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

I thank you for coming by!  I hope you enjoy the content.  If you have any questions please contact me via email or on social media.

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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Open G Minor Tuning Guitar Lesson

Open G Minor Tuning Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my open G minor tuning guitar lesson.  We won’t be playing any slip n’ slide or slide guitar today but I got reason to be so slick.  Open tunings are used in Blues, often with a slide, to make certain sounds more accessible and to distinguish one guitar player from another.  Typical tunings are open A major and open G major.  We’re not going to discuss either

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FLOW 16 – Arrival (Break Beats 4)

FLOW 16 – Arrival (Break Beats 4)

Not another flow video *facepalm* I realize this flow series is not my most popular to date.  This is the last one I’ll post until I can improve it.  If you have any suggestions, let me know. I’m working on a video (series?) showing how I use my mixcube.  I’m going to set up a linear omni and create/mix a 4 bar loop.  You’ll be able to see and

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Mixcubes – 5 Hidden Features

Mixcubes – 5 Hidden Features

What if I told you that aliens lived on the back of a mixcube?  Whether you believed me or not is irrelevant because you don’t actually know what’s back there, do you?  Mixcubes 5 hidden features are what most people don’t talk about.  Keep reading to find out more. If you want to read Amazon customer reviews on the mixcube, click here. Now that I’ve shaken your view of

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Mixcubes – 16 Reasons to Buy

Mixcubes – 16 Reasons to Buy

Mixcubes are one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make. Get some mixcubes here before you make another bad mix. A studio owners need a few things: a way to record, good technique and acoustic treatment.  However, without great monitoring, none of that does any good.  Great monitoring means different things to different people.  Despite those differences, one value is a persistent constant: midrange matters.  I give you

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Sonimus Satson Plug-in Comparison Shootout

Sonimus Satson Plug-in Comparison Shootout

We all wanna be big, big stars. We got different reasons for that but I’m pretty sure we share the common fantasy of going to the studio, sitting behind the console, snorting blow while getting blown by height-challenged groupies.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Welcome to my satson plug-in comparison shootout. Regardless, that image just doesn’t seem as cool if the console was replaced with a laptop – much

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deadmau5 Masterclass Sucks?

deadmau5 Masterclass Sucks?

Some people say the deadmau5 masterclass sucks! That’s the kind of thing I’m hearing on Facebook groups regarding deadmau5′ new Masterclass.  Whether it’s expectations or attitude that’s driving that negativity, I’m not sure.  Regardless, I empathize with those sentiments a bit.  Do I think the deadmau5 masterclass sucks? I’ve been granted early access to the class which I received for my birthday.  I’m a fan of mau5′ music and

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