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20 Helpful Songwriting Tips For Beginners And Beyond

It was shortly after I graduated high school that I started writing songs. Looking back decades later, I realize that there are plenty of legitimate reasons why "Attack of the Killer Bees" remains buried in the archives. We all have to start somewhere, and that's generally at the beginning and the bottom. From a positive viewpoint, you have nowhere to go but up! It's my hope that this list will help others in some way just as those people in my life have helped me. Even if you only take away a single piece of helpful information, I will consider......

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Podcast Recommendation: Hostile Worlds – a new podcast from Matthew McLean

Hostile Worlds My Scottish audio drama friend Matthew McLean from ThePodcastHost.com has launched his new podcast series "Hostile Worlds" today. It's a documentary/audio drama hybrid with, in my opinion, hints of "Cosmos," "Planet Earth," and plenty of creativity to make the trip enjoyable along the way. If you are looking for a new podcast to make your commute or downtime a bit more enjoyable, check it out. "Join us on a journey to some of the most inhospitable, humbling, and frighteningly beautiful places in the known universe. Hostile Worlds is podcast that helps you explore alien landscapes all from the......

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Audio Drama Production Podcast Ep. #49-Composing Music For Audio Drama

Audio Drama Production Podcast Interview: Ep. #49-Composing Music For Audio Drama It was in the 70s when I first heard audio drama. I remember sitting in the car with my dad, parked in the driveway, sitting on the edge of the seat, while listening to the remaining moments of an episode of CBS Radio Mystery Theater. For those already familiar with the show, you will already know it is hard to forget the sound of the creaking door, the creepy music, and the unforgettable voice of E.G. Marshall.  Fortunately for me, my father didn't mind me enjoying scary stories at......

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Drumming Tips: Recording With A Click Track

Drumming Tips: Recording With A Click Track Press play and read on. Design by Ian Leino I will begin with a definition and some history. What is a click track? It is essentially a MetroGnome. Sorry, that isn't entirely accurate. A metronome is a tool that makes audible sounds (or visual cues) at intervals. Musicians use them to practice interval timing, memorize tempos, and play music along to the rhythm. To set the story straight, allow me to mention a brief piece of the history behind the abomination that has been the nightmare of many a musician. History is fascinating......

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Drum Injuries: Drumming Is Dangerous!

Drum Injuries: Drumming Is Dangerous! I'll start from the beginning...from birth, but first, a disclaimer. This long-winded blog is not intended for personal use or to be taken internally, nor is it to be used as instructional material. Some of the information contained therein is purely conjecture, wildly inaccurate, highly improbable, and  even possibly a lie. Some of the stories are based on actual events. Names have been changed to protect the guilty innocent. If you have a drum solo that lasts longer than four hours, seek immediate medical attention. The oldest joke about raising children may be that they......

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