Tag archives for music
December 4th, 2018 by Jessica Vainer
October 30th, 2018 by Christine Bourne
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…)
October 9th, 2018 by Shailee Sheth
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 2nd, 2018 by Warren
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…)
August 11th, 2018 by John Pape
Have you ever wondered what the difference between a hobbyist and a professional songwriter was?
It’s pretty obvious: the professional songwriter considers songwriting to be their profession. It’s their main source of income, and they simply see this activity as their job. They engage in it on a daily basis. (more…)
October 26th, 2017 by John Pape
As a songwriter you probably come up with ideas for songs quite often. These ideas float around in your head until you take the time to start writing. Going from the head to paper can sometimes be a challenge for many songwriters. Some of biggest of songwriter challenges is deciding what to do and when to do it.
Basic Ingredients of a Song
A song consists of two basic elements. These elements are lyrics and music. The music is the melody of the song and the lyrics are words. A good song will take both elements and meld them together into one cohesive unit. (more…)
September 12th, 2017 by Tom Jager
Songwriters may often ask themselves, “What makes a song great?” The answer to that question can make the difference between a mediocre song and an amazing song. Hopefully, once you finish reading this post you will be on the path the write great songs. This is not a new topic it has been written about by many experts in the industry. Trying to unravel the right formula is a lot like hitting a moving target. Taste change, technology changes making it difficult to nail down the right formula. (more…)
June 23rd, 2017 by Cody Slingerland
Music surrounds us every day – we hear it while driving the car, shopping in the mall, or eating in a restaurant. It has become a part of our everyday routine, and some of us can’t imagine an hour of our lifetime without a favorite song.
Music is something we aspire to. It’s something that communicates emotions rather than words. It motivates us to work, rest, cook, exercise. There’s a song for everything we do. It awakes right emotions, so that we can get more motivated.
And if you belong to that type of people, who like to sing about their emotions, you’re probably a potential songwriter. It may seem that if you have an ear for music and a poetic talent, it would be super easy for you to right a hit song.
But you’ll be surprised to find out that world’s top hit songs weren’t just an occasional alphabet soup put to music. They’ve all been created according to laws of songwriting.
So if you’re really into pursuing a dream of being a successful songwriter and want to improve your poetic and musical talents, here 7 important laws for smart songwriting. (more…)
January 14th, 2017 by John Pape
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. (more…)
August 12th, 2014 by John Pape
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. (more…)
July 4th, 2014 by John Pape
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.
This mode starts on the 1st note of the major scale. So in fact this is the major scale.
Mood: Happy, bright, triumphant.
Scale Type: Major (more…)
December 3rd, 2013 by John Pape
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.
November 18th, 2013 by John Pape
For those of you who like to write songs where the lyrics rhyme, here’s a term you should be familiar with. ‘Rhyme scheme‘ refers to where the rhyming words occur in a verse or a chorus. When writing songs it is a good idea to make song lyric rhyme.
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Song Lyrics Rhyme Scheme Patterns
Rhyme schemes are simply the pattern of rhymes within a stanza. The rhyme pattern in each verse should match other following verses in the song. But this pattern does not have to be the same in the chorus or bridge. It is usually best to be different than the verses. Songs do not have to rhyme, but the vast majority of successful songs do rhyme. (more…)
November 12th, 2013 by John Pape
What does a car ride, a wedding ceremony and any great party have in common? Many things probably, but one thing they have in common for sure is songs. Think about it. So many of our daily activities and our special events include special songs.
Songs are Everywhere
Think about the things you love to do during the day. Love to watch television? Pretty much any television show is filled with the songs of different musical artists. Do you prefer to go to the mall and shop? If so, take time to listen in each store you enter because you will find that songs make up the background noise at every shopping mall. (more…)
May 1st, 2013 by John Pape
Writing songs can be an enjoyable lifetime activity. Here are some practical tips you can use to start your songwriting journey.
It’s Not Too Late or Too Early
Whether you are a teenager or are well into your golden years, it is never too late to explore your creative side, especially if you are interested in music. Songwriting is an excellent way to express your thoughts and feelings and to communicate them to your friends and family, even if you have no aspirations of musical fame or fortune.
If you are interested in selling or performing your songs, however, you should be aware that it is a hard road and that very few songwriters achieve great fame or fortune, and especially not instantly. Nonetheless, if you have realistic expectations, you will find that writing music is a worthwhile experience whether it is a hobby or a profession. (more…)
You’ve started to write songs. You really enjoy creating these songs. Up to now it has only been a hobby but now you want to take it more seriously. You’re creating some great sounding songs, but now it’s time to improve your skills as a songwriter. Here are some ways to help move you toward next level songwriting.
Learn Music Theory
Understanding music theory can help you with the inner workings of how music is put together. To get start you need to pick up a good music theory book or enroll in lessons. The essence of music theory will help you learn about scales, chords, rhythms, harmony. Learning these elements in music will make you a better songwriter. (more…)