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Entries in writing (15)

Saturday
Aug172019

How To Write A Hit in 2019 - Old Town Road (Deconstructed)

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ has been sitting comfortably on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for over 12 weeks now. 


In this video, we break down some of the songwriting, production, and marketing techniques used to make this such a popular song in 2019, and how they can be used for any style of music in order to make it more commercially viable.

 

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Tuesday
Mar192019

Songwriting Workflow: What A Month Of Daily Releases Taught Me

Guest post by Martin Fowler. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Every year, the shortest month comes around, and at the forefront of my mind is the plethora of songwriting challenges which permeate the internet at large. Some of my favorite artists have famously committed their time in this dreary month (at least here in New York) to hunker down and dedicate serious hours to composing new material.

Every year I think of how outlandish an undertaking that month must be for each of these artists, taking tens or hundreds of hours to build a whole new world, and create the kind of consistency in their day-to-day life, even in the shortest month of the year, to get it done. And every year I’m shocked at how many actually come out the other side with a whole new body of work!

 

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Wednesday
Feb062019

How Imagine Dragons Writes Memorable Melodies

What gets us to remember a tune?

Have you ever remembered a song well enough to sing along to it the next time you heard it? Maybe you didn’t know the words, but you could at least hum along. Or have you ever played “name that tune”? What made you win some rounds so easily and yet lose others? One answer lies in how, precisely, the melody is set up.

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Friday
May262017

5 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Hone Your Songwriting Craft

By Rorie Kelly, Co-Executive Director of GoGirlsMusic.com

It can be tough to find time to sit down and write songs with all the career-building tasks musicians have these days. On top of that, switching gears is hard and writers’ block is real. What do we do when we’re no longer beginners but we still want to grow, or need to rekindle that love affair with musicmaking? For those who are sick of the usual advice, here are five out-of-the-box ways to hone your songwriting craft.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

We Are Asking For Your Submissions

MusicThinkTank.com was built as platform for artists to share their opinions, ideas and best practices in both the current and future music industry

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Saturday
Nov122016

Call For Contributors

Calling All Musicians! RMRS Call for Contributors

If you’re looking for an additional place to share some of your content our blog Rivington Music is looking for one time and regular contributors. Topics may include album or music releases, How-To Guides, product reviews, NYC area (only!) events, music education and more. If it has to do with mSave & Closeusic, is 500 words or more, and is totally original, we’re interested in potentially publishing it. 
Check out our write for us page and please drop us a line with some posts!
 

 

 

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Monday
Oct312016

How To Write An Effective Musician Bio (With Examples!)

One of most important pages on your website is your bio page. But a lot of bands get stuck at the part where you have to actually write about yourself! This is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a super important way to make your band look professional.

A great bio will create a first impression of you to many of your website visitors, so make it a good one! It will help convert your visitors into fans, as well as give bloggers and media a sense of who you are. Let’s look at a few ideas that will help you craft an effective musician bio.

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Tuesday
Jun282016

Sonic Branding: How Can I Write Music For Commercials?

Let’s start with a little experiment - think about NBC.

Did you visualize the rainbow peacock logo?

More importantly: did you did you hear the NBC chimes?

The chimes associated with the NBC Network are an example of sonic branding. Just as brands rely on a certain color palette, typography, or a particular image, brands may also establish a connection to a particular song, jingle, or series of notes (as NBC does with the G3, E4, and C5, for you music theory folks out there).

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Eight Ways To Compose Music More Effectively

We’ve all been there. Struggling to come up with a melody or working out that perfect ending for your song. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of composing music, especially when you are working towards a deadline. This article contains a few suggestions on how to compose more effectively.

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Tuesday
Aug142012

Cures for writer's block

Curing writer’s block is a common theme for musicians, authors, artists and creative people in general. I am going to provide some unusual means of getting some inspiration back for musicians specifically.

 
As a creative individual from time to time there will be difficulties in keeping the creative juices flowing from a music perspective. In many instances, music is inspired from feelings and the conveyance of that emotion. This is not just restricted to vocal music as instrumental pieces are also often born of a musicians’ head space with the intended goal of evoking similar sensations in the listener.


It makes sense to ensure you have means of refreshing your existential experience in order to have a ground for the expression of new ideas, sounds, arrangements and melody which are capable of proliferating your feelings through the music you compose.


Here are some ideas on how to refresh your musical head space.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Tips on Writing an Effective Artist Biography

Album finished? Check. Tour dates? Check. Press photos? Check. Press release? Check. Biography? Urgh! If you’re not a spectacular storyteller or wondrous wordsmith, then the task of writing or updating your biography can seem like an arduous task. However, a biography is an essential item in any musicians marketing tool kit. It positions your brand identity, communicates your key achievements and provides background info to fans and media alike. Here are a few pointers to help you on your way…..

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Friday
Oct282011

How to Communicate With Fans So You Connect With Them (Instead of Bore Them to Tears)

In the same way that there is an art and craft to songwriting, there is also a craft to writing and using language in general. And these word-related skills can play a big part in how effectively you communicate with fans - especially online.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Top 10 Rules For Better Songwriting

I am a songwriter. I typically work from home using a small studio set up and have been fortunate enough to have written, co-written or produced many songs that have been commercially released.

I am also the founder of Audio Rokit, which is a song submission platform helping bands and artists get their music heard by top industry professionals. http://www.audiorokit.co.uk.

I thought I could share some of my own personal song writing tips and tricks. These 10 rules have helped me and I hope that they help you also. Please feel free to add to my list!

 

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Tuesday
Jul122011

The Adventures Of Co-writing

I was sixteen when I walked into my first pro studio. I was there to co-write with a producer who had been signed by Capital Records as an artist earlier in his career. It was a big deal! He came in sat down and after some brief chitchat he asked me what song ideas I had been working on. I showed him a couple and off he went taking my ideas into whatever direction he chose. Whenever I would speak up with an idea he would dismiss it because, after all, I was just a punk kid. That was my first real co-writing experience. It was a bit rough to say the least. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to co-write with all kinds of people and it has honestly been one of the most musically rewarding things that I have ever experienced.

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