Songwriting Basics



Whether you're aspiring to join the ranks of professional song writers or simply want to find an open mic at which to play your latest tune, a large and varied songwriting community exists to satisfy song writers of all skill and experience levels. The Internet contains a wealth of information applicable to everyone, from the dabbling novice to the meticulous expert.

Songwriting Basics

Many publications about the songwriting community are good for beginners and those seeking a general overview. The sites below offer a wide variety of information about the craft, with facts on some established artists and the business of songwriting.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • A number of comprehensive online-only magazines serve as equal parts encyclopedia and community guide. These, and their print counterparts, are good for general overviews on the songwriting community and for researching business, publishing, and licensing.
  • Online versions of popular print magazines often have the most resources and clearly presented information.
  • The online versions of songwriting magazines are often mainstream but with a decidedly country bent.

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