Get a Music Review
Getting ready to compete in a
folk-instrument/singing contest? Want some feedback on arrangement before presenting
an original song to an agent? I will be happy to give your work a listen,
make notes of my impressions, and then you and I will arrange a time to meet on
the phone to talk about them (for those living in the US or Canada; we'll use
email if you live elsewhere, unless you want to call across an ocean) to discuss
strengths and weaknesses in arrangement, pitch, rhythm, diction (where applicable), etc.
To get started, choose the plan that
suits you best:
- Plan #1: The Competition Special**
($275 for 4 tunes in the US and Canada; $300 outside North America)--This
plan serves somewhat as "virtual music lessons." Some
back-and-forth is necessary between you and I because folk-instrument
contests usually require 4 tunes (click here for
more information), which means a lot of listening is involved. So,
this plan includes three phone visits (via email for those outside North
America) following each of three submissions of your recordings (#1: you
present what you have; #2: you submit tweaks; #3: you submit still more
tweaks, in hopes that everything has come together). First impressions
count heavily here because that's all a judge gets. My ear places
greater focus on arrangement than technique, although technique is certainly
Additional sessions beyond the
three included with this plan are payable in advance at $60 per session in
the US and Canada, or $75 outside of North America. (There is no need
to consider extra sessions now; you can decide if you need more help once
session #3 is completed.)
I won't guarantee that you will
win or even place as a result of our time together (there are too many
variables, as mentioned in this article; however,
I do guarantee that you'll learn some nifty things about arranging
along the way, which will be beneficial for performance as well. For
me as a "killer arranger" (according to one Walnut Valley Festival
judge), arrangement counts for most everything!
- Plan #2: The Half-a-Competition Special**
($150 for 2 tunes in the US and Canada; $175 outside North America)--A
three-part series like plan #1, involving only two tunes.
**Because Plans #1 and #2 take time to complete,
interested parties are requested to commence at least three months prior
to the competition date.
A lead time of 4-6 months is better yet. Completing the
sessions by three weeks before the contest date is recommended.
- Plan #3: Short and Sweet Feedback ($40 per tune in the US and
Canada; $50 per tune outside North America)--This plan offers
first-impression listening, but with one (1) phone visit (maximum of 20
minutes, with the focus being on quality of arrangement rather than
instrumental technique). Additional feedback/phone visits are payable
in advance at $60 per tune in the US and Canada, or $70 outside of North
Now fill out the application
form below and send it in with your check or money order. When
these are received, if you choose to email .mp3 files, I will contact you via
email so you know where to send them. Do not send .mp3 files through
the email address at this site.
How to prepare your recordings
- Audio files only. No videos.
- Your recordings don't have to be professional quality; however, please
record in a sensible environment. Distracting background noise or poor
volume levels may make your best efforts difficult to hear, so make them
right the first time. Live, in-concert recordings are ok as long as
they sound clear.
- Place each tune or song on a separate track.
- Send all the tracks for your chosen plan at the same time.
- Plans #1 and #2: Do not announce the title of each tune or song at
the beginning of each track. Also, name each track >by number<
(preferably in the order you intend to play them, if you know this) and include
your first initial and surname in the file name; example:
1--JSmith.mp3. (Reason: Winfield KS and other contest judges usually
never know what they are about to hear.)
- Plan #3: You may name tracks by titles if you wish; include your first
initial and last name in the file name, too; example: SomethingMore--JSmith.mp3
- If you send songs on a CD via snail mail, include the lyrics in the
Great! Now print this page, and make out a check or money order payable
to Lucille Reilly.
Send both (and a CD, unless you will send .mp3 files electronically) to:
P.O. Box 7338
Denver, CO 80207
Before you leave this page, allow pop-ups
if you need to, and then
so I can keep an eye out at the mailbox for your envelope.
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