Do You Have the Time to Listen to Them Whine? acousitc guitar better hooks better songs creative thinking dookie east bay punk rock electric guitar focus free advice free tips gillman street green day guitarcoach how hard is it to write a hit song identify impactful guitars lookout records mindset nashville songwriter punk rock record label successful musician writing hit singles Jan 17, 2022

There’s a habit among musicians to compare and care what other people think about our decisions: fans, friends, family, anyone! We forget to put our blinders on and forget to just keep getting excited about what we’re doing. It can be a real bummer, time sucker and career killer! What...

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Six Tips to Get You Organized acousitc guitar electric guitar free tips guitar coach holiday managing a schedule music city music goals music mindset nashville songwriter organization songwriting guitarist successful musician ways to stay organized Jan 10, 2022

It’s the holiday season which means either you’re the busiest you’ve been all year, or you’re forgetting to do some things you need to do.

For me, it’s the busiest I’ve been all year because amongst writing to last minute briefs, scheduled co-writes, and my...

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The Realness of Your "Why" acousitc guitar acoustic guitar groove active listening beginner guitar lesson benefits of music better songs creative thinking daw effective practice electric guitar frustrated mental health music city nashville songwriter songwriter truth on writing hits writing hit singles Jan 06, 2022

Today, my “why” became more meaningful and specific. Every year it gets clearer because of creative thinking, action and reflection and I want your why to be as loud as a battlecry. 

I’ll explain.

As I record music for a potential TV show placement in my home studio, I find...

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Songwriting For Guitar: Creating Impactful guitars acousitc guitar easy guitar layering electric guitar home studio recording huge guitars impactful guitars record guitar recording guitar recording guitar fo beginners recording secrets song arrangement song production song structure Oct 04, 2021

When setting out to produce and record a track, either for an indie artist, music library cue, or sync brief,  I always have a go-to move that gives my guitars an ability to be exactly how I want to hear them. 

So you know from the beginning, I don’t go into crazy technical stuff,...

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Wake Up, You’re Dreaming! Time to Reach Some Goals acousitc guitar best practice burnout covid dreams vs. goals easy guitar tip electric guitar focus free advice goal setting guitar dreams guitar goals for beginners guitar goals for intermediate players how to get signed mental health music dreams setting goals for learning guitar smart guitar goals songwriting for guitar songwriting goals songwriting success toxic thinking truth on writing hits writers block Sep 15, 2021

I went on a Facebook Live the other day, and I was talking about dreams versus goals. It hit me how many people never move past the dream phase. Honestly, it made me a little sad, because I know it’s possible for you to move past it, and I’m tired of seeing people give up after...

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Tips On Writing & Arranging Guitar Parts acousitc guitar arranging guitar parts arranging guitars daw electric guitar electric guitar parts free songwriting tips great home recordings guitar hooks guitar production home studio guitars home studio tips how to arrange a pop song how to make your first guitar arrangement logic picking patterns quick tips for arranging guitar writing guitar parts Dec 13, 2020

Over the past few weeks I've received a few questions from my Insider Members on arranging guitars for demos.

I posted this video in the group but I wanted to share it with you too. Now is the best time to dig your heals in and prep your skills for 2021! 

If you find this video helpful and...

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Increase Your Creativity and Finish Those Damn Songs! acousitc guitar electric guitar finish songs focus free songwriting tips guitar chord practice routine guitar coach joy stone meditation music meditation unstuck writers block yoga Aug 09, 2020

Are you struggling with a bunch of unfinished songs, unproductive days, and a wandering mind that won't focus?

I feel ya...

...no really, I was you. So many unfinished songs. It wasn't lack of time or laziness.

It was anxiety 

Once I started a daily meditation process, everything...

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Struggle With Strumming? acoustic guitar beginner guitar lesson electric guitar groove guitar guitar basics guitar lesson how to strum learning to strum percussive strumming techniques strumming strumming guide strumming tips Apr 27, 2020

Have you ever worked on a strumming pattern where the count was right, posture was fine, you were holding the guitar properly, had the right pick and strings . . .but it still didn't sound right?!

I hate to break the news. . you might be a robot!

Don't fear. . .there is an easy solution!

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How to write a catchy hook on guitar! acousitc guitar beginner guitar lesson better hooks catchy loop electric guitar guitar coach guitar hooks guitar mindset how to killer hook riffs write a hook Apr 16, 2020

Have you ever been given a track or a series of chords and someone said

"Hey, write a guitar hook to this"

And you thought. . .

"How the &!*@ do I do that?!"

I'm gonna give you some simple questions you can ask yourself to make that process a little bit easier, not so stressful, and actually...

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Finding Chords to Match A Melody acoustic guitar beginner guitar lesson chord detector online chord progressions chords by ear chords in a song ear training easy guitar tip electric guitar find chords finding chords guitar coach identify indentify chords melody song chord writing chords Apr 13, 2020

Have you ever had a melody in your head, sing into your voice memo, and come back a few days later with your instrument and then you struggle to find the chords?

You're not alone, so many songwriting guitarists get stuck when it comes to this. 

I'm gonna walk you through some simple steps...

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5 Things To Work On During Lockdown acoustic guitar benefits of music covid creative thinking electric guitar growth mindset guitar coach guitar lessons lockdown mental health music and covid music goals music mindset pandemic Mar 27, 2020

Let's be honest, $h!t is crazy right now. We never experienced anything like this. We're all searching for a little bit of normalcy and trying our best to be creative.

During these times we can feel a little helpless and wonder . .

"What should I work on???"

I want to give you 5 things you can...

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Practicing With A Metronome! acoustic guitar chord progression electric guitar free metronome guitar chord practice routine guitar practice guitar tutorial how to use a metronome metronome work metrotimer percussive strumming techniques scales Nov 20, 2019

 

 

What’s up everyone, it’s Mike here with a Songwriting For Guitar Tip!  This week is a follow-up to a video I posted a while ago on the metronome. I received a bunch of emails from people saying . . . . 

"I understand the importance of a metronome. I'd love to...

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Making Your Guitar A Sample acoustic guitar creating guitar loops electric guitar grow your own sample guide to electric guitar loops guitar riff guitar sample pack guitar techniques sampled guitar sounds samples songwriting for guitar Nov 07, 2019

 

This week we're gonna talk about making your guitar line feel like a sample. I know what you're thinking. . . 

"Mike why do we want our guitar to sound like a sample? Why can't we pull something from Splice, Arcade or Apple loops!?"

You could do that and that's completely fine, if...

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