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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep.3 music composition songwriting tips Jan 06, 2022

Sometimes, all it takes is just one idea to change everything about a song, but we have to let it. This week in Watch a Real Composer Write Music, I write 3 bars which...

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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep. 2 music composition songwriting tips Dec 23, 2021

Welcome to the second outing of "Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius"! The first episode last week went off without a hitch so let's keep that train moving!...

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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius Ep.1 music composition songwriting tips Dec 16, 2021

Today I'm trying something different. Come watch me, a real composer, write music. For real.

Instead of giving you a standard educational video, I'm going to teach by...

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What to Do When You Can’t Write Music Anymore mental health for musicians music composition songwriting tips Dec 02, 2021

It’s incredibly frustrating when we can’t write music, but we want to. It’s easy to feel like we’ve lost something, like something is broken....

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Everything You Need to Know About Extended Chords music composition music theory songwriting tips Nov 18, 2021

I love extended chords. Like, a lot. They’re so expressive and beautiful and are able to convey more complex emotions and feelings than just major, minor, or seventh...

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I Wrote a Song Using Only GarageBand Presets gear & software Nov 11, 2021

It’s incredibly important to be able to produce your own music these days, and the most important tool to produce music is a DAW. Thankfully there’s free DAWs...

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3 Ways to Make Music Sound Scary music composition music theory Oct 28, 2021

Halloween holds a special place in my heart, so this week I’m exploring three ways to make your music sound scary using some of the same techniques as the greats...

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3rd Party vs Stock Plugins: Are They Worth the Money? gear & software Oct 14, 2021

Having music production skills is increasingly important as a songwriter, composer, or instrumentalist these days. Many 3rd party plugins claim to make your production...

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3 Gorgeous Chord Progressions that Share a Secret music composition music theory songwriting tips Oct 07, 2021

It’s easy to write the same chord progressions over and over. And that’s fine, if it works, it works. But, with just a little know-how you can alter those...

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How to use Virtual Drummer in GarageBand and Logic Pro gear & software Sep 30, 2021

No matter what genre you play, a solid drum and rhythm section is a must-have.

Thankfully there’s an amazing feature in GarageBand and Logic called Virtual Drummer...

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3 Arranging Tips to Level Up Your Music music composition songwriting tips Sep 16, 2021

It’s hard to know what to do with a song. You may have a solid skeleton, but how do you realize that into a full production?

Arranging.

Today I’m sharing 3...

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5 Classic Chord Progressions to Use in Your Next Song music theory songwriting tips Sep 09, 2021

For many of us, the chord progression is the backbone of a song. And while everything has pretty much been done, it hasn’t been done the way we would do it. Today...

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