Tag: prince

  • A Brief History of Songwriting Stars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    A Brief History of Songwriting Stars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    We profile the great songwriting minds behind some of the greatest pop hits of the modern era. You might not know their names, but you know their work!

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  • What’s in a Name? How Bands Make Use of Strange Symbols and Characters

    What’s in a Name? How Bands Make Use of Strange Symbols and Characters

    Call it a trend, call it annoying to type and impossible to google, these bands will never have to be worried about being confused with anyone else!

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  • Chorus Writing Strategy 101

    Chorus Writing Strategy 101

    + Improve your songwriting with Soundfly! Explore our range of courses on emotional chord progressions, basic songwriting technique, songwriting for producers, and many more. Subscribe for unlimited access here. If ever you needed proof that there is joy in repetition, the contemporary pop  music chorus is the smoking gun. The chorus gives the listener the entire point of the song summed up […]

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  • Is Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer” the New “Purple Rain” or Something Else Entirely?

    Is Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer” the New “Purple Rain” or Something Else Entirely?

    Welcome to Soundfly Slacks Off, a published team discussion. The following conversation took place among Soundfly team members on May 4, 2018 and has been edited to provide maximum interesting stuff and minimal snoody gibberish (but we kept some of that in there too). Want to nerd out with us on musical topics or get […]

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  • The Cleansing: “Dirty Computer” Ushers in a New Era of Janelle Monáe

    The Cleansing: “Dirty Computer” Ushers in a New Era of Janelle Monáe

    In the era of Cardi B, Beyoncé, Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Tiffany Haddish, and many others, we bask in the glory of Black womxn. No longer are we afraid to show our thick thighs, curvy curls, and infectious attitudes. And why should we be? Black womxn have been told to sit down and shut up, […]

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  • Quick Tracks Nº 11: Make a 60-Second Rhythmic Funk Groove à la Prince

    Quick Tracks Nº 11: Make a 60-Second Rhythmic Funk Groove à la Prince

    Welcome back to the dance floor, Quick Trackers! Once a month, we hook you up with a short production or songwriting challenge, aimed at helping to up your musicianship. To respond to the challenge, just email us, leave a comment, or post to social media with the hashtag #quicktracks and tag us @learntosoundfly. For this month’s challenge, let’s […]

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  • The Music Inside Haruki Murakami’s Literary World

    The Music Inside Haruki Murakami’s Literary World

    + 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. Haruki Murakami is not (quite) a musician, but he has a greater command of music as an art form than most musicians I know, myself […]

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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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  • The Best Guitar Music in the World Is Coming from Agadez

    The Best Guitar Music in the World Is Coming from Agadez

    + 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. It was late 2009 when I got my first taste of Agadez. Searching a relatively primitive YouTube for new music to explore for an ethnomusicology class, I […]

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  • Are There “Happy” Blue Notes? Well, Maybe…

    Are There “Happy” Blue Notes? Well, Maybe…

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Okay, so there’s no such thing as a “happy” blue note, I made that up. But if you’re curious as to why I did that, read on. To start, if […]

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