The Songwriter Chord

THE MUSIC LAB #29: “The Songwriter Chord” -Are You Using It?!?! Want to make your songs contemporary but also not lose that classic feel of great songs? Follow along as Clay Mills shares his secret "songwriter chord" that has been used on mega hits throughout many decades of music. Grab an instrument, your idea pad, and get some pro inspiration...

The Different Types of Songwriting Publishing Deals

There are two common types of songwriting publishing deals that publishers make with writers. But, you don't have to limit yourself to those two options if you can think outside the box.  Here are the two common types of deals plus some ideas for creative options: 1) Staff Writer Writes exclusively for one publisher. Has a quota of songs per year that...

5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Creative Songwriting Power

As a professional writer, learning to boost my creative songwriting power was crucial to my success. I am asked often how I walk into a co-write with superstars like Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, or Lady Antebellum and create songs “on-demand?” Well, I didn’t start out doing this, but I’ve learned a few tricks over the years that’ve allow...

Songwriting Is Not An Overnight Success Business

"I worked 17 years for overnight songwriting success."  - Tim Hicks   There's often a misconception when someone in the music business succeeds. It's easy to think that an artist became and instant sensation or overnight songwriting success. So, I thought I'd share a story of how it most often happens here in the real world... Several years ago, at our publishing...

Your Next Song Demo: Read These 7 Tips Before You Spend Money

  I have received several emails this week asking about the best approach to recording song demos. There are many things that have changed over the last year since I first blogged about this. Here are a few questions to consider when demoing your songs. 1. Who will be listening? If you are playing your demo for an experienced...