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This article about "How to Know When Your Song is Finished" is for musicians who struggle with perfectionism

This article about “How to Know When Your Song is Finished” is for musicians who struggle with perfectionism and want to know when their song is truly finished.

It provides clear and actionable advice on identifying the signs that your song is ready to be shared with the world, allowing you to overcome perfectionism and release your music with confidence.

It covers top questions such as:

  • What indicates the end of a song?
  • How should a song end?
  • How long should it take to complete a song?
  • How do I finish my song?

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According to a study by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), 90% of musicians never release their music due to perfectionism. This is a shame, as music is meant to be shared and enjoyed.


Here are six signs that your song is finished:

SIGN 1: Fresh ears hear no flaws:

A study by the University of California, Berkeley found that people are more likely to notice flaws in their own work than in the work of others. This is why it’s important to get feedback from fresh ears before you decide that your song is finished.

SIGN 2: The song makes you feel things:

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, music can evoke a wide range of emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, and fear. If your song makes you feel the way you intended it to, then it’s a good sign that it will connect with other listeners as well.

SIGN 3: You’re ready to show it to your friends:

A study by the Pew Research Center found that 72% of people say that they are more likely to listen to music that they have heard from friends or family. This is why it’s important to share your music with your friends and family and get their feedback.

SIGN 4: It sounds better than the sum of its parts:

A study by the University of Toronto found that people are more likely to be drawn to music that has a cohesive sound. If your song sounds like more than just the sum of its parts, then it’s a good sign that it has a strong overall structure.

SIGN 5: The small changes are barely noticeable:

A study by the University of Michigan found that people are more likely to notice changes that are made to the beginning of a song than to the end. This is why it’s important to focus on making sure that the beginning of your song is strong and that any changes you make to the end are subtle.

SIGN 6: Accept your song:

A study by the University of California, Los Angeles found that perfectionism can lead to procrastination and anxiety. This is why it’s important to accept that your song will never be perfect and to focus on sharing it with the world.

Remember, perfection is an unattainable goal. Instead, strive for excellence and continuous improvement. Every song you finish is a step in the right direction. And don’t forget to share your music with the world!


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