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Songwriting, Honing Your Craft

Jun 15, 2015 09:00 AM

Zach Varnell

5 Exercises That Will Make You a Better Songwriter

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

There's a false assumption about songwriting that some magical moment of inspiration will suddenly strike a person sitting in a room with a guitar, causing them to give birth to a small piece of artistic brilliance, and until that happens, it's not worth picking up a pen and a piece of paper.

It's true that inspiration can come from a variety of places, but the hard reality is that just like playing an instrument, great songwriters become great by practicing. It's especially important to remember that early results are almost never that promising. It's okay to write a crappy song. The key is figuring out what about the song wasn't so great and what needs to be done to improve it.

Recording, Honing Your Craft

May 21, 2015 11:00 AM

Zach Varnell

How to Set Yourself Apart as an Audio Engineer

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

Audio engineers often think they can do it all – including recording and producing. And honestly, that's what makes them so versatile and knowledgable about the ins and outs of making sounds. It often starts out modestly, with a stab at recording your own band's demo. I don't want to dissuade any engineer from taking that kind of work (especially at first) because it can be an incredibly fruitful learning experience and a great way to try out new production ideas you might not have mastered yet.

That being said, too often producers and engineers have a hard time moving beyond the weekend-warrior demo game and really honing their skills in the fine arts of production. As with any creative person, there comes a time in your career when you need to stop noodling around and begin to define what sets you apart from everyone else.