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What’s Hot—and What’s Not In Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.23.21. I was recently asked how the tools and techniques I teach today differ from those I have taught in the past. Have I noticed any recent changes in successful songs and in the processes of writing them? I looked back over the thirty years that I have been teaching songwriting, and… Read more...


Kara DioGuardi: A Born Mentor

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.23.21. From judging talent on “American Idol” to running her own publishing company, DioGuardi redefines what it means to be an industry leader Read more...


Making Mixes That Matter – How to Create Distinctive Master Recordings of Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.21. Whether it’s switching microphones or switching off reverb, one thing I try to do is avoid using the same recording mechanics from song to song. This is particularly true of mixing—if the tendency is to have nearly identical ingredients in the same spot on every track, your album is likely to…well,… Read more...


How to Improve Your Editing Skills…And Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.21.21. Some basic ideas for seamlessly cutting up tracks Read more...


Are Your Songs Too Repetitious – or Not Repetitious Enough?

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.21.21. If we were collaborating on a song and I suggested that one particular line of lyric – and the melody that accompanies it – be repeated eighteen times, would you think that would be entirely too repetitive to be successful? How about if, in the same song, I insisted that an… Read more...


Which Recording Mixes Do You Need to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Song Cut?

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.22.21. Audio mixing can be defined as the process of combining individual tracks from a multitrack recording into a finished product. It includes determining the volume and adding effects such as reverb, delay, compression, and equalization to each track. In stereo and surround sound recordings, mixing also includes placing each track in… Read more...


Mic Moves: The Right Placement for Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.26.21. Whether tracking an amplified instrument or capturing the sound of percussion, even a minute difference in the way a microphone is aimed at a speaker, a shaker, or even a singer can substantially alter the recorded sound Read more...


Three Rules for Contacting Anyone in the Music Business

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.26.21. It is, without a doubt, both a blessing and a curse to be passionate about your songwriting. On the “blessing” side, you’ve found something you’re genuinely moved to do, and you can’t wait for the world to hear your songs. However, on the “curse” side, it’s far too easy to throw… Read more...


Tracking Alternatives – Which Recording Formats Are Right for You?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.26.21. An assessment of current recording alternatives for the home market, from pint-sized handhelds to full-on mix consoles and more Read more...


5 Tips to Rebound, Reset, and Reinvigorate Your Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.19.21. For most of us, 2020 will rank as one of the most tumultuous years of our lifetime. The restrictions, losses, and fears caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the emotions stirred up in the political and social arenas, touched virtually everyone—and creative people were hit extra hard. Songwriters, musicians, singers,… Read more...


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