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  1. “Middle Class Blues” was originally written & copyrighted back in 1998. As is often the case, I liked the song, but felt that the arrangement was lacking. In 2001 I did a partial rewrite of the song, adding….. a 40 second introduction a 2nd guitar part (rhythm) The song was then re-recorded, in 8 track digital format. The Idea The song evolved from a guitar progression, set in minor pentatonic block form. I stumbled upon the pattern while practicing scales Eventually built a song around it Chose a subject that was an appropriate match for the music Created a lyric *Video Demonstration & Tab of Primary Guitar Progression - Subject Matter In a nutshell – it’s about the plight of the middle class in America. As you might expect, it’s written from my perspective & based largely on personal observations & experiences. Completely appropriate, since songwriting is a means of creative self-expression. Over the years, the timeless nature of this lyric has been brought to my attention more than once. Simply put…’s as relevant now as it was when it written back 98. The purchasing power of the middle class hasn’t improved. Middle class tax burden hasn’t decreased. I still pay into a tax base for schools I’ve never used. NO, I’m not advocating a school voucher alternative, or promoting a specific political agenda! I simply have no children. No children = no use of the school system. It’s an indisputable fact that the “war on drugs” has been a failure, yet we continue funding it with tax dollars year after year. Pharmaceutical companies are ABSOLUTELY getting rich from supplying our Medicare program. Again…now more than ever, since our government is no longer allowed to negotiate the cost of Medicare drugs. More tax loopholes exist for the wealthy today, than in 98. The poor are no more able to contribute to the tax base than they were back then. Leaving the middle class to shoulder the lions’ share of the tax burden. The end result being – “We’ve got the Middle Class Blues!” Not a single one of those areas has shown improvement in almost 20 years. I’m sure there are conclusions to be drawn from that, but I leave those to you. I’m just a songwriter stating the obvious. Lyric Got those middle class blues Well when I look at my economic state With what I make I ought to be livin’ great You gotta know my heart gets to feelin’ down When tax time comes around I pay for schools that I don’t even use I fund a war on drugs that we’re bound to lose You got know that I keep-a-waitin’ for Some way to even the score Got those middle class blues! Well now I know that I need to pay my share But while suppliers get rich from Medicare I’ve got to ask myself what it’s all about I just can’t figure it out ! The wealthy don’t pay much, cause they know the game The underprivileged can’t, the end result’s the same That leaves the middle class to pay & pay Hope we get our someday! Got the middle class blues! Copyright 1998 – Tom Hoffman Song Structure Introduction / Verse – Verse - Refrain / Guitar Based Verse-Refrain Section / Verse – Verse - Refrain / Ends on Repeat of Musical Refrain Musical Fundamentals The song is set in A# minor. For whatever reason, I find it easier to craft interesting melodies in minor keys. Consequently, many of my songs share that characteristic. Back in 2001, when I made the decision to add a 40 second musical introduction to this song, I also doomed it to commercial failure. For those who aren’t aware, long introductions are strongly discouraged in commercial songwriting circles. The average listener tends to focus on the vocal, so delaying its’ entry into a song is tempting fate. Industry folks will tell you that anything over 20 seconds is viewed negatively. Attention spans being what they are, you run the risk of the listener going elsewhere. Since I’m not a professional songwriter, my focus was on creating a well written song….not a commercially viable one. When you make your living elsewhere, you can afford to make decisions based on personal preference, rather than industry norms. That being said, I did build in something to help with damage control. The song begins with a single vocal line, which happens to include the hook (title) of the song. “Got those Middle Class Blues”! By doing that, I accomplished several things: 1. Immediately announced to the listener that there WOULD BE vocals in the song. Long instrumental intos leave listeners wondering. “Is there a vocal coming?” Some get bored & won’t stick around to find out. A single line of vocals up front removes that uncertainty. Listeners know that eventually……it’s coming! 2. It re-enforced the song’s lyrical hook….the thing you want to stick in the listeners’ head after the song has ended. “Middle Class Blues” is a guitar-based arrangement. If I do say so myself, some of my more creative guitar work! 4 individual tracks were used for guitar….all done with my SG 1 track for bass guitar 1 for vocal The only stereo pair of tracks was used for the drums Final Production Notes This was one of the first songs I recorded after upgrading to the digital realm. My Tascam PortaStudio 788 had a total of 8 recordable tracks….6 mono & one stereo pair (tracks 7 & 8 ). Overall, I wish the production quality of this final version was a little better. That being said, the song itself remains among my favorites! Performance Credits Guitars, Bass & Drums – Tom Hoffman Vocals – Tom Hoffman YouTube Video Version (*includes full song) - Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profile The Story Behind The Song
