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Tips For Writing Music

Writing music is for many a fun and relaxing activity that allows them to escape from other people for a short period. When you are writing music, you should never find yourself to be feeling stressed or under pressure. If you do, you are robbing yourself of a relaxing experience. Here are a few tips that may help alleviate your feelings of stress and make the process of writing music more enjoyable.

Zachary Stephen Layton

  • Some musicians find it easier to write lyrics before writing melodies. Lots of musicians do not write lyrics at all, and if you have never written lyrics, you should try because it may inspire your melody writing. Try emphasizing certain words and see if you can match them with a specific melody that you have been developing.
  • Do not build a shell around yourself; be open to listening to all genres of music and different composers. It is okay to take inspiration from others, and it should be encouraged. Listening to other music may clue you in on how other artists construct their songs. Don’t be afraid to copy some riffs or melodies, make your little tweaks and go from there.
  • Music composition software can be a very helpful tool when writing music. It can help you stay organized and allows you keep track of what you have been creating. Some composition software will include a metronome, playback, and input jacks so you can plug in microphones and instruments to your computer.

Zachary Stephen Layton is a biomedical engineer in Washington. In his free time, he enjoys writing music.

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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Science



The Top Three Places to Visit in South America

Zachary Stephen Layton

Zachary Stephen Layton

South America is a vast continent that is home to a few of the wonders of the world. The content used to be controlled by ancient civilizations such as the Inca’s, who built spectacular cities that now rest as ruins for tourists to wander through. The indigenous population’s history is still engrained in the continent, and many of the top tourists destinations are related to ancient civilizations’ cultures.

  • The Galapagos Islands is the most interesting site to visit in South America. Humans have hardly touched the islands, and the wildlife is unique. Giant tortoises, lizards, seals, and penguins are just a few of the animals that roam the islands. Traveling to and staying on the islands is costly but the experience is worth it.
  • Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city that sits on the highest peaks of Peru. The city is now a beautiful ruin of temples, homes, and other archeological sites. While the city is beautiful on its surface, the greatest allure may be the surrounding mountains and the trek up to the city. You can complete the trek up to Machu Picchu but train, bus or by foot.
  • Rio de Janeiro may not be engrained with the history of the South American content, but it makes up for it with white sandy beaches and a vibrant nightlife. It is an excellent vacation destination year round and is fun for both partygoers and sightseers. Carnival is a great time of the year to visit if you don’t need a lot of sleep.

Zachary Stephen Layton is a biomedical engineer. He, his wife, and two children have traveled around the world, and South America is one of their favorite continents.

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Fishing, Science