When writing songs the hope is that it will provide an emotional response to the listener. There are many emotions experienced when listening to music. Here Gerry Clarkson a musician and a blogger explore the The Relationship Between Sad Music and Depression and how music affects our mood. Here is his contribution.
From the rhythms of our ancient dynasties to present limitless streaming services, music has been serving as a crucial part of the human experience.Fascinatingly, for teenagers and those who have just crossed their twenties, music seems to have a major role to play. According to different studies, the adolescents listen to the music for around 2-3 hours each day, particularly when feeling upset.You feel what music you listen! Continue reading
What nobody tells you about songwriting? If you are an aspiring songwriter, you might have asked yourself this question. Are there some things that you should know before you thread this career? Is this path even worth pursuing for? Well, these queries surely need elucidation. After all, it would be bad to leave amateurs clueless and blindsided.
It is a common sight that songwriters don’t get enough training to get them started. In fact, we could say that it is formal education regarding songwriting is a rare thing. You can only get it if you enroll in music schools. Of course, we have to emphasize that not all music academies will offer such course. Continue reading
As practice shows, musicians who dream of a record contract with a label are completely unaware of what these ominous 80-100-page agreements with record companies are. A cooperation agreement with a record label is a legal agreement between an artist (or a band) and a corporation (record company).
Music production and its further sale is the basis of show business industry. First of all, any record company calculates how much money it will be possible to earn on this or that musical project. Labels constantly compete for attracting new consumers, who are actually fans of bands and performers. After making a record deal with a certain artist, the company automatically expands its sales market with the help of current and future fans of this artist. For a record company, any artist is just a means of earning money by selling a music product to the fans.
If you have decided to make a record deal, you have to be aware of all pros and cons, concerning label deals. I am going to start with positive sides. Continue reading
The modern music industry is living its tough times, and we all know that. Being a musician means, dealing with various struggles every day making money as a musician. Lots of musicians prefer to work on a day job and make music for their own pleasure. Even popular bands members in various genres usually have a day or seasonal job to pay their bills between tours and studio recording sessions. Some of them, for example, work for such services as Edu Birdie and help students all over the world as writers.
But what if you don’t want to give up your dream and making money with music becomes a matter of life and death? Well, in this case, you need to learn few main ways how to make money as a musician. Of course, the first thing you may guess is selling music on physical copies. Well, the old scheme is not working these days as you may already know. And even big names in the industry don’t make those big incomes as they had even ten years ago. Continue reading
So, you’re writing poems or lyrics for songs? Well, you have, probably, already faced the problem of lack of rhymes. The rhyme scheme is the thing all poets like to use in just a few familiar and most comfortable ways. But, what if I tell you that there are more than you used to use every time? Well, there are eight main rhyme schemes, and in this article, we are going to deal with some simple and clear rhyme scheme examples.
At the very beginning, all of us poets just write lyrics without any background and thoughts about schemes. We just write from out heart. But a scheme is exactly what makes a simple poem a great one and professional, and advanced. So, if you have any favorite of those schemes, but what to get something new, you should:
Try a fresh new rhyme scheme
Most of beginners and losers use the same two rhyme schemes all the time. It may last for years before a poet realizes that there is more to explore. So, usually, it is ABAB and AA schemes. It is as simple as to come up with words that rhyme with the end and it is much simpler than to write a song. Continue reading
Shows aren’t the only place to sell your band merch. While it’s important to have a merch table set up at every gig you play, you need to make the most out of every avenue you have to making money for your band.
Your band website presents a huge opportunity for engaging with and selling to your fans. As a band who is serious about their music and wants to have a successful career, you need to have a professional website and a way for fans to buy merch from you.
Having the option to sell merch on your website opens up the door to driving sales in other parts of the world where you may have fans and gives you another income source, which is another step in the right direction to building a successful and profitable music career.
So with that said, in the post I’m going to cover how to get started selling merch on your band website. I’ll cover why you need a website and ways to build one, merch ideas, how to take high-quality photos of your merch, and more. Continue reading
As songwriter’s it is important to make a brand for yourself. As an artist who want to be know and recognizable. In this article Boone Shanks share how Jackson Pollack was able to create a brand for himself. Although he is a painter the concepts will work equally well with songwriters.
We live in the times of the market, and culture also functions according to its laws. Only individual projects and their authors become its products. The popular French philosopher Derrida is the same brand as Madonna, Mercedes or McDonald’s. There is no mass and elitist culture, but there is only a marked space consisting of separate brands. For examples, you do not need to go far artists who are being sold.