  2. “Too Small To Save" was written & arranged in 2008….recorded & mixed in early 2009. Those original recorded tracks were edited & remixed in 2014. That 2014 version is the used for this SBtS video. The Idea My songs typically evolve from…. - a chord progression - a riff/pattern - a section of melody - a central theme In this case, it was 2 of those elements combined. 1) A guitar progression (riff/pattern) 2) A central theme, which was also served as the title (hook) In songwriting, it’s essential for the subject matter to blend with the musical feel. In other words, one should complement the other. In my humble opinion, that is the case here. Subject Matter This particular lyric hit pretty close to home. It was loosely based on my wife’s employer, who shall remain nameless. The lyrical message was inspired-by…and based-upon changing conditions following the financial collapse of 2008. Simply put, none of those changes benefited the employees & most didn't bode too well for the financial future of the company. Much to my surprise, the company survived. The employees however, were a different story. Most of what they lost was never returned. The financial recovery that followed did little to benefit them. The title “Too Small To Save” was applicable to both employer & employee. At the time this song was written, both fit the description…seeming doomed to failure. As you may have guessed, the title was also a tongue & cheek play on that infamous 2008 headline - “Too Big To Fail”. While banks & auto manufacturers were too big to fail, small companies & employees were “Too Small To Save”. Essentially, the yin & yang of monetary policy. Structurally, the lyric is brief…with a generous dose of repetition. The message is heavily reliant on imagery & metaphors, which is not typical of my lyrics. Because the subject matter was both current & dismal, I chose an artsy lyrical format. Lyric Too small…too small to save Just another business crushed by the wave One more tiny fish…too small to save A victim…of the economy No golden parachute waits for me Almost 80 years business don’t count these days No friends in high places…too small to save Last call…for 401Ks Get ‘em while you can…they’re fadin’ away It’s closin’ time cause we’re…too small to save Copyright 2008- Tom Hoffman Song Structure Introduction / Verse-Refrain / Instrumental Verse-Refrain (guitar solo) / Bridge / Verse-Refrain / Ending Musical Fundamentals Musically, “Too Small To Save” was built around a single guitar progression. It’s the one you hear being played throughout the intro & verse-refrain sections. The song is set in the key of Aminor….BPM 100 Genre-wise, I’d have to call it blues-rock. This arrangement is guitar-based, utilizing 3 separate mono tracks. My Gibson SG was used for two of those. The 3rd was a mixture of Strat & SG…with Strat being chosen for the bridge section. Its’ single coil pickups were useful in creating thinner sounding guitar textures. - One of those 3 tracks contains intermittent lead guitar. - The other 2 are the primaries, heard throughout the song. The verse/refrain sections consist of 1 guitar playing the primary progression, while a 2nd guitar plays 3-note power chords (I-V-octave). The bridge was intended to have a unique feel, so both guitar parts change dramatically. The SG picks single notes within standard open chord forms, while the Strat strums triads (3-note chord forms…I-III-V). The core drum track was creating using a Boss DR-670 drum machine. After 13 years of recording with "real drums", I converted to the Boss unit in 2007. Being a drummer, I had mixed feelings about using synthetic drums. But the additional control, flexibility & convenience of the machine method sold me on the change. Suffice to say that recording live drums in a single-person home studio setup is a tedious process! Regardless, the marching snare used for the bridge section was an actual drum. Unfortunately, the machine decay rate makes crash cymbals sound VERY artificial. So… all crashes were overdubbed onto separate tracks, using actual cymbals. Final Production Notes The recording, editing & mixing were done on a PortaStudio 2488….a 24 track Tascam system. Performance Credits Drums, Guitars, Bass Guitar – Tom Hoffman Vocals – Tom Hoffman YouTube Video Version (*includes full song) - Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profile The Story Behind The Song
  3. Hey everyone, I just wanted to share some of my account names so you guys could follow me I'll follow back too, if you let me know you're all from this site. Twitter: tumblr: Instagram: smerr YouTube: Also, roughly a year ago, I posted an original song by me on my YouTube and recently around Christmas, I posted a cover. I wouldn't mind some feedback on them if anybody does check out my stuff. I will advise that my cover video wasn't the best I've done, but I hadn't posted in a long while so I thought I'd do something for Christmas. Thank you for your time! xo-SummerDawn
  4. Hello, I'm Ricky Duvall, found this website and wanted to see if I could meet some new peeps. Looking just to collab and work and view other musicians work via the interwebs!! Hope to meet some new folks!
