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Creating Songs with Mobile Apps

Creating Songs with Mobile Apps

Songwriting is never easy. It requires knowledge of a range of disciplines in today’s music industry – from production and mastering, to collaborating and understanding feedback from your community. There have always been a wide range of tools and technologies...
Songwriter’s Secrets: Lyrics

Songwriter’s Secrets: Lyrics

More than Words? Writing lyrics to a tune may seem simple at first glance. How difficult can it be to toss together some rhymes? But the reality is that you want to avoid some key pitfalls when writing lyrics. In this article you will learn some insights into the...
Open Your Ears to 5 Kind of Soft Songs

Open Your Ears to 5 Kind of Soft Songs

Let’s continue our active listening practice with another podcast episode from 5 Song Set. This week with Episode 77, I decided to treat my ears with some bitter-sweet soft music. If you’re feeling tense, or indeed if you’re already feeling a bit mellow, this is the...
Open Your Ears to 5 Songs Full of Life

Open Your Ears to 5 Songs Full of Life

We can’t get enough of the 5 Song Set podcast! New to this series? This podcast features five songs in every episode on a particular theme, and it’s the perfect way to stretch your ears in a new direction and expand your horizons as a musician. Any time you need fresh...
Improvising Music: The Basics

Improvising Music: The Basics

Improvisation is defined as “an activity done without prior preparation”. To improvise is to make up something on the spot. Improvisation in music is the act of creating and playing new music without preparing it in advance. It involves creatively using...
How to Hear and Create Time Signatures

How to Hear and Create Time Signatures


What is the role and importance of time signatures in music? The time signature is one of the most important regulations of a piece of music. It basically describes how the pulse of music works. It regulates the tempo at which the music is played. In music time...
How to Develop Your New Song’s Theme

How to Develop Your New Song’s Theme

When you’re writing a new song you’ll often start out with the seed of an idea. This could be a melody, it could be a chord progression, it could even be an overall idea of the sound of the song. More often than not, this seed becomes the...
How to Find Inspiration in Songs You Love

How to Find Inspiration in Songs You Love

Are you feeling completely out of inspiration or on a temporary creative block? Cases like these happen for all song writers and composers and you have to learn how to handle them. Luckily there are some techniques to save you, by using songs you love as a source of...
How to find your musical creativity

How to find your musical creativity

Whatever anybody says, most musicians don’t live the “dream life”.A musician is, after all, human, and therefore needs to eat, sleep and all the rest of it, just like everybody else in this world.So how can creativity manifest itself when life just...
Music Or Words: What Makes A Song?

Music Or Words: What Makes A Song?

To a lot of listeners there are just two parts to a song: the music and the lyrics. This is enough of a truism that they named a Hugh Grant movie after it, Music & Lyrics, in which the hapless hero writes amazing music but needs help crafting the words which will...
How Music Alters Your Mood

How Music Alters Your Mood

Music can powerfully affect—or reflect—your mood. Sites like stereomood.com and last.fm can create playlists depending on which word you click on, like “melancholy”, “happy”, “excited”, and so on. Others, like Focus@Will provide a...
Alternate Guitar Tunings: A Fresh New Sound

Alternate Guitar Tunings: A Fresh New Sound

In my personal view, art should be continually subject to change: as time passes, art should be developed to cope with and adapt to the newer times and newer choices available. Artistic standards and the status quo are not meant to survive centuries. Do we do everyday...
The Top 10 Reasons to do Ear Training

The Top 10 Reasons to do Ear Training

Ear training is something that musicians tend to either: Do, reluctantly Because e.g. their music course or instrument exams require it. or Ignore completely Thinking it’s completely separate from instrument learning, associated with music theory, or for expert...
Listen Close: The Sound of Sport

Listen Close: The Sound of Sport

Note: Unfortunately Coca Cola have now taken down their web pages for the 2012 Olympics, so we have had to remove many of the links from this article. The London 2012 Olympic Games are sadly coming towards their close, but there’s still time to check out one of...

Ear Training News Vol. 8

It’s an exciting time for musicianship, aural skills and new methods of ear training. Here’s our top picks for the news you need to know. Contents: New Musicianship Initiative Launched Theta Music at TEDx Tokyo Teachers (video) How important is the...
Listen Close: “Pagan Poetry” by Björk

Listen Close: “Pagan Poetry” by Björk

As I noted in the recent Open Your Ears post on Björk, I had quite a challenge in choosing just one song to encapsulate the sound of Björk, as her band line-up and instrumentation tends to change for every album! After some careful deliberation and a thorough review...
Open Your Ears to the Music of Björk

Open Your Ears to the Music of Björk

Spend a little while making small talk at a party and eventually someone will ask you to name your favorite recording artist… But for a music geek giving a definitive answer is not unlike being asked which one of your children is your favourite! After a bit of...

When learning intervals, be mindful of the gap

Sometimes, as we become more familiar with music theory, we start taking the fundamentals for granted. After all, a step is a step, right? In order to really develop your ear, though, it can be surprisingly helpful to look at the basic functions of an interval with...

Capitalising on aural inspiration (Part Two)

If you haven’t read Part One of this article, here’s a quick summation: in ear training, as in most musical pursuits, some of the most productive moments don’t come from dedicated practice time or specific exercises. In fact, they come from those fleeting moments of...

Ear Training Series Spotlight

With over 150 articles here at EasyEarTraining.com it would be easy to miss out on some that might be useful for your aural skills training. Today we’re going to take a look at the 9 Training Series we have here on the site, and what each of them can offer you...
Listen Close: “Mehu Moments” by K-X-P

Listen Close: “Mehu Moments” by K-X-P

I like to think of myself as an open-minded music fan with varied tastes to match. But if you were to open up my iTunes and scan through the genres, you’d find that my eccentricities, no matter how expansive I wished they were, actually don’t stretch all...

Introducing: Brad T. Bush

Hey folks. My name’s Brad, and I’m a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon. I started singing in bands when I was in high school, and have been playing guitar since my early 20s. I’ve also been involved in a few different hip-hop projects for the...
Four Chords and the Truth

Four Chords and the Truth

There’s an old joke that asks: “What’s the difference between a rock guitarist and a jazz guitarist?” Answer: “A rock guitarist plays three chords to a million peopleand a jazz guitarist plays a million chords to three people!” That may be true, but if you...
Listen! Who’s Driving The Bus?

Listen! Who’s Driving The Bus?

This week I’m going to be talking about the difference between driving the bus and riding the bus – but don’t worry, we aren’t taking a detour into public transport.By focusing your ears on the tricks used by great musicians to seamlessly shift...

Introducing: Matthew Abdallah

Hello. My name is Matthew and I am a writer and guitarist from the United States. I started delving seriously into music during college. I did start to play guitar in high school, but not to any serious point. I started to get serious training in the performance...

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