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what is a demo in music

A Songwriter’s Guide to Music Demos

If you write songs, sooner or later, you’ll have to record a demo. The phone in your pocket is good enough to help you remember what you’ve come up with. But sooner or later, you’ll want to share your finished songs with family, friends, and fans — as well as other musicians and industry people. […]

How to write a pop song

The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Pop Song

Have you ever heard the latest, greatest pop hit and thought, “I wish I would have written that!” It’s understandable. Pop songs are catchy, they’re fun, and listeners can’t get enough of them. Your favorite pop songs might seem to flow effortlessly, but what most listeners don’t see is all the work goes on behind […]

What is changing keys in music

Changing Keys Within a Song: Tips and Examples of Modulation

Songwriters are always looking for new ways to make their music more interesting and engaging. One of the best ways to do that is by adding a key change. Why? Because changing keys in a song really makes an impact! They’re a great way to boost your song’s energy. They’re also a wake-up call to […]

health benefits of music

23 Impressive Health Benefits of Playing (and Listening to) Music

Not all professional songwriters play an instrument, but most do. You may be a lyricist who collaborates with musicians during the writing process, or you may write to tracks. And that’s great. Still, I always encourage songwriters to learn at least one instrument. Not only will it make you a more valuable collaborator, but it’s […]

Songwriting blogs

20 Best Songwriting Blogs to Get You Inspired

Whether you want to improve your craft, find inspiration, or search for technical information, you can’t go wrong with blogs about songwriting and music. Many of the best have been around for years, growing into virtual treasure troves of songwriting gold. Blogs give you a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips — articles that educate, […]

what is the bridge of a song

What is the Bridge of a Song? (And How to Use One)

If you want to write memorable songs, and especially radio hits, you owe it to yourself to learn the art of writing strong song bridges. A well-written bridge is the icing on the cake of your verses and choruses, and a great one can take your song to a whole new level. On one hand, […]

Chorus of a song

What is the Chorus of a Song? And How to Write a Great One

Most music fans understand what a chorus of a song is intuitively. That’s true even if they’ve never studied music. After all, when you ask someone to sing a song for you, the first thing they’ll often do is belt out the chorus. But as songwriters, we have to dive a little deeper. If you […]

parts of a song

Writing a Song: What are the Parts of a Song?

Average music fans don’t pay much attention to the parts of a song. They just know that they love songs that make them feel good and want to sing along. But as songwriters, we know that popular songs are made up of patterns — all songs have recognizable beginnings, middles, and ends. That’s where using […]

9 Songwriting Lessons from the Beatles’ Get Back

Love them or hate them, the Beatles have made an indelible mark on music and influenced countless songwriters. If you haven’t seen The Beatles: Get Back yet, you’ll probably love it if: You’re a Beatles fan. You’re a songwriter, musician, recording engineer, or producer. You’re a creative of any kind (writer, artist, etc.) You’d love […]

how to write country music

How to Write a Country Music Hit

Country music is having a moment. While country has traditionally thrived in live music venues, from arenas to local bars to county fairs and everywhere in between, the genre has been slower to embrace technological change. Other genres, like hip-hop and pop, have embraced social media and streaming services, which generate 80% of today’s total […]