  5. For all members using Soundcloud - we now have our very own Soundcloud account. Please follow us and look out for our regular Songstuff Community Member Sets where we showcase songs which have been posted here on the site.
  6. Hi guys, New guy here just wanted to share a new video!
  7. Hi, I'm looking to get some real feedback on this video, it's brand new and I wanted see what you think. Please have a look and let me know your thoughts!!! Thank you so much!
  8. Hi, All!!! What do you yhink about voice?
  9. “Love Will Find Me” was originally written & recorded in 1997, using a Tascam 424 analog cassette deck. Revisions were made in 2005........ - The original 4 analog tracks were transferred to an 8-track digital deck (Tascam 788, shown below). - Keyboard strings & organ were added to the arrangement. - Some of the secondary guitar work was re-recorded & the song was remixed. In 2014, some minor editing was done on the 2-track master & the ending was shortened. That final effort yielded the version you’re hearing now. In recent years, I’ve come to view all my songs as works-in-progress. “Finished” means…”Finished for now”. Truth be told, change is NOT the enemy of artistic integrity! Subject Matter This is one of my few "relationship" themed songs. It's not that I dislike the subject. Commercial music is simply overrun with it! Since life is about much than the emotional roller coaster ride of 2 star-crossed lovers, my songs tend to focus on other aspects of it. That being said, “Love Will Find Me” was an exception. The lyric is set in first person narrative, so the story’s being told by the individual experiencing the loss. Essentially, it’s a look back at his recently failed relationship…a new version of the unrequited love theme. It covers an array of emotions…. The grief-stricken pain of loving someone who doesn't love you. A fleeting glimpse of self-pity Then finally, the realization that life goes on, coupled with a belief that eventually….love will find him. Most songs of this type have a commonality. They describe a universally understood experience. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone beyond the age of puberty who hasn't dealt with similar feelings, including me. That’s why it’s such a common songwriting theme…because listeners easily identify with it. Lyric Can’t believe you’ve left me all alone All alone, no one to care Wish you’d learned to love me so I would Have someone with whom to share Why should I….even try When you’ve already said goodbye? Life goes on….so will I Someday….some way….love will find me! Tried so hard to grant your every wish Every wish was my command Thought in time you’d learn to love me too Guess you’ll never understand Wonder what….I did wrong Wanted you….for so long Maybe I….pushed too hard Just not….sure anymore Why should I….even try When you’ve already said goodbye? Life goes on….so will I Someday….some way….love will find me! *Repeat Chorus Section Copyright 1997 Song Structure Brief Introduction / Verse / Chorus / Verse / Bridge / Double Chorus / Ending & Fade Track Length - 3:05 Musical Fundamentals The song is set in D# minor. Since most of my songs aren’t relationship-based, I go the extra mile to make the few I have unique. I see little point in creating new versions of “the same old thing”. Unlike much of my material, “Love Will Find Me” was built around a syncopated chord progression…played on my Strat. The chords are all 5th & 6th string Barre forms Much of the progression is played staccato, which is why barre chords were chosen. They can be muted by simply relaxing pressure on the frets. Secondary guitar parts were done with my SG. They consist of 2-note intervals (primarily 4ths), single note patterns and licks. While the primary guitar chords are the songs’ foundation, these secondary parts were created to fill, add color & support the vocal melody. Keyboard strings & organ helped to fill out the arrangement. Since there was no secondary guitar part written for the chorus sections, something additional was needed. Both were played on a Yamaha P-80 electric piano. As was the case with all my earlier songs, live drums were used. If I do say so myself, this serves as a great example of how to get creative with a drum track! It’s syncopated, generates a unique rhythmic feel and works nicely with the other song components. Because the drums were part of my original 4 track recording, they share a single mono track with the bass guitar. Shame it had to be that way, but compromises of that sort were common back-in-the-day. Performance Credits Guitars, Bass, Drums & Keyboards – Tom Hoffman Vocals – Tom Hoffman You Tube Video Version (*includes full song) - Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profile The Story Behind The Song
  10. Hey Guys! Please give me some feedback on this cover I just created! If you like it please subscribe =D
