Building Momentum, Image, the Big Sound & Cohesion | The Holistic Songwriting Podcast 1

Building Momentum, Image, the Big Sound & Cohesion | The Holistic Songwriting Podcast 1

Questions: I've been looking into and planning on attending The Academy of Contemporary Music in Oklahoma City. What's your overall take on music schools? - Sean Gross (0:33) Why do all of the sounds of big name productions sound so big? I understand mixing/panning/effects, but I feel like they're all…continue reading →
[incl. Video] How Taylor Swift Writes Songs (Analysis 1989)

[incl. Video] How Taylor Swift Writes Songs (Analysis 1989)

Wanna find out how Taylor Swift writes her melodies? Tl;dr? Check out the video version of this blog here: https://youtu.be/damt9eQ_2Js Download "the Swift Line" here. TRANSCRIPTION: We’ve all heard of the “formulas of Pop music”, these secret rules songwriters use to hit the charts over and over again. Songwriting giants…continue reading →
3 Types Of Melodies You Must Know

3 Types Of Melodies You Must Know

Melody is king. No other melodic element in your arrangement will ever be as important - not chords, not the bass, not pluck sounds.So it makes sense to take a really close look at what makes a great melody and which parts it’s made up of.If you’ve read my post on how to write chord progressions that grab an audience (which I recommend you do, if you haven’t done it yet), a lot of what you’ll hear in this post will seem familiar.To me, chords and melodies are almost the same thing anyways (and if you would like to hear about that, let me know in the comment section), so it’s no big surprise that melodies come in the same types as chords:Color Melodies, i.e. melodies that sound pretty Direction Melodies, i.e. melodies that go somewhere Blends, i.e. melodies that use both color AND direction
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