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6 Tips For Using A Song Critique Service

6 Tips For Using A Song Critique Service

Feedback Is Critical To Growing

Why a service in addition to your peers? Industry professionals staff legitimate services. It doesn’t mean you should incorporate everything they say – ultimately, it’s your song and in the end decisions are yours.

Keep in mind, these services won’t write a song for you, so make sure you send a song which is pretty well grounded in the basics of songwriting to get the most from the critique. Local groups and online forums can help get you here.

6 Tips For Using A Song Critique Services


1  Make sure you have the proper elements (MP3, matching lyric sheet) before you start the ball rolling. There’s nothing worse than paying for everything then realizing you went the wrong files.


2  Don’t expect a critique service to fix your song. They’re not co-writers. They’re providing insight into how a song might progress, lyrics to try, or put a big red circle around a stagnant melody line.


3  Be open to the ideas and thoughts you get back. You should have the expectation of doing some additional work when the feedback returns in an effort to create the best song possible.


4  What you should expect is some time spent on your song. You should never get back something from a service just saying they didn’t like it – not really a critique or a service in my book!


5  Choose someone you feel you can trust. This is a key component since you’ll need to decide if their thoughts help your song. If you don’t trust the feedback, it’s unlikely you’ll make changes to the song. Alternatively, if you trust the source, you’re more likely to be open to some changes you may not accept from others.


6  I also like the critique service to have a face or at worst, an anonymous face I know comes back to real people, like NSAI’s evaluation service. I know it’s a person critiquing my songs who has industry experience.


Recommended Critique Services


Kim Copeland Productions


Nashville Songwriter's Association International


If you’re not sure you’ve got a sound structure and the basics of song craft, review the basics first:


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