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5 Tips for Selecting Quality Music Sample Pack

March 5th, 2016 by

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When searching for a quality music sample pack you will need key information to assist you in selecting the right one for your music project. The first thing to you to know is the genre of music. Genre is the style that is common to a specific type of music. Knowing what genre will help you to decide on what types of instruments you need that is common to the genre. Once the genre is defined you can search through libraries of music samples that fit your specific style of music. In addition you need to consider how limited the instrumentation is. Generally you will discover drum beats, samples and loops that will fit your song. (more…)

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Review Loopmasters Sample and Loop Libraries

March 2nd, 2016 by

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When it comes to royalty free music samples, are they practical for songwriters?

In this article I will review Loopmasters digital loops and samples for use in songwriting. In general in order to use music samples it requires payment of royalties, however “royalty free” music samples are available for use with one time license fee. Loopmasters provides a 100% Royalty Free Sample Libraries. This company produces a wide range of samples that are flexible and easy to use. This can be quite helpful to a songwriter. You get top quality professional musicians that you can include in your songs. (more…)

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How to Write Songs People Will Love

October 8th, 2014 by

Learn Songs Headphone Computer Screen Write SongsDo you truly want to write the best song you possibly can? If your answer is yes, you  need to emulate what successful songwriters do. How do you learn from these successful songwriters? That’s easy. Study great songs. Continue reading to learn how to write songs people will love.

Songwriting is a Learned Skill

It is rare that anyone can write a great song right away. Songwriting is a skill and it can be learned. Make great songwriters your teacher by understanding how they write songs.

It Starts with an Idea

In all creative endeavors originally comes from taking existing ideas and method and applying them in unique ways. Using those existing ideas requires studying them. You then analyze them and figure out what makes them successful. The more you know, the stronger your instinct will be for what is memorable, catchy and engaging. (more…)

Practical Guide to Easily Master Music Scale Modes

August 12th, 2014 by

Music Scale Modes

A Mode is a type of scale created by establishing a new tonic within a preexisting scale. To create a mode establish a new tonic on one of the notes other than root.  Using modes in creating a melody will influence the mood and emotion of the music. Here are the Scales Modes starting with the ionian mode.

Ionian Mode

This mode starts on the 1st note of the major scale.  So in fact this is the major scale.

Ionian Mode Scale

Mood: Happy, bright, triumphant.

Scale Type: Major (more…)

How to Quickly Set Up an Affordable Recording Studio

July 4th, 2014 by

Set Up an Affordable Recording Studio

A few years ago a person who wanted to record a CD would either pay enormous fees for studio time or need to be picked up by a record label. Nowadays when you are ready to record you simply set up your recording space with the equipment you need and start laying down the tracks for those killer sounds you hear inside your head. It’s that simple; but, before you start recording there are few things you’ll need for your studio.

#1. A computer and software program.

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Earworm – Getting Songs Stuck In the Mind

May 22nd, 2014 by

An earworm is best described as a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing. There are several phases describing an earworm.  These descriptions include…

  • musical imagery repetition,
  • involuntary musical imagery, and
  • stuck song syndrome.

Musicians and people with OCD most commonly suffer from earworm attacks. An earworm involves a small portion of a song, a hook. That auditory portion is equal to the memory capacity of the victim’s auditory short-term memory. (more…)

Eleven Useful Tips to Help You Write Amazing Songs

April 15th, 2014 by

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When it comes to writing songs there are certain tasks that will help improve the working process.  This working process will help build a better work ethic.  Songwriting is a process and certain processes will guide the songwriting.  Here are song things to consider when writing your next amazing songs.

1. Have a specific concept or idea in mind

Always have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing a song. You need to be clear and focus on what your song’s purpose is.  Is the song about an issue you have great passion?  Is it about a relationship?  Is it about a specific event? Know this before you begin. (more…)

Smart Ways to Improve Song Titles

February 25th, 2014 by

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A song’s title is one of the most important elements. A title can make or break a song. Therefore take the time and effort to craft the best song title possible.  Here you will learn some tips that will help you improve song titles

If you begin with a great song title, it makes the job of writing lyrics easier. In most cases the song title is the hook. The hook is what grabs the listener. The title provides a clear focus for the lyrics. The song title allows you to write and build the story around that title.

