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Richhoncho's Songwriters Links



copyright  - the legislation, the options, how and when to register

rhyme schemes - list of the names and types of rhyme

song check list - A list of questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether you have written a classic song.

Chord Map in the key of C - Copied, with permission from Steve Mugglin's wonderful site "Music Theory for Songwriters." 

10 song writing blunders - a comparison between classic songs & indie/demo recordings - kindly supplied by Roedy Black.

36 rules for bands - a light-hearted look at things to avoid.

Publishing basics - kindly supplied by Irene Jackson

How to make a $million from your music - the secret information they don't want you to know.

How  to make a $million from your music Part II - A list of some of the more dubious ways to part a musician and songwriter from their hard-earned cash.


The Creative Bit :-

For the Wordsmith

For the Music Master

General Songwriter Advice Groups

Songwriter Web Rings

Fellow Songwriters with helpful tips/links

Musicianship/Tutorials etc :-






Ear Training

Online music stores

The Recording Bit :-



Home Recording Advice

Singer/Songwriter Services

Preparing for the studio

Recording Studios

Getting Heard :-

Places to upload your music


Critique Boards

Information Overload :-

Band Name Registration Sites

Miscellaneous Links

Lyric Sites

Further Link SItes

Genre Specific Sites

Odd Jobs/Humour

Online facilities- radio & magazines

Internet Radio


Some more useful addresses :-

Copyright/Royalty Collection Agencies

Songwriter & Musician Organizations

Legal Advice Sites

UK sites

Chatrooms and messageboards :-

Message Boards




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Richhoncho's Songwriters Links

36 Rules for Bands


This one has been floating around the net for years. Some claim it as their own. It certainly isn't mine, but I thought those that hadn't already seen it might appreciate a little laugh.

                                      36 RULES FOR BANDS 

1. Never start a trio with a married couple.

2. Your manager's not helping you. Fire him/her. 

3. Before you sign a record deal, look up the word "recoupable" in the dictionary. 

4. No one cares who you've opened for. 

5. A string section does not make your songs sound any more "important". 

6. If your band has gone through more than 4 bass players, it's time to break up. 

7. When you talk on stage you are never funny. 

8. If you sound like another band, don't act like you're unfamiliar with their music ("Oh, does Rage Against The Machine also do rap-rock with political lyrics?") 

9. Asking a crowd how they're doing is just amplified small talk. Don't do it. 

10. Don't say your video's being played if it's only on the Austin Music Network. 

11. When you sign to a major label, claim to have inked the best contract ever. Mention artistic freedom" and "a guaranteed 3 record deal". 

12. When you get dropped insist that it was the worst contract ever and you asked to be let go. 

13. Never name a song after your band. 

14. Never name your band after a song. 

15. When a drummer brings in his own songs and asks to perform one of them, begin looking for a new drummer IMMEDIATELY. 

16. Never enter a "battle of the bands" contest. If you do you're already a loser.

 17. Learn to recognize scary word pairings: "rock opera", "white rapper", "blues jam", "swing band", "open mike", etc. 

18. Drummers can take off their shirts or they can wear gloves, but not both.

 19. Listen, either break it to your parents or we will: it's rock 'n' roll, not a soccer game. They've gotta stop coming to your shows. 

20. It's not a "showcase". It's a gig that doesn't pay. 

21. No one cares that you have a web site. 

22. Getting a tattoo is like sewing platform shoes to your feet. 

23. Don't hire a publicist. 

24. Playing in Portsmouth and Nashua doesn't mean you're on tour. 

25. Don't join a cover band that plays Bush songs. In fact, don't join a cover band. 

26. Although they come in different styles and colors, electric guitars all sound the same. Why do you keep changing them between songs? 

27. Don't stop your set to ask that beers be brought up. That's what girlfriends/boyfriends are for. 

28. If you use a smoke machine, your music stinks. 

29. We can tell the difference between a professionally produced album cover and one you made with the iMac your mom got for Christmas. 

30. Remember: if blues solos are so difficult, why can so many 16 year olds play them? 

31. If you ever take a publicity photo, destroy it. You may never know where or when it will turn up. 

32. Cut your hair, but do not shave your head. 

33. Pierce your nose, but not your eyebrow. 

34. Do not wear shorts onstage. Or a suit. Or a hat. 

35. Rock oxymorons: "major label interest", "demo deal"," blues genius", "$500 guarantee", and "Fastball's second hit".

36. 3 things that are never coming back: a) gongs, b) headbands, and c) playing slide guitar with a beer bottle.