Writing a song or even just learning a solid cover on the guitar can be a lot of work.
If you've gotten to that point, this is a list of things you can now do with that music.
Some of the things are specific to either cover songs or originals, though I've identified which ones are which.
Maybe not every item here is applicable to your situation, but if you have music sitting around, either in your head or recorded and ready to go, these are some possible next steps that can help you put that music to good use.
If you need some inspiration or ideas for possible cover songs, these lists might be helpful to you.
1. Make a demo video and post it on YouTube.If you've got good material, YouTube might be all you need to gain some popularity. Even if you're just doing a cover, smile for the camera and post away.
2. Make a lesson video and post it on YouTube.Again, this works particularly well if you're dealing with a cover song. People use YouTube to look up lessons and tutorials for the guitar all the time. Record an informative lesson and post it.
3. Tab out the song and post it to Ultimate Guitar.Ultimate-Guitar.com is the biggest guitar tab site on the web, so contributing is never a bad idea. See if you can find a song that hasn't been posted for yet, or one that only has a few versions.
4. Record it and remix the song with Garage Band.If you have a Mac you can use Garage Band to record your song and do just about anything to it.
5. If it's original, record each track and check Music Clout for companies looking for original music.Music Clout is a website that scours the internet for music opportunities for independent and amateur musicians. If you can find something that suits your tracks, submit them and you could get paid.
6. Play it for friends and family.Never a bad idea, if only for honest feedback.
7. Add a drum and bass track.You can do this with GarageBand or manually if you're multi-talented.
8. Add sound effects with a keyboard.Again, this can be done with software, but if you've got a keyboard you can really add to the completeness of a song with a good synthesizer.
9. Make a page on Pure Volume and upload your song so you can share it via social media.Pure Volume is a social media networking site for musicians. Make yourself a page and post the song.
10. Break it down into rhythm and lead parts and record both tracks.If you haven't written one or the other, write and record the part you've left out. Typically the rhythm segment will be the first to get written.
11. If you know anyone in the music industry, pitch it to them.This might be a long shot, but if you happen to know somebody who has an in, take advantage of it and send them your track.
12. Write lyrics.If you didn't do it originally, get your songbird on and add some lyrics. Don't be shy.
13. If it's a cover song, add your guitar track to the original and make an MP3. Another guitar is always nice.I have a few songs on my iPod that I've recorded off of YouTube that just sound better with the extra guitar. Here are a couple good examples:
14. Submit it to your local radio station.You might surprised here. Some stations will play music from local artists
15. Submit it to a local business looking for cheap music for their radio ads. They'll probably pay you for it if they like it.This is really hit or miss, but if you know there's a business looking for an ad, write something that you think would suit their business and the product they're selling.
16. Write and track a solo for the song.Having a tracked solo gives your music more credibility. It doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure you track and tab it so you can play it more than once.
17. Tinker with your pedal board and see if any effects fit in with the song.A lot of times you can get a better effect for certain parts of the song if you experiment. Try some different sounds and see if you can improve your track.
18. Tinker with your amp setting to see if you can get a better sound.The same goes for your amplifier. There's a high probability you can make some adjustments to improve things and tailor them for your song.
19. If it's a cover song, see if you can find the other non-guitar tracks. Record it, then upload an "instrumental" version of the song to YouTube.These can be hard to find, but they're pretty fun to listen to, and even better if you can contribute. Here's a good example.
Limp Bizkit - My Way (Instrumental)