You'll Find In Li'l Hank's Guide
wondering About Li'l Hank's Guide.
This is where you'll find a little background info about Hal Cohen,
the publisher and maintainer of this site. If you have any questions
pertaining to the street level of live performance, Ask Li'l Hank
and your question and answer may end up in this section.
Your Live Show Your Own
Tim Sweeney's latest contribution.
Due to our being inundated with letters from independent
artists for information about producing, marketing and selling their
own CDs, and due to Tim Sweeney receiving numerous inquiries
about asking if his coloumn will ever appear in Li'l Hank's Guide,
we present Marketing Tips for Indie
Artists from Tim Sweeney! This is required reading for all
serious songwriters, musicians and bands.
Would you like to attend a live conference with Tim?
Hurry - time is running out. Details
NOTE: The secure order form for Tim's books is now working!
Thanks to all who let me know the form was broken.
is an update to a Tip Jar article written in the early days of the
Also newly UPDATED FOR 2003
YOUR DEMO by John Braheney, Author of The
Craft and Business of Songwriting (2nd Edition).
The next thing
you'll want to do is click on Inspiration
Point. Here you will find powerful inspirational essays
by veteran songwriters about songwriting. The first, by Diane Baumgartner,
was written exclusively for Li'l Hank's Guide to present to you
as a gift. Any time you need to remind yourself, Why songwriting?",
come back to this page and read it as often as you need to.
at some point, you'll sign the Guest
Book - after all, you are my guest and I'd love to hear
from you. Just say "Hi" and let me know you stopped by!
Shmoozarama Message Board.
is the place to post updates and info about showcases and open mics
in your area. Make sure to type in your location in the subject
line. If you live outside of Los Angeles, this is where you can
let the rest of the world know about the hot places to play where
you live as well as the venues to avoid.
If you're a
resident of Los Angeles or its surrounding communities, you'll want
to check out the Open Mic and Showcase
Guide, a unique list of coffee houses, bars, restaurants,
clubs and venues where the gigs are.
If you seek
advice concerning music law, try The Law
Man - courtesy of JC Press, a down to earth, honest to goodness
music biz attorney.
the self instruction page and teach yourself to play an instrument...
For the benefit of those of you who wish to further educate yourselves
off-line, there is now a fully functional online Bookstore
where you can purchase hand picked books, musical
instruction tapes, CD roms and videos through Amazon.com.
We are entirely sponsor supported, so please take a few minutes
and look over the selection! For Musical
Instruments & Accessories, please visit the Vstore.
Green of Winston Music Publishing has graciously contributed
some powerful and informative columns in her forum About
New for 2002 - The mysery unvieled... Lynne discloses once
and for all what it takes to get PAID for your work in a step by
step "how to" tutorial entitled PRACTICE
SAFE SONGWRITING (or Thou Shalt Cover Thyself - The Paper Trail).
You'll definitely want to print this out for reference.
nearly everything you ever wanted to know about publishing there.
If you think you are all alone in this struggle, just read some
of the Tales of the Road Warriors.
And be sure to share one of yours if you've got a doozy.
If you can't
find what you're looking for on this site, check out our songwriters
Links and Resource Page I'm sure
you'll eventually find whatever you're searching for.
of exploring the net is to explore the Web
Rings. Of course, with web rings, you never know where you'll
end up. Try not to get lost.
Stay informed by visiting the What's New
page. There is where you will find information about new venues
and open mics, who's gigging where and when, and information we
hope you'll find very current and useful.
If you Sign
Book, you'll get automatic monthly updates emailed to you,
but sometimes, things are added last minute, so check in often.
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Li'l Hank's Guide For Songwriters.
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