Tutorials

This page provides an index (and sense of order) for my music tutorials to help people find them better.

A Composer writes notes and Arranges them into Pieces (or Songs with a Lyricist). A Musician plays the parts. The Sound Engineer records what is played. A Producer helps find the best balance of everything to bring that piece, performance and recording to the best possible light for the intended audience. If you can do/be all of the above then go for it. If not then hire in the right specialists.

The Indie Musician's Guidebook
The Indie Musician’s Guidebook

Much of this material has been updated, upgraded & transferred to The Indie Musician’s Guidebook. By all means read on as there are some different articles in here that didn’t cross-over. When I write more articles, they are also likely to be here as I don’t plan on re-jigging the book every few weeks.

Artist Development

  1. Artist Development – A Course
  2. Lesson 0: Soundcloud, YouTube, Landr – Why Web Band Apps are doing you more damage than good and What You Can Do Instead.
  3. Lesson 1: Who Are You & What Is Your Message?
  4. Lesson 2: Making The Pitch
  5. Lesson 3: Developing Skill & Creativity
  6. Lesson 4: Revisiting Your Instrument
  7. Lesson 5: Sacrificing Your Ego To The Song
  8. Lesson 6: Letting The Song Lead
  9. Lesson 7: Finishing & Publishing the Work
  10. Lesson 8: Answering The Call
  11. Lesson 9: Bringing It All Together
  12. Lesson 10: Interview with Iron Will

Marketing

  1. The New Music Industries and How to Succeed in them – rip it up
  2. You Don’t Know Me At All – Selfish Marketing 101 – it must be love
  3. Creating an Album Release – CD or Digital – put the needle on the record
  4. How to Get It Out There – Approaching Marketing Music – I wanna be a star
  5. Build a Real World Fanbase – Block rockin’ beats
  6. Making A Music Video – Waiting for the gift of sound & vision
  7. Building Your Music Website – Feels like home
  8. Social Media – Your Extended Local Area – Boys in the Hood
  9. What to Post on Facebook – Return to Sender
  10. Segmenting – how you should do it – Slice me nice
  11. On Being Professional – turn on the red light
  12. So Why Is Everyone Ignoring ME? – me I eat dust
  13. Gas Grooves L.O.V.E – lessons in love
  14. An Unpaid Update – Money & the Muso – let us prey
  15. Should I Be Releasing Music More Often? – people of the blaze
  16. Music Shouldn’t Be Sold – The Dangerous Lie – working for the man

Business

This is a new section about the more businessy side of things. If you come here as a business person and wonder over my style. I am a musician. I don’t expect anyone to stand on Ceremony unless of course it is the Joy Division/New Order song, then you better be quiet.

  1. The Design Brief – how to Win with Freelancers – somewhere over the rainbow
  2. Opening a Door or Closing it – a look at a pair of business pitches? – I eat cannibals
  3. Life hands you an offer – what do you do with it? – openhearted
  4. Thinking Outside the Box – or Outsourcing Your Problems – killing me softly
  5. What should I be writing? – the path of least resistance
  6. Stamina in a World focused on Moving On – mind your own business
  7. What If Everything We Though We Knew Was Wrong? – making your mind up
  8. How Rappers are their own Public Enemy – and other acts are following them – no sleep ’till bedtime
  9. Handling Criticism or Advice – show me the way to st louis
  10. Hiding In Plain Sight – The Lure of Safety – through the same door
  11. Do you do your work work for FREE? Didn’t think so, so why expect it of me? – (don’t steal my) courage
  12. Upwork is for Thieves & Fools – waiting for the great leap forwards
  13. Do It Your Fucking Self – how not to establish a successful business relationship – and some “how to” as well – are “friends” electric?
  14. What is The Best? Ten Tips on Getting The Best – wide open road
  15. Communication – Building or Destroying? – how can I find a way to make you see I love you
  16. How To Reduce Credibility Really Fast? – another rainy day in new york city
  17. On Working Together – up where we belong
  18. Creators or Consumers: the New Divide – conquer on
  19. Being Told What To Do – and Tyranny – for you
  20. Adult Aspie and Work – I dub thee unforgiven
  21. Music Licensing – who owns what, where, when – put a ring on it

Composition

  1. Music Theory Simplified (and cheated) – making music
  2. Rock Is Dead – We Killed It Ourselves – no more mr nice guy
  3. Are You Making Music, or Are You Making A Noise? – time for a cool change
  4. Writing a Piece of Music – simple Theory – very basics of chord progression and chord notes
  5. Arranging a Piece of Music – simple Theory – the sense of story
  6. Turning A Loop Into A Song – complete completion theory
  7. Avoiding Avoidance – getting on with things – lay that sucker out
  8. Re-Voicing & Arranging Music – a real life example
  9. Anatomy of a Piece – Composing – lay that sucker out
  10. How Long Does it Take and Why Can’t I Do it? – time after time after time after…
  11. Good vs Bad – Fashion in Songwriting – fashion & fame; you can go your own way
  12. Good Music & How to Make It – play that funky music
  13. Honing Your Craft – let it bleed
  14. Finish The Work – and Ship It – go forth and duplicate
  15. Critics – do you love me?
  16. Give Yourself Permission to Succeed – Rock Hard
  17. Why Better Sounds won’t help make Better Music – the Mistaken Strategy – I can see for miles
  18. The trick to making your art unique and unmistakable in a sea of sameness – emotional rescue
  19. When can I start calling myself an Artist? When am I ready to start Releasing Music?
  20. In Conversation with Didi Oviatt – an Author – she’s a love blonde

