How To Actually Write Contemporary Lyrics

How To Actually Write Contemporary Lyrics

Does this sound familiar? "I am really struggling with writing contemporary lyrics. I am more of a storytelling guy when I write, but maybe it's just a habit. Maybe you can share some practices, exercises and techniques to get out of the songwriting rut and start building songs lyrics in…continue reading →
4 Benefits of Online Songwriting Collaboration You May Not Have Realized

4 Benefits of Online Songwriting Collaboration You May Not Have Realized

by Lisa OcchinoOnline songwriting collaboration, in some form or another, has become increasingly common over the last few years. There’s certainly something to be said for the magic that happens when two songwriters are in the same room together, and I don’t personally believe that online collaboration is ever going to directly replace that. However, I do think that it functions extremely well as a supplement to face-to-face co-writes, and it creates completely new opportunities for collaboration that would never have existed without the technology we have today.…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 →
My Top 5 Chord Progressions (“Chord Rotations”) + Video

My Top 5 Chord Progressions (“Chord Rotations”) + Video

I have a really, really cool trick to share with you today, and I thought I’d explain it by telling you about my Top 5 (or is it a Top 10? SPOILERS) Chord Progressions I use on a daily basis.I’m super excited to share this one with you. Creating an interesting chord progression out of nothing is always a fun experience.…continue reading →