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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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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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What No One Tells You About Inspiration as a Songwriter or Composer mental health for musicians music composition songwriting tips Feb 03, 2022

Have you ever not been inspired to write, so you didn’t write? Yeah, me too. And everyone else. It turns out, we’ve got inspiration all wrong. Tune in as I...

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Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius | Ep.4 music composition music theory Jan 27, 2022

 This week in Watch a Real Composer Write Music in Sibelius, we elaborate on the 3 bars that completely changed the piece from last episode. I also finish the first...

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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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