Songwriting

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Songwriting, Strategies, Tools, All

Tips on Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is an inevitable symptom of working in a creative field. Presented in a variety of magnitudes, it’s a condition that affects even the most capable producers. Identifying and understanding your writer’s block is the first step to controlling it.

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Production, Recording, Songwriting, Tools, All

Creating A Vintage Beat Using Free 1982 Casiotone Samples

One of the best parts about being a musician in today’s day and age is the presence of free resources. Sample libraries are no exception, and we were overjoyed when we found out a user sampled a wonderfully retro 1982 Casiotone MT-45.

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Songwriting, Theory, All

Part One – Hack the Code: Tricks to Read Music Fast and Easy

Reading music is an excellent skill to learn and will only benefit you on your path in music. Reading music gives you the ability to communicate in a universal language. A note on the staff is the same note to every person on Earth. Understanding and unlocking this skill will open new doors to communication and help you deepen your knowledge of the layers of music theory. In this two part article, you will learn to hack the code and read music like a pro.

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Songwriting, Theory, All

Part 2 – Hack the Code: Tricks to Read Music Fast and Easy

In Part 2, you will build upon this knowledge and learn about the grand staff, sharps and flats, and some enharmonic equivalents. Make sure you have thoroughly understood everything in Part 1 before beginning!

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The 4 Factors That Make Jonas Brothers’ Hit “Sucker” a Great Comeback Song

After years of being apart, the Jonas Brothers resurfaced as a band with a song release that is, plainly said, addicting to the ears. It’s not over-the-top with energy, and it won’t take more than a few minutes to listen through.

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Time, Beats, and Meter: Rhythm is Everywhere

Music is composed of three primary elements: melody, harmony, and rhythm. These three elements act in concert to produce the emotional effects that make us love listening to music. We love it when the chords change at just the right moment, or the notes of a melody seem to float effortlessly together.

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Polyrhythm

Polyrhythm is a word used to describe the harmoniously rhythmic combination of voices heard in a song often associated with Latin American music, jazz, African drumming, and Indian Classical music (to name a few). It would be a mistake to only associate polyrhythm to a specific genre or style of music. The truth is that we can identify polyrhythm in nearly all forms of music.

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Production, Recording, Songwriting, All

Using Loops Isn’t Cheating

One of the most long-held debates surrounding electronic music production is whether using loops is cheating. After all, using loops is undoubtedly more efficient than recording an instrumental from scratch. Below, we’ll dive into the debate so that you can determine if these tools are a good fit for your production style.

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Production, Songwriting, All

How to Make LoFi Music: The Ultimate Guide

Do You Want To Know How To Make LoFi Music? Come With Us As We Explore The Ins And Outs Of This Genre In Our 'How to Make LoFi Music: The Ultimate Guide.

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Songwriting, All

How To Write A Song In 5 Easy Steps

Are you ready to start songwriting, but you’re not sure where to start? With a little bit of guidance and practice, you’ll be able to turn your sparks of inspiration into fully completed compositions.

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What is the Circle of Fifths, and How Can You Use it in Your Songwriting?

The circle of fifths is a handy tool that can seem obscure and confusing if you do not understand how it is built and used. The circle of fifths is like a musical color wheel. It is a way to arrange all twelve tones logically and progressively so that one can identify and understand their relationships and use them in creative ways to make new and interesting chord progressions and melodies.

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3 Songwriting Tactics You Can Use to Write a Great Bridge

When writing your next song, don’t underestimate the impact of a great bridge. It can add a new exciting tone and feel to your song, tell a new chapter to your song’s story, and, most importantly, keep your listeners interested.

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Using Pop Chord Progressions to Improve Your Songwriting

There are so many different elements of a song that can grab the listener – moving lyrics, creative production elements, catchy melodies and hooks – but we can’t forget that a great chord progression can make all the difference.

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4 Elements That Make a Surefire Hit

On Friday, June 15, Taylor Swift released her latest song, ‘You Need to Calm Down,’ the second single from her 7th studio album, ‘Lover.’ Along with the release of her first 2019 single, ‘ME!’, this signifies the beginning of Swift’s new “era” (as her fans like to call it), which carries themes and imagery of pastel colors, rainbows, pride, LGBTQ+ allyship, and an overall positive and cheerful aesthetic – a stark contrast to the dark and edgy era of her last album, ‘Reputation.’

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How to Write a Pop Song

Catchy hooks, moving lyrics, and melodies that get stuck in your head – a good pop song can undeniably reel you in from start to finish. It may seem impossible to write that one-of-a-kind song that people want to play on repeat – but by using your knowledge of songwriting basics and tools, you can write your next great song.

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