Over the last two months we have looked at song writing and how you might get started as a writer. If you are reading this column you might have even written a few songs and could be at the stage of wondering why it is that more people aren’t aware of your song writing talents. And the most likely reason is the lack of promotion. Before that begins however you need to have your product in a marketable form. In the case of a song it is a demo recording, but simply putting a microphone up and singing your song into it is unlikely to produce a marketable item.
For a start you will need a reasonable singer and a good backing. Most small studios can provide these things for you at a very reasonable cost. Or you can possibly build the skills and do it yourself. This adds a time component and a bigger cost as you will need to purchase the studio equipment as well. The other advantage of working with a professional is that they can often assist you in making the songs sound better by working on the arrangement with you, playing or adding parts as needed. They will also tend to be objective about your work and encourage you to listen more critically, so you will develop a better ear.
Once the work is recorded and sounds reasonably professional, you can sit back and compare it more favourably to recordings you respect and of course you can share your songs with your friends. Hopefully you will be encouraged and want to continue with your creative endeavours, and a year later you might go back into the studio to put down a couple more songs and consider how you have developed as a musician and song writer over that period.
In this day and age we are finding that artists are able to break into the music scene without a recording contract and big company behind them. It is all about having a product for which there is a market and then targeting that market in your promotion.
Next month we’ll look at how music software can assist you in building your skills as a musician while giving you a creative and fun outlet.
Do have a stimulating musical month!
Michael’s Muse – With our regular columnist, local musician Dr Michael Whiticker