Monday, March 16, 2015

Easy Improved Vocal Tracks ... by DianaDee Osborne

MARCH 16, 2015
I'm going back in time... finding songs I recorded
years ago, and gradually re-recording vocals for songs where my voice was rather weak,
or I'd made some mistakes that I never remembered to
"GO AND FIX" since I record a 5-year average of 
60 songs per year....

I'm finding that since I have not practiced and practiced recently, as I did then,
that there are often "NO  CLUES IN THE MUSIC" for when to come in for 
verses or the chorus or bridge. Thus... I  GET  LOST  when recording to just the music.

  1.  Listen a few times to your old vocal track,  and mark the music where you'd sung the wrong words (or those you're now changing), or got off the beat.

  2.  Create a new vocal track.  Sing WITH the original vocal,   with your now stronger voice.
However: The wrong timing or different words might throw you off.
     That's OK!!  Just do the right timing and words as best you can.

  3.  Create a 3rd vocal track.  Sing WITH the NEW vocal,    having muted the original vocal track. 
Because your 2nd vocal was so much better  (and because you've had an excellent practice!)
        This 3rd track will be SO much better! Right in time with the original music.
             And of course you can always do a 4th, 5th track 
with or without the earlier vocal track that may no longer be needed.

  4.  Now just delete all of your old vocal tracks,  Of course: for FUN,
you might want to keep the original just so you can
keep enjoying the reminder of how much
you've improved over the years!
Fun memories of how NERVOUS you were in your
early years of recording vocal tracks!

Much joy to you in growing your music! - DdO:)
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Avoiding Blah Tunes .... by DianaDee Osborne

       An old game show "Name that Tune" tested people's ability to remember old songs. Another game show could be "Name that BAND." Musicians tend to have favorite chords and progressions and sound mix textures.

If you want to bring amazing FRESHNESS into your songs,
Don't just start a song with a melody:
   STOP.... LISTEN... Not just a cliche:

Go outdoors and listen to sounds:
The birds, the wind in the trees, traffic noise, the overhead jets...
       the cadence of people talking and  laughing.
Go indoors and listen:  Washing machine swirling, the fan's spin,
the undulation waves of the refrigerator motor....

Drum out beats with your hand on any surface-- from your lap (low beat) to
crunchy leaves.
Sometimes REST awhile in the percussion of the
world around you.... and wait for the melody
      to come into your head.

Combinatoric Waves Peace
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Ocean waves were crashing against a pointed rock barrier, coming from two directions. One day I noticed something “different” in the sound as I stood by the water at dawn. I closed my eyes... listened... realized that 
 to my left, the water was like the usual 4/4 time   with a heavy hit on the rocks as “Count 1” and a lighter hit on “count 3” and then repeating the pattern at the end of each 4 counts.

BUT -- on my RIGHT side, the water took longer between “count 3” and the heavy  repeat on Count 1. 
The Music of the Water was in 5/4 time as it hit the rock barrier at a different angle.
I charted out what I heard in the sand, and later created a spreadsheet to study my observation. After talking with a couple of mathematicians, I learned that the word for this combination of two different series is “Combinatoric”.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

End Songwriting Jams with Jams ... by DianaDee Osborne

When your ideas are blocked, invite some music friends.
Using a voice recorder if away from a music recording studio:
Take turns playing "anything".   Easiest if you pick a MINOR key...
Out of 12 notes, all but 11 will fit
      (the 12th being the flatted third that would turn it into a major key) -
AND other notes like 7th chords can add a blues or jazz or grunge rock feel!

Two basic EASY methods:
1. One person plays for about 3 minutes. Then the others play their instruments
to do fills. SURE- some things won't work!
But OH, the creativity that can come out of the pieces that do!
And it's so much fun to laugh at how HORRIBLE some experiments are!

2. Each person takes turn being the lead, with the others playing fills --
In Jazz Jams, the person who will lead often quickly pats their head :)

Feed the recorded music into your computer program and edit pieces you really like,
building new pieces around them.

Much joy to you in growing your music!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JOY of Pseudo Rhymes in Songs ... by DianaDee Osborne

We learned it around 3rd grade:
           Make your poem rhyme,  above all.
We kept remembering it after high school:
           When writing songs, make the lyrics rhyme, above all.

EXCITING NEWS!  You don't have to make true rhymes in songs!
No more struggles to rhyme the next song line with 
               "The /  orange flow- er /  bulb _ _ / ....
Pseudo rhymes work fine in songs especially...
     the music helps to obscure the lack of perfect rhyme.

