“Get your Song Write” by Anthony Little, Jennifer Day Morrison and Truefire.com

Get your Song Write” by Anthony Little, Jennifer Day Morrison and Truefire.com

 

Have you ever written a song, compared it to one of the hits that you hear on the radio every day and wondered what that hit song contains that your song may be missing? Well, today we’ve got a brand-new course on Truefire.com for you that delves into songwriting or rather how to “Get Your Song Write”… uh right.

Get Your Song Write” is part of Truefire’s foundry courses that are all independently-produced courses by some selected educators. In this case, it is Anthony Little, award-winning producer and songwriter, as well as Jennifer Day Morrison, better known as Jennifer Day, an amazingly talented singer from the U.S.

During the course of those 38 video lessons that span a length of almost 2,5 hours, you are provided with a complete and analytical approach to song writing. The two songs that serve as an example are “Firefighter” and “Mr. Moon (Take it Away)”. Whether you are a complete beginner or already familiar with song writing terminology, in this course you are going to learn the very basics up until secret formulas that will teach you contemporary songwriting techniques.

You start by defining the different parts that form a song and what their specific function is. You learn about when to use certain section and how to avoid typical mistakes by following the proven methods of a high-class producer such as Anthony Little. Learn what it takes to write hit songs nowadays and how to refine your already written songs so you can give them that small something they might have been missing so far.

Get to know why rhythm is so vital for the success of a song, and by rhythm I don’t necessarily mean the pure musical rhythm when you play a piece. Rhythm can be more. It comprises patterns that we all have grown accustomed to over the years, listening to the radio every day and absorbing those patterns that build our musical culture. Learn how top producers use these patterns to create great songs that stick for a long time.

However, this course goes beyond the basic structure of a song. You are also going to learn how important lyric is and how vital it is for your song to choose your words wisely. Be a painter and paint a picture that tells a story with words and your music.

Once you know which story to tell, you need good transitioning tools that are supported by other rhythm or melody. All these components make a good song. All these components form a well-rounded, complete song that is certain to stick with your audience and convey your story and the emotions you link with your story. Be creative, be productive and be successful by following the secret formula of the current industry.

The videos are accompanied by .pdf files that summarize the explained content. The files also give you a basic scheme to practice what you have learnt in your courses.

 

Conclusion

Despite some minor flaws in production, the content that is presented here is of an extremely high value to everyone who is serious about songwriting. You are getting taught what to look at and what variables equal contemporary hit songs. I very much liked the course and enjoyed following it. Definitely recommended! Get ignited in your songwriting career!

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

www.meridirhproductions.com – ‘cause music matters

This course was kindly provided by Truefire.com for review purposes.

 

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“Snow Falls Softly at Night” – Percussive Fingerstyle Cover | Easy Intermediate Level

Hey everyone,

here’s a new video for you! It is a very short one, featuring a technique and style that I want to learn in 2018! It is inspired by Tobias Rauscher, an amazingly talented and gifted guitar player from Berlin, Germany.

He became famous for his percussive fingerstyle playing and that’s something that I want to get into as well! Those are my baby steps in that direction. It is very challenging keeping the rhythm and keeping time while switching hand positions and playing on other parts of the guitar.

That is something that I have to work on hard from now on. I hope you like it. For the rest of 2017, I’ve still got plenty of songs that I want to record. Most notably all the themes that I chose for this particular level.

But for now, please enjoy this short video on “Snow Falls Softly at Night”.

 

Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard and Truefire.com

Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard and Truefire.com

 

Author:                                  Andrew Leonard

Genre:                                    Classical

Level:                                     Beginner | Late Beginner | Intermediate | Late-Intermediate|

Advanced

Features:                                8 Tabs (.pdf)

Lessons:                                 86 Video Lessons (3 hours and 56 minutes)

 

Today, I am going to discuss a course for those interested in getting started in classical music on the guitar. “Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz and Rock Player” by Andrew Leonard and Truefire.com is meant to introduce you to the techniques and pieces that are associated with the classical guitar. It is meant to be a transitioning course for those of you who never touched the classical genre and those who come from the realms of rock, blues or jazz.

