Applying Six Sigma for songwriting may be a big ‘no-no’ for the songwriters and creatives.
Six Sigma is a scientific and structured discipline for process improvement. Mostly, it originated in the corporate sector to bring business excellence. And it has brought in very good impressive results in millions and billions of savings and earnings for those companies.
Let’s first understand the core philosophy of Six Sigma.
Six Sigma is all about the problem solving and process improvements.
So here is the thing. In our life, whatever we do is a ‘process’.
Whether we brush our teeth, make ourselves a coffee, clean up our rooms, go out to meet friends… etc., everything is a process. Processes are not only limited to business and corporate world. We live consciously or unconsciously following processes on daily basis.
We can understand those, who are on the creative side of life, like to do things creatively and in their own way. But the fact of life is that those creative people who do things with some discipline and structure they are more successful than those who don’t use such techniques.
Doing your daily work sometimes may just be a matter of personal habit (like a few writers wake up early in the morning and write for straight 4 hours, and few writers use computer tools to evaluate the numbers of words written in a day, or to track the time spent writing etc.)
There can be many approaches to structure one area of work. The main issue is to be conscious of bringing some discipline for the sake of achieving long term success.
It may not matter much what techniques you may choose; Six Sigma can come to your help in writing songs.
Applying Six Sigma for songwriting can provide you with two methodologies:
Based on the creative nature of the songwriting process, DMADV may be applied effectively for songwriting.
Let’s run though the Six Sigma for Songwriting methodology...
Six Sigma – Define Stage
Six Sigma – Measure Stage
Six Sigma – Analyze Stage
Analysis is the real meat when you want to apply the Six Sigma for songwriting.
You get any idea, that you can test multiple variations using the ‘correlation’ techniques.
Although there may be more technical tools here to analyze, let’s not get deeper at this stage what more Six Sigma for songwriting can do for you.
Let’s move to the next stage
Six Sigma – Design Stage
‘Design’ stage in Six sigma is typically for the new product designing.
Six Sigma – Verify Stage
This is final song production stage for applying Six Sigma for songwriting. At this stage, you check everything what you have done to understand that whether the song will work as a success or not. You already have taken good dive into what kind of songs worked for yourself or for other artists and what songs were flopped. You have to carve your way strategically and tactically to develop a roadmap for success what should make your song a super hit.
After completing all the previous Six Sigma stages, contact the chosen production company or if you plan to do it in a home, then follow the proper professional studio instructions to produce a professional recording.
At this stage, you should also understand that marketing is one of the most important aspects after the production.
In the ‘Verify’ stage you have to make a detailed marketing plan, including offline marketing, online marketing, email marketing, social media and all possible ways to showcase your song production.
After having completed the ‘Verify’ stage, now you should ideally be more confident to release the song, sit back and enjoy the responses, (hopefully a lot better).
It is important to understand that applying Six Sigma for songwriting can provide you with a better structured approach to tackle your songwriting project. Although the main creative ingredients about the song’s wording and verses have to be contributed by the artist based on his or her own talents, but Six Sigma for songwriting can assure the high probability for success.
Although, the artists can continue to do the way it suits them better, with or without any such tools, but the professional tools like Six Sigma for songwriting only comes in the picture when you are serious about planning for success, not for mere hobby.
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I do hope, all those songwriters and artists, who happen to get to know about Six Sigma, they can take good competitive advantage, what most others may not be following.
In case you also want to learn more about songwriting, you can also check this interesting article 13 Ridiculous Songwriting Tips.
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