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'One Minute With Dec'

The widest read 'DELIVERED' weekly music Ezine
on the Music Net since 1996.

A free songwriting/performing/producing/music making service from 'The Serious Writers Guild' at MAKEHITS.COM - how to make money from your music

Written by Dec Cluskey with a little help from his songwriting friends

Just click on the date of the 'One Minute' or the short description of the contents and you will be taken straight to it.


From 01 Nov 2009 to this week

Have I got information? [ the wait has been worth it ]
How about this for a new bass guitar idea? [ this looks stunning]
Testimonials from Guild Members
Subscriber's Section [the correct way to write a novel]
The gags: ..... [A Proof that Men Have Better Friends... ]

20 Feb 2011 'One Minute With Dec'

    Not as easy as we thought [video ‘One Minute’ delayed]
    Sluggish at Start-up [the way to speed up your PC – if you don’t use a Mac?]
    Which Acoustic Guitar Is Right For You? [as a guitar player I love everything about modern guitars]
    Subscriber's Section [private or corporate sponsorship]
    The gags: ..... [ a father’s worst nightmare]

31 Jan 2011'One Minute With Dec'

    ‘One Minute With Dec’ is switching to Video.
    Guitars fascinate me [the latest Les Paul]
    So you want to lose weight? [always the New Year resolution]
    Subscriber's Section [I am financially challenged?]
    The gags: ..... [all-girl biker bar]

12 December 'One Minute With Dec'

    And our new launch? [What a service?]
    Plain Text Please [Please listen to this]
    Next time you play cards [I didn’t know this]
    Subscriber's Section [ The best advice you ever had? ]
    The gags: ..... [I LOVE THIS WOMAN]

05 December 'One Minute With Dec'

    Whew! What a launch? [The Consultancy idea has gone mad!]
    Levalier Microphones [oh how I hate them ]
    Digital Camera [how to store loads of photos safely]
    Subscriber's Section [ writing poetry as a bit of a hobby? ]
    The gags: ..... [Where’s me hat?]

24 October 'One Minute With Dec'

    The Sound mix on X Factor in the UK? [quite weird?]
    The astonishing ancient classical guitars [where do you find them?]
    Subscriber's Section [ a better mic. or a pre-amp? ]
    The gags: ..... [Attraction? I am allowed to tell Irish Gags … I’m Irish - Rory]

15 August 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    What a few weeks? [awesome Festivals]
    Iron Maiden do me proud [Nicko looked after me well]
    Wow!! Scotland you were AWESOME!! [£10,000+ from Frankie [Ian] on charity tour]
    Subscriber's Section [ how to learn to make records ]
    The gags: ..... [Fried eggs]

04 July 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Join Toastmasters International? [ you will never regret it ]
    My Guitars? [ interesting question from member ]
    An update from Frankie [The Incredible Charity Tour - Member Ian Campbell is having ball ]
    Subscriber's Section [ how to get past the secretary ]
    The gags: ..... [ And that, dear friends, is how it’s done – from Berril in S.A. ]

06 June 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    All great news from members [ what a week? ]
    The Incredible Charity Tour [ Member Ian Campbell is having ball ]
    I am amazed [ X-Factor at 70? …. Read on ]
    Subscriber's Section [ live drums or what? ]
    The gags: ..... [Incredible story about an elephant's memory... from Paul ]

30 May 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    What a success story? [ ‘Maybe Gaga’ sensation]
    Increase hand strength [ should guitar players have strong hands?]
    Change it Back [frustrating Computer fault solved?]
    Testimonials Subscriber's Section [ a complex set of mixing questions? ]
    The gags: ..... [ A corker …. From Willie ]

25 May 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Oh My! We were hit again. [ Listen to this and beware! ]
    Gibson unveils the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited [is this the ultimate guitar?]
    But my friend is so unhappy. [are you in the same boat?]
    Subscriber's Section [ How to promote your music? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Relax …. From Willie ]

