How To Become a Singer/Songwriter

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Becoming a singer/songwriter is a dream for many, yet the high demands of this career path can prove quite challenging.  If you want to become a singer/songwriter, you have to be ready to donate a lot of time and resources to making your dream work.  While it may be difficult at first, becoming a singer/songwriter is a brilliant opportunity to show off your talent and efforts.

The first step to becoming a singer/songwriter is to practice.  Many people realize that they have a knack for singing and songwriting at a young age.  If this is the case, sign up for talent shows or take singing lessons.  You want to do all you can to practice your skills.

As you begin to practice singing and songwriting, determine what type of music you would like to sing most.  It’s best to expose yourself to all kinds of music so that you can see which genres are your strengths.  You may even find that it’s easier to sing certain types of music, yet write others.  Don’t be afraid to combine elements of music, as many songs are written to incorporate different genres of music.

In order to expand your music base, listen to the works of others singers and songwriters.  See how they turn their emotions into words and the abstract lyrics they use.  To help you grow in your songwriting, keep a journal of your ideas and lyrics.  After some time, you may find that many of your lyrics can be combined to write a song.

The next step to becoming a singer/songwriter is to make a demo tape.  A demo tape is not only great for people looking to give you an audition - or possibly a job - but they are also great when looking for an agent to represent you.  Keep in mind that your demo tape does not have to contain many songs, just a few are necessary to give listeners an idea of your vocals and songwriting ability.

As you begin to develop your singing/songwriting career, determine whether or not you would like an agent.  Agents are great to have, as they do most of the work in finding you auditions and business opportunities.  Their inside knowledge of the music business also gives them access to information that you would not otherwise have.  On the downside, you will be required to give your agent a portion of your pay.

If you choose to represent yourself, you will be responsible for finding your own singing opportunities.  You will have more control over the venues you sing at and who you work with, as well as not having to give away a percentage of your pay.  However, finding your own opportunities will be demanding and leave less time to focus on your career.

To keep your dream alive, continue practicing and taking every opportunity to share your work.  Perform at local schools, parties and small venues.  The music business is one that relies heavily on word-of-mouth, so think of every chance to sing as a step forward.


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