Originally published in Chapter 1 of Reharmonization Techniques by Randy Felts Reharmonization: Simple Substitution If reharmonizing a tune is like painting a car, then simple substitution is like choosing a different shade of the same color—going from blue to indigo, or rose to pink. Simple substitution involves replacing a chord with another that has similar […]
Originally published in Chapter 12 of How to Get a Job in the Music and Recording Industry by Keith Hatschek How to Write Effective Cold and Cover Letters What’s the difference between a cold letter and a cover letter? A “cold letter” is one that is submitted, with or without your resume, in the hopes […]
Originally published as the Introduction in Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure by Pat Pattison Lyric Elements: The Great Juggling Act BE STILL MY BEATING HEARTIt would be better to be coolIt’s not time to be open just yetAlesson just learned is so hard to forget-Sting, “BE STILL MY BEATINGHEART” You will have […]
Originally published in Chapter 1 of Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs by Jack Perricone Melody: Some Basics MelodyThe two basic elements of music that define melody are pitch and rhythm. Melody is a succession of pitches in rhythm. The melody is usually the most memorable aspect of a song, the […]
In this timeless classic Berklee Online video, Berklee College of Music Associate Professor and Berklee Online course author and instructor Thaddeus Hogarth offers a free online guitar clinic.
This post was excerpted from lesson 7 of Paul Schmeling‘s Berklee Online class, Music Theory 201. The Construction of the Major Modes The term modal scales is applied to a group of scales commonly used in pop and jazz music. Modes are different than the “regular” major and minor scales most students are familiar with. […]