How To Write and Produce a Hit Song In 2018

[Editors Note: This article was written by Omar Zulfi of DeviantNoise.] Let’s be real – there’s not really a blueprint to writing a hit record. It’s an extremely tough thing to do. And of the thousands of songs put out every day, an extremely tiny amount manage to rise to the top. To be fair, […]

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The Misery Myth: Why a Self-Destructive Attitude Won't Improve Your Songwriting

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] No matter how gratifying songwriting can be, making meaningful music and sharing it with the world is often tedious, thankless and discouraging. With that in mind, it’s no wonder so many artists associate emotional pain represented by addiction, depression and other self-destructive habits with songwriting gains. But […]

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How To Write a Killer Guitar Hook

[Editors Note: This was written by Sarah Jacobs.] The hook is basically what keeps you hooked on a song. It’s a selling point, that group of notes or that phrase that stays stuck in your head and makes you sing, headband, or rock out on your air guitar. Most of the time it’s the first thing […]

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4 Music Theory Techniques To Help You Write a Great Chorus

[Editors Note: This article was written by Chelsea Ira of New Artist Model.]   I want you to think of some of your favorite songs. You know, those choruses you could sing over and over for hours and still not be sick of them. How do you think those songwriters stumbled upon something so seemingly perfect? Was […]

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Making Music After a Major Life Struggle

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Patrick McGuire. Patrick is a writer, composer, and experienced touring musician based in Philadelphia.]   I used to admire how some of my favorite artists could seamlessly convert the most difficult challenges of their lives into incredible songs. But I found it nearly impossible to do just about anything, let […]

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How To Finally Break Up With a Co-Writer

[Editors Note: This was written by Dan Reifsnyder and originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog. Late in 2016, TuneCore Blog contributing writer Mason Hoberg also covered fractured relationships among artists in his article titled, “How To Kick Out a Band Member”.]   Sometimes, it’s time to pull the plug on a relationship. It happens all the […]

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7 Great Ways to Accelerate Your Songwriting Skills

[Editors Note: This was written by Zac Green.]   There’s nothing more intimidating than a blank piece of paper. Starting the process of writing a new song can take just as long as finishing it. So here’s seven tips to help you speed up your songwriting. 1. Work in a group, then alone Having a few […]

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June Industry Wrap-Up

Spotify Tests “Sponsored Songs” and Expands Concert Listings In lieu of traditional audio ads that ‘freemium’ tier users of Spotify hear during a given listening session, Spotify is testing a new process that would allow artists and labels to pay for placement of their song – thus monetizing the free listening associated with this kind […]

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Industry Navigation Tools for Songwriters

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by TuneCore Artist Skela. Enjoy her tips to better network, collaborate, and engage was an independent songwriter in the music industry!] You have to work very, very hard for a just a little bit of luck in the music industry. There are so many beautifully talented artists […]

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3 Problems Most Lyricists Face

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog post written by Mason Hoberg. Mason is a freelance writer who covers music-related topics and is a regular contributor to Equipboard.]   Being the main lyricist for a band is arguably one of the most difficult positions in music that one can hold. You have to be part musician and part […]

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