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	What do you do for feedback on a new song you’re writing?
</p><ul><li>
	Do you play it for a few friends, looking for <strong>praise</strong>?
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	Do you play it for a few friends, looking for <strong>criticism</strong>?
	(Really asking, “What don’t you like about it?”)
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	Do you upload it to your site, and <strong>email everyone you know</strong>, asking what they think?
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	Do you send it to a company for <strong>paid critique</strong>?
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	Do you have a songwriting <strong>teacher or mentor</strong>?
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	When you get feedback, <strong>are you looking to change and improve your song?</strong>
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	Or by the time someone hears it, is it pretty much done?
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	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.
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	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.
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	But that was before the internet.
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	Is there something like that online, now?
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