The Value Of Open Mics For Singer-Songwriters

One of the largest growing sections of the live music industry in Australia and around the world today is the Open Mic scene. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, an “Open Mic” is a forum for performers to showcase their material in a performer friendly environment. You put your name on a list and […]

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Songwriting Process – Reading Poetry For Lyrical Inspiration

“We live in a world of infinite songwriting idea possibilities. All we have to do is go out there and find them.” I outlined in my last posts “Songwriting Process – Reading Books for Lyrical Inspiration” the concept of reading books as a way of gathering lyrical ideas. Since then I realised that you can […]

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Songwriting Process – Reading Books For Lyrical Inspiration

We have so much information around us these days yet I still hear so many songwriters complain that they can’t find anything to write about. The way that I look at it, there’s so many ways in which a songwriter can be inspired that it’s almost impossible to not find anything to write about. Personally, […]

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Songwriting Tip – Developing A Songwriters Mindset

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new” – Og Mandino The above quote beautifully sums up what I would call a songwriters mindset, a powerful skill to master. Just think about it, if songwriting is all about capturing aural snapshots of […]

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Song Demos – Be Prepared And Organised

You know, a song demo can be used for many things. It can be the basis of what you introduce to your band at a rehearsal, it can be the means in which you secure the gig or the song placement you were applying for or it can be what a prospective fan hears before […]

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Songwriting – The More You Know, The More You Need To Learn

In order to master the craft of songwriting you must first embrace the fact that there’s always something to learn about it. The more you know the more you need to learn. I know of some songwriters that are either bored or restless with their craft. They complain that everything that they do all sounds […]

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Songwriting Tip – Six Ways To Improve Your Song

This post was directly inspired by a recent Bobby Owsinski article called “Six Traits Of A Badly Written Song.” The six traits that constitutes a “badly written song” that Bobby outlines in his article are as follows: The song is too long The song has no focus The song has a weak chorus The song […]

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Songwriters Block – 11 Tips On How To Get You Unstuck

Songwriters Block… Every songwriter gets it at least once in their career. It’s easy to find yourself in the midst of it and very difficult to get yourself out of the grips of it however, freedom from it can be achieved. Songwriter, producer and keyboard player Michael Gallant through his article “Songwriting and Writer’s Block: […]

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Songwriting Tip – Develop A Sense Of Wonder About Everything

“Everyone has at least five great albums in them” – Chris Martin, Coldplay I remember seeing an interview with Chris Martin and Will Champion from Coldplay on the TV a little while ago and the thing that interested me most about that interview was the discussion about their songwriting process and philosophy behind it all. […]

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The Illusion Of Songwriting Perfection

Recently, I was chatting to a songwriter friend of mine about the pain he experiences while writing songs. He said that he’s great at starting songs but lousy at finishing them (well, aren’t we all). He also told me the main philosophy for his songwriting process is, “if the song is not perfect then the […]

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