New Counting Song: 5 Little Fish

I am so excited about this new song!  5 Little Fish uses finger counting to count backwards from 5.  Parents and children can also use hand motions to create gestures while they sing along with the song. When you download the full album you will receive the song, and instrumental track to sing along with with, and a lyric/chord sheet! ENJOY!   5 Little Fish by On A Good Note Read More

Spring is in the Air

In a recent post about taking advantage of the weather, I mentioned making music outside and using the spring weather to inspire some song writing.  Today, I am sharing the quick recording my student and I made of her song “Spring is in the Air”.  All of the words and chords were written by my student with very little input or advice from myself.  Though she originally played the ukulele and sang the song, I am playing the ukulele in the recording simply because we were very short on time. I hope you enjoy this spring song written and recorded by one of my young students. Check out the track HERE!  Read More

Apps I Love for Songwriting – MOGUL

I was in a lesson with a teenage student when I saw they were writing down the lyrics to a new song using an app.  Within the app she was able to look up rhyming words, synonyms, antonyms, download beats, and more.  I was really excited by the idea of this app and had to share it with you all!  I have not personally used it, but it looks really interesting! The App is called MOGUL and is for the iPhone and iPad. The following is part of a description from Songwriting: MOGUL is a simple to use, yet fully featured songwriting app. Songwriter’s can use the built in reference tools to define words and find rhymes, synonyms and antonyms. Words can be collected and saved in an idea bank for later use. It allows users to create and store all of their lyrics in one place and for the serious songwriter it provides the ability to easily search and sort through hundreds of documents. Recording Studio: MOGUL comes equipped with three vocal tracks for recording audio and one beat Read More

Songwriting – Word Blob Inspiration

Even though writing a song doesn’t have to be hard, coming up with the right words can be tricky.  I find this especially true when working with teens and adolescents who are interested in writing a song, but have no idea where to start.  So, we look for ways to strike up some ideas and channel that creative spirit.   Sometimes, just by talking out loud to themselves or to me, an idea is formed and the right words come spilling out!  If they get stuck, I offer this simple idea to get things moving. Create a word blob (I know there are other names for it…this is just the one I use. Quick example below) A mess of words on a page all related to whatever topic you want to talk about. It doesn’t have to be pretty. You don’t have to use all of the words you come up with. You can use whatever medium you prefer. Write as many words as you can think. Don’t hesitate, just do!  Write now, edit later. The point is to just get your Read More