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Copying vs Stealing: How Great Writers 'Steal' Music

songwriting tips Jan 07, 2021

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” This is a common saying, but what does it actually mean? Don’t worry, we're not actually committing a crime or anything like that. 

Let's demystify that quote – and I’ll teach you how to “steal” someone else’s music and make it your own. Making you, according to this quote, a great artist! And who doesn’t want that?

Be sure to subscribe to the youtube channel, like the video, and leave a comment if you’ve ever “stolen” music before. I’ve 100% done it and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s an integral part of advancing as a songwriter. 

Thanks so much for being here. 
– Avi

Music References:

Mahler 1st Symphony, 3rd Movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2ztYoegnhM

“Because” by The Beatles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL0tnrl2L_U

Moonlight Sonata, 1st Movement, Beethoven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tr0otuiQuU

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fWyzwo1xg0 Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k

Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4

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