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Learn the art, craft & business of songwriting from hit songwriter, Brent Baxter!

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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 the far side of the room, and you notice that there are bullseyes of all different sizes.  Some are fairly large, and some are small.  Some are so small, you’re not sure they’re really even there.  It’s up to you to pick your darts and start throwing.

The room is also full of other songwriters.  Some are just lobbing darts in the air.  They don’t aim at anything, they just throw.  They figure if they throw enough darts, something is bound to land eventually.  Some songwriters throw dart after dart after the smallest bullseyes on the wall.  Some throw darts at blank spots on the wall, where they would like a bullseye to be.  Some are so busy aiming, that the dart never leaves their hand.

If your goal is to get a song recorded by major artist, your best bet is usually by throwing at “the big bullseye.”

Well, how do we do that?

We make choices as songwriters.  And the better we are at our craft, the more options are available to us.  For example, you can choose to write an idea as a slow ballad, or you can choose to write it as an uptempo (fast song).  The uptempo song is the bigger bullseye, because more artists want to cut uptempo songs.  You can choose an idea that makes your singer look good (big bullseye) or look bad (small bullseye).  You can write the song from the point of view of an 85 year old woman (small bullseye) or as a 21 year old guy (big bullseye).

How do you know what the big bullseye is?  Well, size of the bullseye is simply a measure of how much demand there is for a certain type of song.  This changes over time, so you need to be aware of the market.  Trends shift.  What was a big bullseye in the 1990’s might not be a big bullseye anymore.

However, one type of song always seems to be a big bullseye.  This is the “first-person uptempo positive love song.”  That’s not exactly shocking news, if you pay much attention to the radio.  This type of song is probably your best bet to get a cut.  I’m not saying, however, to never write a small-bullseye song.  Those can be hit from time to time- it’s just harder to do.  What I’m saying is: be aware of the realities.

Be intentional.  Be aware of the choices you make.

If you'd like to make better, smarter choices, it sure helps to get advice from someone who IS where you want to be. And this brings me to a great opportunity for you.

Each quarter, Frettie's "Know The Row" series brings in a music industry professional to reveal what YOU need to know about breaking into the music business. Ask YOUR questions- and get answers. It's online, so you can join this live video-conference from anywhere in the world. If you miss it, Frettie members will have unlimited access to the video replay in Frettie's Member Area.

Our next guest is hit songwriter, Byron Hill!

Byron Hill

Since moving to Nashville and signing his first publishing deal in 1978, Byron Hill’s songs have generated more than 700 recordings, and have been released on ninety-one industry certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles. They have earned ten ASCAP awards, thirty-four U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and have become hits in many other worldwide markets.

So, yes, YOU want to hang out with Byron Hill and get his advice on the music business!

This exclusive event is February 8, 2018 from 7pm-8pm Central time.

Again, this event is FREE for subscribers of! However, if you don't feel like taking advantage of all of Frettie's membership benefits, you can still get all the details and purchase a ticket with a CLICK HERE.

God bless,


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