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An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 15.5
August 2012

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes & Dan Cohen
* New Artist Spotlight Additions
* Songwriting Book Review - by Anastasia Karalekas
* Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
* Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought to you by Songwriter's Hall of Fame member, John Brhel.
* Featured Article: Quick Tip: How To Balance Your Song Menu by Brad Dunse
* On Site Featured Article - An article (or articles) already online for your viewing pleasure.
* Classifieds & Useful Services
* Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2011 - Jodi Krangle.
For more contact information, see end of issue.

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Editor's Musings:

I hope you're all enjoying your summer! I didn't realize I was living in India or Texas... but apparently the weather here has decided to give me a taste of what those of you in such areas regularly experience. When humidity climbs into the mid 40's (Celcius, for my American friends. ;) ), that's something to talk about. (Not that weather isn't already a favorite topic of mine, as those of you who are regulars to this newsletter are well aware. :D). But WOW. It's been HOT here. I mean, Toronto has its hot and steamy summers. But ... this is getting ridiculous.

In any case, moving right along, I'm happy to report that The Muse's Muse has two new columnists! How To Practice Guitar, by Mike Philippov, will tell you about ... well... how to practice guitar. :) Very informative and helpful in the way that it'll get you out of your own way - something we all suffer from at times, I know. The other new column is by Anthony Ceseri and is called Hit Song Secrets. He'll break down the songwriting techniques used in your favorite songs so that you can use their concepts on your own music. Mike currently has two new articles online and Anthony has two new ones as well. Both are listed at the end of this newsletter, or you can follow the links above to their columns and see a little more information on what they intend to talk about.

And now, lets get to the raffle winners this month, shall we?

They are:

  • Rich Thomsen from Little Canada, MN, has won a copy of the wonderfully useful book, "100 Miles To A Record Deal" by author and publisher, Bronson Herrmuth.

  • Rudy Spivey from Florence, SC, has won a ZEEDIS, pocket-sized, circular slide rule for finding the notes of chords, scales, modes and also for finding diatonic triads of scales/modes, instantly and easily. Thanks, GuitarScalesAndChords.com! What a great tool!

  • Connie Rossitter, from Kemble, ON Canada, has won a free 3 month membership to SongU, an Internet-based learning environment providing online coaching, co-writing and pitching opportunities, in addition to over 70 multi-level courses developed by award-winning songwriters. (Unfortunately, Brad's Onlinegigs prize didn't come through last month. :( So I offered this one to him instead and he graciously accepted.)

  • Jackie Worth, from Bolivar, MO, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.

And once again, as I've mentioned many times before (you guys should have this memorized by now :D) if you'd like to be considered for a raffle prize yourself, have a look at the various prizes offered at the top of The Muse's News webpage, decide which prizes you'd most like, and email me with your top two choices along with your mailing address so that I can get the prizes to you. Yes, it's really that simple. :) (And yes, the mailing address is kinda important. I promise it won't be used for any other reason than to send you your raffle prize - and to mention your approximate location in the notice of raffle winners you see above here.)

Stay cool and inspired, folks!

All the best,

--Jodi

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Music Reviews: Cyrus Rhodes

NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Cyrus Rhodes:

* The Elwood James Band
* We're The Last Men On Earth (LMOE)
* Eclectic Mayhem
*
Another October
* SIXSTEP
* Dani Raushi

Dan Cohen:

* James Purnell


Click here for bios on each of the reviewers. If you're considering sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks!

Artist Spotlights:

Great music is only a click away!
Here is a selection of the great artists and bands highlighted
in the Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse.

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Little Miss Higgins - Genre: BLUES

Across The Plains, is the 4th full length album she's recorded. It was recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Bedside Studio. She co-produced this album with fellow musician and producer Jaxon Haldane. The album is filled with all original songs. Lots of horns, muck-bucket bass, upright bass, wonderful percussion, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and even one song that is a acapella vocals accompanied by stompin' and clappin' and a sandalwood fan.  She won the 10th Annual Independent Music Award for Blues Album. 

Allister Bradley - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

A collection of stories from inside the soul of a Canadian singer/songwriter/pianist, delivering on the promise of heartfelt emotion, social commentary, and a shy sense of humour, lifted by melodies that stick in your head and satisfy like warm soup on a cold day…

Songwriting Book Review By: Anastasia Karalekas

"Pop Goes The Weasel: Rock and Roll Off The Record"
by Gerry Young
http://www.currentmgmt.com

http://www.facebook.com/gerry.young.10

Gerry Young is a man with many hats in the music industry, and with lots of stories to tell. His career has taken him from being a concert promoter, to a record label exec, to managing bands. His book "Pop Goes the Weasel: Rock and Roll Off the Record" is a collection of his memoirs, and it’s a fun tell-all, no-holds-barred recount of his journey.

