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A collection of interviews, updates, tips and resources for songwriters.

I’m nothing special- and that’s good news for you!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on August 15, 2018

I’m nothing special. There’s no big obvious reason for the moderate success I’ve had in the music business. I’m not a musical child prodigy. I wasn’t born into a music biz family. I don’t...


Do you feel invisible to music publishers?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on August 08, 2018

Most songwriters can't seem to get a music publisher's attention. They're simply invisible, or at least it feels that way.  And maybe your songs are good.  Maybe they're really good.  But that doesn't matter much if you're missing the other...


Do you have to go to a songwriting or music school to be successful?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on August 01, 2018

Is it necessary to go to a school (college or university) to learn how to write songs?  Or is there a faster, better way? Well, you'll be happy to hear that no, you don't HAVE to go to a college...


Songwriting Success: D.R.I.P. by D.R.I.P.

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on July 25, 2018

Success is not an overnight explosion- regardless of how an “overnight success” might be viewed by others.  No, success is usually more like water wearing away a stone, drip by drip.  It’s little things making a big difference over...


Your Friends Determine Your Songwriting Future

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on July 18, 2018

"Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future." Yes, I know that probably sounds like something your mother would say. But I think it’s true. And, if it IS true, it really matters who you let into...


Are You A Shawshank Songwriter?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on July 11, 2018

If you feel trapped in your day job- if you feel like you’re locked in a prison, I recommend watching “The Shawshank Redemption.” There is an important lesson in there for folks trying to escape their day jobs for...


Day Job: Songwriting Prison… or Songwriter Patron?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on July 04, 2018

If you have the dream of being a full-time songwriter, singer/songwriter, or other type of creative, I know it’s easy to think of your day job as a prison. You feel chained to your desk, or to the...


Where Have All The Story Songs Gone?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on June 27, 2018

It's easy to listen to current Top 40 country and pop and wonder, "Where have the great story songs gone?" And where are the songs that make you think? Are all the music fans REALLY this stupid and shallow these days?" ...


Are you writing songs from the most powerful point of view?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on June 20, 2018

Sometimes we hit a roadblock with our song because we’re writing from the wrong (or less than best) point of view. Let’s say you’re writing about domestic abuse. (I know, I know. It’s an uplifting topic,...


Pick Up The Tempo To Pick Up More Fans

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on June 13, 2018

You should probably be writing more uptempo songs than you already are. Why? Let me tell you. Tempo is the speed of your song in beats per minute, or bpm. As a general principle, uptempo songs are in higher demand...


Write The Video Before You Write The Song

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on June 06, 2018

As songwriters, we sometimes to leave too much information IN our heads and OFF of the page. This is a big mistake, and it can leave our listener either confused or emotionally disconnected from our song. So why do we...


Why Won’t A Music Publisher Respond To My Email?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on May 30, 2018

Okay, you know the drill.  You email a music publisher, and you wait for a reply.  And you wait.  And you wait.  And then you say bad words and wait some more.  Man, I've been there, too- and it just...


The Danger Of Songwriting “Shambition”

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on May 23, 2018

“Shambition” – noun. “When you talk like you have songwriting ambition, but you work like you couldn’t care less.” It’s time to take a hard look in the mirror. Statements of ambition are all over social media. Writers and...


How Pro Songwriters Know Who’s Looking For Songs

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on May 16, 2018

You might be writing great songs, but you won’t get them recorded if you don’t know who’s actually looking for songs to record. It’s hard enough just to write great, commercial songs. Finding out who’s...


The Cure For Your Songwriting Pain

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on May 09, 2018

Songwriters are a sick bunch of folks. And, no, I don’t mean we’re crazy for doing what we do. (Okay, maybe a little, but that’s not what I’m talking about today.)  What I mean by sick...


6 Ways To Make Your Songs More Commercial

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on May 02, 2018

If your goals are like mine- getting cuts and hits, then your best bet is by writing well-crafted COMMERCIAL songs.  Here are six simple (though not always easy) ways to make your songs more commercial. 1. Write uptempo. Learn to write...


Turn A Negative Title Into A Positive Song!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on April 25, 2018

Commercially-speaking, positive songs are in higher demand than negative songs. (That’s not a surprise if you listen to the radio.)  But what if most of the titles and ideas you come up with are sad/negative? Well, then... I...


