Songwriting Book Review

By: James Linderman

If your experiences in getting your music "out there" have been anything like mine, you've already experienced enough rejection to need numerous hours of therapy and perhaps enough to qualify for a guest spot on Dr. Phil.

Sure, I've had some hills between all the valleys. This has been a particularly good year. But I still don't see the impact of all of my diligent work on my bank account, nor am I booked for a tuxedo fitting for one of those fancy awards shows anytime soon.

It's therefore very refreshing to read Trax, a new e-book written by Susan Finch that can offer us music writers a different spin on what to do with all the music floating around in our heads and how to make a dent in an otherwise, virtually undentable industry.

Trax is about getting your music to fit a market most of us have not even considered; commercials and TV shows. Sound simple? Well it is... and it isn't.

The author explains that post-production houses have a voracious need for music but lots of incremental rules for pitching your work - much like the rules that exist in all professional media.

The author, however, happens to very conveniently know all the tricks of the trade, gleaned from working in a New York post-production house and working her way up through the ranks in this also very competitive industry.

So what's in this e-book?

It starts out explaining how post-production houses operate and the role that our music plays in their work.

It then comprehensively covers pitching protocol so that you could enter this industry looking like you have been working in it for years, right off the bat. Very cool stuff.

There is a section on setting up your business and establishing a web-site for your work if you decide to do more than dabble in this.

There are also listings of some music studios that specialize in this kind of work, so you can check out the competition.

The author then provides 50 pages of listings for post-production houses in the U.S. and the U.K. for you to send your music to. She also ends the book with some sample contracts so that you can check out a couple of them before you have to sign one.

Trax by Susan Finch is certainly an indispensable e-book for anyone who has ever considered writing music for TV or commercials, or for someone sitting in a small production studio as I am right now feeling like it's time to try something new.

You can get a copy of Trax by Susan Finch at by clicking here. Susan also offers personalized music evaluations at $8 a track.

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James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and recording pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario. James writes songwriting articles and music book reviews for The Muse's News, Canadian Musician Magazine, Songwriters Magazine, and Professional Musician Magazine. His writing is also featured in the James Linderman Wing of the library at Article Source: James has a Canadian University and American College education in music theory and composition and is also pretty good at making up songs and playing the guitar. Contact James at:

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