09 May 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Moscow Music scene. [ not much going on? ]
    New Spalted Series from Fernandes Guitars [tasty or what?]
    Level Playing Field [ promoting your music ‘brand name’ is so important ]
    Subscriber's Section [ Alesis D4 doesn't send all the notes that I play ]
    The gags: ..... [ Golfer and the Hooker … from David ]

02 May 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Our latest album is started. [ lots of hard work? ]
    The solution to airborne terrorism? [ Never thought of this before ]
    Stage fright in guitar players [ frozen hand syndrome? ]
    Subscriber's Section [ How to stitch a home studio together? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Religion is cute ]

18 April 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Red 100 vocal enhancer from Studiospares [ you will be amazed ]
    Good advice on ‘My Documents’ [ The annoying ‘My Documents’ problem ]
    Line 6 announces new Variax Guitars Designed By James Tyler [ a mighty step forward in guitars ]
    Subscriber's Section [ 4 months into membership? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Talking Dog from Mike Davies ]

28 March 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    How to be famous? [ my deepest and best thoughts ]
    Good advice on cheques and credit cards [ this could help a lot ]
    E-Mail Marketing in music [ a good tool if used right ]
    Subscriber's Section [ setting up EQ at live gigs ]
    The gags: ..... [ Psychiatrists vs. Bartenders ]

07 March 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Flight 666 [ make sure you see it ]
    Old Keyboard [will save the day – one day!]
    If your band or partnership breaks up [ what to do ]
    Subscriber's Section [ Beatles left and right sound images? ]
    The gags: ..... [ EXERCISE: from Dorothy ]

02 March 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Recession is gone? [ are you ready? ]
    Bugera Amps - [ take a closer look ]
    So your wallet is stolen in Latvia [ what to do ]
    Subscriber's Section [ how do I know a hit? ]
    The gags: ..... [Kenny The Rooster: - from Nira]

21 Feb 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Get your production skills honed [ I practice what I preach ]
    More on Attachments [ how to organise them]
    Members writing books? [ and I get mentions in this one ]
    Subscriber's Section [what contract do I need? ]
    The gags: ..... [Driving Under the Influence - Irish Style ]

14 Feb 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Get your Email skills up to speed [So important today]
    A cost nuisance in gigging? [ bands and artists are penalised ]
    The Importance of Residual Income [ The music business has it built in ]
    Subscriber's Section [ how to conduct the meeting ]
    The gags: ..... [ next time you hear the USA being insulted? ]

07 Feb 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    So ’29 main words in a hit toon’ really works? [Florian scores big time using the theory]
    A nice compliment? [a proud mother wants help]]
    A usual ‘copyright’ question [How to keep your writing safe]
    Subscriber's Section [ Rock School franchises ]
    The gags: ..... [ bad news solution … from Dorothy ]

31 Jan 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Rotary, what a brilliant job they do quietly. [support them?]
    Gibson Previews New Slash 2010 Appetite Les Paul Guitar at NAMM [now this is a tasty product]
    Afraid of hackers? [How to keep your computer safe]
    Testimonials [Demo Consultation?]
    Subscriber's Section [ compressing groups when mixing ]
    The gags: ..... [ WATER...... from Paul ]

24 Jan 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Lady Gaga - an inspiration and a learning curve? [ the latest thinking in music ]
    Gretsch announces Eddie Cochran Tribute Guitar [ now this is style! ]
    Email Filtering Frenzy [How to get round it]
    Testimonials [Demo Consultation?]
    Subscriber's Section [ My 29 words in a song under scrutiny? ]
    The gags: ..... [Have You Ever Danced? From Dorothy]

17 Jan 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Come and meet Dr Epiphone at Nevada Music .... [ and all this for free? ]
    Jerry Garcia's guitars top 500K at auction [the moral of the story?]
    Who makes the chart? [ how does all the info get collected ]
    Testimonials [Demo Consultation?]
    Subscriber's Section [Can someone of my age miss their calling? ]
    The gags: ..... [ the wonder of women from Phil ]

