Full Toolbox vs 7 Steps To Writing a #1 Hit I’d like to take a few moments and talk about my approach to my Art Davis Studios blog. I see so many songwriting blogs and courses that make claims like - "7 Steps to Writing a #1 Hit" - or - "5 Steps to … Continue reading Full Toolbox vs 7 Steps To Writing a #1 Hit
Creative Freedom Using Self-Imposed Limitation I would like to explore the topic of the power of setting a set of limitations at the beginning of creating a work of art. I'll be relating this to songwriting and composing music but it is relevant to just about any creative endeavor. This idea has been around for … Continue reading Creative Freedom Using Self-Imposed Limitation
Internalizing Songwriting Tools and Techniques The slug line for my blog posts is "No Rules Only Tools". This is somewhat tongue in cheek but actually is something I feel very strongly about. Theory or technique taught as a set of rules to follow is firstly annoying to anyone who is creative. And secondly promotes concept … Continue reading Internalizing Songwriting Tools and Techniques
8 Tips For Writing A Great Melody Melody oddly enough is probably the most overlooked element in songwriting. We all tend (and I'm as guilty as anybody) to stress out over chord progressions, lyrics, groove, arrangement, and which reverb to use. When in actuality melody is a SUPER important element when it comes to a … Continue reading 8 Tips For Writing A Great Melody
This is a pic from the early 70's. This was the first analog synth studio I ever worked in. It is where I learned analog synthesis. Its the undergrad electronic music studio at North Texas State University. The graduate studio was even bigger. I got to work there a small amount but spent hours in … Continue reading First Analog Moog Studio
Thought I would share this great documentary on music and technology directed by Michael Coleman and Emmanuel Moran. It is a little over an hour long but way worth it. Some interviews with some really cool people. Very well done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_5MnvCUvDU&t=981s Click below to join my mailing list and pick up a FREE … Continue reading The Art of Listening
Artist vs Artisan There is a long history of distinction between an Artist and a Craftsman or Artisan. The former was reserved as a somewhat elitist view categorizing the "Fine Arts" as separate from the "Folk Arts". This was the difference between painting, art music, ballet, etc..... vs pottery, weaving, basket making, and folk music, etc … Continue reading Artist vs Artisan
Simmer Dim Waltz, a new EP featuring 2 new songs and 3 instrumentals written, recorded, and mixed by Art Davis in Art Davis Studios is released and available. Check it out at the links below: iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/art-davis/1361683140 Google Play Artist Page - https://play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=Abkx47eywc4hu7mdnpxmalw6jci Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_k7YCTbiRZgcyKEyFJ1BEjMOLZloDhcoU8 Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Simmer-Dim-Waltz-Art-Davis/dp/B07BCPFHG8/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1521833233&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=simmer+dim+waltz Spotify My Artist Page - http://open.spotify.com/artist/2zetqgnvUDWRP4Ug8XyUOd Bandcamp … Continue reading Simmer Dim Waltz EP Is Released!!!!!
This week's topic is an interesting one. And a very short one. I tried to flesh it out and realized I was just adding stuff to make it longer not better. I'll admit that this one is a bit "fuzzy". What I mean is that there are so many variables that it is hard to … Continue reading Songwriting Theory – Length Of The Line
New song featuring cello choir arrangement. Here's one of the cello parts . Click below to join my mailing list and pick up a FREE download of my eBook, How To Add Variety To Your Chord Progressions. SIGN UP NOW!!!