Listen to any pop song on the radio. Chances are the person singing the song was not in charge of writing it. In fact, there could have been more than one person involved in writing the song. There is a need for songwriters not only for radio, but for movies, television, commercials, and more. If you have confidence in your songwriting skills and want to become a songwriter, there are a few important things you have to know in order to reach your goal of hearing your songs on a national level.
First thing’s first: you have to know music. You need to have an understanding of music in order to create good music. We offer a helpful course on music theory that can teach you how to better understand music and improve your songwriting skills. You will get familiar with musical terms and symbols, scales, time signatures and more. Once you have those skills down, you have created a base for your songwriting.
You Need Songs
This is an obvious statement, but songwriters need to have songs in order to be hired on a national level. You need physical evidence that you are capable of the job and you can do it well. And not just one song, either. You will need a diverse selection of songs to show that you can write in different genres and for different audiences.
Before you start pursuing songwriting opportunities, take some time to really grow your songwriting portfolio. The more options you have available, the more opportunities you have to pitch your songs to a variety of people in the business. A popular songwriting program is Garageband, which was created by Apple. It allows people to simply create music or podcasts. In your case, you will need to use it for music. The program is a relatively inexpensive way for you to write, record and produce your music on your own as opposed to paying someone for studio time. If you are just beginning with songwriting, this is a great program to have.
Unfamiliar with Garageband or intimidated by all of it options available? We offer this course, which teaches you how to create a song in Garageband in an hour. From there, you can practice using the software until you become completely comfortable with it.
The only way to get your songs noticed is to promote them. This blog post has tips on how to effectively promote your music. One of the easiest ways to promote your music is the Internet. By putting your songs on the Internet, you have an opportunity for thousands of people to listen to your music. That’s if you do it correctly, however. The Internet is a big place with many songwriters looking for the same recognition you are. You just have to know how to make yourself stand out from the rest of them. If you are not sure where to start or are overwhelmed with all the options on the Internet, we offer a course that highlights some easy ways to promote your music. In it, you will learn how to find and get new fans online. It focuses on finding new fans and building relationships, as well as finding a way to get paid for your music.
One of the easiest ways to promote your songwriting is through social media. Websites like Twitter and Facebook are free to sign up for, and paid advertising and promotion is usually within many people’s budgets. Sign up for as many of these sites as you can, so you can get in front of as many eyes as possible. But signing up doesn’t grant you followers right away. You have to build your followers, and you do that through interesting content and interacting with your followers. The interesting content in this case is your songwriting. Post lyrics you are working on, songs you have completed and any new developments you have. These things will get people interested and connected to your personal journey. Use hashtags on Twitter to search for like-minded people and strike up a virtual conversation with them. You can use hashtags such as #songwriting, #songwriter, or #musiclover to search for people talking about topics you might be interested in. From there, you can build on these conversations and start up networking relationships with people.
Another way you can promote yourself is by showcasing your songs at open mic nights. There are plenty of these kind of events all over and they are easy to sign up for. These nights will give you a chance to show off your music in front of an audience, whether you are playing it yourself or you have someone else playing your songs. It is also a great way to meet people face-to-face and network with them, which can help provide additional opportunities for you to reach your goal of becoming a songwriter.
Understanding the Music Business
Like any field, music is also a business and in order to succeed at becoming a songwriter, you have to also understand the business side of music. A lot of songwriters and singers have managers and publicists, while many navigate through the business on their own. It is important to know which route you can not only afford, but which route works best for you and what you want to accomplish with your songwriting. To better understand the ins and outs of the music industry, we offer this course that can get you acquainted with the industry and help get you where you want to go with your songwriting. The program not only has leading-edge business thinking, but also has ideas from music as well. With more than 50 lectures, you will be better able to understand the ins and outs of the music industry.
With any goal, in order to become a songwriter, you have to work. You need to be dedicated to making the best songs you can while additionally promoting yourself to get your music and songwriting heard.