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For those of you love songwriting and need some tips, I made this video for you guys. Enjoy(:

1) Write what you feel.
– Don’t just write out random lyrics. Write about something that’s important to you, something you care about, or maybe even something funny you saw on the way to school or work.

2) Set a mood for the song.
– If it’s a sad song, set a melancholy mood for the song, but make sure to not go too sad. Try to have a common mood or tone throughout the song.

3) Take your time.
– It’s not the end of the world. Take your time to craft the work of art in which you imagine. Unless you’re on a big deadline or something like that, just slow down and take your time.

4) Keep the words simple.
– A song isn’t a college english essay. There is no need to use big words in songs and I wouldn’t recommend it in general because using too much of these can lose the listener if he or she doesn’t know what the words mean.

5) Don’t be discouraged if your first song isn’t well done.
– Many songwriters, including myself, struggle when it first comes to creating a song. If your song just doesn’t seem good on the first draft or in general, do not be discouraged. This is only your first song and you will get better. I promise this to you.

6) Practice, Practice, Practice!
– Like anything else, songwriting is a skill that requires practice. By practicing even once a day you can and will improve your songwriting skills. Just like singing everyday helps improve your singing and playing piano helps improve your piano playing skills, practicing your songwriting skills will improve your songwriting skills.

7) Relate to the listener.
– It may not seem like it, but there are definitely people out there who can relate to your break up story or the love you have for summer vacation. People love it when they can relate to something and songs are one of those things. So, be sure to try and relate to the listener.

8) Understand the structure of a song.
– Most songs have a structure of Intro, Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Bridge, and then the Chorus and Outro. As you know, the choruses have repeating lyrics so all you have to do is write one chorus and you have 3 parts of the song done. Most of the writing comes from the verses because most of the time the verses have different lyrics, but sometimes artists repeat the same lyrics in both verses. The bridge doesn’t always have lyrics because sometimes artists choose to put in an instrumental break there.

9) Explore the world for inspiration, even if your “world” is only your backyard.
– Most of the time, sitting at home and just staring at a wall won’t help with writing a song. So, take your notebook, sheet, phone, or whatever you use and go explore your world. This could be anything from your own backyard to Times Square. Go out and explore and you will get inspiration. The best exploration would be places that you love. If you love the beach, go to the beach and try to get inspiration from there.

10) Write because you love it, not because you want money.
– This may be the most obvious but it’s true. Some writers write because they care about making millions and having a luxurious life. Do NOT do that. Write because you love to. Write because it is the world you escape to when you’re feeling sad or lonely. Write because it makes you happy. I believe that the best art comes when you put your heart into it. If you’re just writing random stuff to get a number 1 hit and make millions, it takes the fun away from songwriting and it takes away your skilled gift. So, write because you love to, not because you want money.

Tips for Mixing Metal Bass Guitar

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Tips for mixing an aggressive bass guitar sound for various metal-based genres. How to use tools like EQ, compression, limiting, amp simulators and harmonic generators to make the bass cut through the mix.

– Fender Jaguar Bass
– ART MPA-2 Preamp
– ART Pro VLA Compressor
– Avid Pro Tools
– Waves MaxxBass
– Waves GTR 3
– Waves L1 Limiter
– Waves V-EQ4 Vintage Equalizer Plugin
– Waves V-Comp Vintage Compressor Plugin
– Brainworx BX Saturator


I’ve been mixing a lot of metal sub-genre tracks recently and wanted to share techniques I’ve been using for mixing bass. Whether DI or a recorded bass, a mic in front of an amp and cabinet. This was a DI bass — it wasn’t blended with a recorded bass.

Pretty aggressive bass — a lot of percussiveness and grindy. Getting a good bass sound starts with a good raw recording. I used a Fender Jaguar with a single coil pickup into an ART MPA-2 Preamp, followed by an ART Pro VLA Compressor. There was some tracking compression applied at a 3 to 1 ratio to tame peaks. It was a dynamic performance and I didn’t want to clip convertors. You can see the waveform isn’t that dynamic. I put a high pass filter at 45 Hz.

[solo bass guitar]

It has a warm sound. For processing, I start with amp simulators when working with a DI track. Here it’s the Waves GTR 3 super tube preamp model with a bass 8×10 cabinet. I have a bit of drive dialed in and some minor EQ. Pulled a bit of mids out, boosted treble and bass.

