Don't Wait for the Muse Sep 04, 2021

I always thought the phrase “strike gold” was a bit weird. Or at least how it’s often used is. People use the phrase as if the person just happened across something super...

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The Power of Dyads and What You Don't Hear Sep 04, 2021

It’s pretty common to assume any chord is a triad. And, I get it, triads are fundamental to chords and music theory. A minor, C major, and Db diminished are all triads....

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Does a Songwriter Need to Know Music History? Sep 04, 2021

If you’re a songwriter, you’ve probably had someone just assume you know a specific song by a specific artist because, well, “you’re a musician!”

For me: #Triggered.

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The Process From Songwriting To Released Song Sep 04, 2021

It’s time to pull back the curtain.

Don’t worry, I’m fully dressed.

I know sometimes you just want to know what the process really is from first inspiration to a newly...

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5 Important Questions When Arranging Sep 04, 2021

Arranging can be overwhelming. You wrote a song with your guitar and your voice, and now you need to make a full arrangement out of it? Where do you start? What is important to think about?

In this...

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A Great First Step Into Songwriting Sep 04, 2021

Are you trying to figure out how to become a songwriter? Do you want to write songs but don’t even know where to start?

A great first step into songwriting is to write new lyrics...

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What are Augmented and Diminished Chords? Sep 04, 2021

What exactly are augmented and diminished chords? What is the difference between them and major and minor chords?

The short answer:

  • major chord has a Perfect...
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What are Major and Minor Chords? Sep 04, 2021
I’ve heard of chords and harmony, but what exactly are major and minor chords? What makes them different?

The short answer:

  • A major chord has a Perfect 1st, Major 3rd and Perfect...
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10 Reasons Your Song Sucks Sep 04, 2021

1. You Used Cliches

If I hear one more song talk about “never getting older” I’m gonna punch my computer screen. For frame of reference, the screen cost me about $200. Worth...

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3 Great Hacks to Regain Inspiration Sep 04, 2021

Sometimes life is going too well. There’s no drama, no heartbreak, no despair to write about. Maybe your teenage angst is gone or you just don’t love tractors the way you used to.

So...

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How to Find Your Creative Identity Sep 04, 2021

One’s creative identity is foundational to who you are as a musical artist. Understanding what you value, what you like, and who you are is unendingly important.

So how do we find our...

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All About Music Theory Intervals Sep 04, 2021

Ah, intervals.

Intervals are a core concept of music. They give us chords and harmony. They allow us to craft a melody that glides or jumps from note to note.

If you have a firm understanding of...

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