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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.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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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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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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After 300 Years This Bass Line Still Kills music composition songwriting tips Aug 19, 2021

The lament bass has been around for a long long time. And there’s a reason for that. Today, I’m going to tell you how to write a Lament Bass, perhaps the most...

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This Will Make Your Songs Less Boring musicianship songwriting tips Aug 05, 2021

I hate when my songs are boring. Usually, there’s one thing you can do that can really add cool effects: Messing with the meter. We don’t see this a lot in...

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These Quotes Made Me a Better Songwriter music composition songwriting tips Jul 22, 2021

Writing music is hard and our weird human brains don’t make it easier. Today I’m sharing 3 quotes that not only made things easier, but helped me grow and...

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