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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!

3 Reasons Why Your Song Can't Break the Rules (Yet)

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In both teaching songwriting as well as talking with fellow writers, I often hear, “Such and such a song defies conventions and is a major hit, yet mine, which does something similar gets rejected! What gives?”

It's a difficult issue to address, and the reasons why songs that “break the rules” are successful are numerous – which I'll get into here.

3 Ways Your Smart Phone Ruins Your Creativity as a Songwriter

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There aren't many people left that don't have smartphones of some type (myself included), and those that don't have one of these hyper-connected pocket computers tend to get looked at with a certain amount of skepticism and even scorn.

I was having a discussion with a fellow songwriter recently about how our writing has changed since the advent of these miraculous devices, and we both agreed that it certainly has a downside, especially for these three key reasons.