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Songwriting, Honing Your Craft

Jun 26, 2019 06:00 AM

Alper Tuzcu

5 Techniques to Beat Writer's Block and Write a Great Song

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No matter who you are — from Leonard Cohen to your favorite subway busker — if you’re a songwriter, you’re bound to hit some creative roadblocks from time to time. Some days, creativity just pours out of you, and some days, things just do not click. Instead of letting writer’s block get you down, try these five strategies to break through creative blocks and write great songs. 

"Post-Event Reflection": A Tool to Bounce Back Better and Faster from Sub-Par Performances

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This article originally appeared on the Bulletproof Musician.

 

Whether it’s an audition, recital, or performance, it’s pretty natural to engage in some sort of post-performance reflection or “post-mortem.”

For me, the reflection process usually consisted of a) re-living the worst moments, b) trying to decide how bad things really were, c) spiraling to the bad place and questioning all of my life choices, and d) resolving to practice more next time.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Jun 5, 2019 06:00 AM

Cari Cole

The How-To Guide for Singing Through a Cold

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A version of this article appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.

 

When you're sick, the last thing you want to do is take the stage. Not only must the show go on, inevitably someone will upload an iPhone video of it on social media so you want to be prepared to do the best you can under trying circumstances. But, using the list below, you’ll still be able to rock your show much better than you would have without it! Read on, take notes. You can do this!

The Secret Behind "Old Town Road"? Toplining. Here's What It Is and How to Do It

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I had been writing for years the old fashioned way – with an instrument, voice, and maybe a co-writer or two. That's why I was perplexed when I heard about a supposed “new way to write.” Once I understood, it actually made perfect sense – it's a great time-saver and an interesting way to break new ground musically.

Toplining — the process of writing lyrics and melody to a pre-recorded music bed/track — has been around for years in the Rap and R&B genres, but has been gaining popularity in the mainstream. In this article, I'll dive into it and explain how you can utilize this new technique to up your writing game.

How to Buy the Perfect Guitar Amp

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Like a lot of guitarists, when I bought my first guitar amplifier, I knew nothing about amps. It was a Marshall DFX 100, and I liked it simply because it was loud and had cool effects. Even when I bought my second amp, I was still pretty green; I needed something small and cheap that I could play in my apartment, so a small, five-watt Danelectro Tube amp — that I still love to this day — did the trick.

Before I bought my next amp, however, I finally decided to do a ton of research and get something that was truly a perfect fit for me. The ‘65 Fender Twin Reverb that came out of that search is still one of my favorite pieces of gear I play today.

While nothing can beat going out and trying amps to find exactly what you like, there are some questions that you can ask yourself to narrow your search and wind up with an amp that’s not only functional but will be well-suited to your particular sound. Ask yourself these four key questions.