If you’re still struggling with the fact that all your songs sound similar, the first step in dealing with it might be not to worry: a bit of similarity is not necessarily something that needs to be avoided.

After all, if you listen to any hit group, you’re going to notice at least some similarities, and as listeners we kind of like that. The problem is excessive similarity, when every song seems to be almost a copy of the previous one.

If you struggle at the lyric-writing stage of songwriting, you need to read “Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process.” Right now, it’s FREE with your purchase of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 10-eBook Bundle”

It’s not just the melodies that start to sound the same. You notice that many aspects of your songs are too alike:


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Brilliant Classics
Published on Jun 18, 2019

This album contains a musical portrait of Johannes Brahms in piano works from his early and later years, presented by Piano Classics, a label of Brilliant Classics

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Every bar of the Sonata burns with longing and passion thwarted, even the Andante tellingly prefaced with lines from the Romantic poet Sternau: ‘The twilight falls, the moonlight gleams, two hearts in love unite, embraced in rapture’. Almost four decades later, Brahms signed off as a composer with the more subtle and even playful spirit of a sublimely allusive quartet of opus numbers, the three Intermezzi Op.117, the seven Fantasias Op.116 and the two sets of mixed genre-pieces that make up Opp. 118 and 119.

These demand the most refined command of phrasing and harmony – at points they come closer than any other work of Brahms to casting loose from the anchor of tonality and anticipating the world of Schoenberg, for whom Brahms was an exemplar – and are eminently suited to a pianist such as Kopachevsky who has already proved himself at home in the twilit world of Liszt and Scriabin, in music on the brink of extinction. A richly rewarding release for all lovers of Romantic piano music and another feather in the cap of a superb young pianist.

Philipp Kopachevsky made his Piano Classics debut in 2016 with an ambitious selection of late Scriabin and Liszt, and Bryce Morrison in Gramophone was impressed: ‘haunting in confidentiality… no less powerful in storm and stress… never less than sensitive.’

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Artist: Philipp Kopachevsky (piano)


Tracklist: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: 00:00:00 I. Allegro maestoso 00:09:52 II. Andante espressivo 00:20:46 III. Scherzo, allegro energico 00:25:35 IV. Intermezzo, andante molto 00:29:17 V. Finale, allegro moderato ma rubato 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: 00:36:30 I. Andante moderato in E-Flat Major 00:42:11 II. Andante non troppo in B-Flat Minor 00:47:24 III. Andante con moto in C-Sharp Minor 17 Fantasien, Op. 116: 00:54:07 I. Capriccio in D Minor. Presto energico 00:56:29 II. Intermezzo in A Minor. Andante 01:00:27 III. Capriccio in G Minor. Allegro passionate 01:03:32 IV. Intermezzo in E Major. Adagio 01:08:12 V. Intermezzo in E Minor. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentiment 01:10:58 VI. Intermezzo in E Major. Andantino teneramente 01:14:05 VII. Capriccio in D Minor. Allegro agitato 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118: 01:16:17 I. Intermezzo in A Minor. Allegro non assai 01:18:15 II. Intermezzo in A Major. Andante teneramente 01:24:22 III. Ballade in G Minor. Allegro energico 01:27:54 IV. Intermezzo in F Minor. Allegretto un poco agitato 01:30:29 V. Romanze in F Major. Andante 01:34:41 VI. Intermezzo in E-Flat Minor. Andante, largo e mesto 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119: 01:40:47 I. Intermezzo in B Minor. Adagio 01:44:33 II. Intermezzo in E Minor. Andantino un poco agitato 01:49:25 III. Intermezzo in C Major. Grazioso e giocoso 01:51:09 IV. Rhapsodie in E-Flat Major. Allegro risoluto

Bill Hilton
Published on May 27, 2019

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Vocalization is an incredibly useful technique to improve your piano improvisation – one used by major stars of jazz and blues piano in particular, though it’s used across the piano playing spectrum from pop to classical.

The basic idea is that vocalization allows you to tune into your intuitive musicality to save yourself being too consciously technical when you’re improvising at the piano keyboard. The piano is basically a machine, and it’s very easy to get tied up in the logic process of deciding which key to press when, which chord to use in particular places and so on – and that’s even before you get on to thinking about what to do with the pedals and how to deal with the idiosyncrasies of different pianos.

