Danny Elfman MasterClass: My Composing Results and Final Overview

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring MasterClass

We are at Part 4 of 4 of my Danny Elfman MasterClass review! I've finished the course and the self-directed final project (since there was no project for this class). I'm going to cover the final few classes as well as my overall opinion, and then you can laugh at my abysmal attempt at film scoring. *This post contains affiliate links Danny Elfman's MasterClass First, if you'[...]


My Guest Post on The Crafty Musician

The Crafty Musician Mella Barnes Guestpost

The Crafty Musician is an incredible resource for musicians and songwriters of all kinds. I wrote a guest post called "5 Crucial Tips to Be a Successful Session Musician," which you can read here. I want to thank Anitra and The Crafty Musician for having me! I hope you enjoy the article - if you read it, let me know what you think! To see other guest posts or interviews I've done, cli[...]


Danny Elfman MasterClass Review: How to Edit Film Scores

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring Masterclass

Danny Elfman is a renowned film composer and has a MasterClass on how to do what he does. This is part 3 of my 4-part review of Danny Elfman's MasterClass, where you learn to compose music for film. You can see parts one here and two here. This part discusses several movie case studies, score editing and why everyone in the music industry drives me to the brink of madness with their ri[...]


How Canva Pro Can Help Musicians with Branding

How Musicians Can Use Canva

I've been a long-time user and fan of Canva. I started with the free version, used it for maybe a year, then switched to Pro. If you're a long-time reader, you know how I love trying things out to review them for you. Some have gotten better reviews that others, but I strive to be honest and thorough in each post. I'm going to tell you all of the ways Canva Pro can help songwriters, si[...]


Virgo Musicians Who Should Collab Because They Have the Same Birthday

Virgo Musicians Who Should Collaborate

Virgo musicians (and all other signs) are a big part of my blog. I listed every Virgo musician ever in this post, and I analyzed how Virgos can use their sign to find success in the music industry here. I think it's safe to say that meticulously listing every Virgo musician is a very Virgo thing to do. Today we are discussing Virgo celebrities who should collab, based solely on the fact t[...]


An Interview With Session Singer and Songwriter Josiah Ruff

Josiah Ruff Interview

Josiah Ruff and I met through session singing and he is one of the most talented and hardworking people I know! After spending YEARS working on other peoples' music, he released an album of his own. I'm so excited to share it with you and know you'll love it! Josiah Ruff Interview I plan on doing a video interview in the future as well, so I'll post that here when it's out, but[...]



Celebrating Music Education

Today's post is a guest post from Neve Spicer, Founder and Director of WeTheParents.org. I'm excited to have her here to talk about music education! It's always a wonderful time to celebrate the power of music, but on June 21, amateur and professional musicians alike take to streets and parks to celebrate World Music Day. The festival, which is celebrating its 38th anniversary, ori[...]


How to Sing Like Amy Winehouse

Tips to Sound Like Amy Winehouse

Want to sing like Amy Winehouse? Here are my best tips to imitate this late great singing icon. Sing Like Amy Winehouse If you'd prefer to watch the tips instead of read, here is my video where I walk through a lot of these tips: Why would someone want to sing like Amy Winehouse? Why not just use their own voice? For starters, I do think you should usually sound[...]


Top Free and Paid Ways to Learn Piano

How to Learn Piano

My post today is a guest post by Furqan Ahmed. I'd like to thank him for providing this awesome resource to learn to play the piano! If you're looking for ways to learn how to play piano, check out his tips below! I don't normally write about piano (here is another guest post) but I'm always happy to have others chime in! Top Free and Paid Ways to Learn Piano Learning piano is n[...]


Knowing Your Worth: Podcast Interview

Broken Glass Podcast Mella Barnes

I was so honored to speak with Kristi of Broken Glass Media. We had a great chat about charging what you're worth as a musician (or anyone in the music industry) and other topics like being a female in the industry, coronavirus quarantine and much more! Check it out here: Thanks again to Kristi and Broken Glass for having me![...]