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3 Ways I Manage Depression to Stay Productive mental health for musicians Jan 21, 2021

I have depression. It’s a struggle for me, a big one. It’s taken me years to get a handle on it. 

If you’re a freelancer of any kind, you know how...

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5 Sibelius Shortcuts I Use to Write Efficiently gear & software Jan 14, 2021

Sibelius. Am I right? This program is infuriating, sometimes. It’s taken me years to build up a solid workflow with it. But I don’t want you to have to do...

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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...

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Write More Music Next Year (And Stay Sane) mental health for musicians Dec 31, 2020

It's the last day of 2020 and most of us sure are glad to hear it.

This week we're talking about how we can write more music in 2021 and whether or not that desire is...

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How to Build a Budget Home Studio gear & software Dec 24, 2020

Today, we're diving head first into the audio world so we can get our home studios up and running. A home studio is an essential tool for a songwriter or composer at...

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Good vs Bad Songwriting: Why You Should Write 'Bad' Music songwriting tips Dec 17, 2020

You may think I'm crazy, telling you to write bad music, but stay with me...

We all want to write our masterpiece, but oftentimes I find that many don't understand how to...

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DAW vs Notation Software: Which Should You Choose? gear & software Dec 10, 2020

If you're just beginning your journey writing music, or are just getting into writing on a computer for the first time, this is the first question you need to...

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How To Use Chords Like A Pro, Part 4: Modes and Modulation music theory Dec 03, 2020

I hope you had an amazing and safe Thanksgiving. If the holidays are hard for you, I hope you were able to successfully cope and administer some self-care. 

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How to Use Chords Like a Pro, Part 3: Prolongation music theory Nov 19, 2020

Whooo! Alright. Here we are in part three of How to Use Chords Like A Pro. We're talking about prolongation, an invaluable songwriting technique that buys you SO MUCH...

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How to Use Chords Like a Pro, Part 2: Substitutions music theory Nov 12, 2020

This week, we're into Part 2 of our series on using chords like the pros do. Remember, all of this information is only meant to help you solve problems. The intent isn't...

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How To Use Chords Like A Pro: Tonics, Dominants, and Cadences music theory songwriting tips Nov 05, 2020

Chords are often the bedrock from which our songs emerge. All it can take is two chords and a simple melody to be the genesis for a whole piece. 

When I was first...

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How To Use Music Theory Practically When Writing music composition music theory songwriting tips Oct 29, 2020

Using music theory as a writing aid can sometimes feel at odds with artistry. Who wants to write using formulas and prescribed rules?  

Don't worry, that's...

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