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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: GoodReadBooks, Incorporatecd; 1 edition (January 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977751228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977751228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Just read the book this morning, and loved it! I think it offers valuable insight not only into Music Xray's business model, but also into the music industry in general. This information is especially critical to writers/artists who are just beginning to expose their work, as it tells them what NOT to do as well as what to do. Obtaining access to a music industry professional/decision-maker who can make something happen with your music can be quite challenging, so you want to be sure you can deliver the goods when you have the opportunity! That means making your product as good as it can be by getting feedback along the way from like-minded artists/writers, songwriting organizations, etc. (not just family members who love everything you do). The book offers up several suggestions on how to do this.

I think Music Xray itself offers numerous opportunities that are legitimate, so it's a great vehicle by which to place your music. I echo the comments in the book in saying that the better job we as artists do in submitting/targeting quality material, the longer music industry professionals will continue to be open to receiving material through this channel.

The book does a great job in explaining the ins-and-outs of Music Xray. I learned several new things myself and I'm sure I'll will refer to it often!
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This review is from Rod Brown. I found the book helpful in offering an MIPs perspective (what they are looking for, what they are not!) I've pitched songs -through Music Xray for about two years now and have signed with three MIPs.- and I'm currently holding my breath with several tunes that have been put on hold. I appreciate getting a peek at what's behind the music Wizard's Curtain and I appreciate Norman Dolph's tips on the importance of presentation, the reminder to pay attention to the diagnostics, and above all to carefully select one's very best material -rather than using the shotgun approach to submissions. I've always appreciated Music Xrays transparency and this book is true to that philosophy!
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Excellent, down-to-earth songwriting and song pitching advice from an established music industry professional is mixed generously throughout this how-to book on successful song submissions to the Music Xray service. In my opinion, this is well worth the time to read for all songwriters, from the most accomplished to newbies. While the tone sometimes veers from strictly informational into almost-adulation for Music Xray, this book still makes many valid points about how the music biz has changed with current technological advances. Inspired by reading it, I went online and researched the company and "scam" complaints from songwriters who were dissatisfied with their feedback and results, and what I found was that virtually all of their songs had been rejected for very legitimate reasons. Great songwriters can rejoice that sub-par songs are being weeded-out by services like Music Xray, thus de-muddying the waters for truly good songs to reach MIPs who can ultimately buy and use them! Bravo, Mr. Dolph!
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How does the book help song writers, performers, and anyone trying to get into the music business? Very simple answer: 100 pages jammed with all of the protocols that most seekers of the Holy Grail never knew! All of the tiny snippets of wisdom that can turn any "wannabe" into a successful song pitching, song writing, music business pro. If you are really trying to write that "hit", this book shows you, in detail, what to do and, most importantly, what "NOT" to do. If you hired a consultant to help you learn what is in this book, it could cost thousands of dollars and hours of time. Buy the Kindle and the hard copy - do what it says - and pitch that song to Music Industry Pros who will appreciate your "obvious" professionalism.
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By Coco on January 16, 2015
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Love the book! A lot of useful information for independent artists. e.g. how to submit a song correctly, how to save the lyrics, etc. I think, Music Xray is a great tool and I will definitely use it, when I have the right song for the right opportunity. Highest rating!
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Yes. Its an excellent book, which more than fulfills its promise to guide us through the ins and outs of Music Xray. On top of that it gives a number of great tips about songwriting and recording in today's music climate. i read it in a couple of hours yesterday. Would have loved it to have been longer :)
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Norman Dolph does a great job of laying it out and helping musicians understand expertly what the industry wants and expects. This book gives advantage to Music Xray users who read it. Those who don't may be out-competed.
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As a songwriter I have had some success submitting songs to Music Xray's listings, and I've signed a few contracts over the past few years. I believe Music Xray is an honorable company and has the songwriter's interests at heart. However,I have found it's instructions and explanations of how the program's features work to be long, wordy videos that ramble and do not zero in very well on specifics.
Alas, along comes Norman Dolph with his new book Maximizing Music Xray: Pitch Your Songs Directly To Music Industry Pros to save the day. The author shares his own experiential awareness and opinions of using Music Xray from the viewpoint of being an active user, which should be music to all of our ears, and it is indeed. Norman differentiates the different categories MXR offers songwriters to submit their work to (categories that in my opinion have become more difficult to decipher since MXR's latest redesign of the site), and shares the likelihood of which categories songwriters are most likely to see results from. MXR offers "Diagnostics" for songs submitted, which should provide valuable information for songwriters, and indeed it does...to a certain extent. Dolph questions and discounts certain "Diagnostics" which in all fairness MXR owner Michael says are still be worked out; Dolph's comments on areas like "The Needle" told this user that he wasn't missing something here after all, and indeed this info is amiss.
The book's breakdown of completing uploads, formatting correctly, and increasing your submission odds by completing various optional categories is valuable info.
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