INDIE Weekly – 8/22/16

August 22, 2016

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Don’t Go Overboard With the Contrast Principle

BY GARY EWER: In music – and in fact most other art forms – the contrast principle, at least in common usage, refers to opposite qualities being in relatively close proximity.  For example, a verse melody might feature melodies made up of downward-moving phrases, contrasting with a chorus melody that features upward-moving ones. A verse might be quiet, and a chorus might be louder. Or a bridge progression might feature mainly minor chords, switching to mainly major for the chorus.  But as a songwriter, you might be well advised to think about the psychologists’ use of the term, especially when you think about how much contrast is needed. READ MORE

Songwriting Lessons from the Experts: Q&A with Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

BY SHARON GOLDMAN: I recently had a chat with my friend Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, whose critically-acclaimed book The Complete Singer-Songwriter: A Troubadour’s Guide to Writing, Recording, Performing and Business just came out in paperback. Rodgers is the real deal: he is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Here are some highlights from our talk: READ MORE

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