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Licensing Your Music In TV And Films. 90 Day Music Licensing Challenge

Licensing Your Music In TV And Films. 90 Day Music Licensing Challenge

Are you making money licensing your music in TV and films? If not you’re missing out on a potentially huge revenue stream. As record and download sales continue to decline it’s critical that musicians learn how to tap into other revenue streams to monetize their music. Music Licensing is a billion dollar a year business. There’s lots of money being generated through licensing music in TV shows, films, video games, advertisements, websites, youtube and much more. Aaron Davison from How To License Your Music.com is launching his biggest and most extensive training program yet, called “The 90 Day Music Licensing Challenge”. It’s a three month long training program with one on one coaching, daily licensing leads, in depth training, monthly conference calls and much more! The 90 Day Music Licensing Challenge registration is open NOW. Aaron has a long list of placements he’s secured for himself and his clients. Check it out! Watch the videos and listen to the audio as Aaron explains what the course is all about and how he can help you. Click below to get started! Start Promoting Your Music!   In addition to all the training and content included in the 90 Day Challenge, Aaron is also offering three FREE courses that normally sell for $49.97 each when someone registers for the 90 Day Music Licensing Challenge by March 1st. The free courses are: 1) Mysteries Of Mastering Solved – Created in collaboration with Gary Gray from Learn Audio Engineering.net this course dives deep into the topic of mastering music and how you can learn to effectively master your tracks for licensing in your home studio. You won’t find a more in depth course specifically on the topic of mastering as it relates to licensing your music anywhere. 2) How To Produce Music That Will Get Licensed And Make You Money – This is the latest in a new series of master classes on specific niches related to the music licensing niche. This course covers specifically music production and how to produce tracks that are up to industry standards for licensing music in film and television. This course is led by the renowned producer Gary Gary and facilitated by Aaron Davison. The course includes a 90 minute long audio portion as well as an hour long six part video series. 3) How To Make Money With Stock Music Libraries – This is a brand new course led by Canadian based musician Aaron Saloman and faciliated by Aaron Davison. Learn specific techniques for making money with stock and production music libraries. 100 minute audio course and bonus material. Again, registration is open NOW. Aaron has a long list of placements he’s secured for himself and his clients. I’ve taken his course, and believe me, the connections you’ll have for contacting music supervisors alone — are worth the price. So with coaching too, this is an unbelievable deal. Aaron is the real deal for helping you get your music into Film and TV. Check it out!...

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Crucial Steps In Preparing Your Song For Successful Demo Recording – Part 1

Crucial Steps In Preparing Your Song For Successful Demo Recording – Part 1

In this article, we’ll look at what you absolutely must know before recording a demo. A “demo” is industry shorthand for a “demonstration recording.” Simply put, a recording that demonstrates or gives an idea or example of your song. Becoming a songwriter requires getting your song heard. To get your song heard, it needs a professional demo recording. Before recording a demo, there are important steps you need to take. These steps are vital to making sure that you’ll get the most out of the recording of your song, to capture its strengths and showcase it in the most favorable light. Even more importantly, you need to take steps to ensure you aren’t wasting your money because you overlooked a critical element of preparation before spending money on a professional recording before your song is ready. If you record your song before it is ready, you’ll ultimately have to record it again later on to make it “right” to market it properly. It’s better to get it right the first time. No one needs the unnecessary double expense. In the 3 installments of this article, we’ll look at 6 Steps and 40 Crucial Considerations To Preparing And Making A Demo. Let’s look at the first 3 steps: 1) Create A Work Recording A work recording, is a rough draft. It may be you singing and playing your song to give the general idea of it. You need this for 2 reasons: A. To play for the producer and/or musicians who will record your demo. Most producers and musicians will want to hear an example of your song, rather than read music, to plan the recording.   B. To have your song critiqued professionally. This is especially important if you are just getting started pitching songs, and even if you aren’t. Getting your songs reviewed for input by a professional who specializes in the genre you are pitching songs in is vital. You need an objective ear for some constructive feedback to make sure you are on the right track and haven’t overlooked anything. You want to seek out someone who has had songwriting success in the genre his or herself. They’ll know what publishers look for, and quickly identify any potential problems your song may have in its lyrics, melody or structure.   Song critique services are available through organizations such as the Nashville Songwriters Association International, TAXI, BMI, ASCAP, and many independent individuals, especially in Nashville and Los Angeles, who do these type of services by mail or email. 2) Create A Revised Work Recording After your song is critiqued, it is likely you may have made changes to your song. It could be lyrics, arrangement, melody, or more. Rather than verbally explain these changes to the producer and everyone else concerned, make a new work recording that contains all the revisions. That way, there is no confusion nor chance of error. 3) Select A Demo Studio When selecting a demo recording studio, you need to consider several...

