Tag: Mozart

  • Who Needs a Conductor?

    Who Needs a Conductor?

    A delightful OpEd tackling the debate surrounding the myth and mystery of the orchestral conductor’s role, from anecdote to history.

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  • 5 Familiar Chord Progressions to Start Any Song

    5 Familiar Chord Progressions to Start Any Song

    The first chords of your song will set the emotional precedent that your lyrics should ultimately follow. Here’s a few suggestions for starting strong!

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  • Soundfly’s 2017 Year-End Music Favorites: Albums, Songs, Articles, and More!

    Soundfly’s 2017 Year-End Music Favorites: Albums, Songs, Articles, and More!

    It’s getting a little ridiculous now. Too much great, new music is coming out every single week, and it’s tough to keep up. And since we here at Soundfly HQ can be found, most weeks, grooving out to the new, freshly composed, produced, and mixed sounds of our talented students alongside all the commercially released…

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  • What Exactly Is a Nocturne, and How Do You Write One?

    What Exactly Is a Nocturne, and How Do You Write One?

    Despite what many people think, classical music isn’t just a single, monolithic genre of music written by an old, stuffy bunch of dead guys. In fact, European classical music is so diverse that the only common denominator shared amongst pieces in its vast repertoire is that modern Western musical notation was basically invented in order to be…

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  • Intimidated by Opera? Here Are 5 Ways You Can Dive in as a Beginner

    Intimidated by Opera? Here Are 5 Ways You Can Dive in as a Beginner

    Tom Hanks: “Do you mind this music? Do you like opera?” Denzel Washington: “I am…not that familiar with opera.” For many, the question isn’t whether or not they like opera — it’s whether or not they’ve ever taken the time to find out. Opera tends to play a cameo role in our culture, hovering around the…

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  • All of the Times Manneken Pis Dressed Up Like a Musician (We Think!)

    All of the Times Manneken Pis Dressed Up Like a Musician (We Think!)

    If you’ve ever been to Brussels, or know much about Belgian culture, you may already be familiar with the four things they take really seriously over there: beer, fries, waffles, and… a bronze statue of a naked boy urinating into a fountain from 1618, with a penchant for dressing up in various costumes and regalia (sounds like a lot…

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  • 3 Common Broken Chord Patterns to Inspire Beginner Pianists

    3 Common Broken Chord Patterns to Inspire Beginner Pianists

    This video is an excerpt of our free course “Music Theory for Beginner Pianists.” The piano is an astounding instrument. It offers players the opportunity to experiment with a nearly endless range of textures, dynamics, and even timbres. Of course, being faced with all those options can be pretty overwhelming, especially for those who are…

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RJD2: From Samples to Songs