by on August 8, 2015
Here is how I  use Open Mic.  I don't have time to listen  to all the  new songs and catch  up  on all the old songs  I've missed.  I select  "Play All"  from  Open  Mic  and go about my tasks. The volume is loud enough that  I can hear from wherever I am and if something  grabs me, I go and  replay  it  . If I replay  it   you get  2 listens and if I "like"  it  you get a "like". If I have a comment to make I do so . This way  every  new song  gets a "listen from  me ...or more . How  do you us...
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by on April 19, 2015
As I sit here, the morning of my birthday, reflecting on this constant compulsion to create songs, I've come to the conclusion i can't live without it.  It's a sweet affliction - an addiction.  But one that I would never want to changeSongwriters and poets suffer from the same affliction . . . they both believe they have something to say.  I'd bet a buck that most of the following statements describe you: "I spend a large portion of every day thinking about writing songs.""I read scripture and t...
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by on December 7, 2016
I never met John Westwood in person but I sure do miss him. Many years ago, while reading song lyrics in a now defunct Songwriters Forum, I ran across a member who was constantly catching hell for commenting and providing constructive criticism on fellow members song lyrics. He wasn't consumed with telling people what they wanted to hear about their songs but he offered heartfelt suggestions and critiques. If the song was good ... he said so. If the song needed a line here or there ... he said t...
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by on April 18, 2015
Everyone needs a hobby and some need cuts ... whatever the reason is you're here writing songs this is how I got here.I started stringing words together on paper as a form of self-expression when I was just a teenager. The idea of leaving something tangible, that wasn't there before, through writing has always been a way for me to blow off steam and have a little fun.  I guess I was writing a primitive form of poetry back when I was a youngster (45 some odd years ago), and it wasn’t a far leap t...
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by on June 4, 2014
I've never done a blog before...perhaps I'm doing it all wrong, but....... that has never stopped me in the past. Phase 1 (background) I decided I wanted into music on February 9th 1964 (google that date). By into I mean...somehow, someway, I wanted to go in that direction. I didn't think "yea drums!" or "yea guitar player!" simply "yea!" A recognition of huge proportions to my 14 year old mind, dare I say the first! (Ok girls were neat but this seemed attainable.) Never fancying myself a gr...
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by on September 19, 2016
"Music" there are so many ways to be a part of it. A listener, producer, writer, musician player, arranger, singer, and the list goes on. I just want to give my two cents here. Once a song is written and then recorded; it is then shared with an audience. It ain't complete until it is! Yes, I do believe in re-writes and I do believe in honing your craft. But, while we're down that path and growing to be even better; it's okay to share. Music is about sharing! I remember when I was afraid. But, si...
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by on April 17, 2015
Prior to leaving England 1972 for Australia, I had been a bass player for a couple of bands between 1964 to mid 1967. I was never very good and mainly a plonker around the root notes.I still have contact with the singer and drummer of the main band and when we get together we reminisce about the good old days. Over the last couple of years I have lost touch with the only surviving guitarist. In 2003 I met the drummers partner who was unable to work and when I asked her how she filled her day she...
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by on April 26, 2015
I've said a few times that I like Sunday Morning because that is when I take a little time to listen to the songs on the Songramp Open Mic.It's not the only time I listen but it's my favorite time to listen. When I was younger, I usually missed Sunday morning, if not the entire day, because of the antics of Saturday night. I never really felt very good on Sundays.  I'm older now, and although that still happens from time to time,it sure doesn't happen like it did when I was a dumb kid who though...
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by on April 17, 2015
Everyday, tens of thousands of songs are written, all over the world. Most will never be heard. Many more will only be sung by the songwriter, either in small circles of friends, or on a small stage somewhere. Very, very few will ever make the mainstream of radio. But, that doesn’t stop the songwriters of the world from turning out new creations. From baring their souls, from sending their messages, from answering the call of the elusive Muse. Why? For the Sake of the Song. “Maybe she just has t...
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by on November 3, 2014
This is the revised version of a lesson I'd posted previously here on the Ramp.  I came up with this particular lesson - geared for songwriters who use the guitar when writing  - to give them a "reference" tool of sorts which shows all the chords available to them in the five "guitar friendly" keys of C-A-G-E and D.  Chances are, if you're looking for that cool "elusive" chord to use, it'll be here.  I've provided a table for each key, showing all the different chords that can be derived from th...
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by on April 24, 2015
Okay, so I wrote a song about divorce and drinking though I have no personal experience with either one. So how did I come up with a divorce/drinking song? I've got a brother and friends that are pretty much experts in both and they "volunteered" their expertise. The jest of the song is that a guy getting a divorce seeks out a lawfirm at a local bar and finds the “Highly successful law firm of Walker, Daniels, & Beam”. After I finished the song I went on a golf trip to Arizona with the “muses”, ...
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by on September 3, 2018
Check out this guy, Rick Beato and also Recording Revolution. Some very useful tips and lessons.
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