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3 Ways to Use Voice Leading to Improve Your Songwriting

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Most songwriters wouldn’t think of using classical composition techniques like voice leading in their songwriting. Modern songs typically use fairly simple chord progressions, so why over-complicate things with outdated compositional techniques? When you think about it, though, voice leading actually has a lot to offer, even in the simplest song settings.

3 Reasons You Keep Hearing "No" on Your Demos

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If you've been pitching songs, you've probably been hearing “no” a whole lot. Most of the time, the people you pitch may not give you any other reason than, “It's not what I'm looking for right now.” But sometimes they straight-up tell you, “The song is great, but I can't do anything with it. The demo is no good.”

Sometimes you can't guess just by process of elimination – the melodies rock, the lyrics are tight, you even pitched it to the right people. But somewhere along the way, something went south. It just might be your demo. Here are a few things that might be wrong with it.

How to Impress Your Co-Writers

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Most of us would agree that making a great first impression is important – especially in the music business. Sometimes, you don't get a second chance to hit it out of the park, so you've got to make that writing session count. Here are a few tips to help you come out ahead right out of the gate.

3 Great Songwriting Organizations You Should Know About – and How to Join Them

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If you're looking to take the next step in your songwriting career, songwriting organizations are the first place you should look. They serve many purposes, and all of them are important – connecting with potential co-writers, connecting you with industry people, and offering career advice and song critiques, just to name a few. The best part is they're fairly easy to get into – if you can pay the membership fee and meet the criteria, you're in. Here are three of the best organizations to look into.

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10 Nuggets of Songwriting Wisdom From the Greats

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In 1676, Isaac Newton delivered the famous quote, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." In this bit of wisdom, Newton tapped into a timeless truth that historical progression comes from taking what has been learned from the greats before you and building from there. Check out these bits of wisdom from 10 songwriting giants.