NSAI NYC Chapter Workshop with Larry Beaird: June 14th.

Arranging The Hit

Saturday June 14th 3:00-6:00pm

Ripley Grier Studios

520 8th Avenue Rm 16E ( 36th St)


There is still space available for our Workshop with Larry Beaird ( details below)


One of the attendees WILL win a free demo session at Beaird Studios worth $625…..It could be you!

If you have ever wondered……

Is this groove right for this song or is there something better?

What is the right tempo for this song?

How much does my demo need to sound like an actual record on the radio?

How do I come up with little musical Hooks ( licks etc.) that can enhance the marketability of my song especially if I am not a great musician?

These any many more questions will be answered at our special workshop with Larry Beaird.

Even if you have experience working with demo producers ( and even if you have recorded songs at Beaird) you will learn a lot at this workshop to give you insight for future recording sessions AND you have a chance at winning a free session!


We are very excited to announce that we are hosting a Special Workshop with Larry Beaird from Nashville, TN……….

Arranging The Hit

Saturday June 14th 3:00-6:00pm

Ripley Grier Studios

520 8th Avenue Rm 16E ( 36th St)

The main purpose of this workshop is to teach songwriters how to musically arrange songs in their most commercial manner. Larry will discuss ( among other things) the best way to write and record songs so that they can be presented to publishers and producers in a manner they expect. ( see below for more details on the workshop)

Larry Beaird is the owner of Beaird Music Group in Nashville a premier Nashville recording service with three recording studios. Larry is an accomplished musician that has played on thousands of recording sessions including artists like Faith Hill, America, Rascall Flatts and Trace Adkins. His recording service is considered one of the best demo shops in Nashville and publishers can usually spot the quality of a Beaird Studios recording as soon as they hear it.

( see below for a more detailed Bio of Larry)

Workshop Fees:

NSAI Members  $40 before June 5th  (EXTENDED)   $50 thereafter

Non-Members $50 before June 5th  $60 thereafter

Note that space is limited and registration will be first come/first served. Please reply to this email to reserve a slot.

Send Checks or money orders payable to ‘NSAI’ to:

 Nick Serro

246 Battery Avenue

Brooklyn NY 11209

Please include you name, email address/phone number, and whether you are a member or non-member

( Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received)

Larry will be giving away a 

FREE Premier Demo of one song (with 6-piece band) – Valued at $625
 to one lucky attendee that will be chosen at random. Details on registering for that drawing will be sent once attendance is confirmed.

Also , Larry will be conducting a very  limited number of

Private Sessions

 from 10am-2pm that day. The sessions will be 25 minutes long and will be priced at $50/each. Please respond to this email if you are interested in booking one of these sessions with Larry.


Arranging the Hit

Presented by Larry Beaird

Simply put, the main purpose of Arranging the Hit is to teach songwriters how to write commercial songs.  Larry Beaird, president of Beaird Music Group, focuses on what he believes is the best way to write and record songs so that they can be presented to publishers and producers in a professional manner.  Years of experience as a producer, arranger and musician on many hit records, have given Mr. Beaird the insight as to what publishers and producers are looking for in a song. He explains these things in a manner that’s easy to understand – even for beginning writers.

Many topics are discussed including titles, hooks, intros, turns, outros, solos, verses, pre-choruses, choruses, bridges, grooves, tempos, co-writing, what artists and publishers are looking for, etc.

Larry uses several hit songs as examples for the best way to arrange songs.  He also plays examples of hit records and compares them to the Beaird Music Group demos of the same songs.

In addition, Beaird plays examples of several before-and-after recordings.  This is a very popular portion of the workshop as it highlights how a very rough work tape can be transformed into a commercial recording given the right arrangement and musical treatment.

Larry likes to have attendees send songs (mp3s and lyrics) that can be used as part of the presentation.  It’s nice to get these several days before the event as he likes to chart the songs and put the lyrics into a PowerPoint presentation. There may not be time to discuss all songs submitted, but he likes to include some. Writers can send mp3s and lyrics to larry@beairdmusicgroup.com

During the workshop, Larry will explain “demo love” where Nashville producers fall in love with a demo. He will play examples of hit songs that sound REALLY similar to the Beaird Music Group demos of the songs.

If time permits, Beaird will give a short, easy lesson on the “Nashville Number System”. This will explain the notation used in the charts that Nashville session musicians use in the studio.


Attendees of this workshop will be able to register for a drawing for a FREE Premier Demo – a $625 value!  This demo features a 6-piece band. It does not include a vocalist, but Beaird Music Group has numerous professional vocalists available to sing for writers if needed Writers are welcome to attend the session, but are not required to travel to Nashville to record. Details to follow about registering to win.

The drawing will have an added bonus. The winner will get to present the recording of their song at an Evening With a Publisher event.  He or she can attend in person or via Skype.  For more info on Evening With a Publisher please visit these links:




Larry Beaird Bio:

Larry Beaird has several different roles in the Nashville recording scene.  He was a 2004 nominee for the Academy of Country Music award for Guitarist of the Year.  As a producer, he has produced songs featuring such artists as Dolly Parton, Billy Dean and Mark O’Connor.

As a musician, he has played acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin on thousands of recording sessions including records for Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Brooks and Dunn, and Montgomery Gentry.  You can also hear him on Pop/Rock records such as America and Art Garfunkel as well as several movie soundtracks including Fox and the Hound IIVarsity Blues, and Hannah Montana, the Movie (on the Rascal Flatts song, “Bless the Broken Road”).

He played on the records for back to back ACM Songs of the Year, “I’m Movin’ On” (recorded by Rascal Flatts) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (recorded by Randy Travis).

He is also the owner of Beaird Music Group, Inc. a Nashville recording service featuring three recording studios.  His company produces records for artists along with song demos for both veteran and  up-and-coming  songwriters.  Writers can have their songs recorded in person or without even being present.

Beaird Music Group has recorded  the demos for several #1 songs including:

  • All-American Girl – Carrie Underwood
  • She Wouldn’t Be Gone  – Blake Shelton
  • Getting You Home – Chris Young
  • Recently, Beaird Music Group has recorded demos for the following songs:
  • Beaird Music Group also recorded the demo for Lady Antebellum’s #1 song  “I Run to You” which was voted the 2009 CMA Single of the Year and nominated for a Grammy award for Best Country Song.
  • Out Like That – on Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party album
  • Mexicoma – on Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom album
  • Get to Me – on Lady Antebellum’s Golden albumBeaird Music Group productions also appear on albums for major artists such as Luke Bryan,  Robin Meade  (Headline News anchor),  Kix Brooks,  Cledus T. Judd andJoey + Rory.

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