Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free Lesson: Song Analysis by Mark Simos!

Mark Simos has graciously given a free analysis for Songwriters Club to pass on! Check it out HERE

This is what he has to say about it. . .

Hi folks:

First off, hope you're having a great Spring Break!

Last week we had some excitement as Sierra Hull, a Berklee student and a smokin' bluegrass mandolinist and vocalist, released her new Rounder album Daybreak. Right now her new video on CMT is getting more spins than any bluegrass or acoustic music has in a long time and excitement is running high. I wanted to help her out while at the same time furthering our goals of learning more about songwriting. So I have prepared a little Spring Break gift for all of you - a complimentary lesson which is an analysis of the Kevin McClung song on the video. You can watch the video here

The handout will be particularly useful to lyric writing students as the song is a nice example of a particular type of verse-refrain form; and to songwriting students, as it's also a nice example of combining front-heavy and back-heavy phrasing. Anyone interested in roots music and songwriting as part of those genres will also find it a great song worthy of some study.

As a special one-time offer: I hereby give you permission to pass this handout PDF on to fellow students, songwriters or musician friends of yours who might be interested in it. Please pass on the PDF with my copyright notice intact! Remember this is pretty technical, so it's not for the fans or the faint-hearted! But it is a glimpse into the way we dig into song structure in songwriting classes at Berklee. And a nice testament to how well contemporary bluegrass songwriting holds up under that analytical lens. enjoy!

Mark Twain: "The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is the difference between a lightning-bug and lightning."

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