Songwriting Hack #2 – “Lay It Down, Repeat It, And Move On”

If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed over the last year that there have been quite a few songs popular in both pop and country music that have the same chords in the verse and the chorus. Yet, they still manage to keep the songs interesting. So today I wanted to talk about a technique…

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Writing Jingles For Ads, Commercials & Movies

Chapters Chapter 1: Writing A Jingle Chapter 2: Writing For Ads Chapter 3: Writing Sync Songs With Production Writers Chapter 4: Breaking Into Sync Writing Chapter 5: Can You Re-write Sync Songs? Chapter 6: How Much Time Do You Get To Write A Sync Song? Chapter 7: Organizing A Sync Catalog Chapter 8: Should I…

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Songwriting for Sync vs. Other Types of Music

Randall Foster is Vice President of Business Development and GM at Symphonic Distribution’s Nashville office. Prior to his current role, Randall was the leader of the Creative Sync & Licensing for ole music publishing where he oversaw a vast catalog of music copyrights and intellectual property and managed the outside usage and licensing of those…

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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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