Jo Whiley and Bobby Friction invite aspiring musicians to pose hard-hiting questions to some of the biggest names in the music industry at the BBC Introducing Musicians’ Masterclass.
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Gary Barlow shares his songwriting advice with Zane Lowe ahead of the BBC Introducing Musicians’ Masterclass at Abbey Road and Maida Vale studios.
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http://www.rolandus.com/pianos Roland model #: HPi-7s http://www.scottthepianoguy.com/ Follow The Piano Guy on Twitter @pianoguyscott http://twitter.com/pianoguyscott Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston has been called the Pied Piper of recreational music-making” by giving hope to millions who just want to sit at the piano and play their favorite tunes. Here Scott and guest, five-time Grammy Award nominee David Benoit, discuss the thought process behind composing original arrangements. David Benoit uses his original song, Kei’s Song, as an example.
Notice his LH is playing Open-voiced Chords. For example, C – E – G chord can be played as: C – G – E ( above it). Whatever triad position position you have, place the middle note up one octave. Notice that he is playing in the key of Eb. Can you figure out the triads that belong to the key of Eb?
In your RH, play notes of the scale you are in, up or down as your musical ear guides you. Then try to mix in some broken chord patterns.
By doing this kind of improv, your own melodic ideas come into being.
Taking it further, start – stop a portion of the video. Repeatedly try to copy some of the notes he’s playing. Get good at replaying the Riff. Take in 3 deep breaths, and let your subconscious mind go wild with it. Go all over the piano with it. Change the notes and rhythm. If you can, try to notate your good ideas – or just draw the shapes of them
Always respect and honor the Songwriter. Use ideas only as a way to build your creation techniques.
Duke Righteous lays it out in a direct, step by step manner, along with a sense of humor.
Gettng Started, Step 1: Build Your Studio
From Joe Shambro, former About.com Guide
To get started, check out this step-by-step introduction to the basics of building your own home recording studio, no matter your budget!
- The Basics of Home Recording
- Selecing An Audio Interface & Software
- Microphones 101
- Don’t Forget The Accessories!
The Basics of Home Recording
A few years ago, the only way to get a listenable recording was to enter a professional recording studio and spend a lot of money to get your songs heard. As computers, recording hardware, and high-tech software decreased in price and increased exponentially in quality, it became easy to make high quality recordings at home.
It takes a little bit of time to get the hang of recording at home; you’ve got to learn techniques for recording and mixing, and you also have to figure out how far you’d like to go in buying new equipment. Check out these fantastic resources to get you started recording easily.
- Studio Basics – Learn The Basics of Home Recording
- Dorm Room Recording – Recording With Small Spaces (And Small Budgets)
- Setting Up Your Recording Space – All About Acoustics
- Five Studio Tips To Live By – A Guide For New Recording Engineers
Selecing An Audio Interface & Software
When you get started recording, one of your first decisions should be what audio interface and software you’ll use in your home studio, if you’re planning on recording straight to your computer.
The good news is that if your computer was made anytime in the last few years, it’s probably ready for recording without much work! That being said, maxing out your RAM and hard drive space can’t hurt. You’ll need an interface — a USB or FireWire attachment to your computer that allows you to input your microphones and instruments into your computer. You’ll also need a software package to mix and edit your audio.
- Selecting Your Audio Interface
- Building a Pro Tools System – The Most Popular Recording Software & Hardware
- All About Garageband – Apple’s Easiest Recording Software
- Recording Software Reviews – Learn About The Best (And Worst) Software