Your Unique Sound
The right techniques never change Your Sound – They UNLEASH it.
I’m hearing from extremely talented musicians who have sufficient smarts to actually get a composition all-the-way from idea to recording. However it’s these exact people who tend to be living much more in the analytical half of their brains.
Average vs. Great
A lot of this material ends up being flat and one-dimensional. It lacks vitality, imagination, and PATHOS. (Click to look that one up.) It lacks that fascinating PERVERSITY we all buy into. Life is IMPERFECT and great music often embodies that in obvious or subtle ways.
There is a stark honesty-of-experience that all of life’s great protagonists share.
The protagonist is always that main character in a story who takes the risks and goes through the changes. Within the context of that individual’s life everybody else is just a supporting character. Others play the role of either villain or helper. They either PUSH or pull the main character to go through some kind of transformation towards greater personal authenticity.
Think of the butterfly emerging from the cocoon or the fall of Rome… It could be the LOSS of a loved one… or the loss of innocence… it could also be the REDISCOVERY of innocence… it can also be the agony of getting there or being stuck… it can be that final redemption and liberation… or the opening of a fresh new page…
Great music and art are often all about TRANSFORMATION.
On the other hand it might just be your own skewed yet provocative stream of consciousness. I think of Picasso and Pink Floyd.
The main thing is that it should come straight from what’s real to you. Almost unfiltered so we can taste our own reality from different place and experience a part of our selves we might not have otherwise known.
It doesn’t matter what your style or sound is… It all comes down to the structure of the song…. When musical phrases are structured and ordered in the correct manner this has a special effect on the human brain… It’s easy to apply once you understand how it works…
NOTE: The most important parts of this web site are the songwriting articles. Because if your music doesn’t have that power-factor: all the other promotional efforts and expenditures are just an experience in loss.
Hidden in each one of your pieces of music are nuggets of inspiration that could very well set the world on fire. The process of effective songwriting is one that helps you EXTRACT those powerful inspired items from the surrounding filler material supplied by your analytical mind. Once you can let go of those extra musical “crutches” – the real song will start to come forth.
Just keep reading and digesting one article at a time. Each piece of information builds upon the next one. Pretty soon you will start having “AH HA” moments of realization as you begin seeing the big picture on the music industry – AND – exactly how you can start helping your self right now!
Get out a new notebook if possible – or just open up a fresh document on your word processor. Paste in anything you can use – or anything that stands out and maybe puzzles you. Go back and read it again so you can apply it. This is all stuff you can USE to start building your success.
Once you make a commitment to a certain path in life – doors naturally start to open – that you may have never even noticed before – but were always there!