Guitar Nine Columns: Songwriting Composition Theory

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Enjoy over 25 years of staff columns, guest columns, interviews and more!

December-January 2020
Tommaso Zillio

We're positive you should be exposed to negative harmony.

December-January 2019
Vlad De Briansky

Learn the essence of blues, in the key of G.

October-November 2019
Tommaso Zillio

Answering yes to this question may be a little deceiving.

August-September 2019
Simon Dupree

Some rare studio gems which can be found for under $500.

June-July 2019
Tommaso Zillio

If you know scales and chords, then you are ready to start learning music theory.

June-July 2019
Just Rijna

How ear training helps you develop skills that are at the core of your musicianship.

June-July 2019
Tommaso Zillio

Is it possible to get by as a musician without learning to read music?

April-May 2019
Tommaso Zillio

Think outside the box when it feels like you've already played everything of which you feel capable.

April-May 2019
Tommaso Zillio

This article is a great place to start if you are ready to learn music theory in a more useful and effective way.

February-March 2019
Vlad De Briansky

Remember: your unique intuition is the most important asset you possess.

February-March 2019
Tommaso Zillio

Which instrument should you be using, and is it possible to get away with not using one at all?

December-January 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Tips on how to continue your understanding of music theory with the right foot forward.

October-November 2018
Tommaso Zillio

It's a misconception that inspiration is something that just appears out of thin air.

October-November 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Get memorable - immerse yourself into the world of repetition.

August-September 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Write an inspirational song that people actually want to listen to by incorporating different keys.

August-September 2018
Tommaso Zillio

If your songs are pleasant to listen to, but not the most captivating, check out these tips.

August-September 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Write an inspirational song that people actually want to listen to by incorporating different keys.

April-May 2018
Tommaso Zillio

a simple and fun trick that many professionals often use in their songs.

April-May 2018
Just Rijna

Exploding the myths surrounding talent, inspiration and writer's block.

February-March 2018
Tommaso Zillio

Tips on how to ready yourself for your next burst of songwriting inspiration.

December-January 2017
Tommaso Zillio

There's a chance you have too many unfinished songs sitting on your computer, or maybe even on your bookshelf - let's finish them.

December-January 2017
James Rosocha

Melodies are what stick in the listeners mind and convey passion and emotion: creating coherence in your solos.

October-November 2017
Tommaso Zillio

Tommaso maintains the skill of songwriting is developed through years of practice.

August-September 2017
Tommaso Zillio

Tommaso argues these myths are designed to keep your playing stagnant.

August-September 2017
Tommaso Zillio

The basis of all lyric writing - you may know one or two of these, but even then you need to practice the third one.

April-May 2016
Tommaso Zillio

It isn`t difficult to learn to study theory the correct way. It can actually be easier and more fun than you expect.

February-March 2016
Tommaso Zillio

Music theory isn;t learning how to write down different notes, or practicing and reciting scales on a guitar. It`s about experiencing the way notes interact and the effect they have on the listener.

June-July 2015
Dallas Dwight

Without a strong sense of melody and phrasing your music will never have that magical sense of wonder.

April-May 2015
Dallas Dwight

Without a strong sense of melody and phrasing your music will never have that magical sense of wonder.

April-May 2015
Chris Glyde

Stay alive. Stay sane. Stay healthy. There are methods to achieving compositional greatness that do not involved personal pain.

April-May 2015
Sam Russell

UK guitarist Sam Russell shares his personal methods on finding the inspiration to be creative musically and lyrically.

April-May 2015
Scott Allen

A guided tour of the 2015 album by the Scott Allen Project.

April-May 2015
Simon Candy

Awesome tools, tricks and techniques that you can use again and again to create your own killer sounding, unplugged acoustic guitar song.

February-March 2015
Chris Glyde

Simple music is about balance. It is about taking 1 to 2 musical ideas, weaving them together and manipulating the musical elements just right.

October-November 2014
Tom Hess Opus 2

You`re going to like having the ability to write guitar solos that are highly melodic, expressive, and passionate.

February-March 2014
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike Campese is back with additional ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.

December-January 2013
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike Campese is back with ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.

December-January 2013
Tommaso Zillio

You might think that the pentatonic scale is just an easy scale but with no depth - well, you are wrong.

December-January 2013
Ryan Buckner

There are four mistakes that you can fix that will drastically increase your musical creativity and help you come up with songwriting ideas much faster.

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