Saturday, 13 August 2016

What Goes Online: Revolver Edition


As you may have heard Revolver is 50 years old this year. I know. Awesome. And kind of depressing too.

Revolver remains my favourite Beatles album largely for the breathtaking scope. Here's some interesting articles.

Ultimate Rock answers Five Big ‘Revolver’ Questions

I was surprised the see the consensus on which song they'd cut (it wasn't Yellow Submarine) and the best cover (Earth Wind & Fire’s Got to Get You Into My Life) and I think this is spot on

Exactly what is it that makes Revolver so great? 
Along with Rubber Soul, this is the time in their career where Paul and John are equals. For the first few years, it was Lennon’s group, and, beginning with Sgt. Pepper, McCartney started to take over. But for a couple of albums, they were on the same level.

Guitar World breaks down the tech side

Ray Davies reviews Revolver in 1966 (and doesn't rate it)

Vanilla blogs on the downside of Revolver

My review of Revolver. How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll

And the LA Times proposes it might just be something in the water. Pet Sounds, Blonde On Blonde, Freak Out - 1966 was a great year for music.



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Monday, 8 August 2016

BSA PODCAST EPISODE 5: Shownotes



OUT NOW: Episode 5 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: Men In Black

1:22 – John's Unlocked Music Clues From Anthology

More on Happiness Is A Warm Gun
More on I Will

5:35 – Good Lyrics = Good Song (And Bad Lyrics = Bad Song)

More on Across The Universe
More on Yesterday

8:40 – The Overall Sound (Is What's Important)

More on This Boy

9:58 – Subconscious Sabotage (Slight Return)

More on Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite

11:09 – Paul's Focus (“I just fitted words to it”)

More on Martha My Dear
More on Yesterday

15:15 – Chords Are Exciting! (And So Are Key Changes!)

More on From Me To You

16:53 – Paul - Able To Leap Tall Genres In A Single Bound

More on Honey Pie
More on Tomorrow Never Knows

18:30 – John Got (No) Rhythm

More on Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Post on Ticket 37: The Lennon Edit
Post on Ticket 52: The Lennon Extension

19:50 – Imagine A Jump (Mighty Mike)

A mashup of John Lennon's Imagine and Van Halen's Jump available here
Mighty Mike on Facebook

21:10 - Conclusion (Part 1)

In Spite Of All The Danger (The Quarrymen)
Johnny One Note (Rodgers/Hart) sung by Ella Fitzgerald
More on Because

28:44 – Concluding Conclusion

Video: Lennon or McCartney?



Monday, 1 August 2016

Updated Ticket And New Podcast Episode


I've just updated and expanded Ticket 19 with a whole load more examples of 'different bar blues' (like I'm Down, Come Together etc)

read it here

the next episode of the podcast is almost finished - if you subscribe now you'll get the previous episode as well!



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