Songwriting Hack! “Short-Short-Long Verse”

Today, a friend of mine posted on Facebook, a song by Bruce Springsteen. It’s an old song called “My Hometown”, and it kind of struck me. I often encourage people, when they listen to melodies, to try to recognize patterns. I hadn’t heard this song in a long time, and the first thing that jumped…

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“Why Are Split Sheets For Songs Important?”

Hit Songwriter Marty Dodson talks about split sheets for songs and why they are so important. Chapters Chapter 1: What is on a songwriter split sheet? Chapter 2: How are the percentages split? Chapter 3: Why are split sheets important? Chapter 4: Is publishing important to list? Chapter 5: What if I have a pseudonym…

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Getting Feedback Before Demoing a Song

Clay Mills is a multiple #1 Songs, Grammy Nominated Songwriter writing songs for artists such as Darius Rucker, Lady A, Little Big Town and many others! Marty Dodson is a 10 Time #1 Hit Song Songwriter with nearly 10,000 songs written. Marty has written songs for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood…

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What Is The Role Of A Publisher?

John Ozier has been responsible for over 30 #1’s as an A&R executive, a publisher, and as a songwriter. John is a hit songwriter with cuts by Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Charlie Worsham, Josh Thompson, American Young, Air Supply and others. He co-wrote Lee Brice’s multi-week No. 1 and multi-platinum single,…

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How Do Songwriters Get Paid?

Marty Dodson is a 10 Time #1 Hit Song Songwriter with nearly 10,000 songs written. Marty has written songs for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood and many others! In this episode Marty talks about how songwriters get paid and the steps you should take once you produce a income producing song.

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Record Killer Vocals: Microphone Choices

Simon Reid is a songwriter, producer, mixing/mastering engineer, and session musician based in Nashville, TN. With over 18 years’ experience, Simon has produced remixes of multi-platinum and award-winning country artist Sara Evans, co-wrote ‘Angry Butterfly’ with Kalie Shorr and Fred Wilhelm), ‘How The Car’s Running’ with The Voice Season 9 runner-up Emily Ann Roberts and…

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Do Songwriters & Artists Need A Publisher?

Do songwriters need a publisher? This is a question that I get all the time. Like most things in life, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer to the question. In general, I explain it to people this way.  It’s very similar to the way I would answer the question “Do I really need a mechanic to…

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What NOT To Do When Meeting With Industry Pros

John Ozier has been responsible for over 30 #1’s as an A&R executive, a publisher, and as a songwriter. John is a hit songwriter with cuts by Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Charlie Worsham, Josh Thompson, American Young, Air Supply and others. He co-wrote Lee Brice’s multi-week No. 1 and multi-platinum single,…

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Check Out Producer Andrew Petroff’s Home Studio!

Andrew Petroff is a multi-genre producer, songwriter, and musician. Recent work includes songs with Sheryl Crow, Phillip Larue, Devon Gilfillian, David Nail, Sierra Hull, Savannah Conley, and Charli Adams. Andrew’s work can also be heard on placements from Apple, HBO, Grey’s Anatomy, The Black List, How to Get Away With Murder, Fox Sports, Nashville, MTV,…

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Songwriters: Are You Using The Power Of Metadata?

Let’s talk about a powerful tool that I use daily in my songwriting life, Metadata. Metadata is the key to mastering your song catalog and making better pitches. It organizes your songs and helps you target with what they’re looking for. And most importantly, when you send your song to a publisher or producer or…

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