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10 Simple Songwriting Strategies From Studio Pros

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Ask 10 musicians to describe songwriting, and you'll get 10 different answers. Songwriting can be fulfilling, frustrating, expressive, oppressive, artistic, scientific, or any of a million more juxtapositions. Songs come about in many ways. Some take years. Some take minutes. Some are hard to write and others flow forth with ease.

At Hybrid Studios, we record all kinds of artists and bands in various genres at our world-class recording studios and sound stage in Orange County, CA, so we've seen it all when it comes to songwriting. We often discuss songwriting, writer's block, and where to find inspiration with our clients, and we found that all songwriters have ups and downs and need strategies from time to time to either start writing or finish songs as a recording date approaches. And many of the musicians who come to record with us have good ideas on how to write inspired and effectively, so we'd like to share the best pieces of insight with you.

How to Make the Most of a Crappy Turnout at Your Gig

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It's probably one of your biggest fears as a musician. You're pumped for your upcoming gig, you're ready to hear some noise, but when you make it onto the stage, your heart drops as you see the audience is practically empty. For any number of reasons (weird weekday, bad weather), you have a crappy turnout. Your first instinct may be to jump off the stage and run out of the venue, hoping in vain that no one even notices you were there, but pause for a second, and ignore this urge.

It's too late to get more people to the show, but as long as you do have an audience, you need to play for them. At worst, it's still a practice opportunity, and at best, you might make a few more diehard fans who greatly appreciate the effort you put in despite the circumstances. Just because there's a bad turnout doesn't mean it has to be a bad show, so here are some tips for making the most of a crappy turnout.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Aug 4, 2015 10:00 AM

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5 Effective Ways to Get Out of a Practice Rut

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Everybody knows about writers who struggle with writer's block. Whether it be because they have lost motivation to write, lost their source of inspiration, or just don’t know what to write about, it's something that can be incredibly debilitating.

Musicians experience the same thing in the practice room. Oftentimes, we'll plateau for a while after a period of large growth. This is a natural process, but is extremely frustrating nonetheless. So how do we get off the plateau and get back to growing?

What These Full-Time Musicians Wish They Knew Before Quitting Their Day Jobs

White Mystery's Alex White (left) is a "quit your day job" success story. (Photo by Bobby Moore)

For a select few musicians, some level of stardom is achieved at some point. Or at the very least, consistent touring is an option, leaving no time for full-time work because he or she is generating enough cash from playing live to pay rent. As glamorous as a life completely devoted to the music you love may sound, here are a few things to keep in mind before diving into a full-time chase of the rock 'n' roll dream, paired with sage advice from actively touring musicians.

7 Networking Tips for Introverted Musicians

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If you identify as an introvert, it's likely that social situations – particularly those involving unfamiliar faces – make you uncomfortable. Networking in person as a DIY musician who belongs in that camp, then, can be pretty daunting. But it doesn't have to be.

Making in-person connections with venue owners, booking agents, promoters, and other musicians is key to the growth of your career. Sometimes the setting is obvious, like an industry meetup. More often, though, the opportunities to meet people who might one day help your band happen at shows, festivals, parties, and other scenarios not specifically intended for networking – and that can make approaching someone even more frightening.