Co-Writing Session

The Pros and Cons of Co-Writing

By Jarrod Dickenson / May 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Several artists on my email list wanted to learn more about the ins and outs of co-writing. For this post, I tapped my good friend and Decca recording artists, Jarrod Dickenson. Jarrod is a fantastic songwriter in his own right but has plenty of experience co-writing too. Enjoy! – Chris Songwriting is a strange and…

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Music Marketing Basics – Part 3 of 3

By Chris Jacobie / April 26, 2018 / 1 Comment

Welcome back!   This is the final part of a three-part series on music marketing basics.   You’re learning the eight-step framework for marketing your music.   Here’s what we’ve covered so far: Step 1: Choose a single target market. Step 2: Get your ideal fans to show you that they’re interested. Step 3: Get…

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Music Marketing Basics – Part 2 of 3

By Chris Jacobie / April 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Welcome back!   If you read last week’s post, you know that in this series of posts, I’m teaching you the basics of marketing your music. If you didn’t, check it out here before reading this post. It’s an eight-step marketing framework and last week we talked about the first three steps.   They were:…

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Music Marketing Basics – Part 1 of 3

By Chris Jacobie / April 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I sent out an email to my email subscriber list and asked them, “Do you guys have any questions?”   The questions fell into three main camps: songwriting, recording, and marketing.   The general question with marketing was: “I don’t even know where to start? I know I need to promote…

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Wedding Rings

Shapeshifter Romance: On Being A Married Musician

By Andy Baxter / April 5, 2018 / 1 Comment

Starting with a disclaimer is boring so I’m not going to. We can slog through that in a little while. Instead, how about we begin with a short biography of me, the author of all the sentences you’re looking at? I’m going to imagine that whoever’s reading this has just said something like: “Hey man,…

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How To Deal With Writer’s Block For Songwriters

By JP Ruggieri / March 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

To most of us, songwriting can seem like a fragile art. There are times when ideas surge and the unforgiving force of a song is relentless.  But once that tide ebbs, we’re left with nothing but a mind filled with panic. In these troubling times, I too have searched the internet for answers.  My efforts…

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Avoid Becoming Overwhelmed When Writing Multiple Songs At Once

By Chris Jacobie / March 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you’ve ever struggled to complete a song or a project, you’re in the right place. Two weeks ago you learned how to effectively capture your ideas in an ‘external brain.’ Then, last week, you learned the best time of day to sort your song ideas. In today’s post, you’ll learn… How To Manage Writing…

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Write Better Songs By Knowing How Your Body Works

By Chris Jacobie / March 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you’ve ever struggled to finish all the song ideas that you have, you’re in the right place. Last week I introduced Ari Meisel’s concept of the external brain. It’s an effective way to capture and organize all your song ideas. However, once you create your external brain you may realize that your ideas aren’t…

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How To Capture All Of Your Best Songwriting Ideas

By Chris Jacobie / March 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

Have you ever had a great song idea at exactly the wrong time? Maybe you were on a walk, and you thought of a nice lyric? Then by the time you finished your walk, you’d forgotten it? Or perhaps you do a decent job of capturing ideas when you have them but… …soon they become…

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How to Avoid this Common Crowdfunding Mistake

By Chris Jacobie / January 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

A few months ago, I sent an email to my subscriber list and I asked them, “What questions do you have with regards to crowdfunding?” One of the questions I received was, “Can you tell me more about the expenses that we can expect after recording. Expenses related to the release, distribution, and promotion of…

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