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Why You Should Create Multiple Versions Of Your Songs

We all know that writing, producing, and recording one song is a ton of work, so it’s fair to ask why it’s worth the trouble of creating multiple versions of your tracks.

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But between music-hungry audiences, streaming algorithms that favor different versions of the same song, and big creative benefits, it’s worth trying out different approaches for your songs. Here are some of the biggest reasons why:

It helps you get more mileage on streaming platforms

Creating different versions of your most popular songs is a proven way to boost engagement over streaming platforms. The tech behind streaming playlists and song libraries usually directs fans towards new versions of the songs they listen to the most. This means that putting a new spin on an old song will help generate plays and interest in your music. Whether it’s a synth-driven song being played acoustic or a pared down version of a trap song, this is a good strategy for engaging with fans and building on prior successes. Some musicians believe that the music they write and release is set in stone, so this strategy won’t work for them. But if you’re opening to showing different sides of your music, there’s a lot of benefit to putting out multiple versions of your tracks.

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You’ll have a better chance at creating the best version of your song if you make multiple versions

It’s worth revisiting old songs with new versions as well as also recording multiple demos of the same song before release. This is because trying out different directions of the same song will help you decide on which approach is best. This is not a new tactic, and artists have been doing this for a long time. The huge benefit here is the exercise of pushing yourself to try out new production techniques, instruments, tempos, key signatures, and musical feels on your tracks. You’ll quickly discover that your song will change drastically from version to version.

Sticking with the first approach you take could leave your song undeveloped and far from reaching its full potential. Yes, it’s a lot of extra work to do this, but this benefit alone makes it worth it. The versions that aren’t the best never have to see the light of day again, but they’re always there in case you want to share them with fans or build on them to create new music. Other than the work involved, there is no downside to creating different versions of your songs to explore.

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Gives you all the chances you need to get it right

This exercise could show you that you got it right the first time with your song. Or, after three versions, you might discover that your track is better off with a new bridge and re-worked vocal melody. When we explore different versions of our songs, we have more time to perfect and build our music. Some songs are fully formed out of the gate, but so many others need tweaking to get where they need to be. Instead of writing something and calling it a day, creating multiple versions of songs forces us to come to terms with what we don’t like in our music and what we know needs improving. Since you never have to share multiple versions of your songs with your fans, this is a great way to develop your best work.

Provides clarity and direction

Whether it ends up with you sticking with your original vision or straying far away from it, this exercise will end up providing you with lots of clarity for your music. For example, if you’ve been bored with the genres you typically work in, experimenting with new ones over the predictable framework of a familiar song can be a huge help. It’s also the kind of work that’s helpful for affirming when things work and revealing when they don’t.

There is so much in music we don’t have control over, but we do have the ability to shape, refine, and create different versions of our songs. Giving your tracks two, three, or even more tries is one of the best ways to ensure you’re making your best work.

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Make A Collaborative Performance Video Remotely

The pandemic might prevent musicians from working together in person, but it is not an excuse to stop collaborating altogether. With the technological tools at our disposal, we can collaborate using remote sessions to record videos and songs. video

In fact, many music videos or performances are being created with remote videos these days. With some planning and coordination, it is possible for anyone to create remote music videos. In this blog post, we’d like to outline the six steps for making a collaborative performance video remotely.

1. Determine orientation, angle, and position of each player in the video

The first step is to decide on your video orientation. Do you want a horizontal or a vertical video? Vertical videos are great for highlighting individual players, and they are usually preferred for a solo performance or a performance up to two players.

On the other hand, horizontal videos are great if you have two or more players in the video. It is easy to divide up the horizontal video into smaller sections to show what each player is doing in each video.

Then, the next step is to decide on the angle of each player. You should plan this ahead and perhaps even create a storyboard to make sure everyone’s position is predetermined. If you have two players, it would be nice if one of them was facing slightly left and one slightly right so it would look like they are facing each other. Or, perhaps you could have an angle where all players are facing the camera.

Based on how everyone’s positions will be in the video, then you can instruct each player. Moreover, you should coordinate how far each player should be from the camera, what the background should be and what color should they wear to make sure the color coordination in the video is cohesive.

