Write, Write and Rewrite – Rewriting your songs

Rewriting your songs? What? Take my finished masterpiece, and change it? You can’t be serious! The A&R guy says “Fix this part”. The Producer says “What if…”. Even worse, your significant other says “It’s about me, isn’t it”? Alter the whole and utter zen of my song? Really? We’ve all read about the songs that […]

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Paul McCartney talks about writing ‘Yesterday’

In this short clip, Paul and producer George Martin discuss the creation of the immortal song “Yesterday”. Enjoy! Write, write an rewrite, Jeff

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If at first you don’t succeed…success in songwriting

If at first you don’t succeed … You know the rest. Practice makes perfect, etc. This is not news to you. Sometimes we need a reminder that things just don’t normally work out perfect for us, on the first try. We fail. We are supposed to. For every NO … In sales, they say for […]

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Six Basic Elements of Song Structure

So, your mechanic is going to check the oil in your car. Does he grab the air-hose and head for the rear tire? Or, your personal trainer is going to work on your abs today. Does she hand you a cheese Danish and say “nice work”? Pretty silly huh?   We expect the professionals that […]

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Writing for a Singer – Key Elements When Writing for a Particular Singer

Writing for a singer can be challenging. Knowing a  great deal about the voice and the personality you are writing for is essential. If you’re writing songs for a particular singer there are key points to keep in mind. Gender Obviously… this is one you don’t want to overlook. If you singer is male, is […]

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3 Tips Every Songwriter Must Know

From time to time we will have a guest author on the SHQ. My good friend, David Maxey is the creator of Home Music Studio 1, a blog about creating professional audio recording projects on any size budget. He has been a singer/songwriter now for over 2 decades. In this post, David shares three great tips that has made him a much better songwriter.

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Fiona Apple Chats About Songwriting

In this short video, Fiona Apple and Quentin Tarantino discuss her songwriting motivations an techniques. Good stuff! Write, write and rewrite, Jeff

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Getting your music heard – Part Two of Two

So you have three or four top-notch tunes ready for the masses… You have some professional artwork and you’re ready to step in the ring with the best…   What do I do now? Engagement Engagement is paramount in the tedious process of getting your music heard. There are so many (too many) ways to […]

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Copyrighting your Songs – The US Copyright Process

Why is Copyrighting your songs important? Under international law (Berne Convention), copyright is the automatic right of the creator of the work. This means that your copyright exists the minute you have a tangible version of the music (sheet music, tape, CD, etc.).   So, you’re safe, right? Not really. The problem is this. Although […]

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Write (and sing) with Clarity – Humorous

This falls in the ‘Entertainment’ category’ at SHQ. Thought you might enjoy it.   Write, write and rewrite (and sing with clarity), Jeff    

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