song critiques and evaluations
             Song Critiques & Evaluations


   FREE Nashville Song Critiques and evaluations can help you write stronger songs.  If you have been writing your heart out but no one will give you a shot at becoming a songwriter, it may be because your songs are not as strong as they should be.  You may need a professional Nashville Song Critiques and Evaluations. You need to first become a student of the songwriting craft. Study, research and analyze songs that are hits for other professional songwriters.  It doesn't help to spend your time reviewing and studying songs that artists have written for themselves as these songs are not always up to the caliber that your song will have to be as a new unproven songwriter.  You must have the best possible song you can write."  A great resource page for songwriters is How To Write Hit Songs.

    Many new songwriters analyze past number one songs written by major recording artists instead of focusing on songs that have been written by professional and successful songwriters only. There are several books and DVD available that will teach you the skills necessary to write hit songs. These are a great place to start, however after you have written 100 songs or more its time to narrow down your list to 3-4 songs that have the potential to become hit songs. I would go as far to say narrow it to ONE great song. The best of your best and pitch that song. Get a Nashville Song Critique and evaluation to make it as strong as possible.

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     Try to do more with your chorus, both lyrically and melody wise. The chorus needs to develop the story and it needs to be BIGGER than the verses and bridge. The chorus need to have a different melody from the verses, and it's needs to stand out more from the verses.  The chorus needs to establish a pattern the listener can easily identify with and it help the listener to remember the pay off or title of your song. You have to push yourself to make the song as strong as possible. You won't know if you have the best and strongest lines until you've tried everything possible in the was of different combination, different rhythms, timing, wording, etc.


    How many times have you re-written this song? If this is the first or second re-write then you probably need to reach deep down inside to see if you can improve the song and make it stronger.  Be honest with yourself and if anything bothers you, it probably needs changed.

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    Any weakness in a song has to be recognized and made stronger before you start pitching your song. I used to think publishers and/or artist listening to my song would appreciate what a great idea I have and they will overlook the weak second verse or disconnected bridge, but this is just not the case. Almost any songwriter will tell you the hardest part is getting the song recorded, not writing it. Your song has to be great enough to take the artist to another career level to get your songs recorded anymore. First you have to pitch the absolute best song you have and it has to be the strongest it can possibly be. You may only get one opportunity to pitch your song to an artist or publisher in several years of trying, so you want the song to be right when you finally get that one shot with it.

    One of the most difficult things I have had to deal with in songwriting is to throw away a verse or chorus that's OK to a stronger verse or chorus that may get the song recorded. It took years of rejection from publishers and music attorneys for me to admit my songs were just not ready yet. They needed more work, and lots of it. That is another reason to pick one song and make it great, not twelve or a hundred OK songs, just one great strong song with an original unique twist and a well crafted melody and lyrics.

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    I was always so relieved after finishing a song and considering making a demo of that song. The last thing I wanted to hear from a publisher was "you need to throw the second verse and bridge away and re-write them from scratch. But sometimes this is necessary to make the song stronger.
    A good song critique and evaluation may not tell the songwriters what they may want to hear about their songs, but it should tell them what it needs to compete in today's very competitive writer's market.


    I encourage you to submit your song to others for their feedback.  It will cost you a few dollars, but you might get a pattern in the feedback that will help you make the song stronger.

     Even though we can analyze factors that hit songs have had in common, we still really can't predict a hit song. I don't think a song is ever finished until its recorded. I find myself re-writing songs even after I've demo'd them. I don't recommend this as it will cost you extra money to do the demos again, but it is important to have the song as strong as possible if you want to get it cut by a major artist.                                               

     You have to learn to accept constructive criticism on your songs.  It's tough because we all think our creations are great, but the fact is they probably are not unless you have some professional feedback on improving your song and you have been willing to re-write and re-write to make the song as strong as possible. Look at feedback as one more step getting you closer to what you want, a cover on your song by a major artist.

                                  You need professional feedback to make your song strong enough for today's songwriter market.

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  Roy John Fuller a BMI songwriter has had several Top 10 Billboard Pick Hits starting with "Angel In Disguise" (1975 Nashville Columbia Studio B), "Your Song" (1975 Nashville Columbia Studio B), "The Image of Me" (1978 Nashville RCA Studios),  "Giving Up Getting Over You" (1979 Nashville Tandem Studios),  "The First Time" (1981 Nashville Woodland Studios), "Do It" (1981 Nashville Woodland Recording Studios), "The Shoe's On Another's Foot" (1981 Nashville Woodland Recording Studios).  He has Pick Hits and write up's in Nashville Entertainer,  Songwriter Magazine and other music industry publications.


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