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My Night with Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld

A Review of the Charlie Puth VoiceNotes show with Hailee Steinfeld

I was in Detroit for my grandma’s funeral, so I decided to stay the week and catch up with friends and family. I also decided to see Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld, so let me tell you about how that went! Charlie Puth VoiceNotes Tour ft. Hailee Steinfeld The Venue DTE is a great outdoor amphitheater. It claims to be “in Detroit,” but it’s actually pretty far out of Detro[...]

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How Your Hobby Can Help You Write Better Songs

For many singer/songwriters, music is a hobby more than a career. This is totally fine and understandable, but it can be hard to find new things to write about when your only hobby is writing. However, very few of us only have one hobby. Even if your hobby is “doing nothing,” (no judgment here), I’m going to show you how to use any hobby to write great songs! How Animal Rescue H[...]

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Wet Stems Gone Wrong: Why Dry is Best

  I made a post already about dry stems, but I want to talk about some serious #wetstemfails and why it's usually better to just get dry tracks from your session musicians.   What are Wet Stems? Wet Stems (or tracks, files, etc) are stems that have effects on them. As a session singer, I'm going to focus mainly on vocal stems here. If I send you wet stems, you are lik[...]

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Your Crown Chakra and Music

If you missed my post about why I’m writing about these, check that out here. Otherwise, let’s get started! Your crown chakra is located at the top of your head. It is associated with the color “white” (which I know isn’t an actual color) or violet. Generally, it’s considered to be the area of focus for spirituality and connection with the divine (whatever you consider the d[...]

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Meditation For Musicians: Quiet That Musical Mind!

3 easy ideas to help musicians meditate

Today, I want to talk about meditation for musicians. As much as I love exploring spirituality and different religions, I sucked at meditation. I tried it at home and wound up taking quizzes on Buzzfeed. I listened to peaceful music as a background to discovering what One Direction member I would marry. It was nice, but not helpful. Then I tried group meditation, but I wasn't good at th[...]

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Chord Progressions: A Simple Explanation for Lyricists

A simple explanation of chord progressions

  I included the term "chord progressions" in my book because we often work with lyricists only, so we are creating the music as well as the melody. We will ask if they have a chord progression in mind, mostly to help us determine the melody. Sometimes people need us to define chord progression, so I decided to define it to make it easier! What are chord progressions? Chord P[...]

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Bitrate – A Simple Explanation for Musicians

A simple guide to bitrate for non-techie musicians

  Raise your hand if you're a musician who isn't a big tech person! My hand just shot up along with hundreds of other people, I'm sure. Today I'm going to break down a complicated, techie term that goes over a lot of musicians heads: Bitrate. What is Bitrate? Bitrate (or bit rate) is the term for the number of kilobits per second of the song. Boring stuff if you’re just[...]