In this piano tutorial I introduce vocalization by working through a pretty straightforward eight-bar improvisation exercise that you should be able to manage as long as you’re familiar with some basic chords – or you’re willing to copy the chords I’m playing on the keyboard – and you know the names of the notes on the piano.

Vocalising as you improvising won’t magically make you into a piano improvisation genius overnight, but it will help you produce much more natural-sounding improvised lines, especially when improvising melodically in the right hand. Beware, though – if you incorporate this into your piano practice anyone listen to you might think you’re a bit weird! Vocalization is definitely worth the effort, though, so give it a go.

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Mixing Musical Textures

June 13, 2019

Musical Texture (Definition of Monophonic, Homophonic, Polyphonic, Heterophonic Textures)

Mixing Musical Textures | Jazz Trio | TEDxYouth@Wayland

Jazz improvisation for radical collaboration | Jim Kalbach | TEDxJerseyCity

In the Studio Textures – Awake

Vocal Production Tutorial: How to Add Texture with Reverb and More

Meet the Artist – Richard Blackford, composer – The Cross-Eyed Pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer?

What have been the greatest challenges/frustrations of your career so far?

Of which works are you most proud?

What are the special challenges/pleasures of working on a commissioned piece?

What are the special challenges/pleasures of working with particular musicians, singers, ensembles and orchestras?

How would you characterise your compositional/musical language?

Meet the Artist – Richard Blackford, composer – The Cross-Eyed Pianist

Brilliant Classics
Published on May 31, 2019

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Mindaugas Piecaitis
Published on Jul 7, 2009

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Clarinet Improvisation

May 28, 2019

Published on Mar 2, 2013

Album: The Sesjun Radio Shows 2011 by Bill Evans

Bill Evans: Piano Bass:

Eddie Gomez

Drums: Eliot Zigmund

Gary Ewer
Published on Jan 16, 2019

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If you check out “Greatest Songs Ever” lists, you’ll almost always notice that the majority of the songs are there, at least in part, because of their excellent lyrics. In this video, we take a look at five characteristics of what makes a lyric great. You’ll learn about style of writing, emotional content, imagery, and much more. If you feel inspired to take your lyric writing to a higher level, start with the basics as described here in this video.

Brilliant Classics
Published on Apr 9, 2019

This album contains the complete Partitas by Bach, presented by Piano Classics, a label of Brilliant Classics.

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Wikipedia: JS Bach: Keyboard Partitas

Art of Composing
Published on Sep 18, 2017

The two main theme types, the sentence and the period have somewhat different musical goals. In this episode, I talk about how I use them in my own composing.

Open Chord Voicings

May 15, 2019

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Published on May 14, 2019

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I’m going to show you how to take simple piano chords, and turn them into something beautiful. We’ll do this by using Open Chord Voicings. This is something that I’ve been playing around with only recently, and I am absolutely loving it! The concept is simple. You take a normal chord and re-shape it between the left and right hands. So all the notes are still the same, they are just being played in different positions than we normally play them. These tips will work with any chord and any chord progression because all we are doing is changing the order of the notes within the chord, not the notes themselves! Here are the timecodes for the video: – How to create an open chord – 0:21 – Tip #1 for voicing open chords – 0:56 – Tip #2 for voicing open chords – 2:04 – Tip #3 for voicing open chords – 3:02 If you want to learn more about chords and how to use them to play songs, check out our FREE series on chords: ►https://Pianote.com/chord-hacks/ And make sure to follow us on social! ►Instagram: http://instagram.com/pianoteofficial/ ►Facebook: http://facebook.com/pianoteofficial/



Published on Mar 26, 2019

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Arpeggios make the perfect left-hand accompaniment tool. Whether you are improvising or songwriting, or just need to waste some time at the piano, learning a few patterns with your left hand based on arpeggios will open up a whole world of possibilities for creating mood and energy in your music.

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Luann Payne

Published on Nov 23, 2017

Portrait in Jazz is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, released in 1960. Personnel: Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (dr) Released: 1960 .

Portrait in Jazz is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, released in 1960. Personnel: Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (dr) Released: 1960 . Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard Released 2014-06-06 on Not Now Music Buy this album: 1. 00:00:00 Bill . Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans and his Trio, released in 1966. The Bill Evans Trio is accompanied by a .