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female vocalist

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6 Reasons for Songwriters to Hire A Session Singer

Why a pro session singer is better than a great performer for your recording project

I hear this all the time: "Eh, I'll just do it myself, I have a decent voice." "My cousin sings well, everyone tells her she's great, she can do it!" "Why should I pay someone when I can get my neighbor to do it for free?" Well my friends, I have some responses to all of these and more! What is a Session Singer? Let's get the definition down before we go any further. A session singer[...]

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Far Away Cover

A cover of Far Away by Nickelback featuring Mella

I have a confession: I don't hate Nickelback. Never have. I even own a song or two. Feel free to click away and hate me if you must, BUT before you go, consider that polarity is what makes people famous. Meaning, your hate for them contributes to their fame as much as their fans' undying love. You think the Kardashians stay famous because everyone loves them? Does Justin Bieber stay popula[...]

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The Coda: A Breakdown of a (Sometimes Tricky) Musical Symbol

What is a coda in sheet music?

The coda is another sheet music term, which again you don’t need to know if you’re a writer or musician who doesn’t read/write sheet music. If you do want to know though, the coda is an important part of letting the performer know where the song is going. When do I need to know about the coda? Sheet music is confusing enough, but then you add a bunch of weird symbols at the top[...]

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Chorus Confusion: Taking the Guesswork Out of Songwriting

The chorus, also called "hook" or "refrain," is, in my opinion, the easiest part of the song to write. I know you're thinking "what, why?? You're crazy!" and you're correct, but hear me out: You only have to write it once, and then a third of the song is done. The verses are where you tell the story and explain yourself. The chorus is where you hammer the main point home. Choruses can st[...]

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Another Review of Electric Fits: Opposable Thumbs

Another review for Electric Fits: Opposable Thumbs

Here’s a review of Electric Fits in Vive Le Rock magazine! I definitely appreciate the comment about "the beautiful, soaring vocals!" I’m so excited for Walt and all that he’s accomplished with this project. I’m glad people are having as much fun listening to it as I did recording it! Here are some other posts I've made about this project: Another Review Here, and a blog ab[...]

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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[...]