So in the above example, your 3/4 time song can continue,
               "The /  orange flow- er /  bulb _ had /
                           the wrong la-   /  bel,  __ so
                           in the spring    /  it bloomed  hot
                           pink."  __  __  /  __  __  __    :)     
 obviously a humor song!                    

Much joy to you in growing your music!
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Way to Make Your Own Song Melody Loops

This hint is for those who use a home studio...

1.  Sit at your keyboard or whatever instrument you use to record music
into your computer. Bring up your program and in a new file, create a track.

2. Hit Record and "Just Play" -- With a metronome / click track, to keep in time.

3.  Make all the notes "quantized" -- see my GARAGEBand HINTS blog for instructions... to make each quarter note exactly equal 1 count, not 1-1/8th!
             Click here for blog instructions:         HOME STUDIO HINTS

4.  Divide into sets measures, in places where you change to a new chord or pattern.
Be sure that "Snap to Grid" is on     (see blog if needed), 
and that you divide measures in front of Count 1 for each measure.

5.  For each section of chords or patterns:   Make a new track for each
division (Step 4) by creating a DUPLICATE TRACK.

6.  Move each section onto its own individual track. I like to label the tracks, such as  
F# minor riff   for one section,  A major riff     for another...

7.  "Play dominoes" -- In a NEW TRACK, start randomly 
copying pieces, sometimes duplicating them so melodies repeat.
Delete what you don't like, add more that you do.
Then, after you have a basic music track of what you like:

8.  Add any fills in between pieces -- whatever you like...
Flute or violin, bass...  Just have fun! It's called  PLAY music!

HINTS FOR ABOVE STEPS, to go directly to my blog:
"Why won't that STUPID Track Split Right???"  --    CLICK  HERE   :}

"ENHANCE TIMING HINT 2"  --                               CLICK  HERE   :}
Much joy to you in growing your music!
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sometimes Smush Song Syllables

Sometimes you need to spread out syllables
in your song lyrics  so that you can enunciate well at the tempo.
But sometimes you need to smush syllables together.
Long time spaces between  syllables -- especially in  slow song --
might give the song listener a few moments to reach a
    wrong guess    about what the next word will be....
       and like in conversations,  we do often "fill in the blank" and
       ANTICIPATE (Guess)  what the next song WORD might be -- 
              with the extra clue that it probably rhymes! -- then we should
be sure to    make those syllables closer together in time.     

Since it's hard to explain the very important concept, here's an example
for a rather slow 4/4 time prayer song to God 
                             (Psalm 119 LLW 33 He - on my website ):
Each syllable is a quarter note for a steady pace:
In - cline  my heart to Your Word. __
I'd   be    self- ish   with- out You. __

As the singer slowly shares the message of the last line,
the listener has time to "fill in the blanks" with some phrase like
I'd   be    self- ish  with  the  LORD   (rhymes with line 1).

Obviously that concept does not match what's in the Bible.
Easy quick fix:   Sing the words "selfish" and "without"
         as 1/8th notes  instead of steady quarter notes:
In - cline  my heart to Your Word. __
I'd   be  (self- ish) __ (with- out) __  You. __

That also gives an energy to the slow song... and
a  dramatic pause that emphasizes each key word.

Much joy to you in calculating strategies into the lyrics for your music!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Busy Songs To Avoid... by DianaDee Osborne

How do you get all of your message into one song?
It's a big temptation to try to do.
After all, your goal is probably more than money as a songwriter.
You're an intelligent person with lots of ideas.
NO one thinks exactly as you.  So ....  how do you
       share all your ideas  in your own unique song?

Probably, you can't.  But hey, this is good news!
          It just means you get to write a 2nd (or etc.) song!

Hint... not from an "expert" but from a fellow musician with some experience.  There are over 300 full samples that you can hear at no cost at my website (click on link below).
EXAMPLES   at      (link)      
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LO  AND  BEHOLD  BLESSINGS      Click here for lyrics

I began this gospel style fusion rock song planning to use the following pattern:
   Verse 1:      This Morning I woke up, Put my feet....   [what happened]
   Verse 2:      This Afternoon, I ....  [what happened]
   Verse 3:      This Evening, I .....    [what happened]

But what I found was that many things fit into morning activities that could have been perceived as blessings -- too many to fit into a single verse.
And two verses per time period?  No, a  6-verse song can annoy listeners...
          especially if each time period was followed by a chorus!

So, to avoid being too "busy", I limited this song to only
 "THIS MORNING"  for each verse.
Afternoon and Evening must wait 'til another day, another song:)
 I suggest that you too may want to avoid   "BUSY"  songs,      
       to better    share  the  HEART  OF  YOUR  MESSAGE          
                            to your  future song  listeners.                          

Much joy to you in designing art patterns  into your song lyrics! 
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