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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Start Off Beat – Song Writing Quick Tips 9

Start Off Beat – Song Writing Quick Tips 9

1… 2… 3… 4… The band comes in and everybody dances along.  This is what we normally expect when a song kicks off.  The chorus hits on the downbeat, the verse hits on the downbeat and everything is hunky dory.  But what if I told you that your song can start off beat?  Don’t you think that would open a whole new world of rhythmic opportunity?  Chances are, you’ve

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Song Writing Quick Tips 8 – Rhythmic Dividing

Song Writing Quick Tips 8 – Rhythmic Dividing

Let me stop you.  I know you have a song you’re working on and you want to spice up the groove.  While you’ve got a number of ways to do that, rhythmic dividing is the most straightforward.  Other techniques include using odd time signatures, funky syncopation (which is a kind of rhythmic dividing), and compound polyrhythms. If you gotta run, click here and I send you updates. Three Dragon

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Song Writing Quick Tips 7 – More Cowbell, More Backstory

Song Writing Quick Tips 7 – More Cowbell, More Backstory

If you’re anything like me, you love song lyrics.  More than ‘higher, fire, desire’, you want the story to take you somewhere.  You want to be moved, inspired, and maybe a few lyrical gymnastics.  I can guarantee you that the people who write these great songs develop their backstory.  Assemble, my flock, and let’s meditate on this antidote to triteness.  Rushing out the door?  Join the Hexie Dose Newsletter

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Song Writing Quick Tips 6 – Compose With Purpose

Song Writing Quick Tips 6 – Compose With Purpose

Music isn’t about what you hear but it’s certainly about what you feel.  All the tweaking engineers do and all the erase marks writers sweat into are for the feeling, of course.  The feeling can be either an escape or an entry point.  As a creator, you’re expected to know and foster this.  Now, you’re expected to compose with purpose. Got no time?  Join the Hexie Dose Newsletter and

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Mentoring Tips

Mentoring Tips

We all wish to be picked up by mommy at some point.  Once the realities of her drinking habits met with unresolved daddy conflicts kick in, you learn self-efficacy.  That’s what you want, at least.  Sadly, we don’t become badasses overnight.  This leads us to search for mentoring so let me share with you my mentoring tips. If you don’t have time to read this now, join the Hexie

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Song Writing Quick Tips 5 – Evaluating Work

Song Writing Quick Tips 5 – Evaluating Work

There’s no doubt that people have made great music, movies, and other art.  The problem is when you want to make great stuff but you think you’re already great.  Sometimes you need a hard reality slap to realize that you need to be evaluating your work.  Let’s talk about that. If you’re strapped for time then join the Hexie Dose Newsletter and I’ll send you free updates.  The Work

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Edit Later – Song Writing Quick Tips 3

Edit Later – Song Writing Quick Tips 3

I once had a writing session with a younger dude.  He seemed like the fiery type, as redheads often are.  Dropping his car keys on my newly purchased desk, he asked for some time.  “Sure man, no problem.  Let’s start writing and see what we come up with.”  Pencils scribbling, as homoerotic as that might sound, I’d eventually satisfied myself – with my writing, mind you – and asked

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Organize – Song Writing Quick Tips 2

Organize – Song Writing Quick Tips 2

If you don’t have a story of losing your data or having it stolen then you know someone who does.  Have you ever found the ultimate webpage, closed the tab and cleared your history only to look for it later?  Often, you won’t find this easy.  That illustrates how hard it is to keep track of your data.  All these problems can be solved if you organize your computer’s

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Hit Record – Song Writing Quick Tips 1

Hit Record – Song Writing Quick Tips 1

I’m sure you can remember your last phantom opera. Yes, the one you forgot as soon as you woke up. Why didn’t you write it down? What stopped you from recording its final strains with your morning breath and groggy voice? I’ll tell you what happened – you didn’t read this article yet. Oh yeah, and you forgot to hit record. Let’s make sure that never happens again, shall

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Diphthongs Are Vowels

Diphthongs Are Vowels I can’t believe how much hate I’ve gotten over my two-weeks-old video on Rhyme Vowels.  Not only have I been indirectly accused of stealing from Pat Pattison but I’ve been directly insulted.  This is strange to me because I’m just trying to help.  Yes, I’m also trying to pump out content to save up for my Lamborghini.  Still, no one should have to endure this level

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