Videos on harmonization, piano voicing, harmonic analysis, and songwriting.

  • Songwriting

    Songwriting series #1: Film scoring part 3/4

    In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

    Part 1: Chord progression
    Part 2: Melody
    Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
    Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Songwriting

    Songwriting series #1: Film scoring part 1/4

    In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

    Part 1: Chord progression
    Part 2: Melody
    Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
    Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

    By Ryan Miyakawa

    Open

    Piano Voicing

    Ryan's Tabs #8: Introduction to Piano Voicing Part 2

    In part 2 of this series on piano voicing, we practice identifying common tones between various chord combinations and using this information to play chord progressions containing chords I, ii, iii, IV, V, and vi, eventually adding the left hand.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    TabCast

    TabCast #1: Summer Songs 2014

    Ryan casts analyses of 3 summer songs for a piece on WHYY Radiotimes. Songs include Birthday by Katy Perry, Stay With Me by Sam Harris, and Shower by Becky G.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Harmonization

    Ryan's Tabs #5: Harmonizing Try by Colbie Caillat Part 2

    In this two part series, we re-harmonize the chorus melody of Try by Colbie Caillat. In part 2, we use chord progressions with applied chords, progressions in other modes, and chord progressions generated automatically by Hookpad's Magic Chord feature.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Analysis I

    Ryan's Tabs #3: Analysis of Try by Colbie Caillat

    Ryan analyzes Try by Colbie Caillat and discusses some songwriting techniques involved.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Analysis I

    Ryan's Tabs #1: Analysis of Ashes and Wine by A Fine Frenzy

    In the first RT video, we take a look at the verse from Ashes and Wine by A Fine Frenzy, and go over basic techniques for hearing chords.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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  • Songwriting

    Songwriting series #1: Film scoring part 4/4

    In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

    Part 1: Chord progression
    Part 2: Melody
    Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
    Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

    By Ryan Miyakawa

    Open

    Songwriting

    Songwriting series #1: Film scoring part 2/4

    In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

    Part 1: Chord progression
    Part 2: Melody
    Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
    Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

    By Ryan Miyakawa

    Open

    Piano Voicing

    Ryan's Tabs #7: Introduction to piano voicing part 1

    In this video series, we discuss how to voice chord progressions on the piano. In part 1, we explain common-tone voicing of the right hand, and use this voicing to play a simple chord progression on the piano.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Analysis III

    Ryan's Tabs #6: Analysis of The Painter by O-Town

    In this advanced analysis, we discuss strategies for figuring out difficult chord progressions. We employ bassline motion, quality, and melody to troubleshoot a difficult chord that is borrowed from a different mode.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Harmonization

    Ryan's Tabs #4: Harmonizing Try by Colbie Caillat Part 1

    In this two part series, we re-harmonize the chorus melody of Try by Colbie Caillat. In part 1, we discuss chord progressions using descending bass-lines and chords borrowed from other modes.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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    Analysis II

    Ryan's Tabs #2: Analysis of My Way Is My Decision by Tina Maze

    Tina Maze, Slovenian olympic alpine skiier is also a pop star! We analyze the chorus of her hit song, My Way Is My Decision, and discuss some potential re-harmonizations. This song is analyzed in the minor mode.

    By Ryan Miyakawa

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