Songwriter, Please Don’t Chase Rhymes!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on April 18, 2018

It’s easy to start chasing rhymes. But it's a big mistake. This is when you write a line with a setup rhyme and, instead of concentrating on what needs to be said, you just try to get the payoff...


Are your songs on the inside or outside?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on April 11, 2018

When an artist is working on an album, there are two types of songs which will (or will not) be considered: inside songs and outside songs. So what are these, and why does it matter to you as a songwriter? ...


Your songwriting needs to show, not just tell.

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on April 04, 2018

Imagery is a very important part of your lyric- especially in country music. The saying in Nashville is, ”Show me, don’t tell me.” There are a few reasons we’d rather you show us your song than tell us. 1....


Every cliche’ lyric is a missed opportunity.

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on March 28, 2018

Every time you use a cliche' in your song, you miss an opportunity to do something great. Cliche's get used so much because the’re so easy. They are the first things that come to mind when we want to...


Do you call your own songs “great?” Don’t.

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on March 21, 2018

Stop calling your own songs "great." YOU don't get to decide that.  And neither do I, to be fair.  Today, let's talk about who DOES get to decide if your song is great. When I was writing my earliest songs...


Here’s How Songwriters Can Make A Great First Impression

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on March 14, 2018

A few years back, I met the owner of a certain publishing company. It was the first time we’d ever met. Within ten minutes, he said he was interested in talking about a publishing deal with me. How did...


Are you building your songs in the right neighborhood?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on March 07, 2018

The 3 most important things in real estate are also very important in songwriting: location, location, location. In probably any town, certain neighborhoods have certain personalities. One neighborhood is full of SUV-driving soccer moms. Another is mostly middle-class country folk. Another...


How To Get A Music Publisher To Remember… You.

by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on February 28, 2018

Last week, we discussed how difficult it is to get a music publisher’s attention. Basically, you and your awesome songs will remain invisible to publishers without two vital things. The first is reach, which we discussed last week. Now,...


How To Get A Music Publisher To Notice You

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on February 21, 2018

If you're like most songwriters, it's really difficult to get a music publisher's attention.  You're simply invisible, or at least it feels that way.  And maybe your songs are good.  Maybe they're REALLY good.  But that doesn't matter much if...


How To Make A Music Publisher Fall In Love With You (Musically)

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on February 14, 2018

Getting a publisher to offer you a publishing deal is kinda like getting one to marry you.  It's a big commitment, and it's one that isn't taken lightly by a publisher.  It's a tough, tough business, and they need enough...


Pitching Your Songs Is Like Playing Guitar.

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on February 07, 2018

Remember when you first picked up the guitar? It was a mystery. How do those great guitar players do it? Then you watch a YouTube video or pick up a Mel Bay book (showing my age) and it tells you...


The 4 Cornerstones of Songwriting Success

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 31, 2018

I believe there are four cornerstones to professional songwriting success. You can remember them by the acronym, “W.R.A.P.” They are: 1. Write This one’s pretty obvious. We’re songwriters, aren’t we? If you’re a writer......


Songwriters, Don’t Count Lines

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 24, 2018

When you write a song with a cowriter, it’s standard practice in Nashville to have even splits between all the cowriters, no matter how much they contribute.  This means every writer on the song (or their publisher) owns an...


Boats & Rivers

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 17, 2018

In the music business, songs travel on relationships like boats on a river. Think of your song as a boat and your network of relationships as the water in the river. You can have a big, deep river (a lot...


Bullseye!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 10, 2018

Imagine you walk into a room called “Country Music” and Mr. Music Row hands you darts.  He says, “These darts are your songs.  Hit a bullseye with a dart, and that song gets cut.”  You look at the wall on...


“Know The Row” with Hit Songwriter, Byron Hill!

Announcements by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 04, 2018

I'm excited to announce a NEW benefit for Frettie subscribers! It's called "KNOW THE ROW." Here's the scoop... Each quarter, hit songwriter, Brent Baxter, brings in a special music industry professional to reveal what YOU need to know about breaking...


Set your goals like dominos!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 03, 2018

Prioritize your goals like you’re setting up dominos. Which of your goals, if you accomplish it, will make it easier to accomplish your OTHER goals? Like toppling dominos, which goal, when accomplished, will help to knock over your next...


Frettie just got more helpful for YOU!

Announcements by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on December 27, 2017

Frettie is taking it up another notch. As you know, I want Frettie to be a great resource for songwriters like you. It's here to help you on your songwriting journey, and guess what? We've just added some great new...


