Friday, 24 June 2016

Ari Koinuma on Penny Lane and Eleanor Rigby


Me: “How’s my father?”
Doctor: “Not well. he has Pennylaneitis”
Me: “What is that?”
Doctor: “We’re not quite sure but it’s in his ears and his eyes”

Speaking of which - here's a couple of interesting video lessons from Ari Koinuma






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Monday, 30 May 2016

What Goes Online Jun 2016


Just a few updates and links...

BSA Podcast ep 4 is live! Right Now! Join the mailing list to get the exclusive download link. And please remember you need to click on the confirmation email to er ... confirm.

I've just updated the post on The Band Who Needed No Introduction (about introductions)

And if you haven't watched Conan O'Brien interviewing Beatles scholar Mark Lewisohn I strongly recommend checking it out.

I was honoured to have my rap track My Ride (download the song here) featured on a recent episode of the NUSIC New Music Podcast (ep 127). Download the podcast here.

I also got to throw in my 2 cents on a songwriting roundtable with heavy hitters like Gary Ewer, Ari Herstand and Kevin Thomas over at the One Minute Song website run by friend of BSA Lee PatRead the post here

On Wednesday I'll be reprinting an interview I did for the Creative Gibberish blog, touching heavily on the subject in 'inspiration'. You can find that over at MattBlick.com along with some of my new demos and videos of former pupils in action.



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Friday, 27 May 2016

And Your Bird Can Sing Three Guitar Tutorial



Though there's a lot of confusion over who played the lead guitar* on And Your Bird Can Sing there's no doubt it's a great part.

*In order of likelihood

1) Harrison and McCartney
2) Harrison double tracked
3) McCartney double tracked
4) Harrison and Lennon

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

BSA PODCAST EPISODE 4: Shownotes



OUT NOW: Episode 4 of the Beatles Songwriting Academy Podcast! The podcast is free to everyone who subscribes to the BSA mailing list and each episode will only be available for ONE MONTH. Sign up now to get the current episodeWhaddaya waiting for!

0:00  - Intro

Quote: Chevy Chase in Fletch (1985)
The Black Heartthrobs: Back In The USSR
Download The Black Heartthrobs: The White Album - Side 1 + 2 here

2:55 - What Was The Difference Between Lennon And McCartney?

Video: Lennon or McCartney?
Book Review: John Lennon Interviews
Book Review: Paul McCartney Biographies

5:30 – Art (Avant Mc-Garde-ny)

More on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

8:30 - Politics (John Lenin or Paul MaoCartney?)

Quote: Jimmy Cliff in Lennon Or McCartney?
The Black Heartthrobs: Don't Pass Me By

13:26 - Melodies (Verti-Paul or Hori-Johntal)

Ticket 58: Write a descant

17:05 - Shouting vs Melodies

Golden Ticket: Keep The Tonics Apart Till The End (Ticket 74)
More on Yer Blues
More on I Will
More on Hey Jude
More on Dear Prudence
The Black Heartthrobs: Julia

24:30 – Autobiography vs Fiction (Me At The Third Party)
Quote: Jason Collett on Lennon Or McCartney?
More on Mean Mr Mustard
More on Come Together

27:20 - Preparation or Inspiration? (Subconscious Sabotage!)

More on Across The Universe
More on Happiness Is A Warm Gun

32:50 – Outro

Matt Blick: My Ride Single


Friday, 20 May 2016

Conan O'Brien Interviews Mark Lewisohn


Mark Lewisohn is always worth reading or listening to, and here he has a great interviewer (and Beatle fan) - Conan O'Brien



If the video above doesn't work here's a direct link

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Are Your Songs Flabby?


If so - take a look at the updated Ticket 2 and find out how to put your song on a diet!



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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What Is Matt Up To?

Posts have been sparse of late, but that because I just released a rap single [no, I'm not joking and yes, I'm just as surprised as you are!]. My Ride (An Open Letter To NCT) is a love letter to my home city of Nottingham, but I still managed to get a Beatles reference in there because, well, Beatles! You can download it for whatever you want to pay (including nothing) right here.

Second. I'm finally putting the finishing touches to my new EP, Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky and as soon as that's available I'll let you know. It's a little darker and more blues/folk than my first EP Let's Build An Airport - who knows what genre that was. (You can get 25% off Let's Build An Airport here).

Lastly I'm working on two new podcast episodes! Or a two part episode? I've done a ton of research on the topic of What is the difference between Lennon and McCartney's songwriting styles? The video below was one of the things that started me down that particular rabbit hole. Stay tuned!




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