Author: Benjamin Hoppe

An exploration of style and technique in popular music making. This course will focus on contemporary music theory, style, technique, production, songwriting, and standard contemporary instrumentation (drums, guitar, piano, bass, […]
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THE BIG IDEA – HOW TO NOT WRITE A POTLUCK SONG     Most beginner songwriters try to squeeze too much into their songs.    Believe me, I know how […]
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Learn the underlying principles and “tricks of the trade” that have been used by pro songwriters throughout the history of popular music. Songwriting is an art, but it’s also a […]
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HOW TO — USE TENTHS ON THE GUITAR     As I’m writing this post, all I have is the title. And it sounds like literally the most brain-murderingly boring […]
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THE 7-PIECE HOME STUDIO – A GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED IN HOME RECORDING Over the last few decades, the music recording industry has changed so much, it’s hardly recognizable. Like old ladies […]
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7 THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT SONGWRITING [LIST]     1. Each song should have ONE BIG IDEA. Real talk: you’ve got about 3-3 ½ minutes to tell your […]
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THE CHORD DIAGRAM CHECKLIST: LEARN TO READ CHORD DIAGRAMS – FAST Ever seen one of these? Maybe you have. It’s called a guitar chord diagram. Guitar chord diagrams are the standard way […]
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