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An Old School Music Survey – Let’s Have Some Fun

A fun music survey to take with friends

Remember surveys from the internet's earlier days? If you're under the age of 400 you might not, but take a knee and listen, kids. We had this archaic social media called Myspace and Live Journal. Surveys were super popular because you could answer questions and post them, allowing people to see your opinions on dumb stuff. You also got to see everyone else's opinions on the same dumb stuf[...]

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How to Write a Great Verse

We've covered writing a good bridge, pre-chorus, post-chorus and chorus, so really the only thing left is the verse! What is a verse? The verse is my favorite part of the songwriting process. It's also arguably the most difficult. The verse is where you tell your story's details. I know we've done this already, but let's examine Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Her chorus is a very ca[...]

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How to Write and Label a Song’s Bridge

How to Write and Label your song's bridge

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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My First Article for Songwriting Magazine!

Mella Barnes' first article in Songwriting Magazine

It’s here! My first article for Songwriting Magazine. This is a lo-res version, but you can get the full version here: https://pocketmags.com/viewmagazine.aspx?titleid=2589&title=Songwriting+Magazine This article is based on my experiences with session singing and also from my new book. I am excited to work with Songwriting Magazine again in the future![...]