Song Wrongs & Writes

Welcome to my series of videos on subjects that come up frequently in my coaching songwriters and artists. I've also included two takeaways for each video.

Scroll down the page to view each video and to see the takeaways.

These video clips are a brief look at just some of the subjects that I cover in my coaching. Take a look around the site and when you're ready, choose a session option to get started.

 


Video 1: Creating A Ritual

Letting your subconscious know its time to write can help you set up some great work habits. Especially if you're starting or looking to restart your songwriting. First step is choosing a ritual. 

2 Takeaways:

  1. Choose an amount of time thats not so short you can't getting something going but not so long that you're bored out of your mind!
  2. Try the same day, same time, same place for awhile.

Video 2: Getting "Unstuck"

It's easy to get bored with your usual "go to" tricks as a songwriter. Mixing it up, playing like a kid, getting out of your comfort zone can go a long way to helping you get past writer's block. Sometimes just putting it away and searching for new ideas and listening to some brand new things can help.

2 Takeaways:

  1. Switch instruments. Pick up something you're unfamiliar with and see where it takes your writing.
  2. Be intentional in your search for fresh ideas.

Video 3: Co-Writing a Song

Co-writing can be an amazing experience or a painful one for songwriters. How well should you prepare? What should you expect from the other writer? Is there one thing to know going in?

2 Takeaways:

  1. Listen and be open to your co-writer.
  2. Have something ready but don't have an agenda.

Video 4: Social Media For Songwriters

The good news is it's easy to start gathering a "tribe". You want to find your fans and have them find you. This clip discusses the first step, creating a Facebook page.

2 Takeaways:

  1. Once you've joined other songwriting groups you'll want to direct them to your page. Being part of the community is huge.
  2. Share more, sell less.

Video 5: Presentation - Preparing For a Publishing or A&R Meeting

It may seem like common sense but you'd be surprised by the mistakes songwriters and artists can make by making their presentation too complicated.

2 Takeaways:

  1. Short bio that says why you do what you do. Show your passion... don't tell your life story!
  2. Make sure you have a website (business cards are too old school) and if you use a CD, be sure and have all of your contact info on the label.