Author: Jake McCullough

Asking Band Members For Help With The Songwriting Process

Are you struggling to find some assistance when it comes to writing the songs for your band? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ll make the assumption that most, if not all of you, are songwriters. If you’ve ever felt the disheartening pressure of being the sole songwriter for a band, you’ll know just how difficult the task can be. If it’s still going on now and you’re becoming fairly sickened by the responsibility, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Share your story in the comments, you may find someone who is in exactly the same position as you. Trust us, even...

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How Much Can A Songwriter Earn?

Have you ever wondered how much you could actually earn as a songwriter? Can you earn a liveable income from writing music? Let’s go through it!  When you consider someone who writes songs for the pop-culture icons of today, you may believe that they’re a league above everybody else as a songwriter. This is not the case. They have merely analysed that branch of the songwriting industry and completely committed their careers to it, like anybody else would do in any other jobs! If you put your mind to it and dig deep, you could certainly achieve this role in the industry,...

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Where To Write Songs

Isn’t it just frustrating when you’re CONSTANTLY interrupted by everyday life. Finding out where to write songs is frustrating at the best of times. The pets needs attention Your house is a bit messy You have jobs you could be getting on with You’re not comfortable enough Hunger strikes That book isn’t going to finish reading itself! Kids could wake up any time Is it really too much to ask to have somewhere to just relax? Somewhere that is yours, for at least a short space of time, where absolutely nothing can distract you? This magical place can make the world of difference to your...

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How To Make The Most Of Your Practice Time

Learn how to dramatically improve on your instrument by pinpointing your main flaws… Then act on them by setting up a suitable practice regime!In my first 8 years, I would only ever practice the techniques on my guitar which I knew I was already good at. Although I ended up being extremely proficient at those techniques, I wasn’t improving. I found myself in a state of boredom after a while. Of course, my songwriting was suffering due to a lack of depth to my playing ability. My band mates couldn’t understand why I could play a Van Halen-style tapping...

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Important Decisions When Releasing Music

When you see the iconic songwriters and instrumentalists from around the world, you may see them as being the lucky few; the ones who were in the right place at the right time. This may be the case for a very small percentage of them but if you are like me, you will see them as being the exceptional professionals. The ones who have spent months/years endlessly organising, documenting, researching, practicing and editing. This extreme focus is a necessity for us as musicians. If we want to reach the level of our idols and the other icons of the music industry,...

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