This Post Could Make You Rich

In an earlier post, I posted David Jenyn’s, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) video producer, e-mail to me about how much time he devotes to his finished work. He e-mailed me how he infuses three hours of his time into every finished, edited minute.

Why not use this for your personal NatAblWritMon, or National Album Writing Month?

If authors everywhere are going to devote at least twenty hours over the next month to creating their masterpiece 50,000 word novel, then why can’t we do something special and create an awesome song or something?

 

So, here’s the challenge (if you’re not doing NaNoWriMo)… devote a certain amount of time each day to crafting that master song.

 

 

How You Might Use That Part of the Day Might Include

  • Improvising/Jamming Out/Freestyling with your Instrument of Choice
  • Consulting Music Theory books and sources to implement new ideas into your music
  • Mastering  a certain transition (say, from chord to chord) in your natural playing so that you can implement them in your freestyle and therefore into your song
  • Calling (and then E-mailing) your particular music idol to create your song
  • Modeling other songs to make your song… (preferably to make your song better than there’s)
  • Take drugs… for the remaining eighteen hours after you master your best-selling hit in the first two

 

If it takes an author 2 hours to crank out 5,000 words, then it means that it takes the author 20 hours (not including breaks) to crank out 50,000 words. So, with that in mind, let’s do something crazy and devote 5 hours to your music—specifically your next hit song—and continually add (or better yet, take away) components and modules with the song to make it better.

That’s about 43 minutes  a day to making this one hit song super good… or 1 hour a day if you exclude weekends. I prefer writing daily (as you’ll see on this blog).

 

Happy Songwriting! (This post could make you rich)

Trent Reznor’s “Ghosts” – An Addition to An Earlier Post

In an earlier post, I mentioned how if you consider themes with your music, you’ll dramatically improve the quality of your music. It doesn’t matter if you play like a two-year-old or a seasoned veteran.

 

Well, I’ve started listening to Trent Reznor’s Ghosts Album again lately. I used to not really care about this album until recently, due to my sudden (and rather extreme) interest in music and music publishing.

Trent Reznor says that following (which proves my point on themes):

“This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result…”

Ghost’s Home

It really transformed how I looked at his music when I noticed the corresponding slideshow as I listened to his music.

 

Consider “dressing” a scene or plot with your music. Then let me know how it changes your music.

 

 

P.S.  I commit to posting my first song within the next 30 days of this post.

Term of the Day: Work-for-Hire

If you want to make sure you kill most of your long-term royalties and deals, perform music in work-for-hire agreements.

A lot of people look around for the quick and easy buck… and then take it when the chance arises. Though, people often miss out on relatively gargantuan royalties down the line… all because they didn’t take the appropriate measures to think long-term.

Thankfully, you can avoid any long-term screwups from our hardwired desire for instant gratification if you sign up for a performing rights organization. At least ASCAP anyway. If you register with ASCAP, they’ll protect you somewhat… as long as your register your songs.

To Do List: Check out ASCAP’s Payment system and consider registering for ASCAP or BMI… then register your songs

http://www.ascap.com/members/payment/

In What Situations Do We Want to Avoid the Use of Computer Software?

A bottle of water when traversing the desert can save your life. A bottle of water when treading water in the middle of the ocean without a lifejacket does nothing for us.

 

It’s important to recognize that everything helps us in moderation. Facebook, Friendship, food, water, oxygen… we all gain the most benefit when we get “Just enough” of these things. Let’s use computer software when appropriate (i.e. mastering) and not let it clog up the process. Other components of life will help you make the music you like.

 

The two biggest places to avoid computer software, to me, includes improvisations (you can still use the in-software synth… just don’t edit as you go) and then public performances, which uses the same rules as improvisation. Etc.

 

A rule of thumb you can follow: Simply play first… just develop your music and play with your instruments. THEN go into the editing process.

This is Writing 101.

 

Improvise: Play music for X amount of time (say, ten minutes–but ideally thirty minutes to an hour).

Where Do We Go To Learn More About The Best Software on the Market Today?

