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Songwriting Tips

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How to Finish Those Damn Songs: 6 Songwriting Tips for Slackers

You *want* to work on your songs, you really do. You're just so busy, and you don't know where to start, and you have so many half-finished ones that you're not sure what to work on first. This is something every musician deals with, myself included. I'm giving myself advice here and I'll be taking this challenge along with you. Whether you're an artist yourself or a behind-the-scenes[...]

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Alto Session Singers: Where to Find Them and How to Become One

Common Problems for Alto Voices

Today’s topic is the all-important Alto. Instruments can be Altos as well (such as a saxophone), but in my book, I referenced Toni Braxton. I've loved her since I was a kid and if you don't know her work, please check her out if you love amazing R&B! Toni Braxton actually has an incredible range (I know because I own all of her albums) but I used her as an Alto example because I thi[...]

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Buy the Best Mic: The Ultimate Guide to Vocal Microphones

Complete Info on Vocal Microphones

I have a guest post today from Dave Tudor, owner of https://makingmusicpro.com. He gives us an incredible, in-depth look at vocal microphones today and I'm happy to have him! As a session singer, I use pretty much exclusively vocal microphones. Whatever type of musician you are, vocal microphones are sure to come across your path at some point. I think you'll love this post, whether you'r[...]

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A Complete Guide to Musical Accompaniment

A guide to musical accompaniment

Today begins the first day I go through my list of terms in my book to explain them in greater detail. I’m going to *try* to do this weekly, but go easy on me because I might not actually do that. First up: Accompaniment! What is it, when do you need it, and why do you need to know it?   What is Musical Accompaniment? The accompaniment is basically the “backup” to th[...]

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7 Important Self-Care Tips for Struggling Songwriters and Musicians

Self care tips for Creatives

As a basic white millennial bitch, "self-care" to me means painting my nails while watching Harlots on Hulu. But let's peel away the commercialism and focus on self-care, specifically for those of us in the music industry. I'm going to try all of these and I encourage you to do the same! Let's care for ourselves and each other! Self Care for Musicians If you're reading this,[...]

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How to Turn Your Poetry into Music Lyrics

Tips for Poetry Writers to turn Poems into Lyrics

I often hear people say that “lyrics are just poems put to music,” but I disagree. Whenever I hear a poet speaking, their words seem much different than anything I could write to a song. It’s as if the absence of melody requires them to take bolder chances, to read and speak in a different way than if they were to sing. Let's say you're a poet interested in having your poem turned i[...]

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How to Write an Awesome Ballad: Tips for Songwriters

Also known as “slow jams,” ballads were HUGE in the 90s (you kids probably don’t remember them very well but I’m old so take a seat and listen to my wisdom). Lately, as a songwriter, I’ve been told not to write any ballads to pitch anywhere because everyone wants uptempo songs. But like all things, music works in cycles so eventually, we’ll see a return of the ballad. If you[...]

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Yay! My New Book is Here and Ready!

An ebook on music communication: Plus Free Worksheets!

My new book is finally out! It actually out several days ago, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to update this. Here is the link to check it out: http://payhip.com/b/9qjd You can also buy it directly on my website here! So, this means several things! 1). I will be regularly updating this blog to expand on the terms listed in the book, and 2). I have free copies of the[...]