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10 Tips from 10 Years in Production – Guest Post

Producer Cari Prez gives 10 tips for music production

I have another guest post for you this week! This is from Cari Prez, and I'll just let him explain who he is: "I’m just your regular guy who listened to music a little too closely as a kid. I ended up trying to learn how all of it was done, from the arrangements, to the positioning and balance of the instruments, to even listening extra close to figure out exactly how a harmony was su[...]

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My Mission Statement – Why I Do What I Do

Session Singer Mella Barnes

This is not going to be a formal mission statement like top corporations have. I will make one someday, but for right now I want to just spill my mind and let you know why I do this. Why am I a session singer and songwriter? Why should anyone work with me instead of just doing it themselves? Well my friends, here's all I can tell you: This is not a professional photo shoot picture,[...]

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Music Stems: How to Send and Receive the Right Files for Your Music Project

How to send the right stems, files or tracks between musicians

When sending files between musicians, songwriters, producers and mixers, there can be a lot of confusion over what is being sent. For starters, some people call them completely different things (stems, files, tracks, exports, etc). Then there are people who are not sure what type of stem to send (.wav, .mp3, .m4a, etc). For the sake of simplicity for this post, I'll be calling them Stems t[...]

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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![...]