Today's video is another sit-down and do it style practice. I didn't really have much of a plan going in - its nice to have a structure - so it ended up being a bit of Melodic Development over one of my favorite chord structures. - Daily Gratitude - When your reality isn’t what you imagined: In fact its so much better. Be open to the possibilities and receive your blessings of unlimited potential.
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A song can be four chords. That's not wrong, but if your chord progression is simple, then consider the Principles of contrast to make your song POP.
where do you put contrast in your song?
Where do you put contrast in your song? What are your song's elements?
Have you thought about how your song is laid out while the concept is fresh? I recommend as good practice to outline a few basic song-structures for the style of music you write. it could look like one of these examples:
Helps with efficiency to simply put things into a place where you dont have to worry about structure. Why use this approach? because it takes the struggle out of putting the songs together because that part is already done. Just build the pieces to fit and stick them in. Songwriting En-masse, just remember your Contrast considerations.
how can you switch it up without being abrasive?
So now that we're fitting the pieces in, I guess you'll need pieces first. This is where creativity and imagination come into play. During your daily (and i hope it's daily) practice, noodle around until you come up with something. Some folks like to play from scales or books for inspiration. others simply jam. The point is to come up with something that sounds good to you. Remember it's music. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to this stuff.
how can you switch it up without being abrasive
Abrupt transitions are not always bad. To me it depends on the characteristics of the genre, some being friendlier to rule-breaking than others.
Practice vlog. I tend to not talk much. That's part of this whole experiment. Get over any nervousness around playing music on camera. At the end of the day, it's not so bad. In fact, It's a lot like those first couple times you go out to play your songs in public. It's a little nerve-wracking at first but eventually, you start to warm up to the feeling of putting yourself out there... Have courage to take the action and learn from your mistakes. Here's my Intentional vocal practice. Question. What did you notice about what and how I'm improvising? if you were practicing music in this way, what would you do differently? Comments here (or on youtube)
Thanks for being awesome.
Hey everyone, Thought I'd share another video practice session of some original music, written with the help of some friends here at Gene Media Productions.
These were songs created in collaboration with friends.
Setlist 1- Check Engine (lyrics by Levente) Levente Is Creating some Videos too. Stay tuned because I'll definitely be sharing his music once it's ready
2- The Wind and the Whistle - (@the way out)
3- Weekend At Jerry's - (@the way out)
The Way Out is a Canadian, Classic Rock / Folk Rock and domestic beer-inspired project with Ol'brother Paul. The band is on break, with no plans to reunite at this moment; however, there are two albums available for digital download (links below)
4- Today - (@Harley) Short and sweet Punk song originally written by Harley while we were teenagers in "A Band In America" -----
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Welcome To the Blog. Today we're talking about songwriting and composition. I've been capturing ideas for an irish Jig.
banjo jigs and reels with Ol'brother Paul
We started off our run by approaching the plan with a song idea.
Three parts, we'll call them parts A B and C.
The main lick. the kind of lick that was meant for a Tenor banjo. We didn't have much else to go-on Except a sloppy old recording found in the Archives. So knowing only the root of the song was a big-ol' D chord, we set off to lay down some Banjo tracks.
An ascending lick with a change of tone-centre. It took me a minute to figure out what was happening, but if I could add an A-chord over top of this new riff, It could bring a much-needed change of energy to the song. I'll figure out the exact chord-progression during my practice session later. For now, It's a good idea, lets capture it...
This part came later. Paul got back to me with a new idea for an outro for the song. This one feels more like a slow-down after a late night celebration. He wrote the part for the mandolin... Sounds great! lets do it.
Same idea, new theme different instrument, but hear how it sounds on that banjo too. lay these down on separate tracks, to see if we can combine them in cool ways later.
Spending the week tracking a new one. thought i'd share
Hey welcome back! Here's a new one i've been playing with in my spare time. A video Series chronicling the creation of this song. Pretty straightforward right?
Hey everyone Cody here with some more blog action.
this month has been exciting, working with Ol'brother Paul on several projects including the 'Paulcast' and the reunion of the way out.
Got a chance to talk to Solid Smith about his chip tune project. Chip tunes are a really interesting little micro-genre. Imagine 8-bit video game music, very technical, with interesting hooks and progressive and metal-esque themes. These songs were built in a web app (beepbox.co) with a discord community with contests and stuff. Sounds interesting?
Yep, Edgefest happens every year. It's a great little festival and the proceeds help needy folks in our (100 mile house) community.
This year we had 'I'm Not Steve' who plays Acoustic with Cajon drum harmonica, tambourine. I really enjoyed his originals and he had a great voice for bluesy rock.
Headlining the show once again, was Space Waste. who are planning to get some open-mics happening (again locally) but sadly they are losing one of their band-mates to re-location due to work. Don't worry though. The core of their band (Aaron Tim and Chuck) are still going strong.
I'm excited what these folks will bring musically in the next little while...
b o x f i r e
Patrick (aka None the Weiser) is polishing up some tracks for his latest project, a dubby, electronic-style album under the name box-fire. As Pat and I are both Tree-planters I get the reference, imagine burning hundreds of 2' x 4' boxes coated in a waxy fuel-source. It's bright, it's impressive.