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Are Your Songs Hitting the Right Target?

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.26.23. When I critique songs at my workshops, I always begin by asking the writers to share their intention for their song. For example, a song might be intended solely for self-expression or catharsis. Another song might be written by a performing songwriter to include on their own recording project, while another… Read more...


A Mic for All Sessions

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.30.22. Like most of my engineering peers, early on I endeavored to fill my home studio with as many different types of microphones as my budget would allow, from lovely old Sennheisers to the more workmanlike family of Shure dynamics. Eventually my insatiable appetite for guitars meant selling off many of these… Read more...


How to Stretch Yourself Melodically

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.30.22. When I critique songs in my BMI Songwriting Workshops, I often hear melodies with a range (the interval between its lowest and the highest notes) limited to one octave or less. When I ask the writers to share their intentions for these songs, they sometimes respond, “My goal is to have… Read more...


Check Out Our Must-Read Tips in October’s MusicWorld!

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From News, posted 10.27.22. In this issue: Dave Simons Gives Tips on Using Studio Tools to Enhance the Sound of Live Recordings Inside Royal Studios with Soul Legend Al Green BMI Honours Ellie Goulding and Tems at 2022 BMI London Awards In Conversation with Composer Jeff… Read more...


From Stage to Studio

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.22. If you’re looking to take a break from the studio routine, you might consider bringing your songs and recording equipment to a suitable music venue in order to capture the spontaneous energy of a live gig. Naturally, there are all kinds of challenges when attempting to cut band tracks in real… Read more...


Check Out an All-New Edition of MusicWorld!

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From News, posted 9.22.22. In this issue: Dave Simons Teaches How to Incorporate Your Inspirations into Your Own Original Music BMI Honors Busta Rhymes at the 2022 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Lucinda Williams Honored with the BMI Troubadour Award BMI Composer Esin Aydingoz Shares Her Musical Journey from… Read more...


Soundalike Suggestions

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.22.22. When trying to compose a new song and nothing is happening right away, occasionally I find it helpful to conjure a particular artist, genre or era, and use that as the basis for crafting something original. For instance, I might think of a riff that hints at early-‘80s techno pop, and,… Read more...


A Day in the Life of a Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.22. Having run a professional recording studio as an engineer and producer for close to thirty years, the process of taking a songwriter’s rough recording to a finished master is second nature to me. However, I’m well aware that for songwriters getting ready to demo one of their songs for the first… Read more...


Top Tips for Session Etiquette in a Recording Studio

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.22. It takes a certain kind of personality to excel at tricky recording maneuvers while simultaneously working with an equally tricky recording artist. Perhaps it’s for that reason alone that I admittedly never sought full-time studio operator status, choosing instead to track guests on a case-by-case basis. But even in a limited… Read more...


Check Out Our Must-Read Tips in June’s MusicWorld!

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From News, posted 6.23.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Gives Advice on Toplining Over a Track BMI Songwriter Channel Tres Discusses Touring, Inspiration, & Creative Philosophy BMI Celebrates its 2022 Christian Awards BMI Celebrates its 2022 Student Composer Awards Helen Sung Wins Charlie Parker… Read more...


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