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Get A Free Exclusive Signature Riff Set: 7 Instruments = 75 Loops

Get A Free Exclusive Signature Riff Set: 7 Instruments = 75 Loops

We’re giving away a whopping set of 75 different signature licks done on electric / acoustic / baritone / slide guitars, banjo, dobro and mandolin. In various tempos and keys and in the style of some of the best signature riffs from top hits. Some loops even contain dual parts. We think these are the best loops we’ve ever offered for free. How to Get ’em… We simply ask that you give us just a few seconds of your time to answer 5 short & simple multiple choice questions in a poll–and the loops are yours. We’d really appreciate your honest opinions. Then grab this free loops set of 75 signature licks on multiple instruments. Thanks for your support! CLICK Below NOW to take the poll and get your free loops! Get Your Loops   SCROLL BELOW To Read about the SUPER BONUS you can WIN too… Signature Licks Loops Samples and Info   PLAY AUDIO: Loop Samples Click on title to play sample Loading the player…   Instruments Styles & Keys Special Features What’s A Signature Riff? Electric Guitar Acoustic Guitar Baritone Guitar D-Tuning Slide Guitar Banjo Dobro Mandolin Signature riffs in the styles of hit songs 75 loops Various Tempos from 70bpm to 136bpm Styles: Country-Pop, Modern Country, Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Bluesy Country Keys: A, B, C, D, E, F, G 2 to 8 bar sections. 24 bit / 44.1k / Mono 84mb Some loops have 2 parts with same or different instruments for harmony &/or multiple part riffs What’s a signature lick? (or signature riff?) You’ve heard them, just maybe not the term. A signature lick is usually something played on intros and turnaround and sometimes tags or endings. They are a strong, instrumental melodic hook (or musical motif). Almost all country songs feature a signature lick. Signature Licks are often played on guitar or fiddle and more recently banjo. Sometimes they are also on harmonica, mandolin, dobro and other instruments.   Bonus contest has ended, but you can still take poll to get loops CLICK BELOW NOW to take the poll and get your loops free loops.   Get Your Loops...

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Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator

Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use our free Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator you can get as downloadable software for Mac and Windows computers when you sign up for our email newsletter, (as well as other free music production and calculator software tools). Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator – What’s it for? It’s to quickly know the notes in 6 different commonly used scales in all 12 keys, and also, the number of the scale interval for each note. How Can This Help You? There are several ways this calculator and guide can help you. Here are two: First example, if you don’t know what notes are in what scale, using this guide you can quickly find out. Second Example: Suppose you write a song in the key of G. The singer comes in and says, “I need it moved to B flat.” You aren’t good with knowing notes and scales in different keys. No problem. Let’s say you don’t use or know the Nashville Number System yet, and you simply wrote the chord changes out in the key of G. Use this guide to get the numbers for each scale step and then switching keys is easy. Like this: Set the guide to the key of G. Find the scale step numbers the guide shows. Write the numbers above or below the chords you wrote down for your song. For example, G is a 1. C is a 4, D is a 5. E minor is a 6. Next, on a separate piece of paper, write your chord changes down in only numbers. Now, switch the guide to B flat. Look at the notes and numbers in Bb and then write the notes that match the numbers you wrote down. Your 1 is Bb. Your 4 is now Eb and your 5 is F. What Scales are Featured: Major Scale (extended) Minor Scale (relative to the Major Scale shown) Expanded Country Major Scale Major Pentatonic Scale Minor Pentatonic Scale Blues Scale How To Install – You Don’t Need to Install! These are free standing software apps built with adobe flash and the flash component is embedded, and therefore you don’t need to have flash installed either. Double-click to run. System Requirements. These have been tested through windows 7 and Mac OSX Lion. They most likely will also run on later versions of windows and Mac OSX as well. They are not made for phones and its doubtful that they will run on iOS or mobile devices. Virus and Spyware Free Needs to be said: Besides being a songwriter/producer/musician, I also am a bit of a programmer and animator. I built these apps purely for myself to use to help me in my music production work. Then I decided to share these with everyone. They have no viruses or spyware, they aren’t for money making and they aren’t for sale or resale. That said, I make no claims or guarantees. Full disclaimer on download...

