Category: Composition

ASCAP or BMI – which one is better?

If you are a songwriter and are having a song published or recorded, it’s essential to join a PRO (Performance Rights Organization).  The two primary ones are ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors  and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated), although there are others as well, such as SESAC (no longer an abbreviation for anything).

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The purpose of a PRO is to monitor the use of member’s compositions and make sure that they’re compensated.  That said, this article on DIYMB starts by asking the question:

“ASCAP vs BMI, which one is better? This has been an ongoing debate for many years with no clear answer.”Continue reading ASCAP or BMI – which one is better?

How to Copyright Your Music

by: Nicholas Alfonse

One of the most essential, yet occasionally overlooked pieces of becoming a professional musician is ensuring your musical creations are copyrighted. Not only does this protect you from theft or fraud, it registers the song or album as a unique, singular creation which can never be duplicated or repeated.

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From the U.S. to around the globe, there are a number of methods to safely and effectively copyright your property.

Moving hand in hand with the ongoing increased online convenience in today’s industry, the U.S. Copyright Office allows artists to register and protect their music right over the internet.Continue reading How to Copyright Your Music

Beginners Songwriting On Guitar – Tips To Avoid Songwriters Block

by Shay Rushden

Depending on how you’ve started your songwriting process you may at this point have a tune, melody, singing line or even a complete chorus or verse worked out. So your masterpiece is now beginning to take some shape:) The next thing to turn your attention to are the song lyrics and title. Something catchy and singable.

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So you get yourself settled down with a brand new writing pad and new pen and your all set to fashion a classic song! Well the hardest bit is surely in the bag isn’t it? Getting that tune sounding good was tough and now the lyrics will just write themselves…won’t they?Continue reading Beginners Songwriting On Guitar – Tips To Avoid Songwriters Block

Songwriting – How to Write Songs – My Three Rules of Thumb

By GK Eckert

Songwriting is most definitely a skill. In time, you will come up with many of your own tricks, tools and guidelines. My “three rules of thumb” have proven to be my most valuable tools when it comes to the art of writing songs. Here they are!

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Before I explain my three rules of thumb, I’d like to say that these were developed over time, after much trial and error on my part. They have saved me much time and frustration. It has transformed my songwriting into an easy process that works well for me.

Rule number one – Write it downContinue reading Songwriting – How to Write Songs – My Three Rules of Thumb

Song Writing: Why Is Completing Your Songs Important?

By Peter Edvinsson

Do you find it easy to write songs? Too easy? Well, I at least have had a problem with this.

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If you would visit our home and my garage you would find a lot of unfinished songs and a lot of manuscript paper with some notes on them showing that I wanted to say something with music but never finished it.Continue reading Song Writing: Why Is Completing Your Songs Important?