Songwriting Basics in Very Practical Terms

Article + Video combos I made for Higher Hz covering the basics of Songwriting, Composing, and Mixing. There are a lot of other videos on the Higher Hz YouTube as well, mostly product reviews, with a lot of training embedded. Songwriting: Basics of Harmony - music theory https://youtu.be/01Tm2sGeIbI Article: What are chord progressions? Music theory … Continue reading Songwriting Basics in Very Practical Terms

Why if you are trying to Mix It Yourself, you are probably doing it wrong

The definition of a broken mix is: A mix that does not help people to get into the Scene & Story of your Song Day after day I see people deciding to mix their own songs & albums. Commonly the reasons given are around price and the "importance" of the project. I understand, I do. … Continue reading Why if you are trying to Mix It Yourself, you are probably doing it wrong

Criticism is your Friend – the role of criticism in teaching

The Overture from Pigdom Come I gave some well-structured and well-intended professional advice recently in a place where people claim they are reaching for success in their music. The person had done some decent work but they had also done two things that while kinda ok today, would damage their chances of success down the … Continue reading Criticism is your Friend – the role of criticism in teaching

Marketing Indie Music – how to avoid failing before you even start

This question is pretty typical in group after group: I want to share my music with the world, and believe it to be capable of breaking many barriers...But I lack the ability to find the right avenues in which to get it out there... The answers I give are commonly something like: What are you … Continue reading Marketing Indie Music – how to avoid failing before you even start

Basic Ideas in Making It in Music

People send me messages, asking for the secret to success in music. I give answers based around the four pillars below. "Does anyone wanna collaborate on a song as well as I’m looking for a producer or record label that’s looking for new artists" "I'm trying to be a rapper....any advice?" There are answers but … Continue reading Basic Ideas in Making It in Music

Audio Restoration – Getting Recordings to Work

omelet In groups on Facebook & places like Upwork, it is really common to see people who have made recordings that have not turned out as expected and hope to somehow transition from a problematic recording to something "perfect". Sometimes this is very doable, sometimes not. It all depends on the raw recording. Now before … Continue reading Audio Restoration – Getting Recordings to Work

Putting Flow into your piece – the missing Pro-Tip

All over the internet, there are people offering one essential (click-bait) Pro Tip after another. If you just do this (often silly) thing, your music will suddenly become Pro. Interestingly one of the things often not mentioned in this flow of material is the concept of Flow. If a thing flows, it feels organic, real, … Continue reading Putting Flow into your piece – the missing Pro-Tip