Lessons

Add one skill or piece of knowledge to your skill set today with the Lessons category of the Ledger Note Blog. Gain unique perspectives and alternate ways of going at your instrument here and leave your competition in the dust.

Eminem Gets Pissy if You Claim Nothing Rhymes With "Orange"

Monday - Mar 6, 2017 Lessons

Will the real Slim shady please continue to defy the laws of the English language? There's a common belief that you can't rhyme anything with the word orange. It's one of those old wive's tales that isn't technically true, but it's fun to stump kids with. Many writers over the years have scratched their heads […]

How to Arrange a Song After You've Recorded!

Sunday - Jun 26, 2016 Lessons

There are so many points in the process of writing a song and recording it where you can bog down and throw your hands in the air and give up. I know a ton of musicians who have had an entire projects worth of material ready to be recorded, but they don't want to go […]

Are You Tone Deaf? Take This Quiz & Find Out!

Monday - Jun 13, 2016 Lessons

This is geared to newcomers to our hobby and love of making music.  As we start learning about music and begin actually paying close, deliberate attention to what we're hearing, it's easy to start psyching ourselves out... I remember overthinking everything in my early days, especially as I was introduced to music theory and harmonization. […]

Chord Maps - How to Choose Chord Progressions

Wednesday - Jun 8, 2016 Lessons

Chord maps are the secret to the musical universe. All musicians face a set of similar challenges.  We've already provided a shortcut on musical key characteristics, which helps you match specific emotions to certain keys to achieve the feeling you're looking for in your song.  But what about after that?  You still need a chord […]

Musical Key Characteristics & Emotions

Monday - Jun 6, 2016 Lessons

Musical key characteristics are something that are never talked about for some odd reason.  It's not like professional songwriters choose a random key and slap some random chord changes in there and magically end up with the perfect feeling that matches the lyrics. It's not some hidden secret.  I can almost guarantee you most songwriters […]

Short Recognizable Ringtones Arranged Into Full Songs

Monday - Jun 6, 2016 Lessons

I'm considering this a lesson... a lesson in motivation and inspiration. So many times us songwriters will come with something we feel is extremely catchy or meaningful, but it's only five or six notes.  We'd love to incorporate it into one of our songs but it doesn't fit.  We can't hear an entire new song […]