  11. Until recently, I knew very little about how YouTube deals with copyright violators. Sure…I’d heard stories from friends & colleagues, but I’d never actually dealt with it firsthand. Now I have! For those who aren’t aware, I’m a long-time YouTuber. I set up my first channel back in January of 2010 & currently administrate a total of five. Even with 5 channels, I’d never had occasion to post work I didn’t own, or have permission to use. A few weeks back, I decided to try something new.….a playlist series called “Play Along”. The videos consist of me playing drums to a prerecorded song. Not exactly a revolutionary concept! You’ll find countless examples this type of thing already on YouTube. But….it was new for me & it sounded like fun! My original intent was to post each video without the play-along song. That would have avoided the whole copyright quagmire, but it also had an unintended consequence. It made the finished product much less interesting! After some deliberation, I decided to roll the dice. If nothing else, it could serve as a learning experience. When I formatted my video, I used an mp3 iTunes version of the audio (song). Typically, mp3s of this type contain tagging which allows the track to be detected on platforms like YouTube. I uploaded my project & classified it as an “unlisted” video. This is standard practice for me. Once I view the upload & verify that it’s intact, I change the classification to “public”. It was late, so I put that final review off till the next morning. By the time I logged back on the next day…. The legal owner had already detected my use of his song Reported the violation to YouTube Decided what options to offer me Tagged & set up my video for AD monetization Keep in mind, at this point, my video was still classified as “unlisted”. I hadn’t even checked the upload yet! It seems the wheels of progress turn quickly when there’s revenue at stake! Fortunately for me, this was the outcome I had hoped for. Most of those 2nd hand stories I mentioned earlier had described a similar process. Below is a copy of the actual notice that YouTube/Google attached to my video….. Your video has been blocked in some countries. Copyrighted content was found in your video. Because of the claimant's policy, this video can't be played in some countries. VIEWING RESTRICTIONS · Video blocked in 1 country · Unavailable on some devices MONETIZATION · Monetized by claimant If you agree with these conditions, you don't have to do anything. Learn More Copyright details CONTENT CLAIMANT POLICY · Look Away (Album Version) - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils · Sound recording · 0:02 - 3:29 play match · UMG · Blocked in some countries · Remove Song · File a Dispute Additional details about original version of the notice: When you hover over the “Video blocked in 1 country” statement, it tells you which country…in this case - Germany. When you hover over the “Monetized by claimant” statement, this notice appears – “You can use the copyrighted content in your video, but ads might appear on your video.” As you can see, the poster is given 3 basic choices: 1. Do nothing, indicating that you agree with the arrangements already negotiated. 2. Remove the copyrighted song 3. File a dispute over the ownership of contested material, in this case the play-along audio track. Clicking on the “Learn More” link took me to a page containing this statement – “Am I in trouble? · In most cases, getting a Content ID claim isn’t a bad thing for your YouTube channel. It just means, “Hey, we found some material in your video that’s owned by someone else.” · It’s up to copyright owners to decide whether or not others can reuse their original material. In many cases, copyright owners allow the use of their content in YouTube videos in exchange for putting ads on those videos.” In the spirit of full disclosure, that page also contains information pertaining to other potential outcomes. Occasionally, the owner of rights can strongly object. In some of those cases, your standing as a YouTube member can be affected….both negatively & permanently. So, the bottom line seems to be this….doing what I did is a bit of a crap-shoot! There is a chance it could affect your standing on YouTube and more. BUT….the majority of the time, you’ll probably get an outcome similar to what I got here. For me it was win-win. They’re allowing me to use the audio and I gained first-hand knowledge of YouTube’s procedures for handling breach of copyright. When I changed the video classification to “public”, I added this statement in the liner notes…… ***The ADs you see here are not mine. The registered owner of "Look Away" chose to allow use of their audio content in exchange for placing ads in my video. Since I had no commercial aspirations for this project anyway, I thought that arrangement was more than fair! For anyone interested, here’s the video that brought about this learning experience - Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profilehttp://www.tune-smith.com
  12. Time for the 2nd installment of this 3-part blog series, dealing with the thought process behind the composition. As stated previously, each installment includes: - A 1080p video version, complete with audio & video examples - A text-only version Readers can select the format they're most comfortable with, or utilize both. Those who opt for the video version may find the text useful for quick reference. Video Link - Part 2 Text Part 1 of this tutorial dealt with many of the general concepts, questions & variables involved in constructing drum parts for original songs. Part 2 deals more with specifics. I'll break down the individual components of a typical drum part, discuss them at length & explore options for each. By the end of this installment you should have a much clearer picture of the thought process involved. Selecting Beat Patterns Have you ever heard a new song