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Offline JulieSun

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Songwriting Challenge
« on: September 07, 2014, 03:45:38 pm »
Hi everyone!

A friend of mine started an initiative for a special challenge on facebook that takes place every week.

The man behind the curtain is Olav VD Spree, aka 'Dutch', a songwriting coach for a profession and has been playing and writing for about 30 plus/minus years. He has several students.

How does it work?
Every sunday, a new theme or assignment is posted by Olav.
You have exactly one week to write a song, shoot a video recording it, upload it and send it to Songwriting Challenge.

The goal of this community is to help eachother by pointing out our strengths and weaknesses and to grow.
When a challenge has ended, you can post some feedback or comments on everyones songs. Fe: one positive thing and one thing to improve. Just how it goes on justinguitar.

Don't worry about your skills, everyone can join. EVERYONE. No matter your age, guitar level, presentation or singing abilities. This all doesn't matter, only your songwriting progress is important.

The challenge is now active on facebook only, but soon the website will be aired.

So come join us and work on those skills! Hope to see you there.

Js

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Songwriting-Challenge/1465945763690198?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 04:57:27 pm »
Sounds cool... may check this out when it moves off FaceBook. I hate FB. Spent all day yesterday and probably today too trying to make myself a nicer place to practice, study and actually try to make some music.
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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 04:58:35 pm »
Juliesun and I both entered in the previous challenge; I'm going to enter in this weeks challenge too if I find The chance to record :)
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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2014, 08:17:22 pm »
oh let me add that you don't have to be a songwriting hero..

This was my entry for the theme "summer rain".
Note the lack of dynamics in the vocal melody :)

This was a valid entry so I'm sure your stuff will be too. lyrics only is fine too, instrumentals as well.
I see it as good practice to train "that muscle"

I actually filmed myself for the first time and figured out how to trim and adjust gain in Premiere Pro (cs3)





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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 08:34:01 pm »
Nice one....

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 08:35:20 pm »
Hi Lieven,

Are you getting smaller or that guitar bigger? :D

Nice sound and some juicy playing.
I agree, there's no better way to employ your skills, hone those changes, etc, than writing your own stuff.

And talking of vids, how long till the other one airs?

Cheers,

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2014, 09:40:25 pm »
Lol Digger,

Lieven is just as tall as me!
He didn't tell you that he recorded it in one evening.

I think everyone should join here! It does me good that you guys already took the time to look at this thread.. that sure means you're interested. Haha, I got you!

Especially you TB-AV! Would love to see you play sometime! And you Digger! Pretty please?? Even for one time :) this will be great.

I will put the link to the Facebook in my signature, so everyone can find it.

Please tell your friends about it!

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2014, 09:57:40 pm »
of course, we're not trying to draw folks; it isn't even "our" facebook page there.
The guy who runs it happens to be a chill guy JulieSun and I end up knowing; long story

not sure the next one will be a video, as it takes some time to write a song.. with the 2 kids I don't have much space in the agenda to actually "make noise" so the next one might be just a lyrics I dunno.
The short timeframe really made me "work" on it... having songs to be brewed slowly is nice but being on a deadline makes me perform in a whole different fashion. As I said; it's training a certain muscle

The Gretsch is a big guitar and being 172cm or something like that, it might look a bit silly on me but meh really meh :) :D


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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2014, 10:01:22 pm »
I do! I want to draw folks xD

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2014, 10:53:30 pm »
Lieven, is the aspect ratio on your video correct? I thought it looked a bit tall and squeezed. that makes things look unusual sometimes. there's a depth of field thing going on there too that makes you look smaller than the guitar.
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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2014, 11:38:54 pm »
there's a depth of field thing going on there too that makes you look smaller than the guitar.
:p very funny :p
 
there is some squeezing though; had some problems with the format as my camera was still in 640*480. (from some other project when cardspace was limited) My exports were blurry at first. next time I've got to record in regular standard HD
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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2015, 01:24:28 pm »
Sorry for bumping this topic!

But I wanted to point out that the website is online.
http://www.makeyoursongcount.com/

I am itching to get back into writing and recording and shooting videos aswell.
Hopefully I'll see some of you appear.

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2015, 04:55:27 pm »
This sounds like fun.

Have no idea how to write a song.

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2015, 10:56:34 am »
nice to see you LievenDV nice playing there, did you come anywhere or get any feedback from your entry at all

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Re: Songwriting Challenge
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2015, 07:59:04 pm »
Oh  totally forgot about this, I even forgot how to play it as I never resprised it.
I can't recall any significant feedback except for a dislike on youtube :D
I suppose it's some decent playing with dull singing ;)
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