Free Friday: Moby Edition

How long does it take you to write a song? If your answer was "forever", you are not alone.  NPR's Project song gives an artist some cues, then challenges them to write a song in two days.  Most take every minute of those two days.  Moby and Kelli Scarr finished their piece in six hours.  [...]

By | May 6th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Play > Hey Ya! by OutKast

One Two Three Uh! Here's an easy guitar song lesson from the generous Justin Sandercoe.  Four open chords, a simple strumming pattern, and a measure of 2/4 to mix things up. Listen to Hey Ya! on Jango Lyrics to Hey Ya! More Easy Guitar Songs Once you've got this down Justin has two sets of [...]

By | May 2nd, 2010|Guitar, Songs|

Free Friday: UK Edition w/Maybeshewill

It is hard to make a living as a musician.  It is hard to find to find bookings for bands playing original music.  Make that original instrumental music and you're off the charts.  Maybeshewill then kicks the degree of difficulty up a few notches by doing it all on their own. Maybeshewill don’t really like [...]

By | April 15th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, music industry, Songs|

Free Friday: David Byrne / Imelda Marcos Edition

Perform > Please Don't - David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, featuring Santigold David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have created a 2-CD set that features 22 songs and 22 singers including Sia, Santigold, Tori Amos, Cindi Lauper, and Charmaine Clamor.   Charmaine is the only Filipino singer on Here Lies Love, a musical telling of the life [...]

By | March 31st, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, Songs|

Play > The Scientist by Coldplay

Nate provides a two-part lesson for this one.  After teaching the original piano part, he shows you how to fill in the melody to play it as a solo piano piece without vocals.  And if you've ever heard me sing, you will really appreciate that. How To Play The Scientist - Part 1 How to [...]

By | March 10th, 2010|Piano, Songs|

Play > Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

This Green Day number is a popular song for beginners, which means its also a popular song for YouTube tutorials.  Of the thousands out there, I like this one best.  The low-key approach of the guitar-in-a-nutshell guy helps you build up the song and picking patterns section by section.  Be sure to tune up before [...]

By | March 3rd, 2010|Guitar, Songs|

Play > Don’t Stop Believin’

True Love, Ironic Pleasure, or Gag me with a spoon? Now matter how you feel about the song, there's no denying that Don't Stop Believin' came back in a big way.  And it's stayed back.  From the Soprano's finale to Broadway's Rock of Ages to Glee, it just can't be avoided.  In 2008, Journey's iconic [...]

By | February 25th, 2010|Piano, Songs|