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Its a new year and a new contest. :)

The topic or the "phrase" for this month is:

"The day gave way to the night gradually with her every footstep. "

PLEASE READ THE RULES CAREFULLY AS EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM COUNTS

http://forums.songstuff.com/topic/26833-monthly-lyrics-contest-rules/

Voting opens on December 26th Jan!

Voting will close on 31st Jan!

Commenting on a song before voting is closed is NOT ALLOWED.

ALL ENTRANTS MUST VOTE!

For the full details,head here:

http://forums.songstuff.com/topic/27841-january-2013-lyrics-contest/

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This challenge will be a SONG FORM based challenge:

The song form that must be used for this challenge is AABA, or an AABA derived song form.

PLEASE READ THE CONTEST RULES, THEY WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED

Voiting will be opened on 25th January.

Voting will close on 30th January.

Commenting on a song before voting is closed is NOT ALLOWED.

!!!! ALL ENTRANTS MUST VOTE !!!!

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Please read the full brief here.

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A Guide To Song Forms - AABA Song Form

AABA is one of the more popular song forms. Popular songs often follow one of the traditional song forms, or one of the song forms that are derived from one of the traditional song forms. These music forms are generally made up of a number of sections that may or may not be repeated with the same song. This article focuses on explaining the AABA song form and it's derivatives.

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A Guide To Song Forms - AABA Song Form

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Song Building Blocks

Songs use a number of common sections. These sections are the building blocks of songs. When discussing song form these sections are assigned letters as labels, but you will be more familiar with their names such as verse, chorus and bridge.

This article looks at the common sections, what defines them, and how those sections work together to form a working, popular song.

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Read "Song Building Blocks" now.

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The Power Of Song Hooks

Many songwriters don't understand song hooks, the range of hooks that are involved or how to use them. This article takes a look at the different hooks and explains the importance to songwriters of learning about the different types of song hooks and how to use them.

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Mahesh

We're conducting a lyrics contest just for kicks for this december.

All you Songstuffers interested can find more details and the full announcement here:

ALL RULES MENTIONED STRICTLY APPLY

Closing date for entries: 17th DEC

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This "just for fun" contest is for recordings of songs that you have written or co-written.

Recordings can be everything from vocal only through to full arrangements, any genre.

Read the full announcement topic here:

PLEASE READ THE RULES CAREFULLY

A December Lyrics Only contest will also be announced soon...

One entry per member.

Closing Date For Entries: 16 DECEMBER 2012

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Creating A Song Title

Creating a song title that listeners will remember is not as straight forward as it might seem. This article explores creating song titles and describes the various important points that a good song title should deliver

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Creating A Song Title

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New Article - How To Create A Great Press Kit Or Electronic Press Kit

The need for all aspects of a band to be of a high quality professional standard has never been more important. This includes those products aimed at fans, and those products aimed at the music and other media industries. One of the most fundamental of those is the Press Kit or Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

To help you create an awesome Press Kit or Electronic Press Kit we've pulled together some tips to help you make yours shine.

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10 Crucial Components Of The Band Bio

The Band Bio is a fundamental part of the band promotional tool kit. Your Band Bio, or Band Biography, is often the first encounter a member of the press will have with a band and first impressions always count. Follow these simple instructions to create an effective Band Bio.

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10 Crucial Components Of The Band Bio

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5 Tips To Help Your Band Become Successful

A useful collection of 5 tips to help you to achieve success with your band including tips to help you grow your fan bases and how to leverage the benefits of one piece of work to many different areas. The same principles apply to success in other facets of the music industry.

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5 Tips To Help Your Band Become Successful

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Syncopation Series

Songstuff author Tom Hoffman has re-worked his syncopation articles providing HD video examples, notation, tabs and more.

