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What Makes a Song Iconic?

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From The Weekly, posted 8.09.22. “Great means incredibly well crafted, easily memorable, with a universally relatable sentiment and a sense of authenticity—“from the heart” as they say. Iconic means touching a cultural nerve, standing the test of time and instantly recognizable by many people - that holds true even if it’s not widely considered great… Read more...


Top Tips for Session Etiquette in a Recording Studio

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.22. Or how to avoid time-consuming problems when working with multiple people in your studio, whether it’s for your own music or someone else’s Read more...


How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22. For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated guitar… Read more...


Check Out May’s MusicWorld With Must-Read Tips

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From News, posted 5.27.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Weighs in on “What Makes the Perfect Demo?” Brian Tyler’s Music Has All Wondering “Are We Dreaming?” Pop Legend Carole Bayer Sager Opens Up About, Life, Love & Collaboration A Conversation With Songwriting Legend Mike Stoller Read more...


What Makes the Perfect Demo?

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.27.22. “How good do demos need to be?” is one of the questions I am asked most often in my workshops. To effectively answer this question, you need to identify the purpose of your demo recording. For example, is it intended to be pitched in the hopes of finding a home with… Read more...


Four Reasons Songwriters Should Perform Their Songs If Possible

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From The Weekly, posted 5.24.22. I’m aware that some songwriters neither sing nor play an instrument, however, the vast majority do at least a little of both. And while I would never recommend doing something that would be discouraging or possibly put you or your songs in a bad light, I think that there are some… Read more...


Really Good Guitar Sounds, Simplified

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From The Weekly, posted 4.26.22. Some tools and tips for both electric and acoustic recording, from miking alternatives to selecting the “right” axe for the job Read more...


What to Say and Do When You Meet a Publisher for the First Time

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.22. Back in the days when songwriting success was a distant dream, each time I met with a music publisher, I was a nervous wreck leading up to that meeting. I hoped the publisher would instantly recognize that my songs were destined to be GRAMMY-winning hits, and I would be offered a… Read more...


5 Ways to Make Your Songs More Memorable

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.25.22. Marketing and advertising studies show that we are better able to remember ads we are exposed to multiple times. When we see or hear something once, we are likely to forget it. But with repeated exposure it is more apt to stick in our brains. This also applies to melodies. In… Read more...


More Tips for Better Tracks

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From The Weekly, posted 3.21.22. A short list of suggestions that should be part of anyone’s recording regimen Read more...


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