Beatles songs didn’t magically spring into being overnight.
We spoke with Scott Freiman, the creator of Deconstructing the Beatles, a series of uniquely revealing multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Beatles. We discuss the elements that made The Beatles so unusually able to consistently write incredible songs that have stood the test of time.
Scott has fantastic insight and there’s a ton to learn here for song writers, composers and for musicians and music fans as well.
Enjoy these instructive and inspiring ideas that will benefit your own music making and listening.
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Are you ready to go deep in pursuit of musical genius?
One particular way of creating music has grown exponentially in recent years: digital sampling. Now any sounds in your environment—from animal noises, city ambience, to hardware gear and beyond—are available for music making. All for the sake of coming up with new textures and musical variety in your songs.
Let’s take a look into some iconic examples of this technique.
🎶As a musician, it’s absolutely crucial to have a firm understanding of the basics of rhythm, at the very least.
But once you’ve grasped the basics, what next? Try these techniques and suggestions to hone your sense of rhythm.
Do you want to become a more confident and capable singer?
The Musical U team rewinds to past guest experts as we explore singing. Jump in to this episode for some practical tips to boost your singing practice.
Compressors, limiters, single band, multi band, soft knee, hard knee, ratios, attack, release… on and on and on.
These terms sound more like medical tools/procedures used in gastrointestinal bypass surgeries! Despite some of their more gruesome sounding names, these are all terms related to, and describing dynamics – and dynamics control in audio.
Let’s define a few items of interest.
Have you wondered if you have an instinct for music, or worried that you don’t?🎶
What if all the seemingly-natural skills of music like playing by ear, improvising, singing in tune, collaborating with others – could be yours. Not by learning them but by simply connecting with a natural musician that’s already inside you.
In this episode we explain how you can know whether you have an “inner natural” and how to tap into it to unlock these skills for yourself.
👂🏽If you want to write great music you must get really good at listening.
The terms tone, timbre, and texture, all refer to how music sounds, and are sometimes used interchangeably. However as we tease out distinct definitions for each term, we will begin to hear so much more in every piece of music we encounter.
Take the next step and apply the principles of active listening to each one of the “Three T’s” and new musical vistas will unfold before your very ears!
💕🎶Would you love to go beyond sheet music and truly play from the heart?
We were joined by Sarah Jeffery, host of “Team Recorder”, the top YouTube channel for recorder players. Sarah creates wonderful tutorial videos and although her target viewer is the adult recorder player, so much of what she teaches is rich in musicality and relevant across any instrument.
We talk about the big difference it makes to play music by heart rather than from sheet music, and Sarah gives some wonderful advice for helping you memorize and perform music.
If you’d love to feel more free and empowered with your music making, don’t miss this episode!
🎶What makes the world’s top musicians so great?
We were thrilled to talk with Scott Devine, the man behind Scott’s Bass Lessons, the #1 website for learning bass guitar. Scott has interviewed, and studied with dozens upon dozens of the world’s top bassists and musicians. He learned that these elite players have one thing in common – and (spoiler alert) it’s not “talent”.
Watch the full episode to find out more.
🎶Did you know that your own singing voice can be a powerful therapeutic tool?
Whether you consider yourself a singer or not, gaining control and connecting with your voice can help you work through deep emotional transformation.
Learn more in this free lesson.