COUNTRY NOTES

The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

September-October 2000


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The Complete Song Wheel

In Nashville, it’s not unusual to hear a publisher say, “This is a good song, but it’s not a great song. We have plenty of good songs, so we only need great songs. If we hope to write a hit, we need to find a way to bring our songs to the next level. What separates “good songs” from “great songs”?

Whether our goal is to write a hit or simply to write the best songs we’re capable of, there’s a lot to be learned from professional writers who’ve experienced music business success. Nashville Pro writers Kim Copeland and Susan Tucker have developed The Complete Song Wheel, a system that can guide us in making sure our songs incorporate all the elements that increase the likelihood that our songs will touch the lives and hearts of a wide audience.

While good vs. great certainly a subjective to a large extent, the songs that break through will invariably be strong in all six elements of the Complete Song Wheel. A good song, on the other hand, might be well-crafted, but be lacking in a unique, original idea. A good song might have a fantastic idea but lack believability or a catchy, memorably melody.

Fortunately, incorporating the elements of the Complete Song Wheel is a skill that can be taught and practiced. Kim and Sue were generous enough to develop a series of six lessons for us to use at our Mini-Song Camp workshops. In October and November, we will study Elements 3 and 4, Focused Lyrics and Memorable Hooks. Join us!
 


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September-October '00 Workshop Schedule


Workshop Location
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 4-7p.m. at Musician's Institute, 1655 McCadden Place, just off Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Admission is free for NSAI members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454 or email Seth Jackson at webmaster.hitmeister@mindspring.com.
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Member News
Dan Nahmod has a new CD of original romantic jazz songs. The CD, “Twilight Time”, is available from Amazon.com or by calling 888-964-6683.

Seth Jackson’s new CD, “The Music Lives On”, a tribute to the Jerry Garcia, is available at www.mp3.com/SethJackson.


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NSAI LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS

EDITOR:
Seth Jackson

WORKSHOP COORDINATORS:
Seth Jackson
Craig Lackey

EVENT COORDINATOR:
Cathy Carlson

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send email to craiglack@aol.com


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