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Write a Hit Song with Only 3 or 4 Chords

Write a Hit Song with Only 3 or 4 Chords

This post is from our site Tips On Songwriting.com Have you ever wondered just how many chords you need or should have in writing a hit song? What is the minimum? How many are too many? How many chords do most hit songs have? How many should you use? What if I told you a HUGE amount of hit songs used only 3 or 4 chords? Pretty surprising, huh? Yeah, simple. But simple sells. Boy, does it. There is an easy formula to follow, and with just a little music theory to grasp, you’ll be on your way to Hitsville. This post will tell you what you need to know to successfully write a song with 3 or 4 chords. Formula Doesn’t Mean Cookie Cutter I need to nip the naysayers in the bud (and butt) right away here and say that using formulas does not mean you are to paint-by-numbers and create some generic re-hash of other songs. Far from it. Chords are only a framework. It’s up to YOU, the songwriter to bring in originality with fresh lyrics, melodies and other arrangements and musical hooks to create something new and exciting. There are only so many chords anyway. What counts is how you use them and what you do over them. Got it? Hit Songs that Use only 4 Chords First let’s look at a small sampling of mega-hit songs from the past 7 decades that used only 4 chords, and in particular, the 1-4-5-6 minor formula: The Penguins – Earth Angel The Beatles – Let it Be Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight Journey – Don’t Stop Believing Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved Beyonce – If I Were A Boy Carrie Underwood – Temporary Home The Offspring – Self Esteem U2 – With Or Without You D’yer Mak’er – Led Zeppelin Lady Gaga – Poker Face Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are Ronnie Dunn – Bleed Red I could list songs that used this same formula all day, really. As you can see, there are a wide variety of styles and genres represented here, from doo-wop to country to metal to pop to punk. From the 50s to the 2010s and no doubt beyond. 4-Chord Hit Song Formula So what are the 4 chords? What is most important is not the chords nor the key, but rather the chord intervals, based on the major scale. The scale intervals used in these songs are 1, 4, 5, 6 minor. In the key of C, the first note of the scale is C and that is represented by the number 1. In the key of C, the fourth note of the scale is F and that is represented by the number 4. In the key of C, the fifth note of the scale is G and that is represented by the number 5. In the key of C, the sixth note of the scale is A and that is represented by...

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How to Write Fresh & Original Songs

How to Write Fresh & Original Songs

Is writing fresh, original songs hard to do? It is hard work, but as you develop being original into your second nature, it becomes easier, if not instinctual. You have to think different. Is it only possible for the exceptionally gifted or innovative writer? Not at all. It’s only possible for the determined and persistent songwriter. So, how do you write fresh and original songs? You work at it. You develop a filtering system. Here’s how. Extraordinary Powers? There have always been songwriters that seem to have extraordinary powers and the ability to create mind-blowing songs that seem to be so unique. I’m not referring to artsy, out-there songs. I’m referring to those that can do so within the confines of your typical pop radio song—that’s quite a feat in itself. Creating simple to perfection, is actually hard. An example outside of songwriting, no one makes the complex into simple better than Apple does with its products and web sites. Yet, no one can argue that Apple has been one of the most innovative companies, in every area, ever. So yes, even in songwriting, it is hard work to do simple to perfection. What History Shows Us About Songs and Originality It’s easy to look to what’s currently popular, or popular from the past and rewrite the same song with new lyrics. Of course this has been done with countless songs when a new genre has been born. While these new genres are in there infancy, a flood of songs emerge with similar styles, chords, tempos and arrangements, as such elements typical define that genre. Such has been the case for Blues, Classic Country, Early Rock and Roll, Disco, New Wave, Punk, Hair Metal, Techno, Grunge and others. However, most of the truly timeless songs have a unique character about them. Somewhere within, timeless songs have something that sets them apart from the rest that makes them special. A lyric, a chord, a melody, an arrangement, a production technique – something that has a “wow” factor that listeners connect with. Why Certain Genres Die Off This is my opinion, not necessarily fact, but I believe there to be a lot of truth in my view. In the early stages of a new genre, there is a lot of copying and imitating of the few original artists, or even the one original artist that spawned it. In time, the genre tends to become so derivative that it implodes on itself. What I mean by that is, every idea has been worked until there is nothing left to draw from. The original innovators and leaders of the genre typically survive, because their inspiration was true and from within or “from the heart.” The artists that “jumped on the bandwagon” and were imitators, tend to fall by the wayside because they were simply copying and have run out of ideas. Don’t Write To The Radio An oft-given piece of advice for aspiring professional songwriters is not to write to the radio. Why?...

