SliceThePie — June 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

SliceThePie Guide: Tips and Tricks for a Better Music Review

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If you have been reviewing Music on SliceThePie, the chances are you will want to maximize money you get per review.

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SliceThePie Tips

  • Start writing the moment the song starts. Since you get 90 seconds before you can submit the review(you can take longer), try to figure out what the song is all about.
  • Break your review into smaller parts. You can describe the introduction and go onto the the song’s tempo. Then you proceed to critique the singer’s vocals.

Creating a Structure for Your Music Review

Introduction

If the song has one, you should look for how the intro leads you to the song. Is it leading in too fast? Is the introduction too long? Does it start of abruptly with no intro at all? These are things you can talk about.

Melody and Rhythm

How do you like the tune of the song? Is it cheerful or sad? Is it speedy or slow? Did you like the instruments used to create the melody? These are things you can describe to fill up the review. I will give you more details later below for some musical terms.

Vocals

How is the singer’s vocals? Is it nasally or perhaps it is strong and distinct?

Instrumental and Digital Effects

Do you like the enhanced effects of the song if it has any? Do they include any digital tunes?

If You Do a Full Review – Consider the Following:

Structure of the Entire Song

How well did you think the song was organized? Was it all over the place with the chorus used in awkward parts of the song? These are things you could write about.

Performance and Potential of the Song

How was the overall performance? Do you think the song has a chance to make it big?

Overall Recording Quality

Sometimes, the song is good but they might have used a lousy recorder to record the song. You could also give some feedback. I occasionally get songs that just hurts my ears when I listen to it. This is usually due to poor recording.

Vocabulary to Use for the Music Review

Chasmac of HubPages has a great list that I use when I write my music review. Click here to visit his hub on SliceThePie.

Here is a short vocabulary list that he recommends:

For melodies
Positive - tuneful, interesting, shapely (or well-shaped), strong, melodious, memorable, original,
Negative - plain, shapeless, tuneless, boring. too simple, overly complex, unoriginal

For vocals
Positive: - distinctive, rich, warm, expressive, feeling, strong, attractive, appealing, confident, conviction, heartfelt, clear, stylish, impressive, pitch range, dynamic, edgy, raw, powerful
Negative: - thin, weak, inconsistent, out of tune, pitch problems, expressionless, bland, self conscious

For lyrics
Positive - original, amusing, thought-provoking, inspiring, heart-warming, punchy, meaningful, clever, deep,
Negative - plain, uninspiring, weak, pretentious, cheesy, corny, cringeworthy, obscure, confusing, predictable, repetitive, offensive

For instrumental accompaniments
Positive
: balanced, varied, full, rich, rhythmic, engaging, compelling, competent, smooth, accomplished, imaginative, creative, solid, original, exciting, powerful, driving, atmospheric, ethereal,

Negative: Weak, plain, safe, uninspired, lacking conviction, poor balance, untogether, over-sentimental, unvaried, lacking contrast. strident, harsh

For artists
Positive: 
talented, imaginative, professional, creative, accomplished, competent, skillful, careful, experienced, natural

Negative: unimaginative, predictable, careless, unprofessional, untogether, dated, awkward

These should help you come up with words when you are stuck on using the same vocabulary over and over.

Use positive words when giving good reviews and negative ones for not so good reviews.

8/10 Song

The song starts off with a rhythmic and engaging tone. I feel compelled to listen to it. The singer has a rather dynamic voice and it has a strong vocal projection. The song is not overly complex. The chorus is impressive, the pitch range varies, making it rich and engaging for me. The song definitely is professional and creative. I find it extremely good and the singer has talent.

3/10 Song

The song has a very futuristic feel to it. The intro feels like a story. The singer has a very unique voice. It kind of sounds off tune though. The musical instrumental play at 1:00 is decent. The change of pace in tempo is a little off. I was caught by surprise and it threw me off. She cannot really pull a high pitch. The melody of the song is what keeps the performance alright. I would not recommend this to my friends. The tempo of the song loses its tenacity, making me lose interest in the song. Perhaps she could practice more on her singing.

These are examples of some of my reviews. The amount of money you get will vary depending on your level. The base pay for Silver is 2 cents. Gold is 3 cents.

Happy reviewing! If you would like to sign up for SliceThePie, here you go:

13 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this! I actually started using SliceThePie two days ago, and I find myself running out of things to say. I also tend to hit the “this review sounds too similar to your other reviews” filter, and it annoys the nuts out of me!

  2. Haha, no problem. I try to help. I get around 10-20 cents depending on the bonus or what not. Just keep going and you will get better reviews eventually.

  3. How do you do the reviews on slice the pie? When Igo to scout it just shows me how to rate and not to the comment box there’s a little button that says wait and when I push it nothing happens! So how do Iget to the music to review it?

    • It could be lagging and that is why you won’t see it. Sometimes it does that. You probably will have to try it a few hours later.

  4. At first I wasn’t sure whether it would be worth the time, being that to some extent you do have to be creative while reviewing a song from an honest standpoint. But after a few reviews it not only became easier to comment, but it also help me to actually realize what is it that makes a song ‘good’ for me. You definitely expand your music vocabulary and widen out your taste in music. Over all, it can be a fun and productive way to spend some free time.

  5. BETTER WATCH OUT IF YOU SIGN UP OR DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY, THEY WILL LOCK AND BAN YOUR ACCOUNT FOR THE SMALLEST OF THINGS. REFUSES TO EXPLAIN WHY SOMEONE’S ACCOUNT HAS BEEN LOCKED. SO UNPROFESSIONAL THEY NEED TO LEARN HOW TO OPERATE A BUSINESS. DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME AND GET SCAMMED.

    SlicethePie, is turning into a scam, it feels like. This company is the most unprofessional to me, at least. I signed up for SlicethePie awhile back, then reviewed a few songs. Signed back in the other day, reviewed a few more, while making sure I was following their rules and terms of service, they still locked and banned my accounted. What the hell! They did not even have the decency to let me know through email why they closed my account, no reasoning was ever explained. Seriously, extremely disrespectful and unprofessional if you ask me. They just tried to get my free reviews probably, because I never once went against their rules. This company should be shut down.

  6. I want to try to sign up to review songs on slicethepie website… but each time i click on their links… I cant get past this film that pops up. I can see where to sign in and sign up, but cant connect with them. Is anyone else having this problem?

  7. Okay. Thank you : )

  8. Thanks for the tips, knowing the right words to use on reviewing songs really helps me. I just joined yesterday and I was only receiving 6 cents per song. I’m going to use your tips and see what happens.

  9. i’ve been locked out for using an open proxy server and that isn’t even true.

  10. I have been doing really good reviews and using all the terms that are professional that i can think and I still only get between 9 and 10 cents sometimes lower for reviews when i first started out I was getting between 12 and 15 cents i don’t know what changed can someone help me out or give me some advice? Thanks So far i have made 120 dollars and i have only been doing this for almost two in a half weeks now. I would like to reach 20 cents for review if that is possible thanks again.

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