We have a new 1st Thursday Open Mic at Half Price Books on NW Hwy. See #4 below for details.
2001 - 2007 Winners Compilation CDs available at the DSA store
All winning songs are on a CD Compilation that was given out at the Awards Ceremony. To get any 3 double CD's simply make a quarter note donation to DSA through our online store and send us an email to request which 3 years of Cd's you want us to mail you.
Thank God He Broke Your Heart by Brook Malouf
Impression From Our Love by Morri Hartgrave
To hear the winners go to our myspace page.
Did you know that A and R reps from labels and music publishers are listening to our Myspace page each month?
2012 SPRING WINNERS (deadline was June 30th)
EXPIRED IN AUGUST: Joyce Sanders, Alexander Gorodiscas, Dixon Beasley.
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH: Jonathan Harrison, Bobby Montgomery, Bill Honker.
Member News :
Barbara McMillen's musical premieres in November
Casey Graham's song named song of the year 2011
James Pappas named Songwriters of 2011
By Melissa Healy -- Lapsed musical instrumentalists (and their disappointed parents): Take heart! The child that gets even a few years of formal musical training before quitting those weekly lessons continues to show evidence that his or her brain has been changed in ways that improve mental function, says a new study. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
By Brenna Ehrlich
By Chicago Music Exchange -- Alex Chadwick plays 100 guitar riffs in chronological order. It is a fun challenge to cover the caption and try to name them all just from the sound.
The Human Jukebox: A Fun & Democratic Way To Make Money Playing Music [VIDEO]
By Bruce Houghton
By Bobby Owsinski -- I just love this video. It's 5 guys and a single piano and shows how dynamics, a great arrangement, and 5 clever and talented guys can make a single instrument sing.
By Marcus Taylor
My Ever-Changing Career as a Musician
By Cameron Mizell -- Over the last 10 years the way I make a living has changed dramatically. I've never made a lot of money, but I've been able to make more each year despite the changes in the music industry and economy in general. Here's my method and what I've learned along the way.
Want Long-Term Success? Create Your Band Agreement TODAY
By Jo-Ná A. Williams, Esq. -- The most successful bands have ironed out the details of their band's operations in a band agreement...if you're serious about becoming a legend you need to nail down all the sticky details that could lead to your band's future status as the next "Rolling Stones" or the next "Broke Unknowns."
By Bryan Kim -- Facebook is the largest marketing channel for most musicians and bands. Surprisingly, it's also the one they know the least about. So in this guide, we're going to breakdown why Facebook is important, how it works, and most importantly, the specific steps you can take to make Facebook work for you and your fans.
By Bob Thomas and Christopher Weber -- [Besides having created lyrics that will live from generation to generation until the end of time, Hal was passionate about protecting songwriters' rights and the rights of all creators. -- DK]
Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty
By Andrea Shea -- The late Stephane Grappelli (performance video) is perhaps the best-known jazz violinist in history...A comparison to Grappelli is one of the highest honors a young, rising violinist can receive. Ben Powell is a 25-year-old, British-born, classically trained violinist who lives just outside Boston, and his new CD has won him comparisons to the violin great.
By Marcel Williams -- We've all been there. Struggling to come up with a melody or working out that perfect ending for your song. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of composing music, especially when you are working towards a deadline. This article contains a few suggestions on how to compose more effectively...
By Andrew Garsetti -- As a musician who is as amateur as they come, I find myself appreciating anything that makes it easy to create a song...As such, you can probably imagine my jubilation at Hypertunes, a new iPhone app designed to let you build songs by manipulating blocks of sound, "the way a painter might sketch out a piece before filling in the details."
By Bobby Owsinski -- Jesse B. asked for an analysis of what has become an iconic song, The Eagles "Hotel California." It's the title song from the album of the same name that went on to sell over 16 million and was number 1 around the world.
By Larry Butler -- Larry Butler is a former VP of Artist Relations for Warner Bros. and Reprise Records. While out on a promotional tour with Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler, Butler learned a simple secret to hit songwriting. He shares it in his e-book The Twelve Lessons of Rock 'N' Roll (for Your Career and Your Life). And now we're sharing it with you.
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a detailed explanation of the arrangement elements and how their interaction is the key to really making an arrangement work.