Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

What do you do for feedback on a new song you're writing?

What do you do for feedback on a new song you're writing?

When you get feedback, are you looking to change and improve your song?

Or by the time someone hears it, is it pretty much done?


When I was at Berklee College of Music, then later living in New York City, I loved the songwriting workshops where you'd play unfinished songs for one teacher/mentor and a room full of other songwriters. They'd really tear it apart, analyze every note and word, and suggest improvements.

I learned so much about songwriting from those sessions. Not just for my own songs, but it's really educational to help improve other people's songs, too.

But that was before the internet. Is there something like that online, now?

What do you do for feedback on a new song you're writing? The more info you can give, the better. I'm really trying to understand other people's approaches to this. Thanks!