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About Mark

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    Starting To Play
  • Birthday 04/25/1991

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    Lyricist, composer, performance


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  1. wish you a happy b'day.......

    many many happy returns of thew day

  2. How candid are you in your lyrics?

    Lately I've been having a lot of trouble with this because the things I've felt compelled to write about are things that I can't really share with other people without ruining my life. I guess its my way of finding an outlet for the emotions that I never talk about. I just write it all in a notebook and store it away for that day when the subject matter isn't quite so recent- which could be years. For example I might write about the trouble I'm having with a certain relationship that I don't tell anybody about, not even the person I'm in the relationship with. Does anyone else have this problem?
  3. Writing An Instrumental

    Even though my instrumentals have no words, they are still trying to "say" something. I have an image in my head, and I keep it in mind when I am writing the song. It's almost as though the song is a soundtrack for the image. The music seems to have more emotion when I write this way. For one of my songs, I used the image of a leaf falling in the mountains in autumn, though the image is far more detailed than that. I can actually explain how different parts of the song relate to this leaf, but I don't because um people would look at me strangely.
  4. Song Title Association Game

    What I Got - Sublime
  5. Favorite Lyric

    Thank you. It's the only lyric I've written that has any worth by itself.
  6. Favorite Lyric

    My favorite is They've sold their emotions To buy a new ipod And they turn up the volume 'til their dreams fade away
  7. Thats exactly what happened when I got it back. The playing felt so awkward for what seemed like forever.
  8. Writing Music For Guitar

    Yes they have been, particularly the one about writing the melody first. Thank you. Though I have found that writing music just for guitar comes much easier than trying to integrate a vocal melody. (sorry I've been out of town and haven't had a computer)
  9. Writing Music For Guitar

    One of the many difficulties I've had with guitar is making the music feel original to me. Oh I'm sure the typical chord progressions were creative and origianl, but I want to write soemthing more complex. I'm not really sure how to go about doing that. Some of the issues I've had with this include: I have trouble writing songs that don't repeat the same progression over and over. If it doesn't sound familiar, I don't enjoy it. Maybe I'm just not creative enough, or perhaps I'm being held captive by the limits of my instrument and my playing ability. Either way, does anyone have any tips on how to improve it?
  10. Guitar Practice

    Usually I spend a day every couple weeks learning a new song. ThenI spend most of my other practice time composing original stuff. I've found scales to be awfully and always do them in conjuction with something else
  11. Digital Video & Music

    Video killed the radio star...heh... Well... quite frankly I listen to music, instead of "watching it. I mean I can't see video becoming any more essential to music than it already is. Right now a song needs a video so that the song will be played on MTV. Play on MTV generates buzz. It gets people talking; making the song familiar which will inevitably make its way to radio and then to people's ipods. Thats about the extent of it. And honestly the videos at this point aren't really worth my time or my attention. Very few videos seem "artistic" because there's so many of the same video.
  12. 2 New Songs I Wrote

    No problem. Let me know how that works out for you. To supplement voice lessons you oughta make it a point to set aside some time every day to sing. Your voice is a series of muscles, and it takes work to build those muscles. You can sing major scales with your guitar and try to correct pitch or sing along with your mp3 player or the radio. Basically, just sing.
  13. 2 New Songs I Wrote

    Its difficult to critique this song because the singing is out of tune. You might consider singing lessons to help you learn the proper technique for singing. Your artist profile says you're in high school. Does your school offer chorus as an elective? Regardless of whether or not you join, you could try talking to the teacher who teaches the class about voice lessons. Good luck
  14. Trouble Finishing Lyrics

    I have had the same problem since I've begun writing. I've found that the best thing to do in that situation is keep writing regardless of whether not I like it. Then I wate a week or two and then read it again and I usually end up making a few changes, but I don't think anyone else can tell anyway.
  15. Well I just focused on the lyrical aspect and my studies. I have it back now though