Once everything is carefully planned out visually, it’s time to plan how to record audio.

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2. Decide how audio will be recorded

An important decision to make is how audio will be recorded. If the proper equipment is available, I highly recommend using a dynamic or condenser microphone to record any given instrument in the video. Phone microphones can be used as a last resort,  but for a commercial quality video, solid audio is required.

3. Create an arrangement where every player knows the timing of their performance

Once the visual aspect of the performance is planned out, the next step is to determine the musical arrangement. I think the best way to approach a remote video is to start with one instrument. This could be a guitar or a piano, ideally tracked to a click, so people can keep up with the tempo. Once this initial instrument is recorded, you can send it to all other players and everyone can shoot their own videos based on the visual plan.

4. Mix the audio

Once you receive the recordings from players, the first step should be to mix the audio. You can run a regular mixing chain, such as an EQ and compressor, and you can also add effects like reverb and delay. You can even apply some moderate automation in order to make the volume levels a bit more balanced. In certain cases, it might be a good idea to pan some players to the left and some to the right in order to create a more real live audio experience.

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5. Put the video together

Using video editing software, start putting the picture together. First, import the videos into the software. Line up the videos to make sure everything is synced up properly. In order to make the sync easier, feel free to use the camera microphone recording.

Once you line up the picture, add the mixed audio. Then, extract the camera audio and delete it to make sure all that’s left is the mixed audio.

Once the picture and audio are locked up, now you can edit the picture. You can create little squares or rectangles and place each player into them. This will create a clean layout and also an entertaining experience for the viewer. Once you have a layout that you like, make some color adjustments and make sure the colors are cohesive for each player. The overall experience of watching this video should be a pleasant experience for the viewer and it should not be visually overwhelming.

6. Export and upload

Once everything is ready, export your video and upload it to the platform of your choice!

Final Words

These are the six steps of creating a collaborative performance video remotely. There are many details involved in planning and producing a remote video, but I highly recommend that you find some reference videos. Also, do not hesitate to use the search engines to look up any problems you might encounter.

When you’re making a video for the first time, the process can be difficult and the learning curve is steep. But, as you keep making more videos, you will find out that the process can be streamlined and you get quicker every time.

Performance videos are great for social media engagement and they really drive the traffic to your music. Videos are memorable and listeners really like seeing their favorite music in video form, especially during these days when concerts are non-existent. So, give it a try and record some collaborative music videos!

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5 Things To Try When You Can’t Finish A Song

The situation of when a great new idea runs into a wall is all too familiar for serious songwriters. For countless reasons it can feel difficult or even impossible to finish a song, even if you love where it’s headed. Sometimes, it takes a couple days, hours, or weeks to realize that a promising song just isn’t worth finishing. When

But for the ones that are, but just aren’t there yet, you’ll need to find strategies for how to move forward and wrap things up. Here are five ways to finish songs:

Take a walk

Whether it’s a 30-minute stroll around the neighborhood or a grueling mountain hike, getting outside away from your studio is a good way to clear your mind and start thinking about your song in a new way. We usually don’t know the full story about our songs and their potential until they’re finished, and briefly stepping away from them gives us new perspectives and ideas for how to get there. When all else fails, step away from the DAW, instrument, band, or studio, and give your song some space.

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Change up the structure

Sometimes songs need to be structurally changed to be heard the right way. Major changes in structure also help to unlock ideas, reveal places in the music that lack interest, and show the best way for moving forward. This strategy might show you that all your song needed was a rearrangement, or that entire sections of it need to be cut and rewritten. If you’re set on ending up with the best song possible, don’t be afraid to do the work by cutting out parts that aren’t rewarding to listen to.

Identify why you’re stuck and experiment with ways to make it better

Maybe it’s a mediocre melody you’re stuck with or a chord progression that doesn’t give you enough melodic options. Nail down why you’re not finishing your song and then try everything you can to fix it. It’s important to note that doing this might blow up your song completely and leave you with just one or two elements from the original idea you actually liked. That’s okay as long as you like the direction it’s headed in. Don’t commit to setting ideas in stone too soon because you’ll potentially need to transform them or cut them out altogether.

