Tag: Michael Jackson

  • A Harmonic Analysis of Michael Jackson’s Protest Song “They Don’t Care About Us”

    A Harmonic Analysis of Michael Jackson’s Protest Song “They Don’t Care About Us”

    Through means of Dancehall rhythms, modal interchange, and ostinato, Michael Jackson gives us glimpses of Black American heritage in his protest song.

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  • Memorize Common Descending Intervals Easily with This Handy Guide

    Memorize Common Descending Intervals Easily with This Handy Guide

    Here’s a super handy cheat sheet for remembering descending note intervals, using some of the most familiar melodies in music history!

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  • Music for Practicing Scales and Modes

    Music for Practicing Scales and Modes

    + Learning to read and write music? Access hundreds of lessons from Soundfly’s online courses on music theory, songwriting, production, mixing and more — subscribe here. This article originally appeared on Ethan Hein’s blog. Are you trying to learn scales and patterns, but finding it hard to make yourself practice? Do yourself a favor, and practice over actual […]

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  • Real vs. Hyperreal vs. Surreal

    Real vs. Hyperreal vs. Surreal

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. This article originally appeared on Ethan Hein’s blog. You can put all recorded music techniques and gestures into three categories: realist, hyperrealist, and surrealist. These categories have soft boundaries that broadly overlap. […]

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  • Can Descending Chords Ever Sound Happy?

    Can Descending Chords Ever Sound Happy?

    Descending melodies and progressions often sound sad, but one of the most resoundingly happy songs ever, Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” begs to differ.

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  • 17 of the Greatest Televised Moments in Music History

    17 of the Greatest Televised Moments in Music History

    If you missed these 17 moments when they were broadcast on television, relive them and learn their historical impact on not only music but also pop culture.

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  • 6 Understatedly Spooky Pop Songs About Murder and Ghosts for Halloween

    6 Understatedly Spooky Pop Songs About Murder and Ghosts for Halloween

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. There is certainly no shortage of classic, party-ready Halloween songs out there; from the iconic and goofy “Monster Mash” to Warren Zevon’s catchy sing-a-long, “Werewolves of London.” But if you’re looking to get […]

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  • Using Synth Bass as an Expressive and Supportive Tool for Bass Players

    Using Synth Bass as an Expressive and Supportive Tool for Bass Players

    As you move from your electric or upright to synth bass, you may start to wonder how to support your group or artist while still expressing the arc of the piece. In many situations, we bass players rely on dynamics, feel, and attack to inform our navigation through a piece of music. When I’m building a […]

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  • The Ultimate List of the Top 25 Times Metal Bands Covered Pop Songs

    The Ultimate List of the Top 25 Times Metal Bands Covered Pop Songs

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. Everybody loves a great melody. Some of us just can’t get enough of that sweet, addictive chorus hook found in the most timeless songs of the popular […]

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  • Off Notes: Golden Oldies

    Off Notes: Golden Oldies

    Happy Friday! This week turned out to be a nostalgic one here at Soundfly HQ — so many of my submissions came from the archives! We spent the beginning of the week exploring the history of Abbey Road, found out mid-week about the Full House reunion, and just yesterday stumbled across the Cher, Elton John, and Bette Midler […]

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