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Issue No. 008

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In This Issue...

1. Collaborate With A Writing Partner

2. Building A Home Recording Studio

3. Inspired Quote of the Month
A little shot of inspiration to keep you going through those tough times!

Collaborate With A Writing Partner

Perhaps one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself as a songwriter is to find another writer to work with. You've heard the saying, "Two heads are better than one." With songwriting this can be very true. When you have someone to bounce ideas off, and vice versa, the songwriting process can move along in an almost magical way.

Exploit each other's strengths
When working with another writer, you will often find your strengths lie in different areas. Perhaps your lyrics are not as strong as your melodies. Wouldn't it be wonderful to work with someone who is the opposite? It's not always that cut and dried, but you will usually find there are aspects of writing you are each more gifted in than others.

Find out what they are and exploit them!

Of course, your writing partner must be someone you can trust. You have to feel comfortable enough to bare your soul. Also, you both must be committed to the same thing: Doing what's best for the song. Constructive criticism is essential to a songwriting partnership. It's not about you, it's about the song. Don't take it the wrong way.

Check your ego at the door
When you are involved in a collaboration there will be many times when you will not get your way. And the same goes for your partner. This means egos must be checked at the door. When you can put aside your ego, you will find it easy to decide what works best for the song.

Keep in mind that when you write a song with someone else, you both have equal authorship. That means everything gets split down the middle, music and lyrics.

If you've never worked with another writer, consider giving it a shot. So many great songs have been written by more than one person.

Building A Home Recording Studio

If you've ever dreamed of building your own home recording studio, there has never been a better time than now! You no longer need to spend vast amounts of cash to build yourself a studio you can be proud of. Professional quality systems are a fraction of the cost of what they were a decade ago.

The choices available to musicians and songwriters are staggering. Check out the new section Building A Home Recording Studio at http://www.inspired-songwriting-tips.com In it, I will give tips and pointers on picking out the gear that is right for you. I will also attempt to answer common questions and help to dispel some of the myths associated with putting together a great home studio.

It is a work in progress, so please be patient!

Inspired Quote Of The Month

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

- Victor Hugo

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Until next time, happy writing!

All the best,
Richie Gilbert

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