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3 Surefire Signs You're Overwriting That Song

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You've been hacking away at this song for weeks, and it's still not right. Or maybe it's perfect. It's hard to tell. The point is, you're just too close to it to see the big picture and you'rein danger of overwriting.

If you've been writing for any length of time, you've no doubt encountered this issue. It's something that can really sneak up on even the most seasoned of writers, though – so here are a few tips to help you recognize it.

3 Ways to Tell if a Music Company Is Scamming You

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While there are many reputable companies and organizations in the music industry – in fact, the vast majority are on the up and up – there are a few that like to prey on the unaware. While I can't give specific names (and even if I could, there are likely ones that haven't hit the radar yet), here are three hallmarks to watch out for to know whether or not you're about to get scammed.

Musician Life

Oct 20, 2016 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

4 Signs You're That Musician

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You know the type I'm talking about: beyond negative, beyond jaded, an undiscovered genius who cynically thinks everyone else is terrible. I've heard them referred to as “black holes,” which is an incredibly apt description. They suck the energy out of everything in their orbit, and everyone tries their best to avoid them. Here are some of the hallmarks of "that musican."

How to Evaluate Song Feedback

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Criticism is vital, especially for a songwriter just starting out. But finding the right criticism – and being able to evaluate what's useful and what's not – is even more key. Since this is a business of opinions, you're going to be getting a lot of feedback. Here are three questions to ask to determine if that feedback is useful.

Why Every Songwriter Should Have a Hookbook

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If you've been creative for any length of time, you've noticed that things tend to ebb and flow. You can have an incredibly productive month (or two, or three) and then be tapped out for ideas for a little while. It happens to everybody. Pro writers are able to sidestep that issue by having something called a “hookbook.” A hook is nothing more than an idea – usually a song title, but it could be a guitar lick or melody line. Here's what you need to know about starting your very own hookbook.