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3 Ways to Use Voice Leading to Improve Your Songwriting

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Most songwriters wouldn’t think of using classical composition techniques like voice leading in their songwriting. Modern songs typically use fairly simple chord progressions, so why over-complicate things with outdated compositional techniques? When you think about it, though, voice leading actually has a lot to offer, even in the simplest song settings.

7 Quotes From the World’s Greatest Producers to Inspire You in the Studio

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes, especially after a long day in the studio when your energy is running low. Thankfully, we can always turn to the pros to give us a shot of inspiration. These legendary producers know a thing or two about getting great sounds in the studio, so take a moment to sit back and let their wisdom sink in.

The Scientific Truth About How Sleep Affects Your Practice Sessions and Performances

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For most of the 21st century, sleep has been the elephant in the room as far as medical science is concerned. While the benefits of a good night’s sleep have been known for decades, doctors and other medical professionals have been reluctant to see sleep as a legitimate part of a comprehensive medical treatment, and many doctors themselves regularly work in a sleep-deprived state, despite evidence showing that sleep deprivation causes more car accidents than drug and alcohol use combined.

Many musicians treat sleep in the same way. While we know that getting good sleep is important, we’d gladly trade a few hours of sleep for a few hours of extra practice time, or a few hours of hanging out after a gig. But if you’ve ever thought that it’s worthwhile to trade sleep for practicing, it turns out you’re only making things worse.

How to Challenge Your Signature Sound (And Why You Should Do It)

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Whether you’re a singer, an instrumentalist, a producer, or an engineer, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time trying to “find your sound.” The problem is that sometimes finding your sound can be as much of a curse as it is a blessing. Having your own signature sound can help you define yourself as an artist, but it can also make you feel trapped.

Do you really want to spend the rest of your career being known as “that alt-country band” or “that singer/songwriter with the ukulele?” If you want to keep pushing the boundaries as an artist, and don’t want to be defined by simple genre descriptions for the rest of your career, then sometimes knowing how to lose your sound is just as important as knowing how to find it.

So if you don’t want to become a musical one-trick pony, here are some methods you can use to “lose your sound.”

The Best Career Paths for Introverted Musicians

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English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott once wrote, “Part of the satisfaction which a creative person obtains from his achievement may be the feeling that, at last, some part of his inner life is being accepted which has never been accorded recognition before.”

Perhaps this explains why introverts are so drawn to creative pursuits. Introverts want to share their inner worlds with others, but might not feel that they’re able to properly express themselves in conventional social circumstances, so they need to find another outlet for their creativity.

Another defining characteristic of introverts is their love of being alone, and this quality also lends itself well to creative pursuits. The introvert can sit by themselves for hours coming up with a wonderful new creation – a task that would send many extroverts running for the nearest party. These days, however, with the rise of open-plan offices and the decline of the so-called traditional music industry, it seems to be getting harder and harder to find places where one can both work alone and work on something creative.