Archive for Songwriting Basics
January 29th, 2019 by John Pape
January 8th, 2019 by Kate Khom
When a songwriter wants to write a song, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
- Is it the words?
- The melody?
- The rhythm?
A great songwriter knows that it is none of these things. It all comes down to the spirit of the song. The reason why the songwriter is writing the song in the first place. The purpose or meaning behind it. The message it communicates. The feeling it cultivates. What I hope to present to you today are 7 smart ways to integrate mindfulness into your songwriting
These are the drivers of a great songwriter. He or she knows that everything exists in the mind and heart. Most of the great songs you hear today would not come to existence if they had no meaning or purpose behind them. This is the reason why as a great songwriter, you need to cultivate mindfulness into your songwriting. Cultivating mindfulness means being aware of what is around you. Once you do this, everything about the song just falls into place. (more…)
December 18th, 2018 by Alice Berg
Let’s say that you have some music education and/or experience and you want to find a way to monetize it. This is not an uncommon position to be in, especially among music students who believed the world is their oyster only to find themselves in a highly competitive industry where even the big ones complain about the royalties they get. (more…)
December 11th, 2018 by Ashly William
Selecting the ideal music for films is among the most effective branding tools, and many film studios are already capitalizing on this approach. Do you want to learn how to compose music for a movie like a pro? Well, there is no agreed-upon way of music creation for the film. Each composer has their own techniques that might be quite effective to them but inefficient to others. That said, here are some basic music score production tips: (more…)
December 4th, 2018 by Jessica Vainer
Piano is not only a fun and artistic thing to learn but also offers lifetime benefits for learning such a beautiful instrument. However, the one thing elemental in motivating yourself to learn piano is a good piano teacher. They will help you learn the techniques, inspire you to do well, and also encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone to grow as an artist.
If you are looking for a good teacher to teach you piano lessons Sydney, then use the following tips: (more…)
December 1st, 2018 by John Pape
College is the time when a lot of us explore our skills and talents, and many creators find their paths. Students are thought to have creative inspiration, think differently and try to make a change. That’s why lots of them are into arts, literature or music. It is not surprising that many of the bands and artists started at a young age because it is when your imagination is pure and powerful. However, sometimes it gets hard to find creative inspiration for songwriting when you have plenty of assignments to do. Here are some songwriting tips that will help you to catch the muse. (more…)
November 27th, 2018 by Adelina Benson
We all have a favorite singer, whether it’s from this decade or another. There are a few artists, though, that everyone seems to fall in love with. From Elvis, to Diana, to Whitney there are stand out singers that made entire generations stop and listen.
Whether you’re a fan of R&B, country, or rock there are singers on this list you’re bound to love. You might even discover a few that you weren’t familiar with. So take a look and listen to some of the best singers of all time. (more…)
November 20th, 2018 by Serena Dorf
Whether you play in a band or are launching a solo career, getting to know people in the music industry is a key way of getting ahead.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been on the music scene for years or are just setting out, it’s definitely a case of not what you know, but who you know when looking for a label, bookings or music career advice.
Check out these reasons why networking in the music industry is the first stepping stone towards a successful career. (more…)
November 15th, 2018 by Emma Williams
7 Ways to Never Forget Your Next Song
Writer’s block is most likely the worst enemy of all songwriters. However, there is something worse. When you see inspiration flowing and ideas being born, you want to capture and record them all. Today I want to share 7 ways to never forget your next song. Here are some of the best tactics for capturing your inspired lyrics
In this process, you will most likely forget most and let your inspiration go to waste. The moment you have a burst of creativity, you should reign it and leverage it.
Thankfully, there is a myriad of tools and methods at your disposal. In this piece, we’ve decided to tackle the problem of forgotten lyrics. With these seven simple tips, you will always have access to your future hits. Let’s see how can you utilize your burst of inspiration. (more…)
November 13th, 2018 by Jacob Dillon
We Ask The Expert, Dr. Mark Polishook
For musical beginners and even experienced musicians, the worlds and genres of electronic music making and production can be confusing. So in this post, we’ve asked Dr. Mark Polishook, a renowned jazz pianist, electro-acoustic musician and self-confessed synthesiser technology addict, the question we hear time and time again:
How important is music theory when it comes to electronic music production?