You Don’t Have To Be Great At Everything To Be A Songwriting Superhero

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on December 20, 2017

I’m bad at a lot of things. I don’t sing well. I don’t write melodies. I’d be an atrocious producer. I hardly play guitar (don’t even take it to cowrites). Yet... I’ve written cuts...


Songwriting Inspiration Is The Quarterback

by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on December 13, 2017

If songwriting were football, inspiration would be the quarterback and the songwriter would be the receiver. Like any good receiver, we all want to catch the deep ball- the great idea that’s like a 50-yard touchdown pass. But, also...


Do you keep a Hook Book? You should!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on December 06, 2017

I keep a hook book. It’s where all of my song ideas go. It’s a literal notebook I keep in my desk or carry around with me. There’s also a running list in a file on my...


Songwriting Success: Put It On Layaway

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on November 29, 2017

Remember the days when people largely believed in paying for something BEFORE they walked out of the store with it? A lot of stores like Wal-Mart and Sears used to offer something called layaway. Back when I was a kid,...


Songwriting Patience and Endurance

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on November 22, 2017

Be patient in your pursuit of songwriting success. It takes years of hard work to become a professional-level songwriter. It can also take years to develop the relationships that will open doors in the music business. So endurance is a...


Is Your Song Telling Too Much?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on November 15, 2017

Are you telling TOO MUCH of your story in your song? Is it really important that you and your love had a fight over whether to go for tacos or pizza for dinner (and you wanted tacos because it was...


Debt is a dream-killer

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on November 08, 2017

Beware of debt- it’s a dream-killer. Financial debt limits your options. Debt raises the amount you have to earn every month just to make ends meet. How free are you to transition from your day job to the roller...


Songwriting Monsters!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! There are more than a few monsters that haunt songwriters, so I thought I'd share a few of them with you today. Be on the lookout for these ghouls! SCAMpires- These suckers are looking to bleed your wallet...


Songwriting Truth Beats Real Life Facts

Tips & Resources by BRENT BAXTER on October 25, 2017

Remember, if you’re writing to get cuts, your songs aren’t about you. Your songs are about the artist and the listener. You might write a song inspired by a true story from your life, but don’t be...


You Win By Adding Value

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on October 18, 2017

You win by adding value. Opportunities come to those who add value. For example, I brought the idea of “Caribou Barbie” (a Ray Stevens cut) to Matt Cline and Max T. Barnes because they added value by being in Ray...


Welcome Our Newest Pro Song Reviewers: The Mizells!

Announcements by Brent Baxter on August 02, 2017

I'm pumped to announce that Frettie's newest song reviewer is... TWO song reviewers! Sam and Becca Mizell are hit songwriters who have had cuts in the country world by artists such as The Band Perry and Jana Kramer. However, it's...


Are Your Songs Contagious?

Tips & Resources by Brent on July 19, 2017

I read this quote (of a quote) in the book “If You Want To Write” by Brenda Ueland. I think it’s worth considering, so I thought I’d share. “Tolstoi, in a famous essay called, ‘What Is Art?’ said...


Welcome, Sandy Ramos!

Announcements by Brent Baxter on July 18, 2017

I'd like to welcome hit songwriter, Sandy Ramos, as our newest Pro Reviewer! As a songwriter.... Sandy's songs have appeared on over 25 million CDs. Her first big cut came in 1989 when she had a Top 5 record "Don't Waste it On...


$91 vs. $91,000

Tips & Resources by Brent on July 12, 2017

Right now, the statutory mechanical rate in the US (set by Congress) is $0.091 per unit sold. Meaning, each time someone buys an album at Wal-Mart or iTunes, each song generates $0.091 to be split among that song’s writers and publishers. ...


The Big Yes

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on June 28, 2017

When pitching a song, there is a “Little Yes” and a “Big Yes.” The Little Yes is a person who ONLY has the power to pass your song up the ladder. The Big Yes is one of those very few...


Jigsaw Songwriting

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on June 21, 2017

If you’ve ever put (or attempted to put) together a jigsaw puzzle, you know how you set the box right in front of you so you can keep looking at the finished picture? That’s how it should be...


Ignorance Is Bliss… And Sometimes Helpful

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on June 14, 2017

“My song is just as good as the stuff on the radio!” Beginning songwriters everywhere have said it, and I was certainly no exception. And, like beginning songwriters everywhere, I was WAY wrong. Not only did I not know I...


