Showing posts from August, 2017

Garage Band Tutorial: Creating a Song

This Garage Band tutorial shows you how to compose your own music and create songs for your movie using Apple's Garage Band application.

Oscar winning composer AR Rahman composing technique.

Double oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman talks about scoring music for the Bollywood flick Jodha Akbar.

How To Make A Song In Garageband - Full Tutorial

Record your songs in Garageband with an iMac and NO other equipment! All you need is an acoustic guitar & headphones and you can record acoustic songs or rock songs! This video shows you the complete process from start to finish!

How to Compose Music - Lesson 1 - How to Write a Melody

Learn how to compose music, from start to finish.

Be sure to sign up at to get the full benefits of the course including summaries of all the lessons, worksheets and additional videos.

In this course, you'll learn about melody, harmony, form, accompaniment, dynamics, articulations and how to make your music generally sound good.

Study the ways in which Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven all made their music work.

Lesson 1 - How to Write a Melody - Learn about how to write a Basic Idea, the real building block of classical music. The easiest way you've ever seen, to write a convincing melody.

Lesson 2 - Harmony 101 - Learn about harmony, and how to make the basic idea you wrote in lesson 1, fit to different harmonies.

Lesson 3 - The Musical Period - Learn about the musical period, the first of the small theme types that classical composers use in their music.

Lesson 4 - The Musical Sentence - Learn about the musical sentence, the second of the small theme …

Guitar Lesson: how to write a song in 5 minutes...

Obviously this isn't all you need to write a hit song, but it'll at least give you a system for coming up with some chords you like.

There's another cool side benefit, if you get used to thinking about chords this way, you'll often come up with something you recognize from another song. When you do that you'll know what the chords are in that other song and you'll recognize that progression in other songs... it's cool.

Why American Christians Care About Nazis: Honest Thoughts About Charlottesville from a Christian Latina Artist's Point of View

Honest Thoughts About Charlottesville from a Christian Latina Artist's Point of ViewIf you come to this blog on a regular basis, you probably know a little bit about me. You know that I am a composer, that I love music, that I dabble in indie filmmaking, and that I am a writer. I am also many other things - Parent, Decent Cook, Percussionist, Christian, and Latina (Cuban/Dominican). In general I keep the blog about music, more from time constraints than from any other reason. I would love to write a hundred blogs a month for my readers, but it's just not possible.
But I could not keep silent about Charlottesville. 
For those that don't know, last weekend Nazi protestors went to Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. Counter protesters (among those a faction from the Antifa - AntiFascist) movement were also there. The Nazis brought assault rifles. The Antifas brought clubs. In the end, a Nazi sympathizer/Trump follower rammed his car into a…

Ultimate guide on studio quality home music recording at very low budget

Ultimate guide on studio quality home music recording at very low budget

Basic Home Recording Mic & Mixer Set-Up...

Basic Home Recording Mic & Mixer Set-Up

How to Record Vocals like a Pro - Technical Lesson for beginners.

How to Record Vocals like a Pro - Technical Lesson for beginners.

First International master-courses for young composers in St. Petersburg

First International master-courses for young composers in St. Petersburg Russian Musical Union
International MolOt Group
Russian institute of Art History
Youth Department of Russian Composers Union

are delighted to present

The First International master-courses for young composers in St. Petersburg The master-courses will take place in St. Petersburg on the base of Russian institute of Art History from November 19 to November 26, 2017.
The invited professors for the master-courses are composers Alexander Knaifel (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Helena Tulve (Tallinn, Estonia).

The master-courses have two sections:
Music for chamber ensemble
Music for chamber choir

The performing ensembles of the master-courses are St. Petersburg MolOt-ensemble and Festino Chamber Choir.

Ensemble lineup:
Flute (also piccolo, alto)
Clarinet (also piccolo, bass)
Piano (also MIDI-keyboard)
Cello (also bass guitar)

The choir lineup is 16 voices (SATB, four singers for each part)

10 active participants of the maste…

CALL Women Composers Festival of Hartford - Composer-in-Residence

Women Composers Festival of Hartford - Composer-in-Residence The Women Composers Festival of Hartford is now accepting submissions from potential Composers-in-Residence for 2018 and future years. The Composer-in-Residence will have her music showcased on the Festival, will give talks and masterclasses to area schools, participate in other outreach and publicity activities, compose a new work to be premiered at the Festival, and more. Visit to access the online submission form. Applications will be accepted year-round but only those received by 5/15/17 will be considered for 2018. Web site:

Music Promotion Tips - 10 Ways to Promote your Music

Do You want to Promote yourself online as a Music Producer and Artist? In this video you get 10 Music Promotion Tips that will get you kickstarted in Promotion and Marketing your Music.

How To Write Like John Williams! Secrets of Film Scoring Part 1

In this episode of Everything Music, I will show you harmonic progressions that film composerJohn Williams commonly uses in his writing to create his epic soundscapes! This is the first in my film scoring spotlight episodes.

Women Composer YouTube Database Project Looking for Female Composers and Songwriters

Women Composer YouTube Database Project Looking for Female Composers and SongwritersThe Women Composer YouTube Database is a project designed to make the works of prominent women in music known to a broader base by creating long playlists of works by select female composers and songwritings in classical music, electronica, and film. This is a project begun by award-winning composer Sabrina Pena Young.
The hope is that as more and more of these Youtube Playlists of women composers are made available, the playlists will be shared and other musicians will take the time to create more female composer playlists.
This project was begun in August 2017. The goal is to eventually have 100 + separate playlists highlighting the works of 100+ female composers.
If you are interested in having a playlist made of your work or a prominent female composer as part of this project, please contact Sabrina Pena Young directly through her facebook page:

I hope you enj…

How to Write A Splendid Opera Libretto

Music and drama critic Terry Teachout recently wrote his first libretto; the opera became a hit. What would he advise others attempting this daunting form?

Philip Glass on The Trial and the composing 'tricks' he uses when writing

Composer Philip Glass on his latest collaboration with Christopher Hampton and Music Theatre Wales, an opera adaptation of Franz Kafka's black comedy, The Trial. 

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The Trial is Philip Glass's second 'pocket' opera based on the writings of Franz Kafka, and his first work created specifically for Music Theatre Wales, in celebration of the company's 25th birthday. Glass has a long relationship with the company, describing them as 'wonderful to work with… they seem to like these "odd" pieces of mine, and they do them very well. I think of my pocket operas as neutron bombs – small, but packing a terrific punch'.

Glass has won worldwide acclaim for his operas, which include Satyagraha and Einstein on the Beach. Music Theatre Wales gave a sell-out tour in 2010 of Glass's previous Kafka opera, In the Penal Colony, a work of blistering intensity and dark claustrophobia. Playwright and screenwriter C…

Writing His First Opera

Writing His First Opera

All About the Music Business : Benefits Of Music Conventions

All About the Music Business : Benefits Of Music Conventions

Inside Opera Live: Composing an aria about cake

As part of Inside Opera: Live, composer Errollyn Wallen and baritone Dawid Kimberg were challenged to create an aria from scratch in 4 hours with suggestions of text from Twitter. Watch how the process unravelled and listen to the final performance.

How to Write an Opera

Operas are often tragedies, so they should be written with the rules of Greek tragedy in mind. Write an opera by working with a composer with tips from a playwright in this free video on writing lessons and tips.

Songwriting Tips | How To Write A Song

n this video, our no. 1 hit selling songwriting instructor Alex Von Soos gives us a little taster of what you can expect while learning how to write a song on our Hit Songwriting course, jam packed full of songwriting tips from a top songwriter with record sales in the millions.