on the radio and been instantly being drawn to it? Most of us probably have! For years I simply accepted that at face value....never bothering to ask myself why. Then I began to write songs. As a writer, I found that it's in my best interest to explore the "whys". Why am I attracted to specific songs? I'm inclined to believe there's no universal answer to that question. But for me, the overall feel & flow of the song has a lot to do with its immediate appeal. It's safe to say that the choice of beat patterns plays a large part in establishing that feel & flow. You may have noticed that the subtitle for this section is plural.......patterns. Ideally, you're going to select more than just one. It's not uncommon to utilize 2 or 3 variations of a basic pattern for the verses of a song, then select an entirely different pattern for the choruses. Many times a bridge section is given yet another pattern.....something with a completely different feel. After all, one of the main functions of a bridge is to break the monotony of a song by introducing something unique. There are some fairly common tricks-of-the-trade that I haven't covered previously. Now's a good time to talk about them. BTW - All of these examples assume a right-handed drummer. 1) You can vary the specific part of the drum set being played by the right hand, from song section to song section. For example, hi-hat for the bridge, ride cymbal for the chorus sections. It's a fairly small change, but the impact on the overall texture of the song can be quite dramatic. 2) You can vary the hi-hat technique within a given song section. Playing it tightly-closed produces a very crisp, structured sound. Whereas playing it semi-opened gives you a looser, free-floating feel. It's common for heavier, harder-driving songs to go with the 2nd option. Lighter-edge pop, rock & country employ a lot of the tightly closed version, but will often combine the 2 techniques. For example - tightly closed through the majority of a verse, then semi-opened for the last measure or 2. That produces a slight change in feel just prior to the entry of the chorus section. The variance also serves as an announcement to the listener that a change is about to take place. Many times it will be employed as a prelude to a cymbal crash, punctuating the actual change. 3) You can employ a very basic right hand rhythm, then utilize a misc. percussion instrument to embellish the feel of the pattern. For example - a quiet 1/4 note right-hand hi-hat (1-2-3 & 4 counts), then on a separate track record a tambourine or soft-shake to fill-in the straight 1/8 note feel. That gives it a busier, more constant texture. It also adds variety & depth to the songs' rhythmic feel. 4) It's fairly common in the metal & hard rock genres, to hear the right hand playing a straight pattern on the edge of a crash-ride cymbal. This technique produces an effect that essentially sounds like one-prolonged crash. When it's combined with the heavy rates of compression that are commonly used in those genres, it tends to add a blurred, heavy edge to the song. Before leaving this section, I have one final piece of advice to pass on to non-drummer songwriters. Please do everyone a favor.....especially yourselves. When you put together a song demo, DON'T select a single mechanical beat pattern, then utilize that pattern all the way through. It kills me to hear people do that! In my humble opinion, nothing makes a demo sound more amateurish! Spend a little time & effort on it. It doesn't have to sound like Neil Peart, but it does need some variety. Every part of an arrangement impacts a listener's impression of the final song. That includes the drum track! The Story on Rolls (fills) You'll find that opinions vary widely on..... when to use a roll what type is most appropriate how complex they should be For drummers, many of these decisions are determined by personal style. Since most non-drummer songwriters lack a drummers' expertise, they tend to be guided by their years of listening experience. For the purpose of this tutorial, I'm going to stick to basics and allow everyone plenty of room to exercise personal discretion. Beats serve primarily to establish fundamental rhythmic feel, but rolls can be used to perform a number of functions: 1) Add variety / prevent monotony - In other words, break up the consistent flow established by your beats....making the overall rhythm track a bit more interesting. 2) Serve as fills...much as lead licks, keyboard or bass riffs do. It's not the only common application, but rolls are frequently placed between lyric/melody lines to help fill gaps & maintain the overall momentum. 