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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...


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...


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...


Song Recycling Strategies

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. While good writers may vary in their approach to the craft, over the years one theme seems to stand out as universal—that the most enduring songs tend to come quickly and are often finished in a single sitting. For those of us who regularly fish the waters of creativity hoping to… Read more...


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