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How to Record Vocals Like a Pro – Part 3: Mic Pre-Amps

How to Record Vocals Like a Pro – Part 3: Mic Pre-Amps

In part two of a multi-part series on recording vocals, we looked at various types of microphones that are suited for recording vocals like a pro. In this article, we will look at what microphone pre-amplifiers (often called a: mic pre [pronounced: mike pree] or mic pre-amp) you can use and review some of the microphone pre-amps used by the pros. There are a lot of mic pre-amp choices and we can’t cover them all in this article. However, we will look at some of the very popular models pros use, as well as, some mic preamps that are excellent choices that will fit the home studio budget. Keep in mind, that there are some “all-in-one’ units that combine a mic-pre and a digital audio interface. We will be reviewing digital audio interfaces in the next article. Generally speaking, the all-in-one units are not the best, meaning top-of-the-line pre-amps. That is not to say that for the budget minded, all-in-one units, are not good enough. They are ok, and can be fairly good. But this article is about what the pros use. The pros use the best. And to get the best – you want to go with a standalone, dedicated mic pre-amplifier. What is a Microphone Pre-Amplifier? A microphone pre-amplifier is takes the input from a microphone and boosts the signal from mic level to line level for sending that signal to other pieces of processing and/or recording gear. From Wikipedia: A microphone preamplifier is a sound engineering device that prepares a microphone signal to be processed by other equipment. Microphone signals are often too weak to be transmitted to units such as mixing consoles and recording devices with adequate quality. Not Just For Microphones Most mic preamps have both mic input jacks and line jacks for instruments such as guitar and bass. Mic preamps are something you need for recording guitar and bass, especially if you are using software guitar and bass amps. Mic Pre – The Most Valuable Piece of Gear Everything matters of course, but in my opinion, the first place to spend money to improve your recording quality is with a good mic pre. (This will help line-in recorded guitar and bass signals too!) It will make whatever mics you have now sound better. What I can say from personal experience is when I switched from using the built-in mic preamps that were part of my pro tools digidesign 002 rack unit ( before I owned an HD rig) and started using a high-end vintech mic-pre, it felt like I had just put my mic on steroids! I mean, the clarity and in-your-face punch of the signal was night and day. When I later picked up a high-end tube pre-amp, the warmth and lush vibe of that sound was another great fat signal. Cost Microphone pre-amplifiers run the gamut in price range from affordable (under $500 to under $1000) to very expensive (over $2000 to over $5.000). But just as with microphones, don’t think...

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5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges and Found Success

5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges and Found Success

This article is a follow up to our article “Become a Songwriter Right Now.” If you haven’t checked it out, you should read it for the “excuses checklist” and see if any of them are on your list! The purpose of this article is to show you how these successful songwriters conquered the many excuses that stop many people from succeeding. These 5 songwriters (and most) have had to make major sacrifices along the way, to achieve their dream. I hope you will find it both inspirational and helpful. Jason Blume Excuses conquered: (a) When I learn to play an instrument / or play it better. (b) When I have more money / Money is tight right now. (c) When I can move to a music center. What action he took: Personal note: I have met Jason and dined with him a few times, once at a producer friend’s house. We have swapped some of our starving artist memories with each other. Jason has some good stories there, let me tell you. He left the east coast and moved to Los Angeles. He worked temp jobs to survive. He starved and lived on kitty tuna (because it’s cheaper than people tuna and tuna is tuna). He had to live in a cockroach and mouse-infested room and share a communal bathroom with junkies and hookers. To say he sacrificed for success is an understatement. Jason says: “I was told that you can’t be a successful songwriter because you don’t play piano. I moved 3,000 miles from my family and friends, ended a relationship, and traded a secure job and a comfy middle class existence for poverty. I’ve written the lyrics and melodies for hit songs without ever learning to play the piano – and my guitar playing skills still lie somewhere between pitiful and mediocre.” What he’s accomplished: Jason Blume’s songs are on albums that have sold more than 50,000,000 copies and have been recorded by artists including Britney Spears, the Gipsy Kings, the Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, and country stars Collin Raye, John Berry, and the Oak Ridge Boys. One of the only writers to ever have songs on Billboard’s pop, country, and R&B charts – all at the same time. Blume is a best selling author and songwriting teacher. His book “Six Steps to Songwriting Success, Revised Edition: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs” is a must own for any songwriters who have not yet achieved repeated commercial success. Source: http://www.taxi.com/transmitter/0809/song-success.html Books:         Bobby Fischer Excuses conquered: (a) When I don’t have to work full-time. 
 (b) When I have more money / Money is tight right now. (c) When the timing is right. 
 (d) When I can move to a music center. (e) After my kids get out of school / or start school. – When my spouse/partner/roommate get a higher paying job. 
 What action he took: “He quit a long-tenured day job with a major farm implement company and moved...

