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Monthly Archives: July 2012

How to Write Your Own Music – When You Don’t Play an Instrument

If you are a singer you may already have a melody and lyrics for lots of songs but don’t know how to flesh them out. If you don’t have melody or lyrics see previous Blogs ‘Create a Melody’ and ‘How to Write Lyrics’.  I suggest four things to folks who have a melody and lyrics […]
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The Healing Powers of Music: Repairing Brain Damage By Melanie Spanswick

We are pleased to tell you that we have a guest blogger!  According to her website, Melanie Spanswick is a concert pianist and writer. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London and she also wrote her first ebook titled ‘So you want to play the piano?’ which will be available as an […]
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Fostering Creativity by Aileen Miracle

We are delighted to tell you that we have a guest blogger!  According to her website, Aileen Miracle teaches general music and band in the Olentangy Local School District near Columbus, Ohio. This summer, in my teaching at DePaul University’s Kodály program, I had many conversations about creativity with my fellow colleagues, and reconsidered how […]
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How to Write your Own Music – Step 2: Find What’s Missing

I recommend that in order to develop your song, you have to know what you have and what you are missing. Ask yourself what is missing from this list: Melody, Lyrics, Chords/Background music, Rhythm. Once you have figured out the missing pieces, work on adding one thing at a time, and before you know it, […]
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How to Write your Own Music – Step 1: Record Your Initial Idea

I recommend that when you have an idea for a song or a starting place (i.e. you have a melody or lyrics/poem or chords that you think sound good together) the first thing to do is take your musical idea and write it down or record it for yourself.  You can write the words down, […]
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How to Write your Own Music: Develop Your Initial Idea

You have recorded your initial idea for a song,  and you have discovered what you are missing. Now, you must add those things that are missing in order to create the whole song.   I recommend picking one, yes only one, thing that is missing from your song and work on adding it to what you […]
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How to Write your Own Music (Tip of the Day: Write it down!)

No doubt, you have heard of famous song-writing teams like Kander and Ebb, George and Ira Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. One thing, everyone has in common is the need to communicate musical ideas. Writing music down is the easiest way to communicate if you don’t have the person in front of you, showing […]
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How to Write your Own Music: Song Lyrics

I recommend that if you have an idea for a song, record the idea first and then figure out what you are missing. If you have a melody but no words, you can develop lyrics in many different ways. I’m going to talk about two. One way is to organize what you want to say […]
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How to Write your Own Music: Create a Melody

I recommend that you create the melody first, if you don’t already have one. So, you have an idea for a song and you took the first step and recorded the idea. You took the second step and found out which of the following was missing (Melody, Lyrics, Chords, Rhythm) and you have found that […]
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How to Write your Own Music (Tip of the Day- Find Your Way!)

Different artists write songs in different ways. I know musicians who write the melody first and add words later and later still, create a chord structure to make the song. Other musicians write the words first and then add a beat/rhythm to the words and write the melody to the beat. Some play chords and […]
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