The Daily Muse – May 25th, 2020

To celebrate Bob Dylan’s 79th birthday today, we are bringing you several Dylan-centric stories. This is one in the words of Tom Petty, Dylan’s pal and collaborator. Tom Petty on Bob Dylan In this article, Lucy Blair Pettersson looks at the art of storytelling in music, why it’s important, and how artists can better work […]

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The Daily Muse – May 24th, 2020

Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s songwriting partner, turned 70 yesterday, some fifty-three years after he and Elton first responded to an NME advert which ultimately linked the pair for future stardom. Bernie Taupin, Elton’s songwriting partner, turns 70 Your title and concept are the foundations upon which your entire lyric will be built. The strongest lyrics […]

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The Importance Of Always Recording Your Songwriting Ideas

As a songwriter, there are going to be times in your career where you’ll be so inspired, writing a complete song from start to finish in one go will seem like the easiest thing in the world. For the rest of the time however, it’ll seem like that all you’re doing is constantly finding that […]

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The Daily Muse – May 23rd, 2020

In his cell, where Jassy used his keyboard to make beats, he invited the men to perform rap freestyles and taught them about songwriting and music production In prison, producer finds new voice for inmates, and himself Good music isn’t determined by adherence to rules; it’s more a case that the best songs are guided […]

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The Daily Muse – May 22nd, 2020

In my own composing of music, I would far rather work out a melody first, and then add the chords as a second step. That’s because melodies are what people hum to themselves; it’s hard to hum a chord progression. Adding Chords to a Melody – Focus On the Strong Beats Are you a guitarist […]

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30 Ways To Overcome (Song) Writers Block

If you know where to look there’s literally tons of great songwriting tips, songwriting articles and general songwriting advice online. One such example of this comes in the form of an article I found recently titled 30 Songwriting Tips To Overcome Writer’s Block by Sam Wilson from The Pro Audio Files website. As the title […]

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The Daily Muse – May 21st, 2020

People often use the words “process” and “workflow” synonymously. But that’s not quite accurate. Process vs. Workflow – What’s the Difference and Does It Matter for Musicians? This way, because you already know your concept and title, you’re forced to stay focused on that singular idea when you write your chorus and verses. How to […]

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The Daily Muse – May 20th, 2020

Steely Dan was a band formed around a songwriting collaboration, that of Becker & Fagen – Walter Becker & Donald Fagen. The Secret Soul of Steely Dan – Walter Becker How often do you reach the end of your day without having written a single word of your book? If you’re like many Authors, the […]

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Songwriting Advice – Too Many Ideas Will Spoil The Song

Let me ask you something… Have you heard of the KISS principle? It stands for “Keep It Simple, Stupid” and it’s a good rule of thumb for when you’re writing songs. We human beings are really funny creatures, we get bored with simplicity really quickly, so we try to complicate things so we can remain […]

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The Daily Muse – May 19th, 2020

Seven-time GRAMMY® winner John Mayer joins award-winning guitarist/producer Eric Krasno on his new podcast series. John Mayer Discusses The Rules Of Songwriting, Discovering New Music And More (Podcast) What is a manifesto, really? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. Creating Your Writer’s […]

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