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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 […]

How To Write Music for Sync Licensing (and Get Your Songs Published)

Guest post by: Caleb J. Murphy You’re here because you want to learn how to write music for sync licensing. You want to get your music in TV shows, commercials, video games, and/or films. In this post, I’ll go through how to write and pitch your songs for sync licensing. (For context, my music has […]

songwriting communnity

Why You Need to Join a Songwriting Community (& 10 Online Communities)

Finding success as a songwriter can be tough. It takes time — usually years — to hone your skills, master your craft, establish your reputation, create a catalog, and build essential relationships. It can be a long, tough road if you try to go at it alone. It’s easy to get discouraged or frustrated. Even […]

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How to Start a Song: 10 Methods Every Songwriter Can Use

Are you excited about the song ideas you’ve been carrying around in your head, but not sure how to translate them onto paper and into finished songs? It can be tough for anyone — especially beginners. But even pros have days when the ideas don’t flow effortlessly. You might wonder whether your song ideas are […]

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Selling Songs: A Beginner’s Guide to Selling Your Songs

Have you wondered how to sell a song? You’ve written a song that you’re proud of. People tell you it’s good. So what should you do with it? Let’s say you’re not a musician at all, but a brand-new beginner. You’re probably asking yourself: Do I need to copyright my song? Will someone steal it? […]

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Songwriting Software: Top 10 Recommendations for Songwriters

Guest post by: Leanne Regalla Songwriting can be loads of fun. It can also look like a whole lot of hard work sometimes, especially when you’ve got: Hooks that aren’t quite landing. That verse that isn’t quite working. That chord progression that you’re sure could be more exciting if you just found the right combinations. We’ve […]

melody writing

How to Write a Melody: 15 Tips for Melodic Writing and Storytelling

Do you dream of someday writing a popular song — one that people just can’t get enough of? You can! No matter where your melody-writing skills are today, you can learn to write stronger ones. There are tips and techniques that pro songwriters use to keep listeners engaged — and even to make them want […]

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The Best Songwriters of All Time — Or The Problem With “Best of” Lists

People are endlessly fascinated by GOAT (greatest of all time) lists, including the greatest songwriters of all time. We love to read these lists. We agree with them, fight over them, aspire to them, and we’re inspired by them. Because they’re so popular, magazines like Billboard and Rolling Stone continue to publish them. But when […]

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Inspiration Is Everywhere: How to Source Song Ideas From Your Life

Do you struggle to come up with song ideas? If so, you’re not alone — but it can be especially tough if you’re a new songwriter. Some days, you can sit down with your instrument and a notebook and everything flows. Other days, it feels like nothing’s clicking. You might check out some songwriting prompts […]

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How to Compose Music: A Step-by-Step Guide for Songwriters

Are you thinking it’s time to take your songwriting to the next level? You’ve probably been writing intuitively for a while, but you’d love to become more of an expert at composing music. Maybe you’ve been honing your musical skills, experimenting with new approaches in your home studio, and working to fill in the gaps […]