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If you are passionate about any aspect of songwriting then you have come to the right place! Want to learn music theory? Want to write better lyrics? Have songs but need to record them? Do you want to license your songs to TV?

"Follow your bliss and doors will open" - Joseph Campbell

We will explore basic music theory in a 31 part video series and how it relates to singing, piano, bass and guitar. I also cover music symbols and an introduction to site reading.

Do you want to learn some basic chords on guitar or are you more advanced and want to learn various chord scales? We will learn open chords, bar chords and inverted chords on acoustic guitar. This will spark lots of ideas for your composing.

We’ll talk about why it can be important to play power chords on electric guitar when writing and arranging. We’ll talk about what diatonic harmony is as we learn how to play and write songs.

From here we learn song forms and patterns used in commercial songwriting. I also analyze my favorite bands and songwriters and why I think their songs are so amazing. We'll look at some of the greatest lyricists and how to improve our lyric writing. It’s all about learning from those that came before us!

You can get lost with all of the information on recording gear and techniques. There is a ton of software out there and we'll try to make sense of it. Everything has become software driven and pro tools has become the industry standard. We’ll talk about why and how we can use other software to achieve the same results.

If you have garageband on your Mac, then you already know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, then fear not, we’ll get you rolling. In addition, there is some free editing software online that is very easy to use.Licensing I have had songs placed on NBC, FOX, HBO, ABC, Discovery Channel, A&E, Animal Planet, MTV, VH1 and many more. I will not only teach you everything I know about licensing your music to TV, Film and multi-media, but I will tell you where to submit your songs and instrumentals.

Are you interested in taking some online courses on songwriting or attending a music production school? I attended the Berklee College of Music and I can tell you all about my experience. In addition, there are other schools such as Full Sail that prepare you for a career in music as well.

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Want to learn music theory? Want to write better lyrics? Have songs but need to record them? Do you want to license your songs to TV?
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