The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin

Going From Simple to Complex In Your Songwriting Process

“Nights in White Satin” (1967) is one of The Moody Blues’ biggest hits. Most people know it in its “single” version — a bit over 4 minutes in length. But its full-length version, complete with orchestral introduction and interlude by the London Festival Orchestra, is a multi-sectional work of more than 9 minutes – a […]

More About Instrumental Music

____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ I’m on a short road trip at the moment, so I won’t be able to give a full blog post today. But I thought I’d mention one thing that came up in conversation with other musicians regarding MIDI orchestration. I’ve written on […]

Songwriting Tip: Be Clever With Your Song’s Instrumentation

Don’t let instrumentation be an afterthought in your songwriting. Use it as a creative tool. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ There are many hit songs from the past several decades that have used the same, or at least similar, melodies in both the verse and the chorus. […]

MIDI Orchestration: Making Fake Instruments Sound Real

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and get your songs working! _________________ Orchestration, whether for MIDI instruments or the real thing, can be a bit like walking a tightrope. Done well, MIDI can sound real enough to fool most listeners, and you’ve got what sounds like a full orchestra at your disposal. […]

Making a MIDI Orchestra Sound Real

MIDI stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface.” Many of you use MIDI to create instrumentations for your songs, and it’s a fantastic way to have synthesized versions of instruments literally at your fingertips. In short, MIDI is a way of controlling electronic instruments (usually synthesizers), and allowing those instruments to produce many different kinds of musical timbres. Used […]