Good to know where to learn about the best software, because when you access the right websites,  you’ll always stay up to date and never miss out on potentially critical updates on the software you employ in your work.

 

To learn most about the best software available, visit propellerhead.se and Youtube.com/reasonmastaa. These two sources will give you the best information on music software available today (PropellerHead really gives a super unbiased (and substantive!) description on various elements and principles incorporated in the music software! I think that they make such great software BECAUSE of how deeply they write about their software.)

Other resources include Fruity Loops’s YouTube channel. Ableton’s IN-SOFTWARE tutorial (which I appreciate and find bad-ass).

 

NeuroPlasticize: Research at ten different aspects of the software… especially from the software developer’s website and experts with their own YouTube channels.

 

About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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Why do we enjoy Reason over other software?

To save lives with the least pain and the most precision, you need the sharpest scalpel and tools available.

We enjoy Reason above the others simply because we’ve familiarized ourselves more with this technology more so than the other pieces of technology (mostly).  Otherwise, we simply know that Reason exudes a level of power much greater than Fruity Loops or Ableton, it seems.

You can probably prove me wrong, because we can do plenty with whatever resource we’ve installed on our computer (an artist will make art with charcoal and paper or a turd and a wall), but you can use a sharp scalpel to perform a triple bypass… or your unclipped fingernails. No one will stop you… except maybe the police.

 

Seriously, if you check out Reason, you’ll end up freaking out about how great it is. No one but you can figure out what software works for you.

 

Download: Download Reason from www.propellerhead.se.

 

About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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What Would Happen If You Made Your Music Better and Better… Not Perfect? (Plus: Music Theory)

This question results from a business-based home-study course titled, How to Build a Profitable Business from Scratch by Eben Pagan. You’ll find this important because he demonstrates how people ruin their ability to develop because of their perfectionistic attitudes on the world of meeting needs and building products and marketing.

If only people would focus on improvement, then people would skyrocket their ability to craft and produce beautiful, da Vinci (or Michael Jackson) level music. I say this with absolute certainty, because everything I applied this “Better and Better” method too (including music) has doubled, tripled and quadrupled in quantity quality.

 

What happened with me when I used this? With music, I now play for fifteen to fifty minutes every day at a rather advanced level (chord progressions and scale-oriented melodies in harmony with each other)–where I used to only play for ten minutes at a really crappy level.

If that’s not a shift in the quality of life and the music we create, then  I don’t know what is.

 

To proselytize yourself from the clogged cog world of perfectionism, go for “Great” by asking, “What could I do better,” instead of “Why can’t I make this perfect?”

 

Run: Ask yourself this question right now and, when you go out in the world, for whatever purpose, ask yourself this wheneveryou’ll enjoy your life about fifty times better–especially within the context of whatever you focus on.

 

About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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Why Does One Not Want To Invest The Time To Make His Music Great?

To extend the discussion of music theory from our earlier chord progression theory post, this question penetrates the reason why people relinquish one of the “liquid” (cashable) and exciting opportunities available in the human experience: Bashing an instrument to hell to make random pattern of sounds.

Now, if you don’t read this post and make yourself privy to the reasons you might not work like a dog on your music, you then chain yourself and those who surround you  to mediocrity, because simple awareness could solve these problems of yours.

 

I now type for you the reasons why an individual might not invest the time to make his music great

  • Because he creates images in his head of people frowning and ignoring him and his music; he compares everything he does with the greats instead of observing his own progress
  • Because his parents laugh at him or told him he’s “Too loud” when he’d enjoy himself and his music
  • Because he might freeze in the complexity of music and the theory involved that expresses how to relate notes to each other for the effect he wants
  • Because he attempted to perfect his music instead of making it better… and better… and better (big difference here)

To transfer the person from accruing reasons why he invests too little  time into his music to: “Why he invests too much time into his music, do the following:

  1. Figure out what he values most (done by asking, “What’s most important to you in life?”)
  2. Ask him how not playing music violates that value.
  3. Offer him a solution for how he can meet that value with music.
  4. Then continue to talk about music creation with that highest value–implicitly (i.e. just talk about the sounds and what sounds he’d make with a “Free” moment or a “Loving” memory… etc.)