The course is divided into two sections. Starting out with an introductory section in which you are getting briefed on the basics of classical guitar playing such as posture, gadgets as well as playing technique, you are going to get an initial impression of what to expect when you decide to study this particular musical genre. The instructor takes his time to ensure that everything you need to know in terms of preparations and proper posture is covered.

The second part of the course consists of a selection of themes or excerpts of famous classical pieces that serve as appetizer for you. In this section, you see the themes being performed by the instructor as well as broken down by him step by step, teaching you exactly how to play it. All themes are accompanied by notation/tabs that allow you to either print the sheet music for your own studies, download it on your smartphone or laptop or simply play along as you play yourself through the course. This section serves as a source of reference and something you can play around with.

Let’s have a look at the pieces or themes that you are going to learn following this course. The selection comprises 7 themes that were taken from well-known classical pieces that could be arguably be called essentials of the classical repertoire for a guitar player. You are going to be taught two signature pieces of the Classical Guitar that is usually associated with the Spanish Guitar, namely  Malagueña a classical riff, if you wish, and Spanish Romance.

Furthermore, you are getting introduced to several high-classed composers that are usually connected with the classical guitar, such as Isaac Albéniz (Leyenda) and Francisco Tarréga (Lagrima). Those two composers are amongst my personal favorite ones on the guitar. Their pieces are very challenging but also very rewarding. Studying the classical guitar means having to deal with those two composers and their legendary pieces.

Classical guitar, however, is not just about Spanish composers, which is why you are also going to get introduced to other famous people that contributed hugely to the development of the guitar as a mainstream instrument of the 20th century and beyond.

With Mauro Giuliani’s Le Papillon (Op. 50 No. 13) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bourrée in Em as well as a famous theme of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Fernando Sor, you get to know famous composers from Italy and Germany that are probably the most famous names associated with classical music.

This collection of themes and pieces are a great starting point to get introduced to the classical genre on the guitar. You have a pretty broad repertoire that you can play around with and see if that style truly suits you. You get briefed in music history as well as different styles that all contribute to what is regarded as a timeless era of music and particularly the guitar.

All lessons are broken down into several sections so you can practice small chunks at first until you get the whole piece correct. The demonstration is clearly visible, the audio quality decent and the provided .pdf charts help a lot in following the lessons and play the pieces on your own without the need to constantly follow the videos.

The only topic that I have been missing throughout the course was a lecture on how to sight read with some basic examples, but that may be too much for an introductory course as this represents a major skill in general.

Let’s conclude my impression of Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard, produced for Truefire.com. If you are trying to get in touch with a historically and musically rich genre, no matter what your current skill level is, wanting to receive an overview of important names, styles and pieces associated with that genre, then you have come to the right place. This course is meant as an introduction to classical music on the guitar, nothing more.

Don’t expect a full-fleshed course that will make you a superstar on the classical guitar. This course gives you an overview, that’s what it is meant to do, and it does so in a very interesting way. It might be the first step of your career as a classical guitarist!

 

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

www.meridirhproductions.com – ‘cause music matters

This course was kindly provided by Truefire.com for the purpose of a review.

 

 

 

 

Nutcracker March | Tchaikovsky | Easy Beginner Theme | Classical Fingerstyle Guitar

Hey everyone,

 

here’s my arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s classical theme of the “Nutcracker March”! 🙂 It should suit beginning classical guitar players very well and it is a fun piece to play! I hope you’ll enjoy it! Tell me in the comment below if you liked it.

 

Once I transcribed this arrangement I am going to release the sheet music for free here on my website!

Stay tuned,

 

Lukas

 

 

 

Tschaikovsky’s March Slave Theme | Intermediate Fingerstyle Arrangement by Lukas Wedrychowski| Free Tabs / Notation Download

Hey everyone,

 

here’s my arrangement of Tschaikovsky’s “March Slave”. It is meant to be an arrangement for the intermediate player or maybe “late-beginner”, as it includes harmonics and some more advanced techniques such as slides (from a beginner’s perspective).

