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 […]
Berklee Online guitar instructor Thaddeus Hogarth demonstrates the importance of the pentatonic scale in funk and R&B music.
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. […]
Originally published as Introduction: Basic Beats in Beyond the Backbeat: From Rock & Funk to Jazz & Latin by Larry Finn Learning a New Beat Whenever you are learning a new beat, whether it is by reading it or by listening to it, follow these guidelines. 1. Practice slowly. Working at a slow tempo helps […]