10 Ways to Ruin a Song
Jul 18, 2021
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Brian Skipwave

 10 Ways to Ruin a Song

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A list of ways to sabotage your next
song during the writing or recording
process by Chris Robley for CDBaby.com

10 Ways to Ruin a Song

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1

Long intros

If your intro is longer
than 15 seconds, it better
be damn interesting.

2

Making the song too difficult to perform

Don't write a check you can't cash,
and don't write a song you can't play.

3

Crappy sound

Lo-fi CAN be charming, but
that’s an exception to the rule.

4

Song forms that lose the listener

Music is about tension and release,
to have a sense of surprise, you need
to establish familiarity.

5

Weird breakdowns

Maybe YOU’RE bored with
your song already, but
nobody else has heard it yet.

6

Following trends too closely

If you have a successful song,
try to top it, not recreate it.

There’s no end in sight

Do I need this 12th verse?

7

8

Sloppiness

Don’t rush to record.
Practice, practice, practice.

9

Bad lyrics

It’s pop music. No one
expects Shakespeare.
But c’mon — TRY a little!

10

Following rules

Forget this list and do whatever
feels right for the song.

10 Ways to Ruin a Song
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