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4 Quick and Dirty Chord Progressions for Songwriters

Need some inspiring new chord progressions to add to your repertoire? Click here to try these on for size | SongFancy.com Songwriting tips & inspiration for the contemporary lady songwriter

Starting a new song, but lacking in inspiring chord progressions? Try these on for size! Let’s run through some quick and dirty chord progressions you can use right this second to write a song. Alright? Alright! Let’s get playing! We’re going to look at these progressions as both numbers and actual chord names in the key of C. If you’re familiar with the Nashville Number System, then you can use these numbers to transpose these progressions into any key you please. Ol Faithful Arguably the most popular pop chord progression, or a variation thereof: Nashville Numbers: 1 5 6m 4 Key of C: C D Am F Movement A circular feeling chord...

How to Find 1 Hour a Day to Write

Don't let "lack of time" keep you from writing. Here's how to dig up 1 hour per day to write songs! | SongFancy, songwriting tips and inspiration for the contemporary female songwriter

“Not enough time” is one of the main reasons why songwriters get frustrated with their lack of output. It can be absolutely infuriating! Whether you feel like you’re spread too thin, have too many obligations, or just plain procrastinate (let’s be real… we all do it), sometimes it can feel like “lack of time” is keeping us from doing what we love – writing songs. So here’s a quick guide to finding 1 hour a day to devote to your songwriting. Disclaimer: This is meant to be a helpful rubric. I do understand that not everyone’s day or life will be exactly the same. Maybe some of the points outlined here...

How to Find Your Artistic Identity Through Your Singing and Songwriting Voices

Learning who you are as a songwriter, and who you are as a singer, will shape who you are as a full artist. Learn how to figure out your singing voice and write songs that enhance it! | SongFancy, songwriting tips and inspiration for the contemporary female songwriter

Kelly Hoppenjans is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, and artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Today, she tells us how your songwriting and your singing all work to affect your identity as an artist.  All singer/songwriters have two voices Who are you as an artist? What is your brand? What is your message? What is your artistic voice? How sick are you of questions like these? Being a performing singer/songwriter comes with so many questions about your artistic identity like the ones above, and they’re notoriously hard to answer – especially for young artists who may not even know who they are as people yet, as an artist. Part of what makes this so...

4 Reasons Why You Need to Finish More Songs Than You Start

Why you need to finish songs - all the way through! From beginning to end. | SongFancy.com

It can be really easy to start a new song that you’re excited about, then walk away once the thrill is gone. Especially if you feel that little glimmer of excitement taking hold, the one that tells you, “Go go go, write right now!” But when you hit that first snag – “What line should come next? Where do I take the second verse from here?” – the muse starts to get distracted like a goldfish and leaves you to your own devices. Suddenly, that brand new song becomes a lot less exciting and a lot more work. So you get up and decide to give your brain a rest...

5 Reasons Why Songwriters are Artists, Too

Songwriters are artists, too. How? Read on: | SongFancy.com

When we think about the music industry, the term “artist” is typically reserved for the people who are singing on stages, selling albums, and recording music. Not necessarily songwriters. Songwriters are usually referred to as the crafters, the masons, the welders and carpenters that temper our songs in the fires of writing rooms up and down Music Row. Songwriters are known as the builders of what we hear. And while that is accurate and amazing, we song crafters forget a certain truth: Songwriters are artists, too. But not in a music industry sense. Not always. Songwriters are artists in the same way that the painter is an artist. That the poet, the...

72 Ways Singer-Songwriters can Jumpstart their Social Media

Social media can connect you to your fans. Here are 72 ways to spark your social media presence in a hurry. | SongFancy.com

  This post is a guest post from one of my favorite #musicbizbesties, Katherine Forbes. She’s a digital marketer with a background in artist management and design, and runs Nashville based, Designing The Row.     Social media, when done right, is an incredibly powerful connector. It allows you reach your fans in a highly personal way and make lasting relationships with them. If you’re a performing songwriter looking to grow your following online, here is a quick list of 72 things you can do with your socials. Bonus – email and website tips included!   Above all: 1. Be yourself!! 2. Give credit when it’s due (to photographers especially) Facebook 3. Make sure...

3 Ways to Get Your Songs Recorded by Artists & Bands

Three simple ways to get your songs recorded by singers and bands. Read on | SongFancy.com

One of the biggest struggles songwriters can have is finding artists to record their material. If your goal is to make an income from your songwriting, then you’ll need to get your music out there. And if you’re not a singer or performer yourself, it’s essential to find people who are, so they can record your material. Here are three surefire ways to start establishing relationships with artists and get your first cuts. These are all great strategies for writers who may not live in a music capitol such as Nashville, NY, or LA. But if course, they’ll work for you wherever you are! 1. Co-write with artists and bands Co-writing directly...

Goal Setting for Songwriters

We've got big dreams. Let's get them down on paper and start making them happen. Read on. | SongFancy.com

Songwriters have dreams. Songwriters dream about writing songs and building up a collection of work they’re proud of. We dream of garnering some sort of recognition for our craft. Even some of us dream of taking our songs to the stage, to the airwaves, across the country or the world. Songwriters have dreams and the Songwriters have dreams, but dreams should always come with plans. A dream without a plan is just a fantasy. Dreams are beautiful, inspiring things. They provoke us, they wake us up, they give us the fire to get up and chase them. But a dream can just as easily slip through your fingers if you don’t...

7 Inspiring Podcasts for Songwriters

Laugh, cry, and get inspired with these great podcasts for songwriters | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

The DIY Musician Podcast from CD Baby Probably my favorite podcast like, ever. It’s a shame it only comes out pretty randomly every month or so. But each episode is well worth a listen. Host Kevin Breuner is so casual and calming, which makes this podcast super easy to listen to. You’ll get interviews with touring bands, songwriters, promoters, lawyers, and a whole gamut of relevant, in-depth music industry conversations. I used to take this cast to the gym with me every time I went, until I ran out of episodes! The Music Biz Cast with Kelly Castor Kelly Castor goes in depth with artist on their career strategies. He interviews with a...

My Top 10 Favorite Songwriting and Music Industry Blogs

All my favorite places to read about songwriting! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

This list could get so big. So fast. So I’m keeping it to the greatest hits! Here are all my favorite blogs and resources that I read obsessively:   DIY Musician Blog from CD Baby This blog is chock full of easy to digest how-to’s for those of us who just need some plain language explanations of how the heck to do this whole music career thing! Man Vs. Row by Brent Baxter I was lucky enough to have a mentoring session with Brent a couple years back, and I have followed his blog ever since. He’s got cuts for days with artists like Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, and Alan Jackson....