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COVID-19 - Surviving Lockdown as a Musician


2020-04-09 Essay

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It’s a strange time to be a musician. I mean, given the current world situation, it’s a strange time to be anyone full stop. But, us melodically inclined people – especially those working in a professional capacity – have certainly felt the blow of the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

All of a sudden, rehearsal room sessions, live performances and studio time are off the cards. If you’re an aspiring songwriter, freelance gun-for-hire or would-be rock star, that’s a massive upheaval.

So what can you do about it?

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5 Songwriting Tips from Brian Hendrix


2020-03-26 Essay

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The first song I ever wrote in my life won 1st place in a country songwriting contest in Nashville, Tennessee. So, that’s it, right? Rich and famous, Hollywood Hills, living the dream life. That’s what happens… in movies. In real life, nothing much came from it. An “Attaboy!” with a very small check, and recording studios telling me “This just doesn’t seem right for us.”

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How to Get Your Music Heard in the Right Places


2020-03-06 Essay

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What’s the secret to getting your music out there?

Plenty of people will tell you it all comes down to hustling. You’ve got to be plugging at all hours of the day, making sure that as many people as possible know about what you’re doing in the hope that you get passed on to someone relevant.

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6 In-Depth Tips On How To Pick A Chord Progression To Match Your Lyric Melody


2019-12-05 Essay

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Picking the right chords to match your lyric melody can make the difference between a good song and a great song. It can also make the difference between an upbeat song and a more ballad-esque song.

We’ve put together 6 top tips for you on how to pick the perfect chord progression to match your lyric melody, PLUS we’ve included a bunch of our own ideas for you…

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3 Ways to Write A Perfect Chorus


2019-10-28 Essay

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Great choruses stay with you for a lifetime.

They’re the ones that you find earworming in the small hours when you can’t get to sleep; the ones you hum on the way to work and the ones that you’ll still be singing years after the song itself has faded from the charts.

But how do you write a truly great chorus; one with all the qualities I mentioned above?

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