I’m very excited to announce that I am now NSAI Certified as a Nashville Songwriter (hence, the new header pic). As I travel on this journey, I’m sharing some of the highlights here. You don’t just come out of the gate all polished – it’s a learning process.

Tonight I’ll be attending my first NSAI event – a workshop with Ellen Britton. Her touring credits include guitar/mandolin/backup vocals with: Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lari White, Maura O’Connell and Tanya Tucker.

I’ve also got my second feedback session with a pro mentor for one of my songs.

And then I’m continuing my training in Logic Pro X. While I earned a certificate in Music Production from Berklee, that was only the beginning, especially if I want to become skilled enough to record quality songs in my home studio.

In one of my NSAI certification classes, they talked about choosing wisely when it comes to cutting a demo in a professional studio. For some purposes and songs, depending on your skill, you can get a workable recording in your home studio. For others, you may want a professional studio – you need to make that decision per song, skill, and budget.

Cutting demos can be very expensive so it behooves you to learn all you can about recording/mixing in a home studio. The professional standard tool is Pro Tools but Logic Pro is also a contender – some people use both because each has its strengths and weaknesses. I’m still learning Logic Pro X.

I’m also learning that my more Pop/Rock songs sound better in my studio (compared to Country or Folk) so I may focus on those, depending on the feedback I get.