Going for that IV-iv-I progression again, huh? It can be easy to fall into familiar habits when it comes to writing music. We all have a personal catalog of chords, lyrical themes, and song forms we like to rely on. Consistency isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes repetition leaves us unfulfilled and our listeners… Continue reading How to write more creative songs
These books speak for themselves, helping DIY musicians become better artists and entrepreneurs. 1. How to Build a Sustainable Music Career And Collect All Revenue Streams, by Emily White This book is the most straightforward guide to recording, releasing, and monetizing your music. White offers step-by-step instructions for what to do in every phase of… Continue reading Essential Books for Musicians: 2 You Know, 2 You Don’t
If you’re scared to perform your own music, good—it means you care. What do you do if you’re too fearful? Ideally, you don’t stop playing music altogether. But performance anxiety is a serious obstacle for many musicians, especially when performing their own songs. How can you get more comfortable on stage and get back to… Continue reading Sing More, Stress Less: Getting a Handle on Performance Anxiety
I’m sure you don’t need any help…but in case you’re stuck, we’ve compiled the best advice for expressing yourself in lyrical form.
You don’t have to be a pro to give good music feedback, but it does require some thought. There are forums after forums centered on giving and receiving others’ thoughts on your music. Yet, a high-quality review is hard to find! With so many musicians these days, this is a problem that has to be… Continue reading The recipe for quality music feedback
We checked in with music pros about how they keep their creativity flowing in their home space, and we’re sharing it with you. If your studio is your bedroom, it takes a minute to get in the mood to make music. Whether the issue is fussing over the way your desk (or desktop) is organized,… Continue reading How the music pros work from home
You’re your own worst critic. We’ve got the tips to help you change that. Ya know, nothing’s ever perfect. We can’t all be Mozart. There are many reasons to make music. It gives you the chance to express freely, your creativity unleashed, without any of the worries of life nagging at you. It’s a type… Continue reading Why is it so hard to like your own music?
5 reasons why you’re not getting the feedback you want on your music, and tips to change that.
Who is Max Martin? Max is a Swedish producer and writer whose rise to fame began in the late 1990’s when he co-wrote Baby One More Time by Britney Spears. Since then he’s written or co-written 24 of the top 100 Billboard Pop Hits, only to be bested by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of… Continue reading The ‘Melodic Math’ of Producer Max Martin
When it comes to song composition, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Bad news first. To be honest, writing songs is hard. The creative process is messy, and some days you just can’t get into the flow of it. Other days you’re antsy and distractable and would rather browse the phone book-sized Sweetwater catalogue… Continue reading 5 Songwriting Tips to Unstick You