There are ways to write better titles. They can always be better. Here are some practical ideas to help you improve song titles. (more…)

Important Elements for Hit Pop Songs

February 6th, 2014 by

Hit Pop Songs
So you want to write hit pop songs. If you ever take time to analyze modern pop songs you will find that they have many element in common. Understanding these elements may increase your chance for success.  Will it guarantee success? In life there are no guarantees. But, doing certain thing the right way will increase the odds in your favor.

In baseball there is a thing called the “sweet spot”  That is a location on the bat that provide maximum performance from the bat. When the ball hits the sweet spot just right the result is usually a home run. Does the ball always contact the sweet spot?  Of course not.  But, the hitter practices and strives to make it happen. In song there are also certain “sweet spots”. Let’s take a look at some of them.
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Songwriting – Three Rules of Thumb – How to Write Songs

January 30th, 2014 by

Rules of ThumbHere is an article by GK Eckert on Three Rules of Thumb on how to write songs.  These rules can be quite useful during the songwriting process.  Are these the only rules? Not really,  But they are a place to start.  For each point I will include a brief commentary.  You can also jump into the conversation by making comments.

Guest Article by GK Eckert

Songwriting is most definitely a skill. In time, you will come up with many of your own tricks, tools and guidelines. My “three rules of thumb” have proven to be my most valuable tools when it comes to the art of writing songs. Here they are! (more…)

Build Songs with Songwriting Tools

January 24th, 2014 by

Red Guitar Build Songs songwriting tools
The Learn How to Write Songs website has many songwriting tools to help stimulate creative ideas.  Here is a collection of those tool in one single post.  Keep in mind these tools were not created to automatically write a song for you, they were created to help songwriters acquire ideas to help write a song.  Sometimes all that is needed is a simple idea to get started. Here are app you can use to build songs…

Create a Song Prompt

Prompts are a great way to seed an idea.  Use the prompt idea as a starting point to create a song story.  Here is a song prompt you can start with… (more…)

What is music?

January 15th, 2014 by

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What is music?

First off to understand what is music you must understand that Music is simply a succession or combination of organized harmonious sounds.

A sound is anything that can be heard.  Music consists of sounds.  To make music requires the organization of sounds.  If a composer wants to master music it requires careful study and understanding of how music is organized. (more…)

Top Songwriting Articles 2013

January 7th, 2014 by

top songwriting articles 2013Taking a look back at 2013 here are the top songwriting articles on this website.

From Chord Progressions and Lyric Writing tips to Songwriting Challenges and other useful Ideas Tips, we publish a bunch of posts on the Learn How to Write Songs Blog.

These posts may be overflowing with tips, ideas, insights, and more. Your contribution can make this Blog a thriving community of information and discussion.

In case you missed them or forgot to bookmark them for reference and inspiration, here are the Top 10 Learn How to Write Songs Blog Posts of 2013 and don’t forget to leave a comment to join the discussion: (more…)

Supercharge Your Songwriting Efforts

December 30th, 2013 by

Supercharge Your Songwriting

When it comes to writing songs there are certain elements that make supercharge your songwriting. Using these elements will supercharge your creativity.  Some of these elements may seem obvious but other will be new or you didn’t think about them.  As you go though these twelve item examine your current song to see if you can apply these ideas to them.  Never be afraid to re-write songs.  As you re-write you get better and help polish your song. (more…)

Nine Questions Every Songwriter Needs to Ask Themselves

December 17th, 2013 by

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1) Why do you write songs?

Answering this question will give you the motivation to move forward.  It will help define your purpose for songwriting.  Knowing the reason why you write songs is a strong motivator.  This is especially helpful in those times where you creative energy is low.  Know the reason why you write songs. (more…)

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    If simple is ‘good’ with the finished song, then simple is good everywhere in the creative process. For example, you do not need 40 simultaneous sounds to make a complex, engaging song. You do need a bit of common sense though.