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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use Musical Textures, They’re You’re Friend music theory Aug 26, 2021

Use musical textures, they’re your friend. I mean, we’re already using them, but we can also use them intentionally. Wild, right? I know, man. I know.

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The 3 Types of Motion | Easy Voice Leading Tips music composition music theory songwriting tips Jun 03, 2021

If there’s one thing I can point to that helped my voice leading the most, it was an understanding of the 3 Types of Motion. 

I came away with easy voice...

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How Do You Make Harmonies Sound Good? music theory songwriting tips Mar 11, 2021

I love a good harmony. It hits me right in the feels, and I bet it does for you. But how do we make harmonies sound good like that? 

In this week’s video,...

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Writing Music With Alternating Time Signatures (step by step guide) music composition music theory Feb 25, 2021

Writing music with alternating time signatures sounds fancy. It’s really not. It’s just taking the regular count and messing with it every other measure.

In...

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Practicing to a Click vs Playing by Feel: Which Is Best? guitar lessons music theory Feb 18, 2021

Get ready to hear all the feelings, today. For some reason, using a metronome (or click) is controversial...

In my earlier years, I too was resistant to it, but I came...

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Find the Notes of Any Chord With Just Your Fingers music theory Feb 16, 2021

When I was just starting out writing songs, chords were super mysterious to me. They carry so much emotional weight and create a scaffolding for the melody to play around...

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