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Whenever someone uses the word “should” when talking about songwriting, ignore them. There are no "shoulds" or "should nots."

Songwriting has one rule: there are no rules. Instead, there are tips, suggestions, and learning from other songwriters whom you respect. So here are seven songwriting tips from some of the most respected songwriters. All of these people have written numerous hit songs.

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You’ve heard the theory: “Smoking weed helps you make better music." But is there any validity to that? Is it just a theory, or can we call it a fact? Read on.

4 Ways to Murder Your Song

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You’re probably a murderer. I know I am.

A murderer of songs, that is. We’ve all done it, even the great songwriters.

These were songs that could have been great. They had potential. But, alas, they passed away before their time. It’s a sad reality, but it is a reality. Songwriters (including me) often kill a song that has a good chance of being great. They kill it by making some pretty common songwriting mistakes.

So, if you want to write a bad song that doesn’t engage the listener or evoke a strong emotion, do these four things.

7 Songwriting Errors That Could Ruin Your Song

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Songwriting is hard. It’s not easy for anyone, not even Paul McCartney.

“I don’t know how to do this,” McCartney told NPR. “You would think I do, but it’s not one of these things you ever know how to do.”

So it’s okay if you make a couple songwriting errors, as long as you’re able to recognize them and adjust. To help with that, here are seven common mistakes songwriters make that you should avoid.

Make Terrible Music (It's Good for You)

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Yes, I’m saying we musicians should make crappy music. Let me explain. Obviously, we shouldn’t purposefully make bad music. I’m just saying it’s inevitable. If you want to get to a place where you’re making great music, you’ll find that you first must go through a season of making low-quality music.

But you should make the music anyway. Here’s why.