The Links Between You And A Cut

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on June 07, 2017

I think of getting a song cut as a chain- I’m on one end and the cut is on the other. Each link in the chain is someone who has to say “yes” to the song and pass it...


Pick Your Pain

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on May 31, 2017

Success comes at the cost of comfort. And once you have the dream of writing songs for a living (or just getting a song cut) pain is unavoidable. So pick your pain. You can either have the pain that comes...


Facts vs. Truth

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on May 24, 2017

Remember, if you’re writing to get cuts, your songs aren’t about you. Your songs are about the artist and the listener. You might write a song inspired by a true story from your life, but don’t be...


Busy is lazy

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on May 17, 2017

Too many times, our busy-ness is really just laziness. We keep ourselves busy with organizing our writers room, checking email, or checking out an artist’s new record. And none of these are bad things- but neither are they usually...


Going Nowhere

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on May 10, 2017

Do you have cowriters that are going nowhere and taking you with them? You can’t drag a cowriter or potential artist across the finish line. If an artist or songwriter isn’t willing to do the hard things it...


Why won’t a pro write with me?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on May 03, 2017

I know it can be frustrating trying to land a cowrite with a pro songwriter. I've heard writers ask before, "Why won't a pro write with me?" The question you might want to ask yourself is, “Why SHOULD a pro...


What It’s About

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter on April 26, 2017

The publishers and A&R reps on Music Row don’t want YOU to tell them what your song is about. They want YOUR SONG to tell them what your song is about. Your song needs to be self-contained and...


Before Your Pitch Meeting

Tips & Resources by Brent on April 19, 2017

Before you call to set up a pitch meeting, assume the A&R person or producer will have an appointment with Luke Laird right before you and Don Schlitz right after you. (Look ‘em up if you don’t know...


The Necessary And The Difficult

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, hit songwriter on April 12, 2017

The music business is a tough, tough business, and the path to success travels through setbacks, failure, and doubt. The journey requires you to have patience, and it requires you to do difficult, challenging things. I don’t know of...


“The Song”

by Brent on March 29, 2017

I’ve run into some aspiring songwriters who believe they have “the song" - the song that will set the world on fire. And if they can just get “the song” to Kenny Chesney or Carrie Underwood, they know it...


So… what’s up with Frettie?

by Brent on March 22, 2017

So... what's up with Frettie? Hello! Just in case you missed the previous announcement from Dennis, I'd like to catch you up on some major new developments at Frette. The sad news is that Frettie's amazing co-founders, Dennis and Julie,...


Indie International Singer-Songwriter Contest!

All, Announcements by Frettie Team on August 03, 2016

-The contest is only open to the Singer-Songwriter genre -Artist can submit up to 3 songs -This contest is capped at 150 entries..so limited spots available. -Choose between a Basic Entry ($30) numerical score, or a Written Critique ($40) to which the pro...


Get your songs reviewed by an industry professional today!

All, Announcements, Product Updates by The Frettie Team on February 17, 2016

Today we're excited to announce that you can now get your songs reviewed by a number of industry professionals right here on Frettie. Choose from hit songwriters, award-winning producers and more! We tested this service out awhile ago and the...


Spotlight: Meet February’s featured songwriter Mary Segato

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on February 09, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Mary Segato is our featured songwriter for February. Mary's been a member of Frettie from the very beginning and we're excited to finally get a chance to learn about her process and see what...


Sell your music through Frettie with Gumroad, iTunes, CD Baby and more. What are you going to sell?

All, Announcements, Product Updates by The Frettie Team on January 15, 2016

Part of what makes Frettie so great is that it’s the perfect platform to share your song ideas with others for validation and feedback. Frettie makes it easy for you to share a song in progress, refine or rewrite...


Spotlight: Meet January’s featured songwriter Wonder

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on January 12, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Wonder is our featured songwriter for January. Wonder's been with Frettie for some time now and we're excited to have had the chance to learn about her process and see what she's been up...


Announcing the top Frettie songs of 2015.

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on December 28, 2015

2015 has been a great year for Frettie and we can't wait for 2016 and for everything that we have planned. Before we close the chapter on 2015, we thought it would be great to look back at some of the most popular...


Spotlight: Meet April’s Featured Songwriter Brent Baxter

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on March 29, 2015

We’re excited to announce that hit songwriter and blogger Brent Baxter is April’s featured songwriter on Frettie. Brent’s interview with us is full of great advice for songwriters at all levels. Learn how Brent first caught the...


