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 Backing Vocals You Should Know

3 Types Of Backing Vocals You Should Know

"Here's how to add more vocals to your melody without distracting from it (Backing Vocals, Call & Response, Counterpoint)"

This email on backing vocals appeared in my inbox last week:Lets say I have a nice melody that I play on the piano.   How do I involve other instruments to embellish that melody, - either to replicate it an octave up, or produce some kind of counter-melody, or complimentary melody that would make my song more interesting? - thanks : ) IanSounds like a good topic to tackle in an article, so let’s talk adding secondary melodies. Or in other words: Let's talk Backing Vocals, Call & Response and Counterpoint.continue reading →
3 Classic Tells That You’re An Amateur Songwriter (And How To Fix Them)

3 Classic Tells That You’re An Amateur Songwriter (And How To Fix Them)

I’ve been a student of songwriting my whole life. I’ve had guitar lessons since I was 5, went to 2 different conservatories, studied jazz guitar, classical and pop music, I’ve written for bands, orchestras and big bands.And with all of this experience I also learned a thing or two. When I listen back to my first songs I can hear that I didn’t understand a couple of simple concepts that I now use all the time.Listening to your contributions on Feedback Friday (my youtube show where I review your songs for free) I now see that I’m not the only one with these problems. There really are 3 things I hear amateur songwriters do repeatedly that tell me they don’t know what they’re doing. …continue reading →