Last time we started to talk about an important key element in performing valuable emotional music, which is having a unique and tasteful musical timing.

We all know that developing a good sense of timing is crucial for playing music. Unfortunately, a lot of musicians are having a very hard time defining what a good sense of timing is.

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The first key element of performance I’d like to discuss here is timing (phrasing). Before we go in depth into the subject, let’s get some basic background on it:

Timing and phrasing can express similar musical abilities, but can also relate to different musical expressions. To simplify this a bit for the beginning I would relate to timing as the “when” or “where” on the timeline a certain note or a phrase is played, and to phrasing as the “how” and “why” a certain note or a phrase is played in terms of timing Read the rest of this entry »

In the last article we’ve learned that there are numerous musical (and non musical) elements that make people like a certain artist or a song, and they don’t even know why. It is our role, as musicians to be aware of them and improve on them all the time. These nuances play a crucial role in determining the unique artistic personalty of an artist, a song or a performance. In the future, we will discuss the major areas in which these nuances exist and try to explain their importance.

The first major area will be – Performance, as the title of this article might suggest.

As we all know, performance can also relate to stage presence and showmanship, which is not less important Read the rest of this entry »

Most music lovers can spot a good song when they hear it. Or can they? Well.. This discussion is really not for here.

BUT, for now, I will just assume that people that do seek a certain emotional connection with the music and the artists they love, do feel it for certain songs as they don’t feel it for other songs. This is a matter of personal taste, age, mental state etc.

What most of these people don’t know is Read the rest of this entry »

We are here to discuss the last value that refers to lyrics and the emotional impact they have on the listener.

In the last articles we have learned that it is important to have lyrics that provoke thought and lyrics that provoke empathy in order to create a deep emotional connection with the listener.

Another very important value that your lyrics should have is a situation definition.

What does that mean?

It is already known that a song can and should provide a means for the listener to escape reality for a short while and connect to a certain feeling or emotion that otherwise would not have been provoked at the listener. Like a book, a movie or a TV series, A song should have a kind of story that unfolds as we listen to it Read the rest of this entry »

Well, we all know that everyone, at least once, have had a very strong connection to a song, only because they think that the song is about them..

So what is this strong connection and what does the listener FEEL when being exposed to such lyrics?

In a lot of situations, especially in the growing up phase, one can easily feel lonely, unappreciated, misunderstood, misdirected or just purely down. He will then look for certain ways to escape from his “poor” state of mind and make himself feel a little more valuable to himself Read the rest of this entry »

You already know the ultimate importance of lyrics. That is, if you want your listener to be emotionally connected to your music. If you want to tell everybody that you’re sexy and you know it – that’s totally “cool”, and may bring you lots of money and fame.. But you might as well turn out as a not so funny joke in a few years, when the DJ plays your old, dust covered “hit”.

So what does emotional connection to lyrics mean anyway? And more importantly, HOW can you write such lyrics? We all know that in all sorts of art, there is no proven “safe” way to do things, and you may never know how listeners will react to your music Read the rest of this entry »