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Songwriting Tips

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How to License Your Music: A Simple Guide For Beginners

The Beginner's Guide to Licensing Music

My guest post today is from Charles Vallena, who wrote for me before (check out a list of important music terms here). I'm excited to have him back! Have you ever wondered how you can make money with your music?  If getting the right compensation for your musical work has ever crossed your mind, you may want to get to know more about music licensing. The permission to have your[...]

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Chord Progressions: A Simple Explanation for Songwriting Beginners

Chord Progressions Explained for Beginners

You want to write a song, but you have no idea where to begin. How can you start songwriting if you don't know what you don't know? What comes first? You try for a few hours, pouring over ideas, but you get frustrated and quit. Sound familiar? This happens ALL the time to MANY songwriters (even the pros), so you're not alone! One confusing part of songwriting is that there seems to[...]

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Toplining Etiquette: How to Hire a Topliner

Hire a topliner

Toplining is a vague and confusing topic. The more I've been doing it, the more I realize that most people don't know what it is or aren't sure what it entails. I think it needs to be discussed and defined, so why not do it for you here? I've been a topliner since I was a kid, when my uncle would give me instrumentals to write over. I know, that's a really boring story, but I just wan[...]

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Music Success Tips: How to Be Like the Top 10 Artists of 2020

The Top 10 Artists of 2020

Top 10 Artists of 2020 - Each year I recap the most successful artists of the year and see what we can learn from their success. This year will be very different, due to Covid and tour restrictions. However, major artists are still making bank, and we can study them to learn how to emulate their success. Obviously, all of these artists are under major labels. I wrote about why that's i[...]

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David Sedaris MasterClass: A Full Review for Writers

Is the David Sedaris Masterclass worth the money? Review

David Sedaris MasterClass was a gift from God this year, one of the only gifts I would cling to while my life shattered to pieces. It wasn't enough to get me through, unfortunately, but nothing would have been. Anyway, hi, I took the David Sedaris MasterClass. Here are my full thoughts and opinions. I'm a blogger, but I'm also a freelance writer and a huge David Sedaris fan. I took[...]

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How to Write and Label a Song Bridge

Song Bridge Tips for Songwriters

A lot of my clients have trouble writing their song's bridge. It's the one part of the song that breaks away from the rest, so it can definitely be tricky. Another problem writers tend to have is labeling their songs correctly. Lyric sheets need to be formatted so that your session musicians can understand them. Pitch sheets need to be labeled as well. Let's dive into the bridge and stra[...]

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Dolly Parton Success Secrets: Hulu and Netflix Interviews

Dolly Parton Documentary Review

Dolly Parton has become my most recent obsession. After reading her book (see here) and studying her vocal technique here, I decided I had to learn more about this captivating icon. I watched her interviews on Hulu and Netflix, and learned so much about the music industry. I want to share these with you, but I highly recommend watching them yourself! Hopefully these reviews will help[...]

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Spotify: Is it Worth the Time and Effort for Musicians?

How to Succeed on Spotify

Spotify is one of the main streaming services, one that many musicians feel they need to use. My guest post today is from Ellie Mckinsey, please see her bio below! As a musician in these testing times, the opportunity to form a new income stream is one that can't be turned down. One of these options is to stream your music online via platforms such as Spotify. Yet with criticism of Sp[...]

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The David Sedaris Masterclass: Will It Help Aspiring Writers?

David Sedaris MasterClass

You guys. I am so excited for this one. I am SUCH a huge David Sedaris fan. I've seen him live at a book reading, I own all of his books, and I've read every article I can get my hands on. It's pretty safe to say I'll be very biased when taking this course, however, I do want to see if it can actually help me. As you may know, I have a passion for writing. Not just songwriting, but es[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass: My Composing Results and Final Overview

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring MasterClass

We are at Part 4 of 4 of my Danny Elfman MasterClass review! I've finished the course and the self-directed final project (since there was no project for this class). I'm going to cover the final few classes as well as my overall opinion, and then you can laugh at my abysmal attempt at film scoring. *This post contains affiliate links Danny Elfman's MasterClass First, if you'[...]