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Scale Degrees, Explained | Musical Fundamentals music theory musical fundamentals Jan 12, 2023

Talking about scales can get a little tricky if you’re not on the up and up. In this installment of Musical Fundamentals, we’re talking scale degrees, what...

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Musical Fundamentals: The Major Scale music theory musical fundamentals Nov 10, 2022

The major scale feels basic, because it is. But, basic isn’t bad. The major scale is the most important scale we ever learn; because it sets us up to learn all the...

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Musical Fundamentals: Whole and Half Steps music theory Oct 13, 2022

There’s one thing I always do with my advanced clients: We go back to the fundamentals. Mastering and reviewing our musical fundamentals is key to sustained growth...

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All Great Melodies Have At Least One of These 5 Traits music composition music theory Sep 29, 2022

Ever wonder what makes a melody not just good, but great? Well, I think I’ve come up with the answer…err, make that five answers. Today, I’m sharing...

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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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