As a concert promoter and record executive in the 70s and 80s, Young met some of the world’s top artists of the era, and acquired some very funny tales along the way. The first half of the book is filled with some of these revealing stories. The second half is all about how he took a giant risk by quitting the stability of this successful career jumping – no, leaping into a less stable one to become manager to some of the most memorable Canadian bands of the 80s.

His introduction into managing was with a band that had one hit at the time, and was trying desperately to break into bigger markets. Hand-picked by Martha and the Muffins (of “Echo Beach” fame, for starters) to be their manager, he put all his faith in the band and brought them unprecedented success through his determination, and knowledge of what (and what*not*) to do in the music business. He also went on to help an otherwise unknown band (The Parachute Club) go from complete obscurity, playing in out-of-the-way warehouses, to international stardom. And the list continues.

Going from concert promoter to manager and then owner of his own management company, Gerry Young recounts his incredible adventures. His stories made me chuckle, laugh out loud, and even utter the very same expletives that he uttered too along the way. Personally, I’m glad that Young took that risk and jumped into managing, because he brought us some of the best (and some of my favorite) Canadian bands. Today he still runs Current Management, and is still introducing us to some of today’s potential current artists.

Written in a very easy-to-read fashion, this book is for anyone who grew up listening to the music of the 70s and 80s, and also for anyone who wants to learn a few things from a manager who bent over backwards for his clients. Gerry Young’s book is all that, and more!

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Anastasia Karalekas is a self-taught guitarist and music absorber.  When she is not learning, learning, learning, she spends her time writing fiction and poetry. After taking some private guitar lessons, her teacher encouraged her  to try putting some of her poems to music, and she's been writing songs ever since.

If you'd like *your* book reviewed (as long as it has something to do with songwriting, of course!), please do email us and let us know!

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Musical Notes: Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

In the interest of conserving space (when I need to), I will be including only changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests and market information that have already been listed here, are displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html.
Please check there regularly for updates!


14TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

The Great American Song Contest features awards for 45 winners in 9 categories and provides $10,000 in Prizes. Entrants receive written song evaluations from music-industry judges, including publishers, music producers and recording artists. Open to songwriters, lyricists and composers around the world. Sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters everywhere. Submission deadline is October 31, 2012. For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com

2011 GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST WINNERS:

Johnsmith won top honors for his original song "From His Window." First-Place category winners were Ed Romanoff & Crit Harmon for "Two Yellow Roses" (Acoustic/Folk); Debra Gussin & Dale Effren for "This Is Our Time" (Adult Contemporary); Eric Colville for "End Of War" (Singer-Songwriter); John L. Sullivan for "Ghost Town" (Rock); Lynne Stewart & Tracy Newman for "Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa" (Special Category Music); Steven Michael Johnson for "Shadow Of the Sun" (Christian/Gospel); Angela Evans for "Warm Hands" (Country); Tony Chen for "Recognizing the Beloved One" (Instrumental); Larry Hamlet for "Climb Back Up" (Pop); Lisa Horan & Stephen Joseph Antonelli for "Spin This World the Other Way" (HipHop/R&B); and Randall & Sara Effner for "Beijing Lullaby" (Lyric Writing). You can hear these winning songs on the Great American Song Hall Of Fame at: GreatAmericanSong.com


11th ANNUAL MOUNTAIN STAGE NEWSONG CONTEST REGIONAL DEADLINE APPROACHING!

This year the winner will receive a fully-funded album produced by lestyn Polson (David Gray, Patti Smith, David Bowie), recorded over 10 days at beautiful Echo Mountain Recording and released on the NewSong Recordings label, a 2013 performance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a live performance on National Public Radio's highly acclaimed Mountain Stage show and an appearance at the 2013 Sundance/ASCAP Music Café.

Enter at www.mountainstagenewsongcontest.com


StudioVox: CONNECTING THE CREATIVE/CONTEST FOR $200!