I hope you enjoy this version of it. Please, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel as well as sharing my videos on your socials and giving my videos a thumb up if you liked it! This helps me out a lot as I am still growing!

Thank you so much!

 

I wish you an amazing day,

Lukas

 

Click the link below to download the arrangement.

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – March Slave – Intermdiate Theme

#ProgressLog | My plans for September

Hey everyone,

it’s already september and we’re nearing 2018! Amazing how time passes by. I wanted to let you know my plans for September, the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017.

However, I first have to make an announcement! We reached over 2000 <—– (!!!!!!!!) views on my guitar progress video! I never expected anything like that (!!!!!!!). I’m so super happy that so many people clicked and viewed the video. What strikes me most, however, are the beautiful comments that you guys left below the video! I read all of them and I tried to answer all of them! Thank you so much for your lovely comments! You are an amazing community! I’ll do all I can do keep up my progress if it really inspires some of you! That’s the least I can do for all the great feedback I received from you guys! Thank you so so much!

As you may have noticed, I wasn’t able to write much the last month. This is due to my stay in England. I am going to spend September in England and improve upon my language skills and do the intercultural project that is compulsory for my study.

However, the family that I will be with throughout September does have some instruments at home, so I am able to practice a bit. Since I won’t be able to take all my studies with me, I am mainly going to use that remaining time in England to write new pieces!

The goal is to capture my impressions in that pieces and at the same time incorporate the techniques that I have know accquired over the last 1,5 years. I’ll make sure to post a video from time to time, showing you my progress! In case I fail to do so, be excited to see some of my new songs!

 

Beside that I want to reveal to you what I have planned for the remaining 4th quarter of 2017. The main goal on all my instruments is to reach the next level:

Guitar -> Intermediate

Piano -> Intermediate

Violin -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate
Ocarina -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate

Cajón -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate

 

For that purpose I want to finish the songs that I set myself as a goal for this year. Those songs/pieces are:

 

Guitar:

  1. Spanish Romance / Romanza  (the reason why I started out on the guitar and particularly classical guitar)

2. Carulli: Waltz in Em

3. Tschaikovsky: Nutcracker Theme

4. Dvorak: New World Theme

5. Haydn: Surprise Theme

6. Strauss: The Blue Danube

7. Silent Night (fingerstyle version by Gareth Evans)

 

Piano:

1. La-La-Land “City of Stars” accomp.

2. He’s a Pirate

3. Für Elise

4. Prelude in C (Bach)

5. Greensleeves

 

Violin:

1. He’s a Pirate

2. Hallelujah

3. Oh Christmas Tree

4. Mad World

5. La Claire de la Lune

 

Ocarina:

1. Silent Night

2. Ode to Joy

3. He’s a Pirate

4. Greensleeves

 

 

 

 

As you can see, a lot of those songs are themed for christmas, as it is approaching. Those pieces are mostly “easy” to play and also pieces that I wanted to play for a very long time.

Once I finish them I am going to attempt higher level arrangements and hopefully leave the “beginner level” 🙂  I’m so excited to see if I can achieve this!

 

Please keep sharing my videos and also keep liking them as it helps a lot to know what videos you guys are interested in! 🙂 Thank you !

 

 

Lukas

“Will of the unknown” – Free Tabs Download

Hey there,

 

now that my video has reached quite a lot of people I wanted to share with you the tabs for the piece. However, keep in mind that I am a beginner when it comes to transcribing. So the tabs right now are kind of a mess. However, I am planning to release an updated version of it around the end of this year / beginning of next year.

 

So stay tuned and so far have fun working your way through this version.

This was the first tune I worked on for my proposal! 🙂 It’s officially the first piece out of seven original ones that were meant to be a gift and a hidden message to my girlfriend. All the titles, their very first words/syllables, form the question (in german): “Will you marry me?”

 

Click the Download link below:  (WARNING: keep in mind that this is the first transcription I ever did, it isn’t that good and I plan on releasing a new version soon!!!)

Will of the unknown x

 

 

 

Stay tuned,

 

Lukas