songs equally, the reality is that some of our songs are simply better/more commercially viable than others. The problem is deciding which songs those are.  Below is a list of things you can do to help you make that decision.