3) Indicate (announce) a coming change. Some examples would be.... the start of a new vocal sequence a change from verse to chorus a shift in dynamics from quiet to loud, or visa-versa Rolls can also be used in combination with lead licks, or other fill elements. When they're employed in this way, caution should be exercised. You want to avoid timing conflicts between the various fill parts. Bottom line - it's harder to pull-off cleanly, but very cool when it's done right! It's also common to alternate fill instruments. You can use a drum roll this time, a guitar lick next time, followed by a keyboard run, and so on. This will get you even more variety, with the added benefit of making each fill instrument more prominent. Listeners notice them more because they're the only thing presenting a variation at that particular moment. To Crash or Not-To Crash Cymbal crashes are useful tools when employed tastefully. Here are some examples of common applications: - to accent, or call attention to a specific count within a measure - to add dynamics to a section of music by boosting the high-end frequencies & overall volume of that specific section - to mark a change in the structure of the song (for example, moving from the verse to chorus) - in combination with rolls, particularly longer, more elaborate break them up, reinforce accents and add color Recap & Preview've now reached the end of the theoretical portion! Parts 1 & 2 of this tutorial were intended to give you a grasp of the thought process. Going forward, we'll dissect an actual song....part-by-part. We'll look at what specific decisions were made...and why. Unlike these first 2 installments, the 3rd will be heavy on video examples & light on text. Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profile
  13. Several years ago, I put together a 3-part tutorial on shuffles. In hindsight, there were structural things I should have done differently. So....I did! This 9 1/2 minute video tutorial is the end result. It covers more ground, with less fluff than the original series. Includes 5 drum charts,10 individual demonstrations YouTube Video Link - Hopefully, this version is useful for novice drummers & songwriter-members. I see a lot of comments on our boards...members who feel out of their element when trying to create drum tracks. This covers basic structural differences between shuffles & straight-time patterns Demonstrates variations on basic themes Explores several types of shuffles & how they differ Offers suggestions & demonstrates specific types of rolls that blend well Even if you've never touched a drumstick, you may find some of these patterns or rolls useful for future projects.
  14. Hello i am Marc, born in 1987 and fascinated in singing and recording songs I am from Luxembourg / Europe and want to share my Coverversions with you Music is my passion and a very big habbit of mine, like all i love to share and listen to new songs and nice work. Kind Regards and a good time My Youtube Profile --> Marc W. aka firef0xlu
  15. Just uploaded this morning. A drum tutorial dedicated to one "classic", double-time (16th note) triplet roll and it's many real-world applications. Contains 11 separate demonstration videos. YouTube Video Link -
  16. Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to select your favorite 90's your selection here, along with a Youtube video which you feel best represents your choice. FYI - posting of the video is optional. For the sake of clarity, I'm referring to the era of the 1990's, not bands containing 90 year old members. No point in turning this into a "Stones" bashing thread! away & let your choice be known!!!!! Tom
  17. Hello! My name is Matt and I have been playing piano for about 6-7 years now. I mostly post improvisations and some covers This is my most recent improvisation I am currently completing my internship and then I will be a Music Therapist. I have not been a member of a forum since I was a MOD on My buddy Kyle Landry's Forum in 2007 So I'm little clueless Thanks!!!
  18. Hi!I am a true blue country girl, raised on a fair, from a very small town, went to school in the middle of a corn field, ya know, the usual! I'm fairly new to this site as well as youtube! I recently moved to Nashville to study Music Business. I love country music. It's my absolute passion! I would love it if you would critique this video and share if you like it. I know it is far from perfect and I know I am my #1 worst critic so I was wanting to get some other opinions. I kind of just uploaded it to see what people thought, and I am planning on uploading a much better one this weekend. Most of what I will upload will be covers, however, I do right my own songs I just don't want to upload them until I have all the legal copyright stuff going on. Until then, I would love it if you would let me know what you think!
  19. Hi, I'm Symphonious7 or Symph as most people call me. I make original rock music in my personal home studio. I'm also on youtube, same name as this username. I have been making music for about 16 years now, I'm proficient on 4 instruments (drums, bass, guitar, keys) and recently decided I wanted to be a Christian artist. This decision scares me, I've never put my religious beliefs into my music but I feel it's the right thing to do. Because of this, lyric writing is a little weird, I'm trying to be more poetic and not sound too direct or preachy while still getting the message across. I'm currently working on a new album I wish to try and get noticed by a christian or indie label but I'm so unsure of myself. I've done this for so many years without ever trying to get myself out there that it leaves me feeling pressured. I've been bouncing all my ideas off of myself alone and feeling like I don't know what's strong and weak and that's when I thought I'd see if there was a community of musicians who help each other to check their work. I would love to hear what you are all doing and to get feedback on my songs as I create them. Production is also an issue for me so if any of you are good with that it would be sweet. Looking forward to meeting you all, thanks for having me.