Check them out now:

The Revelation Of Syncopation

More On Syncopation

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Tom Hoffman

Diagramming

Donna Dahl

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A New Perspective on Writing Lyrics

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Starting to write a song can be a tricky business. This article explores approaching the song with the big picture in mind armed with a clear idea of what the song is trying to say, and where it is going. This can all be achieved by asking yourself three key questions when writing a song

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A New Perspective on Writing Lyrics

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New Article - A New Perspective On Writing Lyrics Topic

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Anthony Ceseri

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Lyrics - Keeping The Pace

A new article inspired by some of the songwriting community posts made by new lyrics writers on our lyrics critique board, Jon Hanover takes a look at lyrical pace and how it relates to a better presentation of lyrics.

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Lyrics - Keeping The Pace

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Jon Hanover

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New Article - Understanding Shuffle Beats Part 1

First in a 3 part series on shuffle beats by Tom Hoffman and Donna Dahl for Songstuff. This episode explores the fundamentals of shuffle beats with video examples to illustrate the different ways a shuffle beat can be created.

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Check out the article "Understanding Shuffle Beats" with diagrams and video example clips.

or check out the complete video version

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Tom Hoffman

Donna Dahl

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After a pretty nasty fried hard drive and a complete web server rebuild... we're back!

A quick note to say sorry for the extended down time but after several problems we wanted to be as sure as we could that the site was stable.

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What Does "Success" Mean in the Music Biz; and How Do I Get It?

How to be succesful in the music biz? It is a question that is often posed by would be stars. Songstuff author Cheryl Hodge looks at what success might mean to the modern musician an describes exactly how she achieved her own success in music.

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What Does "Success" Mean in the Music Biz; and How Do I Get It?

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Cheryl Hodge

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Using Rhyme To Enhance Your Lyrics

Using rhyme effectively within your songs is something that you, as the songwriter, are likely to aiming for. In this article Songstuff author Anthony Ceseri explores the use of rhyme within a song. Using A song by Evanescence, Immortal, as an example Athony goes on to break down the basics of rhyme schemes and when you can break the rules

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Using Rhyme To Enhance Your Lyrics

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Anthony Ceseri

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Writing Titles For Your Songs

Choice of a song title is more important than you may think. This article, by Songstuff author Anthony Ceseri. covers key factors in selecting a title and the impact that can have on the success of your song.

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Writing Titles For Your Songs

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Anthony Ceseri

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Breathing Exercises

Most singers will have heard of the importance of breathing from the diaphragm, but what does that really mean? This article explains how to breathe properly when you are singing and describes exercises to develop your voice by breathing from the diaphragm. By Songstuff author Ken Taylor

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Breathing Exercises

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Does it make a difference how well lyrical phrases line up with melodic phrases? Using an example song Songwtuff author Anthony Ceseri looks at exactly why it matters and explains what we as songwriters can do to improve our own songs.

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Aligning Your Lyrical Phrases with Your Melodic Phrases

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Anthony Ceseri

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Songwriters can sometimes cause offense without intending to. By writing lyrics intended to have a broad appeal this is easy to do. This is further complicated by shifting trends in language. Songstuff author Jon Hanover looks at the topic in detail and explains what he finds.

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Taste, Not Just In Your Mouth Any More

Authored by Jon Hanover

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A great first article for Songstuff by vocal coach Ken Taylor discusses three simple and effective ways to improve your singing range while at the same time addressing some common vocal issues.

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3 Ways To Improve Your Singing Range

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Ken Taylor

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3 Ways To Improve Your Singing Range Discussion and Feedback Topic

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Learn how the position of your lyrics can alter the meaning of what you are saying. Anthony examines how to position lyrical phrases within your music so that the message you are trying to get through to your audience is the message they get.

Songwriters - Learn How the Position of Your Lyrics Can Change What You're Saying

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Anthony Ceseri

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When writing lyrics why is visualization important? The use of effective imagery can be the difference between listeners connecting to your lyrics or not. This article by Jon Hanover is for lyricists who are looking to improve the use of imagery within their lyrics.

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If you would like to leave a comment or some feedback for Jon, or you would like to discuss visualization in lyrics based on this article, please reply to this blog post or reply to this topic.

If you want to know more about the author, Songstuff staff member Jon Hanover, please follow the links to his profiles below.

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