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Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Guides | 0 comments

Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator

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 and Nashville Number System Calculator – What’s it for? It’s to quickly know the notes in 6 different commonly used scales in all 12 keys, and also, the number of the scale interval for each note. How Can This Help You? There are...

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Write a Hit Song with Only 3 or 4 Chords

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Write a Hit Song with Only 3 or 4 Chords

This post is from our site Tips On Songwriting.com 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, huh? Yeah, simple. But simple sells. Boy, does it. There is an easy formula to follow, and with just a little music theory to grasp, you’ll be on your way to Hitsville. This post will tell you what you...

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How to Write Fresh and Original Songs

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How to Write Fresh and Original Songs

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 possible for the determined and persistent songwriter. So, how do you write fresh and original songs? You work at it. You develop a filtering system. Here’s how. Extraordinary Powers? There have always been songwriters that seem to have extraordinary...

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How to Record Vocals Like a Pro – Part Three: Mic Pre-Amps

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How to Record Vocals Like a Pro – Part Three: Mic Pre-Amps

In part two of a multi-part series on recording vocals, we looked at various types of microphones that are suited for recording vocals like a pro. In this article, we will look at what microphone pre-amplifiers (often called a: mic pre [pronounced: mike pree] or mic pre-amp) you can use and review some of the microphone pre-amps used by the pros. There are a lot of mic pre-amp choices and we can’t cover them all in this article. However, we will look at some of the very popular models pros use, as well as, some mic preamps that are...

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5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges To Find Success

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges To Find Success

5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges and Found Success 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 songwriters conquered the many excuses that stop many people from succeeding. These 5 songwriters (and most) have had to make major sacrifices along the way, to achieve their dream. I hope you will find...

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Become A Songwriter Right Now

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Become A Songwriter Right Now

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, “Some of these people got where they are because they knew someone, had relatives in the biz, famous parents, etc.” While that may be true that some are born into music business connections and experienced influences, having those things alone will...

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Removing Second Verse Curse

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Removing Second Verse Curse

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 hell,” “The dreaded second verse,” and so on. Every songwriter faces this, and often. In this article we’ll explore “second verse curse” and give you the antidote to remove it. Why is the second verse so dreaded? It’s pretty...

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5 Great Pop Songwriters You Wish You Knew

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Great Pop Songwriters You Wish You Knew

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 absorbed by osmosis. You probably wish you knew some of the great songwriters and had the chance to be around them and absorb what they know, too. Perhaps it won’t ever be possible for you to get to L. A., N.Y. C., Nashville, or a writer’s workshop...

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How To Create A Standout Chorus

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

How To Create A Standout Chorus

by Danny Arena & Sara Light     One of the most common musical traps songwriters fall into is having a chorus that sounds too much like the verse. Remember that the whole point of having different sections in your song is to have variety. As a general rule of thumb, different musical sections such as verses, lifts, choruses and bridges should contrast each other. This makes each section unique, which keeps the song musically interesting. This is especially important in the chorus section, which really needs to stand out from the...

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Creating Your Songwriting Study Plan

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Creating Your Songwriting Study Plan

To be a success at any endeavor, you need a plan. Songwriting is no different. Being a commercial songwriter that earns money by writing songs for others to record is no easy task. Successful, i.e., hit songwriting is a craft. It is not guessing nor hunches or “I think this is a hit.” It’s knowing, based on an awareness of what components and standards successful songs in the genre have currently. That awareness and the ability to write those components into a song is skill. Songwriting craft is a learned skill. If you have...

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