PROFESSIONAL SONG CRITIQUES

Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com

4 ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

There are a few key elements your best tunes must have to knock your listeners' socks off, which I call the Big Four:

Heart, Dynamics, Hooks (yes, that's plural!) and a Stand

THE POWER of SONG CRITIQUES

EVER HAD A BAD CRITIQUE EXPERIENCE???
 
  • The kind where the song you so lovingly crafted gets stomped on...

  • And you suspect They Don't Know What They're Talking About...

  • And all that "helpful" feedback takes the wind outta your sails

 

Wait — don't throw the Song Critique Baby out with the bathwater!

 

I believe that anyone who puts their heart, soul and talent into a song deserves nothing less than the full attention, respect and support of their critiquer. And accurate professional feedback has the power to spur rapid progress.

 

My clients and students know I don't take the task lightly. When we schedule a session I spend at least half an hour going over every song — listening and writing detailed notes on both the lyrics and music that are emailed to you promptly after each session.

 

Flippant, cursory and "off the cuff" feedback is NOT my style. My notes are encouraging and highly specific — and are purposely designed to get writers pumped up and ready to take concrete Next Steps.

Your Lyrics
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You submit 3 full songs or Song Starts

Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
Song Feedback
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I send you about 6 pages of notes for a 3-song critique

BRING YOUR BEST SONGS... THEN UP YOUR GAME

The very THOUGHT of an impending Song Critique can cause a committed songwriter to PANIC — then rise to the occasion. I frequently witness exponential leaps in the quality of my clients' work, sometimes literally overnight, once they engage thoroughly in the give-and-take of detailed, constructive song critiques.

 
BEFORE STARTING SONG CRITIQUES

Here's how the process works: first, new clients book a Song Chat with me. We discuss your vision as a songwriter and confirm that Critiques are the best way forward in your unique situation. Then we schedule a Skype session (anywhere!) or an In-Person meeting (NYC area).

 

Two days prior to the session, you email me up to 3 full songs, lyrics, or works-in-progress. I go over them with the respectful, fine-toothed comb mentioned above. Each 3-song, one-hour session costs $225, plus a $5 credit card fee. 

 

Next, we meet up and go over the feedback in detail, spending about 20 minutes on each song. I evaluate a song in terms of its

 

  • Originality and freshness

  • Melodic, lyrical and chordal dynamics

  • Effective use of songwriting conventions and song form

  • Commercial viability (if this is desired)

 

Sound good?

 

Click HERE to get started! 

CreativeSongwriter.com — Hit Songwriter & Songwriting Coach Alex Forbes offers Song Critiques, Free Articles & Resources for Lyricists and Music-Makers

Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
"In addition to her great talent and skills as a writer and teacher, Alex's warmth and encouragement changed my life."
 
Wendy Levine, Songwriter
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
"Alex encourages me to write outside the box, and reminds me to write from an honest place no matter how naked it will make me feel. I've listened to, and followed through with, her awesome advice. She’s a beautiful person, a great coach — and I love her sense of humor."
 
– Taisha Richards, Songwriter
Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
"I could not have done any of this without you, Alex! You are a huge reason for my musical growth this year... heck, you were the first person I showed my songs to. You are making an impact on so many musicians' careers."
 
– Yify Zhang, Songwriter
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CONSTRUCTIVE (NOT DESTRUCTIVE!) FEEDBACK

Your friends and family love your material, but to find out if your songs really have "the goods" there's nothing more effective than detailed professional song critiques. Song critiques are available with Alex Forbes in person (NYC) or via videoconference worldwide.

 

All feedback is delivered in the spirit of supportive encouragement and profound respect for the creative process. The commercial viability of each song depends on numerous factors, of course, but certain elements of songwriting craft remain universally applicable. I've critiqued thousands of songs and hundreds of individual songwriters, and many of my clients have made exponential progress.

How Song Critiques Unfold: Writers submit their material (full songs, lyrics, or works-in-progress) via email prior to each scheduled critique session. Then I listen to each song at least five times and write detailed notes, then we meet up to go over the feedback. I evaluate a song in terms of its

 

  • Originality and freshness

  • Melodic, lyrical and chordal dynamics

  • Effective use of songwriting conventions and song form

  • Commercial viability (if this is desired)

 

To get started, click HERE. We'll schedule a free 20-minute Song Chat, giving you the opportunity to learn more about the critique process and ask questions. 

 

Price: $225 per 1-hour session, which includes up to 3 song critiques. (Note: Venmo payments are free, and a fee of $5 is added for PayPal.)