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Ostinato: Boost Your Songwriting Creativity

What is an “ostinato”? In classical music, an “ostinato” is a motif or phrase that keeps persistently repeating in the same voice throughout a composition or part of a composition. The plural of ostinato is ostinati. This Italian term means: “Stubborn” I like to make the distinction with contemporary music, where very often the ostinato
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Constant Structure: Advanced SongWriting Technique

What is Constant Structure? Constant structure is a harmonization (and performance) concept in which you harmonize each individual note in a melody with exactly the same chord structure underneath each note in that melody. In other words: You harmonize a melody (meaning: the focus is on the melody, NOT on the chord progression), with EXACTLY
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The Harmonic Series and Its Implications On Composition.

The basic building blocks of western music are the result of hundreds of years of experimentation and evolution. Through these hundreds of years of evolution, we have arrived at 12 tones in a tempered scale and 12 intervals that are used in every genre of western music. While the styles of music change, they all
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Why Does An Interval & Its Inversion Add up To 9 Instead of 8?

Here’s something you may have wondered at some point in your musical studies or career: If there are only eight diatonic notes in an octave, why is it that when you invert any interval, the starting interval plus its inversion always add up to 9? Shouldn’t it add up to 8? 🙂 Let me illustrate.
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Even more fun than playing guitar.

There is only 1 thing more fun than playing guitar: programming beats… I could do this non-stop. I just came across this song snippet on my audio drive. (click on following link) V’s Acid Jam    

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