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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.

The 5 Best Songwriting Competitions (And 3 Key Tips for Success)

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Songwriting competitions are an excellent way to raise your profile, get a little cash, and boost your confidence all in one shot. The sheer amount of songwriting competitions out there, however, can be overwhelming. Which ones are reputable? Which ones aren't? Not to mention that the crème de la crème, so to speak, can be potentially intimidating to apply to.

In this post, we'll walk you through the process and give you some pointers – as well as highlighting five of the more important competitions.

4 Ways Songwriters Can Get Their Songs to Artists

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Many songwriters who are just starting out struggle with having a drawer full of songs they feel are ready, but they don't have the resources to get them to an artist. I'll admit this can be a daunting task. To help guide songwriters through that sometimes stressful process of connecting with artists who might want to record their songs, we've compiled these four helpful tips. Have one of your own? Let us know in the comments!