Spotlight: A Follow Up Interview With Sarah Spencer

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on December 08, 2014

It's great to hear what our featured songwriters have been up to since we last spoke with them. This month we reached out to Sarah Spencer who’s been with Frettie since the very beginning. She gave us some great...


Receive 50% Off On Frettie Membership and Advertising

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on December 01, 2014

We’re excited to announce that now through the entire month of December we're offering 50% off on Frettie memberships and advertising! Starting today songwriters can purchase their lifetime membership to Frettie for the price of a coffee ($4.97). But that's not...


New Announcement: Join the official Frettie Facebook Group.

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on November 17, 2014

The Frettie brand has always stretched beyond the Frettie.com website. Since the very begining, we've supported songwriters, organizations and even publications. It's all been in an effort to create a brand that helps songwriters connect, grow and write better...


Congratulations to Frettie member Amanda Williams for her cut on Garth Brooks’ latest album.

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on November 12, 2014

We want to congratulate fellow Frettie member and songwriter Amanda Williams for her latest cut “She’s Tired of Boys” that is on Garth Brooks' recently released come back album “Man Against Machine“. What an incredible opportunity to get to...


Songwriting Magazine launches their mobile app.

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on November 10, 2014

Songwriting Magazine has been a great supporter of Frettie since the very beginning and we’re thrilled to help them spread the word on their latest announcement. Songwriting Magazine now has a mobile app so you can take advantage of...


Spotlight: Meet this month’s featured songwriter Mackenzie Benish

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on September 30, 2014

For the month of October, we're excited to showcase Wisconsin songwriter Mackenzie Benish. In our interview with Mackenzie, she shares her greatest accomplishments as a songwriter, fills us in on her new project and talks about some upcoming goals. We...


Education: “Keep Your Story Moving” by Brent Baxter

All, Tips & Resources by Guest Author: Brent Baxter on September 04, 2014

Today we are excited to have Nashville songwriter Brent Baxter contribute to the Frettie Journal. If you're not familiar with Brent Baxter, he's not just a songwriter with songs recorded by Alan Jackson (the top 5 country hit “Monday Morning Church”),...


Spotlight: Meet this month’s featured songwriter Ross Hemsworth!

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on September 02, 2014

This month, we are excited to showcase UK songwriter and producer Ross Hemsworth. In in our interview with Ross, he shares with us his greatest accomplishments as a songwriter as well as provides young songwriters with advice about feedback and...


Spotlight: A follow up Interview with Emma Lane!

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on August 26, 2014

It’s been just over a year since we launched Frettie to the songwriting world. We’ve got a number of exciting things that we are going to be doing to celebrate that milestone. One of the things that we...


Spotlight: Meet this month’s featured songwriter Charlie Katt

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on August 05, 2014

This month we're excited to feature Frettie songwriter Charlie Katt. In this interview he shares his process, go to resources as well as his favorite memory as a songwriter and artists. Q: Where do you call home? I’ve lived...


Spotlight: Meet this month’s featured songwriter Jayne Sachs!

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on July 01, 2014

This month we're excited to feature songwriter Jayne Sachs. In this interview she explains her inspiration for her first song as well as one of her most proudest moments as a songwriter. She also shares some of the challenges she...


Who’s ready to start connecting? Now you can message other songwriters on Frettie!

All, Announcements, Product Updates by The Frettie Team on June 19, 2014

We love hearing about all of the great relationships that have formed through song feedback on Frettie and today we are excited to announce two new features that take connecting with songwriters on Frettie to a whole new level. As...


Opportunity: The Indie International Songwriting Contest

All, Announcements, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on June 04, 2014

The Indie International Songwriting Contest is an annual song competition to give recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world, help develop their talent, and provide useful tools for developing the success of the artist. Over $54,000 in...


Opportunity: A Songwriter Spotlight on Country Uncovered

All, Announcements, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on June 03, 2014

Country Uncovered is the only show that features songwriters the way they should be! It's a two-hour radio program that airs weekly on WCLT-FM/T-100 in Newark, Ohio – part of the Columbus, Ohio radio market. In addition to interviewing hit...


Education: Cool Songwriting & Writing Spaces For Your Inspiration

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on May 19, 2014

When ideas start to run dry every songwriter knows the importance of their own hideaway to encourage inspiration. These spaces can be anywhere, though of course different places will encourage different thoughts. The key for many songwriters is to vary...


