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Get A Free Exclusive Signature Riff Set: 7 Instruments = 75 Loops

Get A Free Exclusive Signature Riff Set: 7 Instruments = 75 Loops

We’re giving away a whopping set of 75 different signature licks done on electric / acoustic / baritone / slide guitars, banjo, dobro and mandolin. In various tempos and keys and in the style of some of the best signature riffs from top hits. Some loops even contain dual parts. We think these are the best loops we’ve ever offered for free. How to Get ‘em… We simply ask that you give us just a few seconds of your time to answer 5 short & simple multiple choice...

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Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator

Using Our Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use our free Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator you can get as downloadable software for Mac and Windows computers when you sign up for our email newsletter, (as well as other free music production and calculator software tools). Scales and Nashville Number System Calculator – What’s it for? It’s to quickly know the notes in 6 different commonly used scales in all 12 keys, and also, the number of the scale interval for...

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Write a Hit Song with Only 3 or 4 Chords

Write a Hit Song with Only 3 or 4 Chords

This post is from our site Tips On Songwriting.com Have you ever wondered just how many chords you need or should have in writing a hit song? What is the minimum? How many are too many? How many chords do most hit songs have? How many should you use? What if I told you a HUGE amount of hit songs used only 3 or 4 chords? Pretty surprising, huh? Yeah, simple. But simple sells. Boy, does it. There is an easy formula to follow, and with just a little music theory to grasp, you’ll be on your...

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How to Write Fresh & Original Songs

How to Write Fresh & Original Songs

Is writing fresh, original songs hard to do? It is hard work, but as you develop being original into your second nature, it becomes easier, if not instinctual. You have to think different. Is it only possible for the exceptionally gifted or innovative writer? Not at all. It’s only possible for the determined and persistent songwriter. So, how do you write fresh and original songs? You work at it. You develop a filtering system. Here’s how. Extraordinary Powers? There have always...

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How to Record Vocals Like a Pro – Part 3: Mic Pre-Amps

How to Record Vocals Like a Pro – Part 3: Mic Pre-Amps

In part two of a multi-part series on recording vocals, we looked at various types of microphones that are suited for recording vocals like a pro. In this article, we will look at what microphone pre-amplifiers (often called a: mic pre [pronounced: mike pree] or mic pre-amp) you can use and review some of the microphone pre-amps used by the pros. There are a lot of mic pre-amp choices and we can’t cover them all in this article. However, we will look at some of the very popular models...

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5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges and Found Success

5 Songwriters Who Overcame Challenges and Found Success

This article is a follow up to our article “Become a Songwriter Right Now.” If you haven’t checked it out, you should read it for the “excuses checklist” and see if any of them are on your list! The purpose of this article is to show you how these successful songwriters conquered the many excuses that stop many people from succeeding. These 5 songwriters (and most) have had to make major sacrifices along the way, to achieve their dream. I hope you will find it both...

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Become A Songwriter Right Now

Become A Songwriter Right Now

The Dream For all people in the music business, it starts with a dream. Everyone who ever achieved success, the musicians you admire – they started with a dream too. They had to start from nowhere, to arrive at “somewhere” just like everyone else. Wait!” you say, “Some of these people got where they are because they knew someone, had relatives in the biz, famous parents, etc.” While that may be true that some are born into music business connections and...

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Removing Second Verse Curse

Removing Second Verse Curse

There is one thing most professional songwriters will agree on – and that’s getting stuck while trying to write a second verse. That’s what’s called: “The curse of the second verse.” They have many other names for it as well, “Second verse hell,” “The dreaded second verse,” and so on. Every songwriter faces this, and often. In this article we’ll explore “second verse curse” and give you the antidote to remove it. Why...

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Creating Your Songwriting Study Plan

Creating Your Songwriting Study Plan

To be a success at any endeavor, you need a plan. Songwriting is no different. Being a commercial songwriter that earns money by writing songs for others to record is no easy task. Successful, i.e., hit songwriting is a craft. It is not guessing nor hunches or “I think this is a hit.” It’s knowing, based on an awareness of what components and standards successful songs in the genre have currently. That awareness and the ability to write those components into a song is skill....

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How To Create A Standout Chorus

How To Create A Standout Chorus

        by Danny Arena & Sara Light     One of the most common musical traps songwriters fall into is having a chorus that sounds too much like the verse. Remember that the whole point of having different sections in your song is to have variety. As a general rule of thumb, different musical sections such as verses, lifts, choruses and bridges should contrast each other. This makes each section unique, which...

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