Larry Beaird Songwriter Workshop heads to Charlotte, NC

$625 Demo Recording to be given away!

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Larry Beaird is taking his songwriter workshop, Songwriter Minute, on the road!  He's headed to Charlotte, NC and at the end of his workshop he's going to have a drawing for a chance to win a free $625 demo from Beaird Music Group! 

The workshop is set for Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10am - 1:00 pm). To have a chance at having a song being one of 5 songs included in his presentation, make sure to reserve your seat by Aug 25, 2018. For details, click here. Make sure you register by September 15, 2018 for a chance to win the free demo!

Hope to see you there!

Posted on August 12, 2018 .

Songwriter Minute Workshop 2018

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Larry Beaird has researched hit songs for many years to see what makes them work. He likes to share the results of his research with songwriters in order to suggest ways to make their songs more commercial.

He began a few years ago by writing musical charts for every #1 song of 2014 and 2015. Since then he’s also looked at various Top 5 and Top 10 hits as well as the CMA and ACM Songs-of-the-Year of the last 5 years. Although he mainly focuses on Country, he also looks at title use in several other genres including Rock, Pop, Latin, etc.

For the 2018 workshop, Larry will focus on a group of Top 10 songs from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Some of the topics he will focus on include:

1. How hit songs best use verses, choruses and bridges
2. Use of intros, turnarounds, solos, and outros
3. Chords used (and chords NOT used) in the hits
4. Vocal ranges of the artists
5. “Tightening up” songs so that publishers and other listeners will stay interested to the end
6. Number of writers per hit song
7. Time it takes the hits to get to the first chorus
8. Minimum, maximum and average songs lengths
9. Time signatures, grooves, and tempos
10.The difference between a swing and straight-eight groove
11. Patterns of chords used in the hits
12.Frequency and placement of song titles
13.Topics of the hits
14.Choosing the best chords for particular melodies
15.Sticking with the central idea of the title
16.The importance of repetition
17.The importance of rhyme (and use of “imperfect” rhyme)
18.Title use in several other genres
19.Use of instrumental sections (solos) in current hits
20.How Songs-of-the-Year are different

Larry’s Songwriter Minute videos take a look at some of the topics above. You can see
examples of his videos here: http://www.beairdmusicgroup.com/songwriting-tips-videos/

The workshop is presented in a PowerPoint presentation that lasts 2 to 3 hours. Along with his
research of the Top 10 hits, Larry will analyze up to 3 songs written by writers in attendance.
These songs will be charted and analyzed using the same methods used to research the hits.
They will need to be submitted to Larry at least a week in advance. Each songwriter group can
determine how to best select these songs.

During his workshop, Larry teaches a quick and easy lesson on the Nashville Number System.
He’s also in the process of compiling an extensive glossary on terms and phrases used in the
studio by recording musicians, and he’ll share some of these terms with those who attend his
workshops.

Writers will be able to see how Larry can arrange chords for songs that are presented to him
with just a voice-only (aCapella) recording. For a before-and-after video example, click here:
http://www.beairdmusicgroup.com/blog/song-transformation

In addition to Larry’s recent research, he also uses his experience as a session musician in
Nashville. He’s played on thousands of recording sessions for writers and artists. Albums,
singles and videos that he’s performed on have sold over 28 million copies - including 2 songs
of the year- Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis and I’m Movin’ On by Rascal Flatts. For a more detailed look at Larry’s recording experience, click here:
http://www.beairdmusicgroup.com/aboutlarrybeaird/

For reviews of past workshops (formerly titled Arranging the Hit). please click here:
http://www.beairdmusicgroup.com/blog/2015/2/5/reviews-for-arranging-the-hit

The cost for the workshop is only $50 per person*. This includes all of Larry’s travel expenses
AND for workshops with at least 15 paid attendees, a drawing is included for a free $625 demo
from Beaird Music Group! (The winner’s song can be recorded whether or not the writer can be present at the session in Nashville).

Private mentoring sessions are an optional add-on to the workshop. These sessions are
available at the rate of $100/hour. They are not part of the workshop.

To book a workshop for your songwriting group, or if you have questions, please contact Larry here:  Cell: (615) 400-2200 / Email: lebeaird@gmail.com

All the best with your music!

*Workshop cost is good for workshops booked by Oct 1, 2018.

Posted on July 19, 2018 .

Great to have Andrew Farriss of INXS in the studio!

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Rock star in the studio! We are so honored to have just spent the last 3 weeks recording and hanging out with Andrew Farriss of INXS! Andrew wrote virtually all of their Top 40 hits for which they just won an award for sales of 50 Million! The band released 69 singles including “Need You Tonight” and “What You Need”.

Thanks, Andrew for choosing Beaird Music Group to record your new music! We loved getting to know you and listening to your cool stories of your experiences around the world.

