Is one instrument more profitable than another?
Choosing the most versatile instrument as your writing tool is extremely important if you want to make money from this craft.
Of course, different genres and different styles could require different instrumentation, but when it comes to the actual songwriting and arrangement, the instrument you are most comfortable with may not always be the instrument you use as your main songwriting tool.
So what is the most versatile AND profitable songwriting instrument?
If you want to become a dedicated songwriter that is making the MOST money from songs that you possibly can, you need to learn to play the piano. Even if you are working in hip-hop, rock, pop, classical or almost any other genre, you need to have basic piano skills.
Here are the two top reasons why knowing how to play the piano will boost your songwriting career over any other instrument.
1. It is the most VERSATILE instrument for composing because you can see all of the notes spread out in front of your eyes. This really helps when finding melodies and bass notes and harmonies all in a matter of seconds. You can reach all the high notes and all of the low notes all at the same time. On an instrument such as a guitar – even though it is possible to compose beautiful pieces on it – composing on the piano is a much FASTER and more efficient process. This will save you time and money later.
In coming weeks I am going to show you how to get writing fast and furiously and how to earn money from this, so writing quickly and efficiently is important to the process so you can get your ideas out within seconds of having them, and so you don’t have to stumble around trying to find the right chords to go with your melody.
2. With todays MIDI technology (if you don’t know what MIDI is, don’t stress, we will get to that), almost any instrument on earth can be simulated via a MIDI keyboard. Midi Keyboards are dirt cheap and vital to songwriting fast and effectively. In addition, when we get to profiting off of your songs, the more instruments you can play – or simulate via your MIDI keyboard – the less you will need to ever outsource musicians to play on your songs, and therefore making more money as you go. And I’m talking about making an EXTRA $2 000 – $20 000 for one song from this saving alone.
So if you are serious about getting into this game, you are going to need to learn basic piano lessons and get yourself playing soon. If you have a piano teacher in your area and you have the time, get started immediately. Or else, Rocket Piano is a fast and highly effective crash course that will teach you piano fast. Click on the link for ROCKET PIANO ONLINE
In future weeks we are going to be talking about the basic gear you are going to need to get started. Don’t worry it’s VERY little and usually pretty affordable.
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