How to save money on...

Part Two The Number one item you spend the biggest part of your demo budget on It’s the vocals. That said, sometimes you get what you pay for; and other times paying more doesn’t get you a better vocalist. A contradiction, I know. I’ll explain shortly, but let me say this...

How to save money on...

The purpose of this two-part article is to teach you: “The Secret to spending as least as possible on song demos.” I’ll cover the best strategies to use when coming up with a budget for recording demos. I’ll cover the right way to spend your demo budget, where to spend...

How To Avoid The Pre...

In part one, we discussed how to open up your melodic possibilities. In part two, we discussed the power of contrast to make each section of your melody more interesting. In this lesson, we’ll focus on how to approaching crafting your melody. We’ll combine all the elements...

How To Avoid The Pre...

In part one, we discussed not restricting your melody based on a pre-existing chord progression. In this lesson, we’ll focus on how rhythm affects a melody. Rhythmic variations can help your melodies become less predictable, and make them much more hooky. Melodic Technique –...

How To Avoid The Pre...

One of the biggest advantages a melody can have is to be original. Far too often though, writers end up writing melodies that are predictable to a great extent. In this article, we’ll discuss what makes one fall into the predictable melody trap, and what you can do to avoid this pitfall...

Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator Mar26

Using Our Scales and...

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use our free Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator you can get as downloadable software for Mac and Windows computers when you sign up for our email newsletter, (as well as other free music production and calculator software tools). Scales...

Song Structure: All ...

In this lesson on song structure, we’ll focus solely on verses. We’ll look at how verses function within the various song forms, how long or short verses can be, lyric approaches and more. What is the purpose of a verse? A verse usually introduces the story or premise. The first...

Developing A Great S...

In part two, we discussed finding original titles and story angles based on the title. In part one, we talked about how having a great song title is one of the most important elements a song can have to give it a competitive edge. Objectives In this, Part 3, the final part in the series,...

Developing A Great S...

In part one, we talked about how having a great song title is one of the most important elements a song can have to give it a competitive edge. Simply put: original title, original song. Easy for me to say. OK, so how do you come up with an original song title? You either are hit with the...

Loops: A lyric-only ...

If you only write lyrics and don’t play an instrument: don’t worry. This is no longer an obstacle to your songwriting abilities. Loops are your new best friend. With loops you can now write songs on your own without needing to learn to play an instrument or work with a co-writer. Not that...

Developing A Great S...

This is a three-part article series about the importance of strong song titles and how to develop them. In part one, you will learn why a great song title is already on its way to being a winning song. You’ll learn about using original and unoriginal song titles. You’ll learn how...

Learning Song Forms ...

Song Forms are an important tool for the professional songwriter. Song Forms, simply put, are an arrangement outline of a song. As is a frame to a house, or as bones are to a human, they are the main basic building blocks that are the underlying framework that puts a song arrangement in...

How to Write Fresh, ...

Is writing fresh, original songs hard to do? It is hard work, but as you develop being original into your second nature, it becomes easier, if not instinctual. You have to think different. Is it only possible for the exceptionally gifted or innovative writer? Not at all. It’s only...

How You Can Be A Successful Songwriter Jan21

How You Can Be A Suc...

by Danny Arena & Sara Light     Yes, we all know it’s tough to break into the music business these days. But the news is not all gloom and doom. The truth is there are more opportunities for writers and artists today to make a living than ever before. You can be well on...

Write a Hit Song wit...

Have you ever wondered just how many chords you need or should have in writing a hit song? What is the minimum? How many are too many? How many chords do most hit songs have? How many should you use? What if I told you a HUGE amount of hit songs used only 3 or 4 chords? Pretty surprising,...

5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges and Found Success Dec09

5 Songwriters Who Ov...

This article is a follow up to our article “Become a Songwriter Right Now.” If you haven’t checked it out, you should read it for the “excuses checklist” and see if any of them are on your list! The purpose of this article is to show you how these successful...

Removing Second Vers...

There is one thing most professional songwriters will agree on – and that’s getting stuck while trying to write a second verse. That’s what’s called: “The curse of the second verse.” They have many other names for it as well, “Second verse...

Become A Songwriter ...

The Dream For all people in the music business, it starts with a dream. Everyone who ever achieved success, the musicians you admire – they started with a dream too. They had to start from nowhere, to arrive at “somewhere” just like everyone else. Wait!” you say,...

5 Great Pop Songwriters You Wish You Knew Nov27

5 Great Pop Songwrit...

Nothing can elevate your own skills faster than being mentored by or getting to work with the very best in the field. Man, there are some writers I’d give anything to get to work with for that very reason. Heck, I’d just hope some of their mojo would just rub off on me or be...

Being A Professional Songwriter Nov25

Being A Professional...

by Danny Arena & Sara Light     Almost Famous? Money For Nothing And Your Chicks For Free? I received an email this week from a songwriter who thought writing a hit song would lead them to financial independence. This is not the first time I have received such an email. In fact...