INDIE Weekly – 8/22/16
August 22, 2016
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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…
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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