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Dan Rivers By Dan Rivers

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Hey! It’s Dan Rivers. I’ve always enjoyed talking to fellow songwriters about trying to get our songs heard. We’re all in the same boat – no it’s not the Titanic. No one-- NO ONE can duplicate what you’re doing. No one feels the magic like you do.

I want to show you how to get the idiots (music professionals) to listen to your art. I’ll tell you how to break the door down, go around it or blow it up (figuratively speaking). How to sharpen your craft to write the undeniable song (Any cut). Tips and details on the craft that will lift your art to get the listener to feel what’s already in your heart.

A short bio


  • Secondary Dominant Chords - (Surprise Chords-Money Chords) - Chords that contain notes out of the key signature. These chords will get your songs noticed. Before reading this, I suggest you review my article on Chord Pallets.
  • Chord Pallet - What if I told you that you can easily determine what chords are available in every key. It’s not as hard as you think. There is a pattern to it.
  • 10 Steps to a Great Song - If you have a great idea all you need to do is follow 10 steps as you write the song . If you don’t have a great idea no amount of craft will give you anything more than a mediocre song!
  • Building Bridges - Learn some new ways to regain the listener's attention in the section called the Bridge.  What is it?  Where  is it placed in a song?  and How to write it. Find some catchy Chord changes!
  • How To Get a Song in Front of a Publisher - Dan gives you a few easy to follow hints on how to get your music in front of publishers - and actually listened to.

A short bio:
Dan Rivers AKA Dan Robilotta grew up in New York . He has a degree in Civil Engineering and worked as a Project Manager while crafting his songs on weekends. Dan is the Regional Coordinator for NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) in New Orleans where he resides with his wife Ginnie. He has had recorded 3 CD’s and has 3 Indie cuts .   “Whiskey in Heaven“ is on the Celtic Roots Radio Podcast show in Belfast Ireland. “Boneyard in Benton County” has been featured on the NPR Car Talk show. 18 songs have been licensed or retail store play . (McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Firestone, etc.) Dan has performed twice on Fox TV in New Orleans. To learn more about Dan, visit his website. You can also visit CD Baby to buy his music.

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