Sounds Garden 1: Alternate Tunings For Guitarists

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on May 12, 2014

Since we already started a series dedicated to helping lyricists expand their range and avoid writer’s block, we thought it would only be right to start a series to help out with the musical side of things. So we...


Open Exposure 1: Online Platforms To Start Releasing Your Own Music.

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on May 05, 2014

To start releasing music out into the general public is a daunting task that can quickly fill you with doubt. Will anyone like my music? Are my songs ready? Will people even listen to it? Once you have gotten over...


Education: Setting Up a Home Studio

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on April 28, 2014

Getting a professional sound from home recording gear has never been easier thanks to the range of cost effective, good quality equipment and digital recording devices on the market today. With a little time and research you can put together...


Word Games 1: First Person Character Writing

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on March 24, 2014

Word Games will be a semi-regular feature meant to start you thinking about your lyric writing. Do you feel your writing has gotten stale? Have you got writer’s block? Are you frustrated or even just bored by your own...


Education: Introducing the Frettie Journal.

All, Announcements, Product Updates by The Frettie Team on March 24, 2014

Welcome to the first post of the new Frettie Journal, a blog aimed at helping you surmount the difficult hurdles that every songwriter is posed with in developing their career. From writing and practicing to playing live, getting your songs...


Education: Three Books to Jumpstart and Improve Your Songwriting.

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on March 09, 2014

Every songwriter has his or her process when writing. By learning about other peoples' processes, it becomes easier to find your own unique path. Let these books be a jumping off point for your own inspiration and creativity. 1.) The War...


Spotlight: An Interview with singer and songwriter Isken Cosip.

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on March 03, 2014

This month we're excited to spotlight singer and songwriter Isken Cosip. Learn how he developed his unique sound, how he stays inspired and what to expect from his upcoming EP titled "It's Pronounced [eye-ken] EP". Enjoy! Q: Where do you...


You can now get a professional song review right here on Frettie!

All, Product Updates by The Frettie Team on February 23, 2014

Last week we announced a brand new service that allows songwriters to get professional feedback on their music from industry professionals right here on Frettie. To kick this new service off, we’ve asked hit songwriter, educator and Bluebird Cafe...


Spotlight: An interview with Hit Songwriter, Educator and Bluebird Cafe Open Mic host Barbara Cloyd.

All, Featured Songwriters by The Frettie Team on February 11, 2014

This month we are excited to have had the opportunity to interview Hit Songwriter and Bluebird Cafe Open Mic host Barbara Cloyd. This interview is full of really great insight and advice that any songwriter at any level will find...


Happy Valentine’s Day from Frettie!

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on February 09, 2014

It's not like songwriter's need help finding the perfect words to say on Valentine's Day, but if by chance you find yourself suddenly searching for the perfect thing to say, or looking for a simple gift for that special someone...


Don’t just leave feedback. Have conversations on Frettie!

All, Announcements, Product Updates by The Frettie Team on February 03, 2014

Today we are excited to announce some really cool new additions to Frettie. These new updates are designed to increase conversation and feedback across Frettie. Beyond the updates to the feedback thread, you will also notice some changes to the...


Vote for Sarah Spencer and Meaghan Campbell in the NSAI/CMT Listener’s Choice contest!

All, Announcements by The Frettie Team on February 02, 2014

Congrats to Frettie members, Sarah Spencer and Meaghan Campbell for being chosen as two of the 10 finalists in the NSAI/CMT Listener's Choice contest! You can help them win by voting for their songs "Us Someday" by Sarah and "Blacktop...


Frettie + SongTopic

All, Announcements, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on February 01, 2014

Wouldn't it be great if you were provided an endless stream of song topics to write about? Well, let us introduce you to SongTopic.com. In their words; "SongTopic is an email based songwriting community that challenges songwriters to respond...


Education: 5 digital tools to help you capture your song ideas while on the go.

All, Tips & Resources by The Frettie Team on January 29, 2014

It's happens to all songwriters. You're going about your day and then all of the sudden a great song idea pops into your head. Great! But not so great if you don't have a way to capture that idea. And...


Education: The power of feedback.

All, Tips & Resources by Dennis Field on January 20, 2014

Feedback is an important part of any creation process. It's the core of what Frettie is built on top of. All songwriters know that feedback is important, but sometimes it is nice to be reminded about the true power of...