My 3 Favorite Song Forms

My 3 Favorite Song Forms- From the Desk of Pro Songwriter Marty Dodson   There are many different song "forms" that writers use. I have three that I lean on more than others. Obviously, the forms with a big chorus are more "commercial" and radio friendly, but there are times when the song just needs another form...

4 Ways To Increase Your Chances of Getting A Song Recorded

4 Ways To Increase Your Chances of Getting A Song Recorded By: Marty Dodson   There are a number of ways to increase your chances of getting a song recorded. Here are some of my favorites: 1) Write uptempo. Artists tend to write their own ballads. Writing uptempo songs gets you in the...

Not Everyone Can Write A Hit Song: Why Do Some Succeed?

Not Everyone Can Write A Hit Song: Why Do Some Succeed? By: Marty Dodson   There, I said it. Not everyone that wants to write a hit song will be able to do it. Sad, but true. Some sites lead you to believe that they can teach anyone to write a hit song. That's false and...

4 Things Aspiring Songwriters Struggle To Hear (Yet Pros HAVE To Hear)

  There are a number of statements that aspiring writers really resist that could help them cross over into pro land IF they would listen and take them to heart. Here they are: 1) "Your songs are not good enough". This one hurts to hear, but a professional in the music business giving you this feedback should be listened to. They are...

Songwriting 101: Great Songs Are The Key To Your Success

  Clay and I are continually preaching the craft of songwriting—that learning to write great songs is THE key to success for all songwriting goals. Whether your goal is to write better for your own enjoyment or succeed in the music business, this is the essence of everything we do here at SongTown. Last year, I was at a writing retreat with 5...