Dance: Seriously, if you or someone you know invests too little time in his or your music, then get up right now, grab a sheet of paper, write down the answer to, “What’s most important to me in Life?” then finish the rest of the steps. Do this now.

 

About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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Who Can Help the Most with Music Theory and Your Music?

Any person I know who succeeded the most (such as Trent Reznor, Justin Bieber, Michael Phelps) has always allowed an outer source, or a “music mentor” of sorts,  to help guide him along his path and chip away at the diamond he is.

For you and/or I, this outer source will first compress the coal that we might be in a given area… which will give us the diamond in the rough that he can “chip” in the first place.

 

So who will help you most with music theory and compress your carbon-based self-image into a beautiful diamond in the rough? Your audience, another professional musician, a professional teacher, and/or someone who already made it big in the music business (I consider this one step above “professional musician).
To help these people help you most, observe a few things, such as: How do you physiologically change your audience when they hear your music; what do they say after you play; and what does the professional musician recommend upon hearing your music?

 

If you need to contact these “music mentors” in the first place, act on the following: e-mail VIPs constantly, always make new music, improve what you have, study your best sources of music theory, call these VIPs, visit these VIP’s in person, deliver whatever you promise, and then, finally, enjoy life.

For more information on contacting big time artists and music publishers, I highly recommend that you peruse this excerpt when leaving your voicemails or meeting them in person:

“The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it.”

No one ever bought anything on an elevator by Seth Godin

Additionally, (and I just realized that you can download for free from Tony’s website!) you might consider books such as Selling to Vito, which  =^)

Because every musician needs to learn to sell his music.

 

Action Step (Repeated for Effect): Go now and massage the kinks and flaws from your music with the help of the music mentors above with the strategy given above.

 

About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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What Theory Do We Need To Know When “Making It Big” in the Music Business?

Music Theory can make or break your music career. These guys help me validate this question, especially when it comes to chord progression theory.

 

When people recognize the power and principles contained within music theory, they can “unlock the atom” that lies within presses of the piano keys.

Before we go on here, take a moment now to visualize (or hear/feel) the size of the atom bomb… then compare that to the size of the nuclear explosion. There’s a huge disparity between that device and the effect it creates! With this you can appreciate the true potential we have in very small amounts of matter.

Most people, like me, see just stuck keyboard that they can make sounds with. Yet, I’d later discover that piano players and expert musicians look at the machine as an emotionally enhancing object, ready to explode beauty and love

It can astound you that a similar verocity, power,  resides within your music. Knowing a bit of theory (especially chord progression theory) will allow you to cut the atom to explode your musical world–the atom being your musical instrument.

 

Now consider this exercise to figure out “What Theory [You] Need to Know When “Making It Big”:

Look at your hand. Really, lift your hand up and look at it.

Now imaging your hand growing and grow, ’till it’s the size of the Earth… then the  solar system, then the universe.

What happened? Your hand disappeared.

That’s because we can’t picture (or hear, for that matter) anything without some sort of reference point, object, or sound.

Specifically with theory, though, you need to recognize that EVERYTHING lies entirely with relativity. A note does not “dissonate” without another note. You cannot create sad music and feelings (aka minor chords and scales) without other sound to compare that initial note with.

 

We can only observe contrasts. Focus on the distance between your notes when you improvise or play your songs instead of absolutes.

 

When you go out and do this right now, you’ll notice your work transform. Even if this concept seems obvious to you and you’ve familiarized yourself very much with it, still use it, then even more. Double your focus on this principle when you play your music, and your work will transform.

Even if you just play pre-made songs, then use this to actually make up your own songs… lol!

(I need to post my own improv recordings on here when I talk about music creation. You’ll enjoy the impact I’ve created ever since applying these concepts.)

 

Action Step (Repeated for Effect): Search Google for Chord Progression Theory, observe sites that that will tell you what you want to know about constructing chords and how to progress through a series of chords to attain certain effect.  After you study for about thirty minutes, go back to your keyboard and jam away (with a sheet of chords, preferably) and notice what you can do with this insight.

 

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