Category Archives: Tutorials

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I dedicated the tutorials category of this website to music creation and other digital art like photos, video and text.

My Experience

I’ve been playing music since I was seven years old and making movies on my mom’s camcorder from when I was 12.  In high school, I took a photography class.  My photo teacher seemed to like my work so much that he helped me complete my final assignment although I was technically suspended from school.  I’ve also spent tons of time writing journals, blog posts, songs and poems.

I’ve done my best to be consistent in most of the creative areas that I practice.  Given that I’ve started these arts so long ago, there’s a lot of information to share!  I plan to deliver this wealth of knowledge in my trademark infotainment style.  That means I emphasize humor and the overall experience of learning.

Get Ready To Learn

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Drugs Help Music? – Mental Health for Musicians

Drugs Help Music? – Mental Health for Musicians

Drugs Help Music? It’s a cliche as old as music itself: the burnout musician living outside the fold.  Why is there such a strong association between creative people – musicians especially – and drug (over)use?  Research has shown that many creators have suffered harsh upbringings.  Pain is a motivator which can lead to high ambitions, complete shutdown or a visceral search for more inebriating palliatives.  Join me as I

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Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength

Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength

Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength There’s been a lot of conflicts lately.  Actually, there’s always been a lot of conflicts.  The whole history of human evolution is filled with strife, war, famine, disease, rape, and taxes.  It’s really no wonder that people turn to religion for answers.  If our leaders abuse us then who is left on our side (maybe this book has the answer)?  It’s not

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Mental Health For Musicians – iBroke (A Communications Story)

Mental Health For Musicians – iBroke (A Communications Story)

I broke my phone. I’m not proud of it but what’s done is done. It’s far better to be able to talk about how you feel. But, talk as you may, you’ve got to feel like you’re being listened to as well. A Communication Breakdown can lead to to broken phones and other mishaps. Watch the video and don’t let it be you.  When you’re done, please subscribe for

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Mental Health For Musicians – Green, Yellow and Red Zones

Mental Health For Musicians – Green, Yellow and Red Zones

ROAD RAGE! As musicians we’re all sensitive people with so much to give. Understand me, Sugar. For real though.  We need to chill.  Enough of this 27 Club. Enough of swinging from a noose. In this video I describe a model of mental states that might help you NOT become the next headline. Actually, let’s be honest – you won’t become that headline unless you’re famous. So, let’s make

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Mental Health For Musicians – Intro

Mental Health For Musicians – Intro

Welcome to more chill “You’re crazy…and that’s where I come in.”  That should be my new pickup line.  It’s not, though.  What it is is the mental health for musicians intro to a new video series intended to help musicians overcome  challenges. I plan to fill a playlist with videos containing, tips, tricks, techniques, strategies and tactics for making it through the tough times.  Check out the other related

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How To K-System

How To K-System

Hey guys.  I just want to make a quick post reflecting the content of this video about the K-system.   Essentially, the K-system has been blown way out of proportion in terms of it’s complexity. It is nothing more than simply using pink noise to set your room’s volume level. Pink noise approximates music but without dynamics. You’ll need an SPL meter, any pink noise file, a RMS or

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How How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 3

How How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 3

Fellow songwriters – it’s time to unpack your baggage! Welcome to the third installment of Escaping From Second Verse Hell.  Check parts one and two to get up to speed.  This week we’re going to deal with the problem that happens when you don’t give enough detail.  If you’re more of the Cliff’s Notes-type writer then this week’s info is for you. This tip is not in Pat Pattison’s

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How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 2

How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 2

Writing songs can leave you with a trapped feeling.  Often you’re alone with no one to ask for assistance.  It’s like being an elderly person who has fallen and whose Life Alert has just run out of batteries.  This claustrophobic feeling is like being in a box. Wait a minute.  We’re going to talk about boxes today!  Damn, I’m getting good at writing these intros. Hey everyone.  Welcome back

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How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 1

How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 1

Second verse – a curse worse than a burnt MRSA in your bursa? In his book, Writing Better Lyrics, Pat Pattison says that one of the biggest challenges songwriters face is the second verse curse.  This could apply to any creative person whose art uses time: filmmakers, authors, instrumentalists and others.  I want to explore some of his ideas in one place so we can fix this disease once and for

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5 Reasons To Pick One Musical Key

5 Reasons To Pick One Musical Key

Depending on your level of involvement with music, you’ve at least heard about musical keys.  I don’t mean your piano.  Also I don’t mean the makeshift percussion in your pocket (or are you just happy to see me).  We’re talking about the restful sound of the (typically) last note or chord played in a song.  That peaceful ending called the resolution.  You’ve got to pick one musical key. Too

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