Songwriting Tips: Embracing Boundaries and Scarcity To Unleash Creativity

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Though most people know that more doesn’t necessarily translate to better in life, it’s a notion that still somehow weedles its way into the psyche of many songwriters. If you’ve ever found yourself waiting to create the music you know you’re capable of making, one of […]

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The 5 Common Denominators of Successful Songwriters, Composers and Producers/Engineers

[Editors Note: This article was written by Gary Gray.] In music, success can seem very elusive. Some songwriters, composers, and producer/engineers just seem to attract success, while others struggle along, fighting an uphill battle, going nowhere but down. The truth is, success in music comes to those who are working HARD and SMART, and from […]

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Self-Expression or Listener Alienation? The Delicate Balance of Writing Music For an Audience

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.]   Why do you make music? This seems like a simple question, but it’s really not. Some artists do it in hopes of getting love, money or admiration and others do it simply because they feel like they have to. Not two artist’s motivations for creating […]

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5 Concepts Songwriters Should Always Keep In Mind

[Editors Note: This article was written by Joan Selby.]   Writing a song that captures our feelings and conveys them to an audience is often more difficult than it seems. Sure, it is easy for us to understand every metaphor and to relate to certain emotions that our lyrics describe, but will a perfect stranger […]

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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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4 Tips for Producers Interested in Writing Music for TV

[Editors Note: This is a guest post from Jin Wooh of The Pro Audio Files. For more info on how TuneCore can assist you with your publishing administration and sync needs, click here.] Have you ever wondered how to get your music on TV? Before I became a film and TV composer, I had no […]

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3 Tips For Pitching Your Songs to Recording Artists

[Editors Note: This article was written by Chelsea Ira.]   There are a lot of revenue streams available to songwriters, but today let’s focus on getting your songs cut by recording artists. This is something you see a lot in songwriter-hubs like Nashville, but you can pursue this kind of publishing income from anywhere, even […]

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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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