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In order to win the $200 Gift Card

1. Visit www.studiovox.com and use access code: StudiovoxBetaCode025 to log in.
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THE 9th ANNUAL IAMA (INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS) KICKS OFF

The 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries, this awards competition is judged based on songwriting, performance & artistry. Win prizes in 8 different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada, featured on Acoustic Cafe, a syndicated radio program. You may also obtain the entry form at:
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Getting great gigs, building your audience and selling more merchandise is exactly what your career is all about. This online course is jam-packed with 12 hours of downloadable audio mp3s and PDF Action Guides. There are 5 modules: Module 1: Tour Goals & Planning Strategies, Module 2: Routing Your Tours, Module 3: Negotiation Techniques & Contracts, Module 4: Working with Presenters, Bookers, Promoters/Advancing the Date, Module 5: Targeting Your Markets for Maximum Audiences. Plus 2 hours of bonus classes, BONUS #1: Website Maximizer-Is you’re your Website Selling You? Learn how. BONUS #2: Copy Writing: How to write fan emails, press releases and other promo copy that get responses. Bonus # 3: Three free Industry Biz Booster Monthly Mentor Interviews. And finally, weekly call-in office hours to talk with former agent, manager, author, creator, Jeri Goldstein directly, about the course and your career. Booking & Touring Success Strategies & Secrets gives you artist-tested, step-by-step strategies to help you reach your career goals and make all of your tours profitable. http://performingbiz.com


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AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER OFFERING SONGWRITING TIPS AND CRITIQUING SERVICES

Award winning songwriter Jane Eamon is offering songwriting one on one classes via Skype. These sessions are one hour in length and can cover any topic you'd like to address. From writing, to critique, to ideas and games. Or just to share your thoughts and get feedback. If you're interested in a session contact janeeamon@shaw.ca to schedule a class.


HAVE YOU EVER STRUGGLED TO FIND THE RIGHT CHORD OR NOTE TO FIT SOMEWHERE IN YOUR SONG?

Hooktheory is a free resource that can show you how to integrate basic music theory into your songwriting process, making it easier to write catchy chord progressions and melody. Hooktheory currently consists of three main areas:
1. The Hookbook demonstrates basic principles of music theory and how they relate to popular music. It's filled with multimedia-rich content explaining musical concepts synchronized to real songs so you can hear what you are learning and make connections easier.
2. The Music Editor lets you write chord progressions in Roman Numeral notation and listen to them in any key. Add a melody, save your work, share it with friends, or export it to Garageband, sheet music, or guitar tab.
3. The Analysis Wiki is a user-generated collection of analyses of popular songs. Look up the chord progression and melody of a song, or use the music editor to create your own analyses.
Check it out now!


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MUSIKPITCH: NEW ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR SONGWRITING OPPORTUNITIES

MusikPitch is a brand new website where songwriters can find the latest opportunities from companies, studios, and individuals looking for custom songs. It's a straightforward marketplace, where you can get your music heard and win contracts, regardless of your experience and location. New projects are posted daily — from big name movie studios and company brands to non-profits and schools. Start browsing for great new opportunities today! http://www.musikpitch.com


SONGWRITING CONSULTATION SPECIAL OFFER:

Pete and Pat Luboff are offering a special rate to Muse's Muse readers on a single song consultation: http://www.writesongs.com/consults.html MM readers get a $5
discount by sending $15 via PayPal to peteandpat@comcast.net instead of using the $20 single-song button on the site. Please email the songs to the same address (mp3 attachment with the lyrics in the body of the email - lyrics only are fine).
Response will be by email.


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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel

©2011-2012 John Brhel. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

“Billie Jean is not my lover.
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one.
But the kid is not my son.”

--“Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson

Apart from the instantaneously recognizable drumbeat that kicks it off, probably the second-most memorable part of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” is its distinctive baseline. Did you know that funky, sorta creepy loop was actually lifted from a Hall and Oates song, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”? Cool, huh? I didn’t either until I stumbled across a great resource for songwriters and musicians, The New Rockstar Philosophy.

I take issue with a lot of songwriting websites. For sites that have so much to do with one of the coolest things around, music, most of them are particularly uncool. A good portion of the songwriting websites I stumble across offer some of the lamest, kiddie-looking designs and boring articles on the Internet. Sure, some might offer great content, but it’s hard to digest when the writer has nothing unique or interesting to say. I don’t want to approach songwriting the same way I’d approach calculus. I want to get excited. I want to laugh and get pumped up. It’s not often I find a site that actually piques my interest in this way.

