Once you've demoed your song, you'll need to make sure you've put a cataloging system in place so that you'll have easy access to the demo and your lyric sheets. Industry pro, Cliff Goldmacher, recommends in his weekly online songwriting course, that songwriters catalog their lyric sheets and song demos so that they always know where to find them when opportunities arise.
- [Instructor] Catalog your lyrics, song demos,…and alternate mixes.…Once you're the proud owner of a great-sounding,…professionally-recorded demo of your song,…you'll need to make sure you've got easy access to it.…This way, when an opportunity presents itself,…you'll know exactly where to go and what to look for.…I can't think of anything more depressing…than an artist, label, or publisher…asking for a copy of your song…and you not being able to find it.…Ask the demo studio for high-resolution…or .wav file mixes of your demo…with and without vocals.…
Instrumental versions of your songs…are always great to have.…Learn how to use iTunes to not only convert your .wav files…to .mp3 for easier emailing,…but also to embed the necessary metadata,…song title, contact information, et cetera,…directly into the .mp3.…This can be a bit daunting at first, but remember,…if you're hoping to make money from your songwriting,…then you're running a business.…And knowing how to prepare your product is all part of it.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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