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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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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 Easily Develop a Writing or Practice Routine

By Chris Jacobie / November 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I asked an aspiring singer-songwriter what her biggest challenge is. Her response was one I’ve heard from every musician I know at some point: I just don’t have time to practice or write songs. My plan is to get out of town for 3 months next year and hunker down to…

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The 3 Secrets To Learning Any Instrument In Record Time

By Chris Jacobie / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

…even if you don’t have a ton of time to practice If you want to learn a new instrument or take your current instrument up a notch you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I’m going to share with you how I went from struggling to hold a drumstick to competence in only…

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The 10 Book That Changed My Musical Life

By Chris Jacobie / November 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

  A few months ago, JP Ruggieri and I were enjoying a pint of Guinness in an English pub and talking music… During the conversation, we got to talking about books that changed our musical lives. I want to share them with you. I judge a book’s success if a year later I’m still using…

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