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Arranging a Mozart Melody for String Quartet in Sibelius music composition writing process Dec 08, 2022

No matter what genre you're writing in, you'll eventually have to dabble in arranging. This is the process of taking musical material and fitting it into instruments,...

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Write a Riff Like Enter Sandman by Metallica guitar lessons songwriting tips write a riff like writing process Dec 01, 2022

If you've ever wanted to write a riff like Enter Sandman by Metallica, this video is for you. Today, we're looking at this classic metal riff by this classic metal band...

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Powerful Tips for Writing Advanced Chord Progressions Nov 24, 2022

Making the chords we use match the feeling we’re trying to express is imperative. Advanced harmony in chord progressions helps us do just that, but where do we...

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Why You Can't Write Music Nov 17, 2022

Have you ever burned out on writing music? Gotten writer’s block? Felt like an imposter, like maybe you’ll never write music again, let alone good music? What...

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Musical Fundamentals: The Major Scale music theory musical fundamentals Nov 10, 2022

The major scale feels basic, because it is. But, basic isn’t bad. The major scale is the most important scale we ever learn; because it sets us up to learn all the...

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How to Know What to Do Next in Your Music Nov 03, 2022

How do we know what to do next in our music? Well, the answer lies with how we write music in the first place. Today, I give you 3 tips (plus one bonus tip) on how to...

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Make MIDI Drums in GarageBand & Logic Pro Sound More Natural gear & software Oct 20, 2022

MIDI drum samples are truly amazing these days, however, they still need a little work to make them sound like a real drum set. Today, I show you how to achieve a...

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Musical Fundamentals: Whole and Half Steps music theory Oct 13, 2022

There’s one thing I always do with my advanced clients: We go back to the fundamentals. Mastering and reviewing our musical fundamentals is key to sustained growth...

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All Great Melodies Have At Least One of These 5 Traits music composition music theory Sep 29, 2022

Ever wonder what makes a melody not just good, but great? Well, I think I’ve come up with the answer…err, make that five answers. Today, I’m sharing...

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Lyrics vs Chords: Which Should You Write First? music composition songwriting tips Sep 15, 2022

I was just interviewed on the Hook and Bridge podcast. It was cool! During the interview I was asked the question: Which do you write first in a song, lyrics or chords? I...

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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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