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Nick Torres

London born, Washington DC area native Nick Torres has been involved in music for more than 20 years. From singing with the Paul Hill Chorale at the Kennedy Center, to Regional Chorus, soloist at Trinity UMC in Alexandria VA, bell ringing, amateur and professional musical theater, and a band or two along the way. Currently Nick is focused on spending as much time as possible with his lovely wife and two children. When he’s not doing that he’s practicing his acoustic guitar and hanging out in the Songwriters Forum here on Guitar Noise. And writing articles and reviews, let’s not forget that…

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5 Comments

  1. Diego
    November 6th, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Thanks, nice post.

    • Nick
      April 9th, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

      You’re welcome

  2. Tanis Propst
    August 3rd, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    I just read your 37 rules and they made sense to me, so I might have a shot at this! I had just written a son. You know, one of those that pops into your head and you run to grab a paper and pen before it goes away. After I read your “rules”, I did a little tweeking and it’s much better now–thanks to you! Now I have to go back to the others I’ve written.
    Who knows? You might even hear one of ’em someday! (No splitting royalties, though!)

  3. Jerry
    June 22nd, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

    Hey—What is the normal fee for an agent to charge to promote someone’s songs—

  4. Cat
    November 13th, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    I enjoyed the post ! Awesome for direction. I tend to get lost some where in the middle of most of my songs. Writing is something I do for myself and rarely share. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have been together 3 years and he only recently discovered that i sing (pretty darn good apparently ;) lol ) and i used to play guitar and write songs. I always did so in private and never really developed my skills. As a result, most of my songs have been lost in time. However, this past month I opened up to him. I explained how truly passionate I am about music and singing. Up until this point i was embarrassed because he is a musician I consider to have much more talent than me. He had been performing in a band since he was 14. When i finally got over myself and showed him some of my stuff he said he was JEALOUS OF ME because I was so talented as a vocalist. To shorten this and make my point – we are now working together to make music. And I’ve been holding on to just a few songs that have stuck with me over the years. This advice will help so much. Ps. ~ #23… Beach Boys reference? I read the words as lyrics to a beach boys song. Lol