With its fresh site design and irreverent article titles (e.g. “Reminder: Steal From Other Musicians #MJ #HallandOats”), The New Rockstar Philosophy is a great alternative to the humdrum songwriting sites of yore. You’ve got to love a site that blatantly tells you to rip off other musicians (in a tongue-in-cheek manner, of course) as it does in the MJ article:

“I’m not suggesting that you steal a bassline…. wait..uh.. no, actually that’s exactly what I’m suggesting. Steal from your favourite songs! Take their elements, remake them and who knows, you may write the biggest song of the decade.

The New Rockstar Philosophy is actually based around an “award-winning internationally published book” of the same name. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. If it’s anything like the site, however, I might have to order a copy.

Unlike your average songwriting website, The New Rockstar Philosophy doesn’t do dull articles. You won’t find a “How to Incorporate a Dmaj7 into your Bridge” here. It offers up its fair share of songwriting pointers, but these are usually tied to a specific style or artist as in “Songwriting Lesson from Paul McCartney: Use Only Two Fingers.” I’m sure more people would be compelled to read an article that alluded to McCartney songwriting secrets than to those of some random singer/songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa. I know I would.
The New Rockstar Philosophy is also great in that it discusses songwriting in a modern context. Sure, it has its articles about McCartney and MJ, but it also publishes articles about songwriters like The Dream (Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” anyone?) and how sites like Reddit can help build up your listener base. Dylan and Cohen are well and good, but it’s refreshing to a site discuss songwriting taking the last 30 years into consideration.

For those of you on the performing songwriter/band side of things, The New Rockstar Philosophy is a treasure trove of great information. Consider articles like “Look To Local Business For Band Sponsorships” or “Make Friends With Soundmen/Soundpeople.” This is just the type of solid advice you need to establish yourself in the music industry. I mean, who would have thought befriending the sound guy could be so beneficial?

Along with inspired articles, The New Rockstar Philosophy also serves up a monthly hour-long podcast. On it, the folks behind the site discuss various topics affect musicians today as well as trending artists. One podcast from May 11 featured topics such as Gotye, Dropbox, and UK touring.

If you’re looking for new tunes and/or inspiration, the site also puts out a monthly mixtape featuring songs from modern artists. These are available to download in the Digital Archives.

As of July 19, The New Rockstar Philosophy has 609 Likes on Facebook. Clearly, people are interested, but not enough in my opinion. If unique articles about songwriting appeal to you, you ought to give The New Rockstar Philosophy a try (and a Like if you’re into it.)

Whether you want to be a rockstar or simply write hits for them, give The New Rockstar Philosophy a look-see. Plug “songwriting” into the search feature and check out all of the great articles available. Perhaps you’ll be intrigued by “Surround Yourself With High Achieving Musicians” or maybe “Neil Young and Patti Smith Share Their Music Wisdom.”

I’m just glad that I’ve found another songwriting website that appeals to both my interest in songwriting and snarky humor. If you’d rather not approach songwriting as you would algebra (I don’t recall John Lennon taking any paint-by-numbers songwriting lessons), let The New Rockstar Philosophy inspire you.

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John Brhel is a songwriter from upstate New York who wrote his first batch of pop songs before graduating from elementary school. A lover of all music, John writes country songs, plays in a punk band and spends a good deal of his free time listening to Diane Warren ballads. John regularly attends industry events in New York and Los Angeles and is a member of ASCAP and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. A lover of melody and the left-field chord change, John lives and breathes songs. He is always on the lookout for Skype cowriters.

Featured Article - By Brad Dunse

QUICK TIP: How To Balance Your Song Menu

Out to breakfast with a buddy, you order a Farmer’s Omelet with hash browns, a side order of fruit, a glass of orange juice, and coffee. Yum.

After a few minutes of breakfast chat, the breakfast arrives. The waiter sets down your omelet saying, “Your Farmer’s Omelet.”

Setting down a dish with another omelet on it he says, “Your hash browns sir.” A bowl with another omelet in it is carefully placed while he says, “Your fruit, looks delicious this morning too.”

Your pal is kicking you under the table with a perplexed smile growing wider.

Finally, the waiter sets down a glass and a mug, both with an omelet poking out the top and says, “Your juice and coffee, can I get you anything else here?”

Staring blankly at the table you murmur out loud, “What is wrong with this person? If I wanted everything the same, I’d have ordered it that way?”

That’s how people will think with your songs if the sections aren’t balanced with different flavors, textures, and tastes. Did I lose you?

In a verse-chorus-bridge song you’ll typically have verse one, chorus, verse two, chorus, bridge, and chorus. There are many ways to change it up especially if you add in an intro, lift or pre-chorus, and an outro or tag; but let’s keep it simple here.

