Songwriting

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Here is a friendly but knowledgeable guide to writing songs.

Learn about key song traits, common structural elements, the many possible sources of inspiration, the musically technical parts of songwriting and finish a practical strategy that you can follow.

Here is a wealth of real information that you can acquire and use in your own songwriting efforts.

 

Improvisation

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This article on Improvisation offers a detailed guide to creating technically sound, aesthetically interesting and satisfying musical improvisations.

It offers many possible actions that you can take when improvising.

After first exploring the simpler options, the more advanced approaches are presented.

Learn from the wealth of musical detail provided and truly gain a sound footing when it comes to your own unique improv.

 

Then, , beginning with an overall plan to design your improvisation.

Following, the individual categories of notes, intervals, scales and chords and their interrelations are each separately examined, with many specific actions suggested.

with useful definitions and supporting detail .

 

Songbook Emergence for Piano

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Emergence, arranged for piano, contains nine original songs, all of a contemporary nature.

It is the first of this series of songbooks, originally developed for use by my students.  As with the other books, it has been arranged so as to provide novel, musically appealing and technically challenging material for them to play.

Early Intermediate/Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs herein.  There is, by intent, some increase in complexity and difficulty as you advance through the book.

The songs have been uniformly well received and enjoyed by those that have had an opportunity to learn to play them.

Songbook Emergence for Guitar

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Emergence, arranged for guitar, contains nine original songs, all of a contemporary nature.

It is the first of this series of songbooks, originally developed for use by my students.  As with the other books, it has been arranged so as to provide novel, musically appealing and technically challenging material for them to play.

Advanced Beginner/Early Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs herein.  There is, by intent, some increase in complexity and difficulty as you advance through the book.

The songs have been uniformly well received and enjoyed by those that have had an opportunity to learn to play them.

Songbook Emergence for Violin

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Emergence, arranged for violin, contains nine original songs, of a contemporary nature.

It is the first of this series of songbooks, originally developed for use by my students.  As with the other books, it has been arranged so as to provide novel, musically appealing and technically challenging material for them to play.

Advanced Beginner/Early Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs herein.  There is, by intent, some increase in complexity and difficulty as you advance through the book.

The songs have been uniformly well received and enjoyed by those that have had an opportunity to learn to play them.

Songbook Emergence for Mandolin

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Emergence, arranged for mandolin, contains nine original songs, of a contemporary nature.

It is the first of this series of songbooks, originally developed for use by my students.  As with the other books, it has been arranged so as to provide novel, musically appealing and technically challenging material for them to play.

Advanced Beginner/Early Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs herein.  There is, by intent, some increase in complexity and difficulty as you advance through the book.

The songs have been uniformly well received and enjoyed by those that have had an opportunity to learn to play them.

Songbook Emergence for Banjo

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Emergence, arranged for banjo, contains nine original songs, of a contemporary nature.

It is the first of this series of songbooks, originally developed for use by my students.  As with the other books, it has been arranged so as to provide novel, musically appealing and technically challenging material for them to play.

Advanced Beginner/Early Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs herein.  There is, by intent, some increase in complexity and difficulty as you advance through the book.

The songs have been uniformly well received and enjoyed by those that have had an opportunity to learn to play them.

Songbook Discovery for Piano

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Discovery, arranged for piano, contains an additional nine songs, again all original and of a contemporary nature.

It is the second of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence, the first of the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs within.  Here as well, complexity and challenge increase through the book.  And, as you would expect, the overall level of arrangements is somewhat more advanced.

Its songs too have been uniformly well received by those that have played them.

Songbook Discovery for Guitar

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Discovery, arranged for guitar, contains an additional nine songs, again all original and of a contemporary nature.

It is the second of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence, the first of the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs within.  Here as well, complexity and challenge increase through the book.  And, as you would expect, the overall level of arrangements is somewhat more advanced.

Its songs too have been uniformly well received by those that have played them.

 

Songbook Discovery for Violin

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Discovery, arranged for violin, contains an additional nine songs, again all original and of a contemporary nature.

It is the second of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence, the first of the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs within.  Here as well, complexity and challenge increase through the book.  And, as you would expect, the overall level of arrangements is somewhat more advanced.

Its songs too have been uniformly well received by those that have played them.

 

Songbook Discovery for Mandolin

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Discovery, arranged for mandolin, contains an additional nine songs, again all original and of a contemporary nature.

It is the second of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence, the first of the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs within.  Here as well, complexity and challenge increase through the book.  And, as you would expect, the overall level of arrangements is somewhat more advanced.

Its songs too have been uniformly well received by those that have played them.

 

Songbook Discovery for Banjo

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Discovery, arranged for mandolin, contains an additional nine songs, again all original and of a contemporary nature.

It is the second of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence, the first of the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate level students should be able to play the songs within.  Here as well, complexity and challenge increase through the book.  And, as you would expect, the overall level of arrangements is somewhat more advanced.

Its songs too have been uniformly well received by those that have played them.

 

Songbook Reflections for Piano

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Reflections, arranged for piano, contains yet another nine songs, again all original and contemporary in nature.

It is the third of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence and Discovery, the earlier books in the series.

Intermediate/Early Advanced level students should be able to play the songs within. In this book, complexity and challenge vary through the book, as does its overall level of arrangements.

Its songs are consistently popular with those familiar with them.

 

Songbook Reflections for Guitar

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Reflections, arranged for guitar, contains yet another nine songs, again all original and contemporary in nature.

It is the third of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence and Discovery, the earlier books in the series.

Intermediate/Early Advanced level students should be able to play the songs within. In this book, complexity and challenge vary through the book, as does its overall level of arrangements.

Its songs are consistently popular with those familiar with them.

 

 

Songbook Reflections for Violin

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Reflections, arranged for violin, contains yet another nine songs, again all original and contemporary in nature.

It is the third of this series of songbooks.  It continues and advances the attitude present in Emergence and Discovery, the earlier books in the series.

Intermediate/Early Advanced level students should be able to play the songs within. In this book, complexity and challenge vary through the book, as does its overall level of arrangements.

Its songs are consistently popular with those familiar with them.