Here's a video blog I did about the song writing of Lou Reed. I played guitar in Lou's band since May of 2011. Very sad about his passing.
Please check out the songs I talk about in my blog (also posted below) Perfect Day and Pale Blue Eyes, as they relate to this week's Songwriting…Continue
this is a sheet music website I use sometimes.
I don't know if the price for the sheet music is good ,I only use the example sheet they show to get started and then learn the rest be ear .
just thought i would post it.
Well... Hello out there, fellow musicians! My name is Allyah, like the singer "Aaliyah. I always wanted to be involved in music. Whether it's singing, playing guitar, playing piano, audtioning for musical theatre (I was in "High School Musical" my 11th grade year as Kelsi Neilson and will audition for "Grease" next week. Wish me luck!! XD), writing a song, creating a playlist for characters from books/movies or making…Continue
Added by Connor Peavy on October 28, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments
It's a little late but here is the song I am working on for songwriting project 2.
It still need some work. let me know what you think
Hope you enjoy
In writing for the Arranging Ellington project, I've been seeking to start from a conceptual basis; in a way, I want to break down pieces into their essential qualities and work philosophically as a means of developing the musical realization. It has been both helpful and interesting in creating a consistent character for the piece.
Thinking of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts from which the songs are drawn from, with their…Continue
It is said that no man (or woman) is an island. We are all connected, and these connections can serve as powerful inspirations for songwriting.
There have been approximately 1.1 bazillion songs written about love/breakups (see: every song by Taylor Swift), which makes a lot of sense. Love is universal. I've written some on the topic, for sure. But I've also been inspired by people who I don't necessarily know.
Sometimes a song is about both. "Layla", for…Continue
Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on October 25, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments
new jazz song
Hey everyone ,
This is a jazz song I am working on, it's not done yet,and still has a long way to go before it is done.
that being said, what do you think of it so far ?
Any thoughts would be great.
Added by Connor Peavy on October 25, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments
Whenever anyone first discovers the music of Duke Ellington, they are invariably struck by the distinctive combination of instrumental colors that sounds utterly unlike anything else, before or since. Duke's earliest mature recordings from the late 1920's display an unprecedented mastery of mood, timbre, and harmony that even today sounds breathtakingly fresh. He helped usher in the "big band era" of the 1930's, when hard-swinging jazz aggregations became the hottest thing going in popular…Continue
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Arranging Ellington, a new online arranging workshop coordinated by Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange. Together, we'll be exploring the techniques of creative arranging by considering the life and work of the incomparable Duke Ellington.
You're invited to create your own new arrangement of one of two Ellington works: "Come Sunday" (originally from…Continue
Christmas eve jubilee
This is a holiday orchestra song I composed a few years back. I used my keyboard and about half a day for this project,but writing it down on paper did take a few weeks after I got this recording done.
just wondering what thought??any thoughts on it would be…
Added by Connor Peavy on October 18, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments
The things that inspire me to write are events that happen daily and emotions that I endure. A lot of the songs that I write are about people in my life, or the way that someone has made an impact on me. Sometimes I don't even think about what I'm saying and the words just come out. My best compositions however, have been when I sing about something I really care about such as the girls soccer team, rugby team, my father, mother,…Continue
Jolene, by Dolly Parton
This week's question is: what chord progression inspires you?
The activity is to write a melody based on that chord progression.
I've always been inspired by, well, chord…Continue
Hi Everyone!!!..I am Kelly.. :) I am a finalist in the songwriter search here in South Africa.:) and I'm looking forward to meeting all the other finalists in December.I am SUPER happy and excited to be a part of this project and its great to know that here are professional songwriters and musicians to guide us with our song writing.
I LOVE writing about things that occur in my life, like putting my feelings down on paper. I also write about things that I observe around…Continue
It almost feels like the impossible question.
"Who are you as a songwriter?"
I've been asked this question a lot throughout my career, and I find that the answer is ever-changing.
But that's the beauty of it, right? As artists we are always pushing ourselves to the next level, discovering gems under rocks others might pass by. We cross boundaries, blur lines, open doors (even if we don't always know what we will find behind them). What inspires…Continue
Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on October 12, 2013 at 12:52pm — No Comments
YoYO Ma interview in the NYTIMES today.
" I would say the sound part of it, what you hear, the measurable part of the sound, is equivalent to the tip of an iceberg, less than 10 percent of the whole mass. So what’s below the surface is actually what is the music, what’s above is just the sound. I think about what is behind Bob Dylan’s voice."…
Added by Aram Bajakian on October 11, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Mississippi John Hurt. His guitar playing is beautiful. This clip is great because you can really see how he plucks the strings.
And Tom Waits.
Added by Aram Bajakian on October 8, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments