Co-write with other songwriters and increase your chances to write a better song. If you check the charts these days you’ll see it’s very common for two or three songwriters to write songs in collaboration with each other.
Many pro songwriters cowrite song after song and book appointments to do it. This may seem hectic to you but it works. After all it’s like your job. You put in your hours every day and get tired out doing it. Same is true for songwriters. However, I’d like to think it’s better than a nine to five in a factory.
However there is not much of a guaranteed paycheck in songwriting. If you’re good, you might get a staff writing job for a few years but if you don’t make the company some royalty revenues they won’t see the value in continuing to pay you. Check out songwriters royalties.
But you don’t have to write hundreds of songs a year to see value in a situation where you collaborate with other writers. You probably know another songwriter who you could approach about writing a song together.
If not, find some local songwriting workshops or out of town ones and “hang out” to see if you can find someone who you think you will be able to write with. There are advantages to
If you’re worried that it might be a match made in hell or a total failure, you’re not the first. A thought related to this goes through the mind of every songwriter who co-writes. However it also can produce amazing experiences for you that could be a shame to miss.
So don’t freak out at the thought. Just read through this and other material you can find. There’s a safe way to prepare yourself so you’ll have the best chance at success. There are no guarantees but if you haven’t tried you might be missing a life changing experience.
Ok, maybe you’re thinking that’s a bit much. How could it change my life? You know what, when I think about it, it changed my life as a songwriter. I’ve written songs I know I never would have written if we hadn’t been bouncing ideas off each other.
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You might listen to your song and say wow, “this takes me to a whole new place in my songwriting!” When that happens it is a wonderful feeling. Not to mention you might of had a fun time co-writing the song.
Two or three heads are better than one, providing you get along. But there’s more than just getting along. You have to agree on everything that goes into the song.
You’ll find you have to be flexible and find new ways to be constructive in getting you songwriting points across. Sometimes it will feel easier to you than others.
First I’d like to take you through some of my co write experiences. Next I’ll set out some helpful tips for you to use in any songwriting collaboration.
Finally I’ provide you an example of an agreement or rules other writers have use for their co-write. You can decide if it helps you. Here's an example of a co-writing agreement.
Do you have a great co-write experience that really worked for you? Maybe you had one that was a disaster. How about a funny co-write experience. Share it with other visitors to Great SongWriting!
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