Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bass Loop - C 132bpm


Here is a little Moog Little Phatty bass loop for u 2 fool around with if u want. It starts off with a real fizzy cutting sound and then looped it again a bit cleaner. Bass-C-132bpm by galaxyswan

Monday, May 16, 2011

Songwriting Tip - Tag at the End of Rhyme

Here's a little lyric writing technique that can add a bit of magic if things become stale: simply add an extra word after the rhyming word at the end of the second line. This sort of tricks the brain because it anticipates the line ending on the rhyming word and when it doesn't u get a little "a-ha" moment. Pretty simple, but effective in practice. Because it does draw some attention 2 itself u don't want to be zealous with the technique, but used sparingly it's a staple of many great songwriters. Here's a random thrown 2gether line in case u need 2 c an example.

When it's all too late and the glasses start to clink
I've got too much time to think about

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Peter Bjorn and John - Breaker, Breaker - Indie Tab & Lesson

This song is quite a bit less dark than the song these guys are most known 4 'Young Folks' but give it a listen and experience the brighter side of their songwriting sensibilities.
* note '| |' represents 1 bar

Intro 8 bars of A

Verse |A D|D|A|A|A F#m|D E|A|A|


Chorus |Bm|D|A|A|
E|
B|--10---      *lick that introduces second verse
G|9--
D|
A|
E|

E|9--9--7-7-7-7-5-5
B|10-10-9-9-9-9-7-5   *riff that leads into second chorus   
G|
D|
A|
E|

E|
B|-----7--10 
G|--7--           *lead riff over chorus 
D|9-
A|
E|
From a songwriting standpoint something u can take away from this is the concept of using 4 bar phrazes consisting of 2 bars musical motion followed by 2 bars at rest on the tonic. They use variation on the first 2 bars throughout the song both on the chorus and verse while consistently landing on the 'A' chord during the last 2 bars. This type structure works especially well if u want something that has a garage or punk type feel.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Galaxy Swan - The Reaper.mp3 - Review CamelSpace

The Reaper by galaxyswan

New song available 43v3r. Used the CamelSpace plugin extensively on this track & was extremely pleased w/ it. It's like a gate/filter/panner/delay/verb thingy that can be used 2 transform sounds dramatically. U can hear it in action on the lead vocals giving a flanging delay sound that was quite nice and the little outro needed a little something of interest so threw it on the guitars and it worked some wonder there as well. Very creative tool 2 have in ur arsenal if dance/pop production is on the agenda and reasonably priced as well.