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Power Chords11/03/2015

In this short blog we are going to have a look at power chords used by guitarists. A power chord is the term used for the playing of the first and fifth notes of a chord. This is an example of a G power chord. Notice the omission of the third. This means that power […]
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The Pentatonic Minor Scale09/03/2015

  The Pentatonic Minor Scale is a frequently used scale in pop, rock and blues. As the name suggests it is made up of five notes. From the root of the scale (the name of the scale, here it is G minor) you have: The first The third (a minor third) The fourth (a perfect […]
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It’s all about that Melody, not the Bass24/01/2015

By James Torselli Writing a memorable melody line When I started writing songs at around sixteen I would start with a chord pattern, maybe with a few guitar line ideas and work out how I would like the drums to sound. I would then meet up with my band and we would start structuring the […]
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Voice Leading09/01/2015

By Tutor Ed Watkins Hey guys, it’s Ed. So, Voice leading.  I’ve been thinking recently about what I would consider to be one of the bigger breakthroughs for me when it came to writing music/arranging. I thought some more, then a bit further.. but I could only really put my finger on one particular element […]
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Is it possible to be a successful songwriter today?09/01/2015

By Tutor Matthew Humphrys Many songwriters have this thought. It seems that the same elite few write most of the songs in the charts and therefore “how can I as an unsigned songwriter ever compete with that and get my songs heard to be a successful songwriter?” First of all it is important to realise […]
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How to get radio play?09/01/2015

By Tutor Matthew Humphrys This is all about creating a songwriter’s press release and getting radio play What is a songwriter's press release?  By the very word, one would think that it is for the press and therefore you as a songwriter stand no chance of sending one of these out, but that is not the […]
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Why is PRS important?09/01/2015

By tutor Joanna McGowan   If you are a songwriter and/or composer and you have not registered yourself on PRS  then open up a new Internet tab, type in www.prsformusic.com, and get ready to join - because you will want to by the time you’ve finished reading this. What is the PRS? PRS (Performing Rights Society Limited) collects […]
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