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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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Don’t spend money on demos before getting informed feedback on the song

After your song is written, the next step is to make a demo (short for demonstration recording). The demo will be the only embodiment of your song that the publisher, producer, or artist will hear. In most cases, you will not be there in person to present the song. The demo will have to present itself. It will have to be strong enough to stand on its own without your being there to say, “This part needs horns,” or “The record would have backup vocals here.”

There are a million ways to go wrong in the demo-making process. In the chapters that follow, we’ll cover a variety of preparation mistakes and ways to avoid or undo them. Some of the most important ...

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