2015


#6 Short Film on a Shoe String: Script Dialogue

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If you don’t have script you don’t have a movie, because it’s the starting point for any story that you want to bring to life on the screen. You don’t strive to write more eloquent and poetic scene description. Between those written words within a screenplay lies the dialogue. And yes, the dialogue is what screenwriters […]

#2 What I’ve Learned from Teaching Music: Group Tuition

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It doesn’t take a degree in mathematics to work out that six or more students in a one hour lesson, will remunerate a better rate  than 2 students an hour for one to one lessons at 30 minutes per lesson, but it’s not quite as simple as that.  You could teach in groups from your […]

#1 What I’ve Learned from Teaching Music: Introduction

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#1 What I’ve Learned from Teaching Music:  IntroductionI started teaching music because at my gigs parents would come over and asked me to teach their children. I travelled to each house on a Saturday afternoon for about 2 to 3 hours a week, and I would get paid after the lesson, if I had a […]

#11 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter The Desire for Fame

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Mark Knoplfer  said “the price of success is fame” in other words the desire for fame and the fulfilment it brings are two different things. My earliest music hero was John Lennon who was shot dead on December 8th 1980, which is  an extreme penalty on the price of fame.  Perhaps you could cope with […]

#10 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter An Education

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Today’s young musicians are very well educated and if you are looking to be hired in the industry, you need to know what you are doing. I’m an independent musician with no qualifications, no college degree, nothing, and I finished school at 15 years of age, and went straight into a factory but gained my […]

#9 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter The Vocal

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If you are the songwriter in the band you will probably also be the vocalist. You might think, if I wrote the song I don’t have any problem with performing or recording it, right! Wrong, this is not just a mistake it’s a BIG mistake. You would think with all the tuning and tricks they […]

#8 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter The Band

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Insight is very valuable but, I wish I had the wisdom that I have now compared to what I was like with the band when I was a teenager. Like most new bands we started out by covering the hit songs of the day, and we would have a rehearsal most Monday evenings in the […]

#7 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter The Arrangement

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We are now past the halfway mark and at mistake number 6, number 7 in the blog, which includes the introduction to the subject matter. When you sit down to write a song on either the guitar or piano, what you play will form the foundation for the arrangement and what you are playing is […]

#6 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter Feelings

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Feelings nothing more than feelings. Okay enough of that, but expressing how you feel is not British, the stiff upper lip and all that nonsense but where I come from in Scotland (the northern part of the UK) we are even more restrained. I was taught that big boys don’t cry, and it has taken […]

#5 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter The Concept

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The concept is a theme or idea, that the songwriter develops or the lyrical content of the piece that you are creating. I’m sure that you would be able to come up with some songs that make no sense at all but I think that you would have to agree that they are an exception […]

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