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Become A Songwriter Right Now

Become A Songwriter Right Now

The Dream For all people in the music business, it starts with a dream. Everyone who ever achieved success, the musicians you admire – they started with a dream too. They had to start from nowhere, to arrive at “somewhere” just like everyone else. Wait!” you say, “Some of these people got where they are because they knew someone, had relatives in the biz, famous parents, etc.” While that may be true that some are born into music business connections and experienced influences, having those things alone will not make it happen for them. One has to be able to walk the walk. You can have all the well-connected friends and relatives you want, but you still have to deliver on the talent side. Skill is something that each person has to develop through their own effort. At the end of the day, everyone has to deliver the goods. Connections may get you to the doorstep, but talent allows you to remain in the room and be invited back. The Unknown For many people, sadly, it will remain a dream. Not because they do not have the talent, but because they will not make the true effort and commitment it takes to reach their goal. This world is full of brilliant and talented people that will go undiscovered and will remain unknown. You May Be Your Biggest Barrier We are often our own worst enemy. We want to “make something happen,” yet we don’t take the steps it really takes to get there. Or worst yet, we don’t take any steps at all. We sometimes do part of the work, (usually the creative part), but not the rest of the work it takes to succeed. We come up with excuses as to why we can’t get started right now. There are many excuses. Excuses, Excuses. – When I have more money / Money is tight right now. – When things in my life to settle down / my schedule slows down. – When I learn to play an instrument / or play it better. – When I don’t have to work full-time. – After my kids get out of school / or start school. – When I can move to a music center. – After my divorce. – When I finish school. – When my spouse/partner/roommate get a higher paying job. – When the timing is right. – When I figure out what I need to do. – When I meet the right people / I don’t know how to meet the right people. – When I find an investor. – When my style comes back in/ or when people get me – When the economy improves. – When work/business picks up. – After the holidays. – When I improve my songs a bit more. – When I can afford to record demos. – When someone discovers my songs on youtube (add any site here). – When publishing companies start hiring more writers again. – When music styles go...

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Removing Second Verse Curse

Removing Second Verse Curse

There is one thing most professional songwriters will agree on – and that’s getting stuck while trying to write a second verse. That’s what’s called: “The curse of the second verse.” They have many other names for it as well, “Second verse hell,” “The dreaded second verse,” and so on. Every songwriter faces this, and often. In this article we’ll explore “second verse curse” and give you the antidote to remove it. Why is the second verse so dreaded? It’s pretty common for songwriters to have an idea they’re excited about and they have the whole story in their head, or so they think. They write their first verse, pre-chorus, chorus and they’re feeling great about the song. Next, they attempt to write their second verse – and it hits them – the realization that they’ve said everything they needed to say in verse 1. Then they think, “Now where does or can this story go from here?” They don’t know what else to say because the first verse summed it all up. They are stuck. Everything was flowing like magic, until they landed in 2nd verse hell and got hit with the 2nd verse curse. Not to worry. I have the antidote to remove this curse and lift you into 2nd verse heaven. Writing the 2nd verse: One Approach The first direction to explore is to consider that what you have written as your first verse, may actually be your second verse. This occurs more often than you might imagine. The fix is easy. Move your first verse to your second verse and try writing a new first verse. Explore what might have happened before your existing verse. Don’t be timid about trying to include vivid, specific and rich details that touch a few of our five senses. Guide your listener toward what happens in your existing (and now 2nd) verse. The Purpose of the First Verse Writing song lyrics is very similar to writing stories in that you need a beginning, middle and an end. A first verse is much like the beginning of a story. In writing stories, you first introduce the characters and the problem or challenge they are facing or trying to solve. That is, what they are after or seeking, what they will be doing by the time you reach your chorus. When you tell the “whole story” in your first verse, that’s when you find yourself with nowhere to go in the second verse. The perfect first verse, tells just enough to introduce the characters, motives and desires, without telling it all. The Purpose of the Second Verse When you reach your second verse, it is time to advance the story. If the chorus summarized the main idea, we need more to story in the second verse, as in what happened next. The careful balancing act is to do this and still be able to lead to the chorus again in a way that makes sense. If your song has a bridge,...

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