In 2017, I worked with Ben Botkin on a series of five big piano/orchestra arrangements. I have released two of them already (MasterBuilder and Soul Rest) and today, I am happy to announce the third: HolyPlace. HolyPlace is adapted from Holy, Holy, Holy. I don’t have the sheet music for this written out and don’t […]
A few days ago, my YouTube channel went over 10,000,000 views (and 26,000 subscribers). That is a good little milestone, so I want to talk about it for a bit. Please understand that I am not trying to make more of this than it is. Last time I looked, my YouTube channel is ranked around […]
For the past few days, I have been recording a set of five songs. I am extremely excited about them because in many ways, they are the most aggressive pieces I have ever recorded. They will be released as videos starting hopefully the end of next month. I am giving away one of my cheats. […]
As I am knee deep in my new project, I thought I would share a video that talks about the collaboration process with the orchestrator and how I use software to help. If you don’t see the video below, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13oPbWWKMX0
As you probably know, we are currently running an arranging contest and I talked a lot about development when I introduced it. Someone recently posted an interesting video that illustrates my point quite well. Take two minutes and listen. If you don’t see the video below, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIs3jechQ_E Now guys, don’t misunderstand me. This is […]
One of my big goals for the year is learning orchestration. I am at the start of a year-long class and currently focused on strings. The class teaches how to write for live orchestra and also how to write for MIDI-generated, sampled orchestra. For those of you that are not sure what a sampled orchestra is, here […]
Last week, I turned in my final projects for my Berklee class on reharmonization. Just for fun, I want to share one with you today. It is a reharmonization of one of my favorite songs “But Beautiful.” Before I talk about the song, I will give you a bit of news. I am not taking […]
I recently noticed that my channel on YouTube has gone over 5 million views. By some standards, that is not very many views but from a business standpoint, YouTube has been very good to me. This is going to be a business post about my history there. For those of you that are professional musicians, […]
Yesterday, we finished the first year of Online Music School. We had two 16-week semesters and I calculate that I talked in front of the camera for somewhere close to 200 hours. Roughly 150 students participated. Registrations were about equal for both semesters even though I only taught 5 classes in the second semester compared to […]
Last week, we finished the first semester of Music School. I prepared and taught a total of 176 sessions of about 45 minutes each over 16 weeks and I readily admit I am a bit tired. Going forward, things will be much easier because I am cutting the number of classes I teach in half and already have the curriculum built out for them.
A lot of you guys ask about my health and I have not publicly said anything for a few months so here it is: my eye is healing slowly but has a long way to go. My back has done pretty well. I am pretty much pain-free and while a few lingering issues are being stubborn about disappearing, I am thankful for the progress.