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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Change Up Your Chorus Lyrics

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Repetition, repetition, repetition – it's the key to learning, and also the key to success in songwriting. In order for something to get stuck in somebody's head, it not only has to be catchy, but they also have to hear it again and again.

Sometimes it can be tempting to change up the chorus lyrics each time — but here are three important reasons you shouldn't.

3 Ways to Tell If Your Song is Just 'Too Smart'

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There are exceptions, of course, but there are very few hit songs that are too smart for their own good. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean too smart for the average listener. Unless you're going for a specific crowd – political songs, college coffee house songs, songs written to display an intimate knowledge of the nuances of music theory, etc. — music that's "too smart" is probably not going to be broadly popular.

Why Every Artist Should Play at Least One Instrument

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If you're an artist and don't play an instrument at least passably well, you're putting yourself at a huge disadvantage. There are exceptions, of course — if you're the lead singer in a band or have your own backing band, you may find it entirely unnecessary to learn an instrument. 

This has it's own pitfalls, however. Keeping a band together is often hard work. Egos, conflicting musical tastes, and personalities are often more than a match for the most talented of bands. This is not to mention the added expense of paying band members.

Outside of the perfect scenario where you have endless money to pay a backing band and have a ready-made band of great musicians who are drug and problem free, you'll need to consider picking up a guitar at the very least. Here are just a few reasons why it's smart to learn an instrument if you're an artist.

Video: Why Mixing to Reference Tracks is So Important

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Have you ever thought, "I really want this song to sound more like the Beatles?" or even something more esoteric like, "I wish this song sounded summer-y?" By using reference tracks — inspirational guides that help you illustrate the sound you're going for — you'll be better able to help your engineer pinpoint and figure out how to create it.

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Jan 22, 2018 06:00 AM

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6 Free (and Cheap) Apps for Painlessly Tuning Your Guitar

shutterstock_795364369.jpgThe early stages of being a musician involve a lot of work and learning in many different fields, and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of all the different things you need to focus on in order to be not only a good artist, but one who can consistently find work.

One topic that is often overlooked tuning, which young people and those just getting started don’t spend nearly enough time on, and sadly, that can sometimes be heard in their performances.