Sounds

  1. Reason Synths – a quick comparison – updated May 2019
  2. Synth Oscillator Waveforms – from simple Analog Shapes to complex Digital Synthesis – shape up
  3. Understanding Sounds for your Synth, Song Arrangement & Mix – try my love
  4. My Synths/DAW sound like crap. I need new ones that are better – get a Tonto
  5. Making Organic Instruments in a DAW – we don’t need no stinking badges
  6. Reason Sound vs VST Sound – modern love is automatic
  7. Digital Synthesis – a Rundown – fairies wear boots
  8. Signal Routing & simple Logic – if you wire it, they will dance
  9. Practicing to See – the art of making Art – I saw the light
  10. Kron the Thor of CV Devices and Why I think This Matters – Ding Dong Daddy Of The D-Car Line
  11. Being Organized – all lined up
  12. Why Making Drums Sound BIG is Difficult – basics of drum creation
  13. Compressing Drums – squishdy squidge
  14. Making & Mixing Drums – everything you need to know to make drums that Groove well – hit me with your best shot
  15. Using One Sample For EVERY Sound – we are one, we are many
  16. Synthesizing a Glass Armonica – Making Your Own Patches – sound off
  17. Sound Design – Acoustic Guitar using Grain – Strum und Drang
  18. Sound Design – re-voicing a classic – Hotel California – take a picture of this
  19. Build Your Own Reverb Unit – this is your space + Patch
  20. Creating External FM in Reason – nasty, nasty, oh you nasty boy! + Patch
  21. Korg MonoPoly RE v.s. Thor – my cloth ears + Patch
  22. Korg MS-20 Mini v.s. Reason 7 – kinda silly but hey
  23. Doepfer Dark Energy v.s. Thor – ooh to be ah + Patch
  24. Making Reason more Analog – Reason v.s. KingKORG + Patch
  25. Samplers as Synthesizers – and why it can be so good (or bad)
  26. Blamsoft Distributor in Reason 7 – maybe I oversold it but it is still cool

Mixing

  1. Tone & Time – the Real Rules of Music – the world is (s)tone
  2. Mixing In Stere-erio – get the balance right
  3. Mixing in Stere-erio – conclusion – making stereo out of nothing at all
  4. Mixing in Mono – now the stereo is gone, I’m just one
  5. Compressing Drums – how to get ’em to sit in the mix and not Destroyer it
  6. Bet you didn’t know BASS is the Enemy in Mixing Music – when too much is just too much and how to fool the kids all the time
  7. Mixing Midsomer Variations – all cried out
  8. Anatomy of a Piece – Mixing – There’s not a problem that I can’t fix. Cause I can do it in the mix
  9. Mastering – Master & Servant, the Final Fantasy
  10. How to Mix Well – the Zen of being a Master
  11. Mixing with Groups in Propellerheads Reason – out of date now but still good to know
  12. Mix Engineer Advice Stems: “Handing Out Hysteria” – pour some sugar on me
  13. What Makes a VST Plug-In High Quality and Should You Even Care? – you can ride a white horse

Audio-Post

  1. How to Develop a Great Podcast or Audio Program – words fell down
  2. Tips for Setting Up for Recording  Podcast & Audio Program – that’s what friends are for

Others

  1. Music as a Healing Modality – you can stab it with your steely knife
  2. Social Media and the Great Divide – Healthy vs Un-Healthy Communities – the needle and the damage done
  3. neo-Tradition – a new movement in music – hop on the hayride
  4. Why Modern Music Sucks – fiddlin’ and watchin’ while Rome boins
  5. The Deconstruction of Music – possible reasons – the Sadeness enigma
  6. Albums vs Shuffle All Songs – don’t do it, get away from the gun
  7. The Post-Album Slump – writer’s block and how to tear down the wall
  8. Gear Lust – don’t do it, get away from the gun
  9. Novation Bass Station – a passing folly
  10. How to transfer a Vinyl Record to Digital (CD, mp3 etc.) – get it right!
  11. Aspergers – Adult Living With It – do do do the funky gibbon
  12. Criticism and its Role in Alienation – run to the hills
  13. Get A Song Produced: THE OFFER – wasting love
  14. Feminism vs MGTOW – The Failure of Marriage – winning the war
  15. MGTOW and the Barrows of Boredom – is not winning at all

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