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post Feb 19 2013, 06:10 PM
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https://www.coursera.org/category/music

These are just the music ones, there are others


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post Feb 19 2013, 06:14 PM
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I applied for the songwriting course at Berklee college of music in January, my first class will be on March 1, 2013 biggrin.gif and they sent me videos of Pat Pattinson's songwriting clinics today via email, they're extremely informative!

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post Feb 19 2013, 07:11 PM
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I looked at that but I'm not sure I've got the spare 6-8 hours a week or the discipline!


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post Feb 19 2013, 07:42 PM
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Yeah, it does need time and dedication. I am a university student myself, but I had to grab at this opportunity as songwriting is not something that comes naturally or easily to me at all, but I still want to do it smile.gif


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post Feb 20 2013, 02:33 AM
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So wait...these courses are completely free??? mellow.gif


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post Feb 20 2013, 07:03 AM
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Couresear is AWESOME smile.gif I shared the link a while back as well. Great coures and free!!

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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 19 2013, 12:10 PM) *
https://www.coursera.org/category/music

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post Feb 20 2013, 05:44 PM
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QUOTE (Grace @ Feb 20 2013, 01:33 AM) *
So wait...these courses are completely free??? mellow.gif


The courses are free, taking an exam for a diploma/certificate costs money. You get lessons and course material for free but you can't give an exam unless you pay for it. Last I checked, a Berklee songwriter certificate costed $12,500 mellow.gif

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post Feb 20 2013, 06:49 PM
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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Feb 20 2013, 01:44 PM) *
The courses are free, taking an exam for a diploma/certificate costs money. You get lessons and course material for free but you can't give an exam unless you pay for it. Last I checked, a Berklee songwriter certificate costed $12,500 mellow.gif



It makes sense that exams must be payed, by the way is so cool to be able to get the course for free. smile.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 20 2013, 05:49 PM) *
It makes sense that exams must be payed, by the way is so cool to be able to get the course for free. smile.gif


Yes, and having Pat Pattinson as an instructor is mind blowing biggrin.gif he's an amazing teacher


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Sounds great and makes total sense smile.gif thanks Sam.


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post Feb 21 2013, 04:08 AM
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Awesome.. signed up too.. smile.gif Thanks for posting!


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post Feb 21 2013, 08:51 AM
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Sweet!
Thanks for posting! I signed up too!
This is a great concept, lots of the non music courses look good too!
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post Feb 23 2013, 11:41 AM
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Let us know how you get on, I'm really interested, for when I can commit more time to a course


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post Mar 4 2013, 05:32 PM
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As of yet, its been really fun and extremely useful to me smile.gif of course, after hearing so much good stuff about Pat Pattison, he lives more than just up to his name biggrin.gif He's a very funny instructor tongue.gif

They sent us video lectures of the first lesson, the quality is great! They offer subtitles and downloads of the videos as well.

After completing almost every lecture, you have to do a quiz. You can attempt it more than one time, and it tells you your mistakes and how to correct them.

We've got an assignment (I think they give out assignments every week). They give you a due date to submit it on or before.

Its pretty much like a real college/university class, but its really fun and you really learn stuff, like important stuff.


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yey signed up for the guitar and improvisation course biggrin.gif
14 hours, I should be able to handle that...


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post Mar 5 2013, 09:18 AM
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I've enrolled for four courses at the moment smile.gif all of them related to music.

My main focus for now is the Songwriting course. Along with it, I've also enrolled for the Introduction to Music production course. Both of them have started on March 1st and will end on April 22nd.

As of now I'm greatly impressed by the quality of the material offered by the courses smile.gif and if I feel burdened, I can always un-enroll. So yeah, I definitely recommend coursera biggrin.gif


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post Mar 5 2013, 11:10 AM
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Cool, thanks for the link!


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post Mar 5 2013, 12:40 PM
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I'm watching some Pat Pattison Masterclass stuff on youtube, and I'm kinda kicking myself I didn't enroll now!


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post Mar 5 2013, 02:16 PM
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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Mar 5 2013, 05:18 AM) *
I've enrolled for four courses at the moment smile.gif all of them related to music.

My main focus for now is the Songwriting course. Along with it, I've also enrolled for the Introduction to Music production course. Both of them have started on March 1st and will end on April 22nd.

As of now I'm greatly impressed by the quality of the material offered by the courses smile.gif and if I feel burdened, I can always un-enroll. So yeah, I definitely recommend coursera biggrin.gif



That's cool Sam... I'm curious about the Songwriting course! What are you working right now?


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post Mar 5 2013, 03:27 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 5 2013, 01:16 PM) *
That's cool Sam... I'm curious about the Songwriting course! What are you working right now?


Well, I've just started, so Pat first sent all the students a list of the songs they should have and a list of the books he recommended (I only got "Writing Better Lyrics" book, but its pretty good). This is the list of songs he wanted us to get so we could analyse them:

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"Eleanor Rigby" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) performed by The Beatles

"One More Dollar" (Gillian Welch) performed by Gillian Welch

"Still Crazy After All These Years" (Paul Simon) performed by Paul Simon

"In Front of the Alamo" (Gary Burr) performed by Hal Ketchum

"It Was a Very Good Year" (Ervin Drake) performed by Frank Sinatra)

"For No One" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) performed by The Beatles

"What’ll I do?" (Irving Berlin) performed by Linda Ronstadt

"Can’t Be Really Gone" (Gary Burr) performed by Tim McGraw

"Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)" (Joni Mitchell) performed by Joni Mitchell

"I Can’t Make You Love Me" (Mike Reid/Allen Shamblin) performed by Bonnie Raitt

"The Great Pretender" (Buck Ram) performed by The Platters

"Strawberry Wine" (Matraca Berg/Gary Harrison) performed by Deana Carter

"Why Can't I Have You?" (Ric Ocasek) performed by The Cars


And in the first lesson, he taught us:
(1) how to tell a story in a song (answer the "what", the "to whom" and the "why" of the story).

(2) what are the fundamental points of view of telling the story in a song (third person, second person, first person and direct address).

(3) using boxes as a development engine to make your story progress, or divide your song in stages (so that you don't say everything at once: keep your audience in suspense and keep them interested).

(4) answering your six "best friends" to make the setting of your song (what, why, who, how, when and where).

(5) the basic parts of a song, called song form (verse, chorus, pre chorus, bridge)

(6) and the importance of the chorus (how it should be different from the rest of the song to make that impact on your audience)

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