Collaboration – a powerful tool

Collaborating or co-writing is another trick you can add to your songwriting arsenal. Writing alone may be the only method you’re familiar with up to this point, but in some cases two heads are better than one.

We are often so wrapped up in our own songs, that a second set of ears is helpful, whether they belong to your co-writer, manager, producer, bandmate, song circle member, spouse or friend.

That second/third set of ears can often pick up weaknesses in our songs, weaknesses that we’ve completely overlooked. It’s always better to find and fix these glitches early in the songwriting process, than to be dealing with them later, in the recording studio, for example.

When you’re having a case of writer’s block or just a bad day, your co-writer can take the reins and get the ball rolling and vice versa.

Your co-writer(s) can also become your biggest fans and promoters. Many songwriters are hesitant to toot their own horns, but you can promote your co-written song without sounding like an egomaniac, by giving your co-writer most of the credit. And of course, he/she would do the same.

Perhaps your co-writer has contacts in the music industry that you don’t have. You can pool your resources when pitching the songs you’ve written together. When your co-writer’s contacts become yours and vice versa, you can then pitch songs you’ve written alone or with other writers.

It’s always better to find glitches early in the songwriting process, than to deal with them later, in the recording studio, for example.

Unlike solo songwriting, collaborating requires tact, negotiation, compromise and people skills. And this is in addition to all the other skills needed to write a song.

I’m not saying you should abandon your old method of writing. Rather, you can add this tool. We can be creative in many ways. Collaboration is one more.

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