Each one of those sections are like courses in a meal, they need to be different to enjoy the whole thing fully.

This might seem a no-brainer, but I’ve seen good writers who have written for a while overlook this simple guide.

How could you differentiate them?

• Length of lyric lines. Longer in verses and shorter in chorus, or vice versa.

• Number of lines per section. A verse might have six lines and the chorus only four. There’s many ways to differentiate.

• Rhyme theme or pattern. You might have a verse with a rhyme pattern of: A-A-B-C-C-B, and a chorus of A-B-C-B. Here too, there are many different patterns and ways of mixing them up.

• Melodic theme. Change the chorus’s melody from the verse without making it sound like a different song altogether, yet not so similar to where it is mistaken as a verse.

• Starting lyrics at a different time. A subtle yet interesting tool is to start your lyrics on beat in the verse and a half-beat before or after in the chorus… or vice versa.

• Faster or -slower lyrics. Often times a chorus will stretch and sore when a verse is faster or wordier, and of course the opposite can be true.

• Lyric perspective. Often times in a bridge the lyrics will take a different perspective, like maybe ask a question when the rest of the song is a statement.

• Proximity of a scene. In a story song or a song where lyrics are very descriptive and detailed, often times you’ll bring the listener very close to the situation in the verses, and further away in the chorus with a broader point, creating a distance from the detail.

• Chord progression. You might have a progression in the verse as: G-C-G-C-G-D-C-G; and in the chorus C-D-em-D-C-Em-D

• A relative or different key. You might have a G Major chorus progression of G-D-G-D-G, and then jump into a bridge with Bm-Em-D-G

• Half-time beat and rhythms. You can keep the tempo the same but accent the beats half-time or change the rhythm to give a foundational difference.

• Break down or just vocals. Bridges or repeated chorus can often be reduced to just an instrument or two along with a vocal, and then build back up as they come out of a section.

• Recognizable riff. You might have a repeated riff that only occurs in one section

• Vocal range. Most often a chorus will be higher in register and energy than a verse, and bridges can go either way depending on the song structure and topic.

• Instrumentation. Energy built up by more instruments, stronger presence of one, or one that only shows up in that section can be done as well.

Are you beginning to see the menu of your song?

Have a listen to songs you hear, take each one of the above items and see how many they use in one song. You don’t’ need to do them all, but it helps to do a good many, and some are pretty much a necessity.

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Brad Dunse is a performing songwriter based deep in the country's heartland reflecting sensitivity of daily living in his songs. Writing primarily in Folk, Country, Pop, or Americana, he occasionally writes CCM. Co-writer of The Wall, a tribute to Viet Vets receiving major market airplay, he's also received airplay on NPR, local public, independent, and web radio. He is a freelance writer, is board member of Minnesota Association of Songwriters, been member or involved in ASCAP, NSAI, SongU and other organizations. You can visit his web site at WWW.BRADDUNSEMUSIC.COM as well Add As Facebook Friend or Follow Him On Twitter.

"ON SITE" FEATURED ARTICLE(S)


How To Learn Challenging Guitar Chord Changes
- by Mike Philippov

Do you struggle with making certain chord changes on guitar? Most guitarists do. In this article I will show you a simple process for learning to play chords reliably and consistently.

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4 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Own Guitar Playing Progress
- by Mike Philippov

In this article I will explain about the top 4 mistakes that guitar players make in their general approaches to practicing. If you see yourself in any of these 4 points, then you have discovered the things that hold you back from making more progress in your guitar practice. 

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Using Ambiguous Lyrics, As Done By Kings of Leon - by Anthony Ceseri

Great lyrics can be sneaky. They can have you thinking one thing, when the whole time they’ve been two-faced and have been implying something else. Writing ambiguous lyrics in this way can be a great way to make what you're saying interesting to your listeners. In this article, we'll take a look at how Kings of Leon effectively used this technique.

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Using Emotion in Singing, as Done by Foo Fighters - by Anthony Ceseri

During a vocal performance it’s so important fuse emotion with the lyrics. Injecting emotion into the lyrics of a song is possibly THE most important job a singer has. The vocal delivery and the words in the song, can’t be separated if you want an effective vocal performance. In this article, we'll take a look at how Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters does a great job of applying this concept.

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Use The Power Of Your Favorite Singer's Voice to Turbo Charge Your Lead Guitar Playing - by Tom Hess

Guitar Soloing Solutions: Learn how to write great guitar solos by using the melodies of your favorite singer.

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