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Listen to great music

Taking breaks to experience music from other artists that inspire you is a great way to unlock ideas and move forward. You might hear an instrumental approach you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise, or new inspiration for writing melodies, drum beats, or chord progressions. It’s easy to get caught up in the world of our own songs and forget there are other ways to write music. Listen to other ideas and ask what makes them good and how you can create similar experiences in your own song.

Change the key or tempo

Extreme or even slight changes in the tempo of your song can give your song an entirely new feel and shake loose what it needs to be finished. Key changes can also do this in an even more profound way. That’s because sticking with the original key might limit possibilities for vocal and instrumental melodies, and moving to another tonality can show you different ways forward.

If you love your idea, it can be a hard sell to make major changes to it. But not being willing to try new directions could leave your song in permanent demo status indefinitely. You can always save or remember old directions for your songs if you need to, but you may not be able to finish them without trying out new things, embracing risk and curiosity, and ultimately moving in a different direction. Letting go of control might be the exact thing your song needs to move forward and be completed. If you’re not finished with a song you’re truly passionate about, don’t be afraid to try new things and cut out parts of your ideas that aren’t working. If your song just can’t seem to wrap up, there’s probably a good reason why. What you do now will determine whether it wraps up and meets its potential or not.

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Why You Should Write Music When You Don’t Feel Like It

If you make music for fun with no intention of improving as a songwriter, creating only when you feel like it isn’t a bad way to go. But if you’re serious about making the best music you can and want to get better and better as a songwriter, you’ll have to put in the work during the times when writing music feels like the last thing you want to do. music

The inspiration myth

The stories we hear about in music when a songwriter hears a song in a dream and writes a hit or a band transforms something that happened to them into great music are usually true. Using inspiration to fuel music is an undeniably great way to create. But what do you do when inspiration is nowhere to be found? How do you create when life momentarily feels boring, predictable, and seemingly impossible to transform into music?

The truth is that the ability to write during these times might be one of the biggest indicators of whether you’ll be able to pursue music seriously over the long term or not. Professional songwriters aren’t sitting around at home waiting for great musical ideas to fall into their laps. They are constantly experimenting, exploring, and asking what’s possible in music. Inspiration is fantastic when you can identify and leverage it, but sometimes it’s an asset we can’t start to use until we sit down and toy around on an instrument or while writing lyrics. In other words, inspiration is often there waiting for us, but we have to do our parts by putting the work in first.

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Creatively thriving through consistent work

The more time and effort you throw into your songwriting practice, the better work you’ll make. This sounds so obvious, but it’s something many bands and songwriters don’t take to heart. Wait for that special feeling of emotional motivation to wash over you to start writing, and you might be waiting forever. But if you commit to writing multiple times every week for hours at a time day in and day out for years, and you’ll be sure to finish songs and consistently improve as a songwriter.

It’s a lot sexier to view songwriting as something we do in reaction to big life events or as a coping mechanism when things get hard, but that approach won’t work if you want to pursue music seriously. If we want to make the best music we can, we need to devote enough time and space in our lives to discover and refine ideas. The simple truth is that writing in a reactionary and inconsistent way almost certainly won’t give you enough good material to work with. You’ll get better and better ideas the longer you look for them, and this inevitably means writing when you don’t want to.

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A couple of minutes after tooling around on an instrument or freewriting lyrics you’ll probably feel glad you did. In this sense, writing consistently is a bit like exercising in the way that we often dread it but are happy we’re doing it once we get started. It’s important to remember that making music is hard and often thankless work. Yes, it should be fun and gratifying, but it’s not realistic to think it will feel great 100% of the time. It’s possible to work on an idea you love only to see it go nowhere, or to write music for weeks and come up with nothing you like or can use. These situations are common, of course, and if you can keep going through rough patches like these, you’ll be able to write better music on the other side. The truth is that working during especially difficult and uninspiring circumstances is a cost of admission of being a serious songwriter.

We have to be able to work consistently as songwriters, but we should also know when it’s time to take breaks. If you truly love music and want to make it for the rest of your life, you’re running a marathon, not a sprint. Sitting it out for a period of time is essential for your well-being, but also for your ability to create. Like so many other things in life, knowing when to show up to the music-creation process and when to rest is a balance.