Let’s assume you have written several songs and want to take the next step of going into a recording studio. You have to ask yourself a few questions to know whether or not you are prepared enough to invest in what might be a fairly costly process. First and possibly the most important question, are your songs good enough? How can you find out? Have you performed them in front of an audience? Even if you have not been able to get any feedback there are some ways in which you can evaluate your songs.
The first part of a song to look at are the lyrics. Words are about communication so your lyrics must first of all, connect with the listener. Because you have a very short amount of time to get your point across your lyrics must be very clear and easy to understand. It has been said that you should be able to tell someone what your song is about in one sentence, or even better, one or two words. Usually a song should contain those words and are often referred to as the hook. That is how focused your content needs to be.
Next, your music needs to capture the attention of your listener and hold it through to the very end. It seems that the attention span of audiences is getting shorter and shorter to the point that your music is expected to get a listener hooked within thirty seconds from the start. This is probably more important for popular music than say, Jazz or Classical.
So now you think your music is ready to be recorded. A lot of people these days will try to record a demo themselves with basic multi tracking devices or software programs available at low cost. There are so many great tools and tech gadgets out there that do a very good job. Back in the old days this was not the case. There is a story about John Lennon using two cassette recorders to work out his arrangements. He would record a song with a guitar onto one recorder, then play that back while doing harmonies and/or other instruments onto the second recorder. If he wanted more tracks he could then play the second recorder back and add more vocals or instruments on the first recorder and so on. Whatever method you use to get a good representation of your songs and their arrangements is fine. Now you have everything worked out you are ready to go into a professional studio and get your songs sounding great.