10 Jan 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    Best time to write a song? [ how cold is it in the UK ]
    Gibson Custom Shop announces the Jimmy Page 'Number Two' Les Paul [this is something special]
    Twitter can maximise your web site earnings [a good trick and easy to implement]
    Testimonials [Demo Consultation?]
    Subscriber's Section [ What music should I write and create? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Pensioner Health Care Solution from Phil ]

05 Jan 2010 'One Minute With Dec'

    A good year to come? [ now is the time to plan ]
    MySpace ideas [can we use it better?]
    How it can increase traffic, leads, and sales? [get your music site working fast?]
    Testimonials [Demo Consultation?]
    Subscriber's Section [ Collaboration techniques and an original style? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Women drivers? From Willie – don’t blame me! ]

28 Dec 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

    At last they get together [Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder]
    Thermonetix announces new Guitar customization option for Stratocaster owners [stunning idea]
    United Breaks Guitars [what a way to get a Hit?]
    Subscriber's Section [ Can I guarantee success in music? ]
    The gags: ..... [ A serious, tear jerker at Christmas time ]

20 Dec 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • Jimmy Clark RIP [we lose a lot at this time of year]
    Introducing the Gibson Dusk Tiger [I would love one of these]
    Attention Getter [is your web page selling?]
    Subscriber's Section [What strategy, what Dec method, would you devise? ]
    The gags: ..... [very funny … sorry to the Blondes ]

13 Dec 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • Jim Rohn Dead [we have lost a legend]
    What an article? [ I amazed myself last night ]
    A few thought for the deep minded? [ you will like this if you are deep minded ]
    Subscriber's Section [What strategy, what Dec method, would you devise? ]
    The gags: ..... [very funny … sorry to the Blondes ]

29 Nov 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • Plug-in Reverbs? [the real discussion]
    Introducing the Les Paul Tribute 1952 Guitar [The closest you will ever get to the master’s sound]
    A new writers idea.... [interesting?]
    Subscriber's Section [ Line Array – what’s it all about? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Rude … but very funny … from Willie ]

22 Nov 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • Lena the next Eva Cassidy? [great excitement at You Tube]
    Nevada Music present top names at their demos. [you should not miss these days] What a compliment? [a nice spontaneous bit of praise]
    Cheeky? [a guitar recording article that is far too close to my best selling manual]
    Subscriber's Section [ recording equipment – Roland? ]
    The gags: ..... [A gift to mom? … from Dorothy ]

15 Nov 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • All the community sites affected? [some moron has ruined the community sites]
    A great new Q and A page launched [you will love this]
    Four things you can't recover: [a nice bit of philosophy?]
    Jon Gomm just posted this on YouTube [amazing or what?]
    Subscriber's Section [ recording deal question ]
    The gags: ..... [ Why do we speak English? ]

08 Nov 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • And all is well in the Cluskey camp [Con has a lucky escape]
    How To Make A Great Guitar Solo [the real story]
    New electronic aid for musicians [The I-Tab … brilliant idea]]
    Subscriber's Section [ positioning in the mix? ]
    The gags: ..... [ Marriage counselling? – from Willie.]

01 Nov 2009 'One Minute With Dec'

  • Check out the site makeover [Makehits.co.uk gets a makeover]
    U2 Exclusive: [The Edge's stage setup revealed]
    Sweetwater fantastic free draw [what a prize]
    Subscriber's Section [ session players are they that good? ]
    The gags: ..... [ The Italian Way – from Willie.]
    Check out the site makeover [Makehits.co.uk gets a makeover]

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  • “Hi Dec £170,000 I've made in the past six months ... so many projects I haven't a minute. Number 4 in Music Week chart ... can't wait for next year ... they are predicting huge chart success for my productions. Unbelievable.
    D**** E****”

  • Enjoy video for a song I co-wrote with extraordinary Dutch singer Jenny Lane.
    I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
    Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.

  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

  • This is Yosi & Ofir Nafkar from Israel member of The Serious Writer Guild Membership No NET0778030W. We wrote music for an Australian Movie By Kerry Bowden. She is a great woman who helps children in need. The movie and the music had a great success. Together we gathered 1million$. [Israel]

  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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