Lyricist & Musician
Once upon a time a music teacher encouraged his students to present their favourite music to the rest of the class.
One morning, a boy from the very back row brought in a song called, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It".
The girls started giggling and fidgeting and the teacher didn't look very happy.
Right in the middle of the song, the music teacher ripped the record from the turntable.
He had this terrible bug-eyed look on his face. It was one of the greatest things I'd ever heard.
Robert Hoare is a lyricist and musician from Toronto. He has worked on over 46 albums with a variety of artists. Music Basics a concise rudiments of music study guide was published in 2017.
Two poems and a flash story published by Long Shot Books LLC: About Nothing, Lines and No Responsibility
"It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something." – Ornette Coleman
"I think that the material that is meaningful in the long run, that has the greatest impact on people, is the material that avoids cliches. And it avoids picking a subject and abstractly filling in the lyrics for it without having any emotional impact behind it, without having any real feeling for the subject matter . . . To think up a unique subject is not enough. You still have to put it in some relevant human context."
- Todd Rundgren (from Songwriters on Songwriting)
"There are ways you can get out of whatever you've gotten into. You want to get out of it. It's bad enough getting into it. But the thing to do as soon as you get into it, is realize you must get out of it. And unless you get out of it quickly and effortlessly, there's no use staying in it. It will drag you down ... and when my mind starts thinking ... that's trouble right away."
– Bob Dylan (from Songwriters on Songwriting)
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Preserving the Natural Shape of Language 1 - 4
The workshops will help you develop your own method for writing lyrics. Currently, I'm teaching songwriting at SOPA, SRH University in Berlin.
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- organising ideas
- writing tools
- plot development
- song forms and structure
- creating imagery
- figurative speech
- rhythm & rhyme
- editing tips
Music Basics is a comprehensive and concise little reference and study guide for music. The rudiments of music are explained in as few words as possible and in simple language. There are also exercises and practical suggestions for instrumental study. The book is specifically aimed at the needs of music teachers, high school music students and musicians seeking a thorough understanding of the basics of the musical language. Click on the icon above to have a look inside at Amazon.
How to practice the quarter note triplet
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