Music Compostiion and Creation

The Music Learning Workshop composition section will address methods and techniques, as well as thoughts on composing, arranging and creating music.

Today I am excited to share and recommend you to a new post by my friend and mentor Bob Gillis. Bob has recently just spent some significant time composing and recording for a new film due out in late 2014. He has taken the time to share his experience with various aspects of how this […]

Having spent a good few years on YouTube; the only place where, amongst other enthusiasts, musicians and so-called teachers get together to share their music and methods, I have come to see the general consensus of what it apparently takes to become a good jazz pianist: play fast, play blues scales, play/improvise linearly, waste time […]

Being music-minded when you’re writing lyrics can prevent your lyrics from sounding wordy. Wordy lyrics can negatively affect your melody. For that reason, I want to address how you can write lyrics that can easily be sung in a melody. The Spoken Rhythm The rhythm of a line happens as a result of a pattern […]

It’s important to make your chorus stand out from the rest of your song, since it’s usually your song’s central element. With that in mind, we’re going to look at a few ideas for creating a successful chorus. Musically Generally, the music in your chorus is going to be the catchiest, or hookiest part of […]

When you write a full song, you’ll need to decide on a song structure for that song. Your song structure will help you take the chords you’ve come up with and organize them into sections. There are really only a handful of common song structures used in popular music. So one thing you can do, […]

Most forms of writing, particularly in the arts, require or at least make use of some inspiration.  Some of the greatest songs are emotion-driven works that transform the inspiration of a feeling into heartfelt words that speak to millions.  Many new songwriters are surprised to learn that the words don’t always come easy and sometimes […]

There are many methods promoted to help you in learning to improvise music. The problem that we have is that most of these require you to have an understanding of music which may actually take you years to learn. Or they are focused in a way that made great sense to the author, but fail […]

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