After the Song Works

Now that you have a great song, what's next? That depends on who you are and why you write songs. First, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself. You did the work. You finished a song.

Now, ask yourself a few questions. What are your goals? Are you performing it live? Do you want to record it? Who's going to sing it - you or someone else? Should you make a demo? How's your playing and singing? Wanna get better? How about getting that song to an artist who might want to put it on their next recording project? Is there a cause that you believe in that could use a theme song?

Whether you're a "do it for the fun of it" writer, a performing singer-songwriter, or interested in getting your songs in film and tv, these videos will help you show off your song at its very best, and provide insight on how to take things to the next level.
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After the Song Works

Video Lectures

Music Theory

Nashville Numbers (Major Key)
0:13:48
Thinking in numbers is a GREAT starting point.
Why Do Some Chords Have Numbers?
0:24:50
Helping you create yummy chords.
Demystifying the Circle of Fifths
0:12:41
Start building the framework for holding all your music knowledge, right here with the Circle of 5ths.
Time Signatures
0:12:38
Make rhythmic structure work for you.

Guitar

Dynamics and Rhythmic Depth
0:17:48
Two powerful but often overlooked tools in songwriting.
A Capo Does More Than Change the Key!
0:05:35
A capo is more useful than one might think.
The Drop D Capo
0:08:40
The beginning of a very deep rabbit hole.
Techniques for Recording Acoustic Guitar
0:22:02
How to mic acoustic guitars and use different mic setups for different results.
Easy New Sounds: Multiple Capo - What!?
0:08:11
Using multiple capos is a really cool way to explore a wide range of sound on your guitar without having to be a virtuoso!
Open Tuning And DADGAD
0:30:27
More options for your songs, more tools.
Open G Tuning
0:17:47
More options for your songs, more tools.
Open C9 Tuning
0:10:39
More options for your songs, more tools.
Coloring Chords With Open Strings
0:08:05
Open strings and chordal color create wonderful, new sounds!

Arranging

Pre-Production Arrangement and Instrumentation
0:32:09
There's a lot to think about before you go into the studio to record a song.

The Music Business

Publishing Deals: A Publisher's Point of View
0:09:15
What are publishers are looking for in writers?
Publishing Deals: A Writer's Point of View
0:12:55
Here are some things to think of if you're considering a publishing deal.

Voice

Supporting And Using Your Voice
0:12:38
Connecting to your voice, and using that tool to communicate: priceless.
Breath and Body
0:11:13
The essential connection between breath and body.
Breathing
0:36:21
The real scoop on "Breathing for Singing!"
Choosing a Key That Works For You
0:17:13
How to make the most of your voice and your performance.

Performance

Breaking Patterns
0:24:13
Make magic by making changes!
Creating a Great Set List
0:12:10
Choose your set list carefully! It can have a huge impact on your performance and your audience.

Recording and Producing

Fundamental Concepts of Mixing
0:20:34
What should you really consider when you're mixing your track? How do you choose what to focus on? Use the rule of three and other ideas, too.

Songwriting Techniques

Hearing Progressions in Other Songs
0:08:12
Good songwriters borrow. Great writers steal!
Quick Tips
Imagery and Emotion in Songs
0:03:26
How to use imagery and emotion to your advantage.
Prosody
0:03:11
How well matched are your music and lyric?
Songforms
0:03:41
We have many choices when it comes to song forms.
What Do I Have? What Do I Need?
0:03:25
Sometimes taking a good look at what you've written may shed some light on what you need to write.
Rewriting Part 1
0:01:55
Honoring our work by taking a 2nd look at it.
Phrasing
0:02:08
What's the most important word in your sentence?

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