Find the Best Songwriting Techniques
The best way is to constantly and persistently study what hit songwriters do. You couldn't be a starting quarterback in the NFL without spending years studying the greats who came before you. The same is true for writing songs and songwriters. They learned their song writing craft from the great writers who came before them.
Learning How to Write a Song
Study song craft and work on your song writing every day. Listen to current chart-toppers and take notes on what those hit songs have in common. Don't write songs that could have been hits when you were twenty-one. Analyze songs that appeal to today's audience.
What is their song structure like? Which chord structures work best? Does the song have a bridge? How many bars are in the intro? Do their lyrics tell a story, or are they more abstract?
Get Songwriting Tips From Experts
Use TAXI to get detailed feedback on your music from the experts on our A&R staff. Our critiques have helped tens of thousands of songwriters, artists and composers learn new songwriting tips and techniques. Read everything you can get your hands on about songwriting, including the great articles below and the books we recommend to TAXI's members.
How to Sell Your Songs
Getting your songs heard and sold is just as hard as learning how to write great lyrics or an unforgettable melody. It takes years to build a network of friends in the music business, and it's a full-time job to leverage a list of music industry contacts and turn them into success.
If you're trying to get your songs cut by major label artists, then read the articles below to find out who their managers, producers and A&R people are and learn how to get their contact information so you can systematically contact them and ask for permission to submit your music.
If you're trying to get film and TV placements for your songs, then you'll need to watch a lot of TV and movie credits and look for the names of music supervisors and music editors. Licensing your music for film, TV, and video games won't make you rock star wealthy, but you can build it up over a period of a few years. If you treat it like a full-time job, you'll be able to amass the contacts, build more music industry relationships, begin pitching your songs, and eventually replace your day job doing something you love.
Independent A&R companies like TAXI can do much of the legwork for you, and can shorten the time it takes to sell your songs. Read the articles below to learn more great song writing tips, techniques and find many more resources to help you get your music heard by the right people.