[bass guitar + Waves GTR 3 amp simulator]

I’m boosting with an Ibanez Tube Screamer emulation like this overdrive pedal from the GTR 3 Suite.

[bass guitar + Waves GTR 3 amp simulator + overdrive pedal]

Now EQ. For bass guitar and for most instruments, start by cutting — pull out frequencies before you boost to keep it sounding natural. Especially with an EQ before a compressor I definitely don’t advise boosting frequencies if you want the compressor to behave uniformly and react naturally to the track.

So now EQ. I’m putting another high pass at 47 Hz. I’m also using a low pass filter.

[bass guitar + Waves GTR 3 amp simulator + overdrive pedal + LPF EQ]

This is a parametric EQ from the Waves Gold Bundle. I advise parametric EQ’s because it helps associate a sound to a number. You don’t have the visual aspect of it like with a graphic equalizer. Teaches you what different frequencies sound like.

You tend to find a lot of boxiness around 300-500 Hz in the DI bass.

[bass guitar + Waves GTR 3 amp simulator + overdrive pedal + equalization]

Sounds a lot more real and took out some nasty midrange.

Now compression. I usually start with a low ratio and see if I can correct problems with that. This bass isn’t super problematic since I’ve tracked with compression. We’re just catching peaks. I don’t need to level anything, so a fast attack and fast release. Let’s start with the threshold low and bring it up to get gain reduction on a few peaks.

[bass + GTR 3 + overdrive + EQ + compression]

That ratio is transparent, so what I’m gonna do is match the output. Let’s check in the mix. When I mix bass guitars, or anything, I’m mixing in context of the mix. You want to see how changes affect the sound of the overall mix and help the instrument sit in the mix. It’s great if it sounds killer solo, but that doesn’t mean it’s gonna work well in your mix, so make sure you’re checking and mixing in context.

[bass in the mix]

Weak in the bottom end. We can work with the midrange. Let’s apply the next EQ. I have my cutting EQ pre-compressor, I have compression, and we’re going to apply a boosting EQ. Gonna add some bass starting at 100 Hz.

[EQ’ing bass + mix]

I don’t want to compete or mask the kick drum around 50-56, so I’m gonna let the kick dominate that area of the frequency spectrum, and keep the bass guitar above it. So that 100 Hz works.

Now harmonics I tend to use as an EQ to add grit, which can help bass sit in the mix. I’ve got a crossover frequency on the Brainworx Saturator. You can also use a stock plugin. If you use Pro Tools, Avid has the Enhancer. We’ll start with bass frequencies.

[bass playback + harmonics]

Boosted lower frequencies slightly on the harmonic plugin. The Waves MaxxBass plugin is great. It adds some upper bass frequencies and some low mids to expand the region where you’re still getting punch and body.

[bass guitar + Waves MaxxBass]

MaxxBass adds upper bass frequencies and the low mids. I love it on kick drums, love it on bass.

L1 limiter to tame peaks and maximize volume. For this genre you want bass up front and limiting does that.

[bass + limiter]

We got another 3-5 dB coming off there, and that’s gonna keep it nice and consistent.
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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question…

Q: I’m in a serious guitar & songwriting rut. I know the basic scales and I have a decent sense of rhythm. But, every time I go to compose a new riff for a song I feel that what I’m playing sounds really boring and lifeless. I feel like I’m really getting sick of hearing my guitar composing sound the same day after day. Any tips that you’d have to help me out with my guitar-based songwriting would be wickedly appreciated!
James — Raleigh, NC. USA

A: There are many musicians who – after moving through the process of learning their; scales, chords, harmonies and playing techniques — and who then move onto first transcribing and ultimately composing their own musical pieces — will often go through a period of feeling stuck! There’s no need to be discouraged, after I discuss a number of obvious points associated to this topic, I’m quite positive that you’ll have a bunch of new directions to take with your songwriting. These ideas should help to break you out of any rut that you perhaps feel that you’re in right now! In the video I zoom in on the guitar neck and run through six songwriting concepts players can begin including in their development (or perhaps we might call it the, “re-development,”) of your current song writing skill-set.

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