Three tricks that Jackson Pollock used to sell himself at a higher price Continue reading
Learning to play an instrument is such a rewarding accomplishment, regardless of whether you plan on using your skills as a hobby or professionally in your career. With such a wide variety of instruments to choose from, making the right choice can be a difficult process.
Thankfully, there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand to make your decision-making process easier.
#1) What kind of music do I like
First determine what kind of music you enjoy and what kind of music you want to create. That is the first step to figuring out what instrument you should learn to play. If you like listening to punk rock music, you might want to consider learning guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard. Other traditional instruments, such as cello, violin, double bass, will do well in classical styles of music. One of the most versatile instruments that exist is the guitar. This is why the guitar is so popular in the music world: you can use it to play classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, metal, punk music, and everything in between. Continue reading
The pressure is immense for a modern songwriter. What if your mind gets blocked? What if you write a song that sounds and feels like another one and you don’t even realize it? You’re under constant pressure to meet the expectations and be more creative.
Well, there’s a good thing in being a modern songwriter: you can get better and more productive thanks to technology. There are great tools and online resources that will boost your creativity. We’ll list 10 of them. Continue reading
No matter which skill level you belong to, there is still always room for improvement – even for the advanced and the professionals.
Take your piano playing skill up a notch or two by using the best digital keyboard available. The Yamaha P115 is perfect for all levels namely, beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional.
But how exactly can you take your piano playing skills to the next level using this instrument? Read on to find out.
The P115 is Packed with Incredible Features
With its new and improved features, added functions and lovely matte finish, this instrument has everything that you need to take your musical experience to a higher level. It has both the physical and technical aspects you will need as a keyboardist.
Either you are writing sad songs about love, or some songs about happiness, you need make the right song structure. You can add emotional impact to your songs with the right lyrics, using deep and emotional lyrics at all times.
You have to make your listeners feel the way you do. Drawing your listeners into an experience is one of the best things you can do these days. This will allow you to get what you want in no time. Make your listeners hear what you are hearing, feel what you are feeling, and almost touch what you are touching. They should be involved in the situation without even think about it. Your focus should be on the use of physical senses to get what you want. Your listeners should take in a lot of images. This will allow them to better understand what you mean. Your listeners should identify with you as much as you can. Continue reading
Every creative person knows the pain of writer’s block, when they just can’t write a single word or note of music. Songwriters can find it particularly difficult, when their muse seems to have gone on vacation! So they wait and wait for her to return … but it seems as though she never will. But there’s good news for them: creativity is a skill that you can train yourself to acquire. Here’s you will learn 5 Useful Techniques to Unleash Creativity:
1) Bring different ideas together
Often we try to be too logical and only connect things that make sense. So you would write about falling in love with a person, because that’s what you do in real life. But what about falling in love with a flower, the sky, or your favorite meal? It’s the popular management-speak of “thinking outside the box”; moving away from the obvious connections can give you some amazing ideas and produce compelling lyrics.
There are also other ways of awakening your creative mind than just sitting down and trying to write lyrics. Improvised comedy workshops can be immensely helpful in encouraging your creativity, because you have to constantly and quickly come up with ideas. In improv, the craziest things are put together, because that’s what’s amusing – and you’ll soon find that outside the workshops you’re able to come up with lots of ideas that you can use for your creative work. Continue reading
Decide for which target audience when you write music for your song
If you write a music only for yourself, you are not limited in your self- expression. But if you are composing music for other people, it should be understandable for them also. For example, the songs in a rock style won’t be accepted by a large number of elderly people, while tracks in chanson style will be pleasant for them. Continue reading
This motivational phrase shows that it is extremely important to find a muse before the beginning of each business, especially a creative one like the perfect song.
Inspiration comes to us unconsciously after experienced emotions or feelings. It is a sense of absolute concentration and commitment which is accompanied by special enthusiasm and emotional rise.
It is harder for adults to find an inspiration than for children. Unfortunately, an experience prevents us from believing in miracles but without it, a muse is transformed into an ordinary accounting.
From a realistic point of view of an inspiration — is a feeling when an experience and the dreams about desirable future are connected. Continue reading
Having a knack for songwriting is a gift. Being able to share that gift with the people is a blessing. Most amateur songwriters enter a song-writing contest to showcase their talent to the a wider audience. Well, it’s nice to have people listen to your song, but it would be better if you would win that song contest and be given an opportunity to share your song to a wider market. What are the things to consider when joining a songwriting contest? Read on and keep this list in mind. Continue reading