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How Chord Progressions Work (and what to do when writing music) music theory Aug 04, 2022

We all know one guy that decries and derides music theory as limiting creativity. News flash – it’s not true! Today I’m going to show you how chord...

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Metallica, Master of Puppets, and Stranger Things: Is Metal Cool Again? news & current events Jul 21, 2022

There's a lot of buzz around the Metallica classic "Master of Puppets" in the newest season of Stranger Things. Being into metal myself, I wanted to address some of the...

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3 Ways to Start a Song (in GarageBand, Logic or any DAW) gear & software Jul 14, 2022

My teacher once told me the hardest part of writing a song is to start and finish. I think this holds up and wanted to make sure you have some techniques in your...

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The Music Industry and Spotify are Bonkers (A Warning To All Musicians) music industry Jun 23, 2022

I’m gonna try something new today. Instead of straight teaching about music, I want to talk about something that really grinds my gears. I came across an article by...

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Watch A Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 12 music composition Jun 16, 2022

Well, here it is. The end. We're done. You've watched a real composer write music in Sibelius. The journey is done, and I'm excited to be able to share the final episode...

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Watch A Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 11 music composition Jun 02, 2022

At some point, we've all forgotten the importance of dynamics. Dynamics and expression are intricately tied together, but sometimes we're so focused on everything...

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Watch A Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 10 music composition May 19, 2022

This week on Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius, when we're coming to the end of a song or piece, it's easy to want to make fast decisions and just be done...

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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 9 music composition May 12, 2022

I was once told by a teacher that one of the most difficult parts of writing music is starting and finishing. I think there's real truth to this as the first and last...

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Watch A Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 8 music composition May 05, 2022

There's a moment as we write music when the music becomes self-referential. This is one of my favorite places to be, because suddenly primary and secondary motives and...

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Watch A Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 7 music composition Apr 28, 2022

Sometimes when we're writing music, it almost feels like we're wrestling with it. Our inner ear is telling us one thing, but what's coming out just isn't it. This week, I...

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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 6 music composition Mar 31, 2022

 

When writing music, it's important to take the theory you learn and apply it when you write. But, it's also important not to get too caught up in what's...

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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 5 music composition Mar 24, 2022

Sometimes, the best way to learn how to do something is to watch someone else do it. In my ongoing series, Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius, I show you how I...

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