Posted on January 29, 2018 .

Give the gift of music this Christmas!

 

Looking for the perfect gift for the songwriter or artist in your life? Give them a premier Nashville recording from Beaird Music Group!

Order now through December 21 to have an email announcing your gift sent directly to you or that special musical person.

Gifts can be purchased in increments of $50 or for the full purchase price of one our recording packages. Here's a list of the prices: 

www.beairdmusicgroup.com/prices/

Please email Aaron at aaron@beairdmusicgroup.com to order your gift or get additional information.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season!

Beaird Music Group, Inc.

 

Posted on December 7, 2017 .

Free Demo Giveaway from Beaird Music Group!

Giveaway #2 - We’re giving away one $625 Demo to one lucky songwriter from Beaird Music Group!

The Premier Demo includes:
1. One 30-minute tracking spot on a session with a 6-piece band (Vocalists are available if needed, but not included)
2. Up to 3 hours of additional studio time for vocals and/or mixing
3. An opportunity to pitch the song to a publisher at one of our Evening With a Publisher events.

Here are the steps required to register:

1. Like our Beaird Music Group Facebook page
2. Share the Beaird Music Group Giveaway #2 Facebook post
3. Comment on the Beaird Music Group Giveaway #2 Facebook post.
4. Find the "September 2017 Secret Word" from the bottom of our Video Series Page from our website.
5. Sign up for studio email updates by emailing us at contact@beairdmusicgroup.com.
6. In your email, include the September 2017 Secret Word in the subject line, and your name and contact info in the body.

We have scheduled a drawing to announce the winner at 4:00 pm Central Time on September 29, 2017.

Register now!

(Both published and unpublished writers are welcome to register! Employees and contract labor workers for Beaird Music Group are not eligible. The prize must be redeemed within six months of the giveaway.)

Posted on August 7, 2017 .

Updating Old Recordings for the Current Country Market

Times change and so does music. So to stay commercially viable in today’s music market, it’s good for songwriters to adapt. This means that song demos that were recorded 10 or more years ago may need to be re-recorded to be pitched to today’s artists. It doesn’t mean those earlier recordings aren’t still great, but … times change and so does music.

Here at Beaird Music Group, a publisher recently asked us to re-record a pop/rock song titled Easy to Tame that was originally recordedback in the 1986.  Here are some of the steps we took to create a new recording that could be pitched today in Nashville.

Click the link below to hear the before and after transformation - the ‘after’ portion starts at 1:24.

1. Change the groove
The original recording had a full-time feel where the back beat falls on beats 2 and 4 of each measure. We changed it to a half-time feel where the back beat falls on beat 3 of each measure. Eight of the Top 10 songs on the current Billboard Hot Country Songs chart have a half-time feel.

2. Add an electronic drum loop.
Not all songs require a drum loop, but many hits these days use loops and programmed drums. We added a percussive loop to Easy to Tame and it added a lot to the overall feel. My friend and renowned guitarist, Kenny Greenberg is a producer of Josh Turner’s recent #1 album, “Deep South”. Kenny says that a drum loop was used in about 10-20% of the music on that album. Some producers utilize programming much more. It’s all about what each individual song needs.

3. Take out all unnecessary musical interludes.
The original recording of Easy to Tame had a 4-bar musical interlude in between each Verse and Chorus. It’s important today to get right to the Chorus, so we took those 4 bars out. We also shortened the instrumental section form 18 bars to 8.

4. Simplify.
In the original recording, there were some cool chords like 5 over 4 chords and 1 over 5 chords. If you don’t understand that last statement, that’s okay - let’s just say that I felt that this song would sound best if we simplified some of the “fancier” chords. In the verses, we changed some split bars to full bars. We also changed the Intro slightly so that the second half was a duplicate of the first half.  We would have shortened the turnaround (the musical interlude after Chorus 1), but there was a vocal there so we kept it the full 8 bars).

5. Choose the best key.
The original recording was in the key of C. The first section is a verse, but it sounded like a chorus to me.  So I changed the key to G and had the vocalist sing the verses down an octave and the choruses up an octave so that the chorus melody would go higher than the verse. This makes the chorus sound more like a chorus.  Changing the key was a game changer.

6. Don’t fade.
Instead of fading on the 3rd chorus as the original recording did, we completed the Chorus and created an Outro at the end that is similar to the Intro.  This gives the song three full choruses which is extremely common these days.

7. Use a vocalist who fits the new recording.
Singing your own demos works great if you sound like one of the artists currently on the radio. If not, it’s best to hire a professional singer that fits the current recording of your song. We hired Adam Cunningham to sing Easy to Tame and he nailed it!

 

Posted on May 8, 2017 .