Here’s what Mark had to say on the topic… (more…)
November 6th, 2018 by Lee Harvey
The music industry is quickly developing nowadays, becoming a powerful force worldwide. Numerous songwriters and singers expose their talents, becoming the leading forces of the independent artist global movement.
Even if every artist’s journey is distinctive, there are specific rules to become a successful songwriter. You can find them below. (more…)
October 30th, 2018 by Christine Bourne
So you have read some blog posts on here and finally created an amazing hit song.
So what’s next?
Well, recording it of course.
Writing it down on paper and being able to play it isn’t enough these days…
…and if you want to send your song out to producers, artists, and radio shows. You will need to have it recorded and sounding awesome.
Doing this yourself at home will save you a lot of money…
…And in today’s post, I will be showing you exactly what you need to be able to do this.
It’s not as much as you think…
October 23rd, 2018 by Matthew Barney
Many of us started out as players or instrumentalists before we began writing songs. Our instruments inspired full songs from a simple guitar riff, melodic motif, or piano lick. From those short but foundational pieces we were able to build a verse and chorus and bridge, all stemming from a single seed.
Use both intuition and tools
Sometimes it’s intuition that tells us where to move to when we write the chorus section after a verse. Sometimes it’s a mixture of intuition and tools, knowing that a rise in pitch and shorter rhythms can create more energy for the chorus section, or that longer notes can contrast beautifully from the short notes we just left and reignite the listener’s attention. Wherever we move to, we can often feel a sense of consistency within the song – as if the ideas are linked rhythmically and melodically and harmonically to each other by some common thread. Many times that thread is a mixture of those elements, whether it be a pattern of pitches or rhythms, or harmonic progressions. It’s the repetition of these patterns that give our song a consistent identity, rather than a feeling of randomly assigned notes. (more…)
October 16th, 2018 by Paul Bates
A majority of beginner musicians wonder how to write a song that people will be crazy about. If you have already written a song or two, you most likely know how amazing it feels to compose your music and articulate yourself through chords, lyrics, and melodies.
As you continue to learn how to compose songs, you’ll observe that songwriting tutorials aren’t the same. This is a normal thing as the songwriting process is different for every person. Some people like to begin with chord progression, some write the lyrics, while others commence with a melody. Moreover, some might write the lyrics first then come up with a title, or write a title then continue from there. All these tactics are ideal for writing songs. (more…)
October 9th, 2018 by Shailee Sheth
Writer’s block is a condition where a writer experiences difficulties in developing new and creative work. Writer’s block is a phenomenon that affects all types of writers. Especially those who are involved in developing work that is not only in creative works but also in more structured.
Writer’s block is characterized by an inability to develop work that is either new or original. It’s a phenomenon experienced by some of the top writers in history, such as
In songwriting, writer’s block is a phenomenon that can have far-reaching consequences, potentially affecting an individual for years if not managed effectively.
Despite the debilitating feeling associated with writer’s block, a number of strategies exist helping songwriter’s overcome this proverbial “rut”. However, three strategies stand out. (more…)
It is scientifically proven that any musical instrument works as an integrative therapy. If you go to google images and type ‘Music Quotes,’ you will find many photos showcasing the real feelings of people. Most of us can relate to the quotes like;
- “Music is my escape.”
- “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
- “Music is an outburst of the soul.”
In this musical article, I am going to tell you about top 10 hardest instruments to play around the world. So, if you are a true lover of music and want to know about your favorite instruments in details, stay tuned and read about them one by one. I am sure you will be amazed after knowing that how the natural looking devices are so tricky to play. Let’s get started with the most difficult one. (more…)