This week on Musical U: a unique guitarpicking style, swing rhythms, the art of forging your own path in music, and the useful practice of arranging music.
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Arranging is not a complicated and advanced process reserved for the pros – learn how to create your own unique arrangements for songs you love!
Behind every star rapper is a producer creating unforgettable beats for their songs. Pro producer Tim Koi shares his tips for crafting your own beats!
With tweaks in instrumentals and arrangements, Mexican indie band Canvas breathes new life into Latin pop star Juan Gabriel’s iconic “Yo No Nací Para Amar”.
A lead sheet is a simplified score with just the melody, lyrics and chord symbols. Learning to play from one can unlock your musicality! Here’s how.
Father John Misty’s “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me” shape shifts into new musical territory guided by the voice and guitar of Kendra McKinley.
Looping isn’t just for live performance! Discover how it can help with songwriting, ear training, and taking an honest look at your own music.
“The Voice” alumnus Caroline Perrell takes Coldplay’s alternative rock hit “Yellow” and re-imagines it as a beautiful, relaxed folk song.
Cover master Pieter Schrevens uses looping to turn himself into a one-man band, creating a rich, dreamlike cover of Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen”.
Lake Street Dive’s cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” slows it down to half the speed while retaining all the soul (and bassline!) of the original.
Iona’s Dave Bainbridge composes prog-rock albums on a grand scale. Learn how he creates large-scale masterpieces from the big picture down to the details.
Discover how the Art of Time Ensemble transformed Queen’s poignant hit “The Show Must Go On” from classic rock to a haunting, suspenseful classical piece.