  20. its Thanksgiving. get it? so....I am here and I am new. My goals are putting together a small 4 song EP, playing it out in Madison, WI here often and getting a YouTube channel up and running. Lots of other stuff...but I'm just sayin Hi. Thx. ;-) Jay Peek
  21. please watch share and help promote my first cover music video
  22. Songstuff forum goers! I've been on here for several weeks now and have made a lot of feedback for other songs, and also learning about the music industry, getting your valued opinion! Well today, my YouTube channel that is launching this September made another huge step forward! We finally finished our channel art and have uploaded it to our YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Tell me what you think of it (we'd love some feedback!), and if you enjoy comedic music, give us a subscribe, a like, and/or a follow! Thank you so much for reading. -The Thrashimation Brothers YouTube Facebook Twitter
  23. Forum Goers! Allow me to introduce myself (or perhaps ourselves would be a better way of expressing it). Thrashimation is a YouTube channel starting this September as part of a partnership. We have decided to join these forums for feedback on our comedic songs and to get to know a musical community. After extensive research, we felt this was the best of all of the music forums available. Do you agree? We have plenty of questions about equipment and iTunes and all sorts of things, and I look forward to gaining answers and answering the questions of others. Since only one of the two of us will be using this, but Thrashimation is a we, we/I might switch off our pronoun usage often. Sorry! Thank you for your time and welcoming us into the community, Thrashimation P.S. Anyone else do animated videos? Or anyone else do comedic music?
  24. I'm going to post a version of this over in our YouTube member's group also. By now, everyone is probably aware of the recent changes to YouTube's channel format. I haven't actually checked, but if they remained true to their intended schedule, everyone is already operating on the new format. As is typical for these types of providers, whether you wanted the change or got it! Honestly, in the beginning, I wasn't very happy about the prospect of having to reset everything on the 3 sites I maintain. Now that they're done, I actually like the new setup. For one of my sites inparticular, there were several minor disadvantages, but nothing I can't live with. On the plus side, that newly created channel intro/feature spot near the top of the channel page is a great idea! Thing this point, I hardly see anyone using it for it's stated purpose. Hence the reason for this post.....kind of a heads-up to everyone. Two of my 3 sites are already running channel intro features. I've yet to handle the 3rd, but it's in the works. These things offer the opportunity to....... Increase the play count on your channel. They're very short and, from what I can tell...YouTube is crediting each & every play...even partials. For how long, who knows? LOL Make a good first impression Quickly introduce yourself and your channel Explain a bit about what can be found on it and it's intended purpose Utilize short snippets of your material, as I've done in these examples....kind of a sampling Expose visitors to other sites/links you wish to promote. This can be done within the context of the short video itself, but also in that details/info section provided below each video. Believe it or not, if you're careful in constructing those detail sections, that information is all displayed along side of your channel feature....including clickable versions of any external links you included in the text. Each of the 4 intro I currently have for my DrumStuffTH channel contain links to both my Songstuff blog & my primary site - That information gets displayed every single time that video plays on my channel page. Bottom way can that hurt your efforts to promote yourself & your material! OK....I'm all done preaching about the benefits. Here are a couple of examples from my drum-specific channel. I rotate them every few days. Unfortunately, the only way you can actually see that comment info displayed along side the video, is to visit my actual channel page and see it play there. These should give a quick idea of what I've tried to describe though....
  25. I just joined this forum and I'm definitely looking forward to meeting fellow songwriters and sharing stuff around! My name is Olaf, I'm 17 and live in Ingatestone (a tiny place you've probably never heard of) in the East of England. I'm a singer-songwriter, and as much as I love it and treat it as the biggest passion, unfortunately I can't spend too much on time because I'm tied by schoolwork. Hopefully when I finish school and people like my songs, I'll be able to devote my life to writing and composing. I play guitar and sing - I also write a lot of lyrics, often in random places. Once I wrote a song while sitting on a tree. My single "Hand In Hand" came out on iTunes today, I'd really appreciate it if you could give it a listen )