- At a songwriting co-write session, you should be open. Co-writing is teamwork and you need to be prepared to take criticism and incorporate the other’s ideas.
- Be vulnerable. Songwriting is sometimes therapy for people and when co-writing you need to be vulnerable even thou it can be hard. Try to create a trusting and comfortable environment for the co-write.
- When going into a co-writing session you need to be prepared. Bring a book of song ideas and recordings of melodies to help kick start the session.
- In addition to being prepared, you need to know your co-writing partner. Know their strengths and weaknesses and listen to some of their music before the session.
- If you are writing with a certain artist in mind, know that artist. Listen to their previous songs and know their style, vocal range and genre.
- Figure out the royalty share before you write the song. In most cases it is 50/50, but in some negotiated cases, the percentages are different. Don’t be greedy, even thou you may feel you did more work, you wouldn’t have written the same song without them.
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