Warning: You might become an expert at Songwriting if you decide to buy this eBook...
My name is Dainis W. Michel, and I'll tell you more about me below, but for now, please allow me to start by telling you that I believe in giving. And, when you give, it comes back to you even more.
That's why, in the course of this page, I will be giving away
high-quality information that most people would charge for, and you
will gain insights just by reading this eBook sales page.
In this letter, you will find some of my top suggestions on how you can effortlessly supercharge your creative potential through my music notation learning system. I'm going to outline the basics of my teaching method in this webpage for free...AND...at the bottom of this page, you can sign up for my Free Report called "Unleash the Awesome Songwriting Genius in You...NOW!" available to my newsletter subscribers.
...glad to have you...let's continue!
Don't get me wrong, for a lot of people, it's a big shift to move towards musical competence. It can be really scary to admit what you know and what you don't know -- you can feel totally naked and exposed. That's why the eBook format is totally comfortable. It's private, it's easy, and it gets you results fast.
Frankly, I recommend abandoning any teacher who doesn't. I highly recommend sharing the methods in this eBook with your teachers and finding out what they think. Ask them to monitor your progress. They might be hesitant at first, but when they see the results, they'll be so thrilled! I can't wait...seriously...I just can't wait!
Now, you might think, "who is this guy, and how can he say he believes in my inner genius...he doesn't even know me!?!" I understand that objection, makes sense. It might explain things better, if I said, "I believe in everyone's inner genius," and I deeply and profoundly do. I also recognize that some people walk around disconnected from their "inner genius." They may or may not even feel it or know it, but on some level, it hurts. That's why it's so important to me to help people gain greater access to their own creativity in songwriting.
I know from personal experience how much it hurts to be disconnected from your creativity, and for me, the process of learning music notation, the written language of music, was a pivotal transformative experience of creative clarification. So, yes, I believe in your inner genius, and I'm asking you for the honor of showing you how to unleash the awesome songwriting genius in you...right now...
...you're interested in
...now that's exactly what I wanted, what I achieved,
and what I've put together for you in the eBook "How to Write
YOUR Songs Down!"
Frankly, I actually feel sorry for songwriters who do not know how to write their songs down. And, yes, that means I feel sorry for Paul McCartney and every other popstar who can't read or write music.
Paul, bless his kind soul, seems embarrassed when the subject of reading music comes up ("...do you have to mention it in front of all these people?"). I hope you'll understand that I feel sorry for him in a good way, though, because I deeply understand the troubles that "by ear" musicians have with writing and reading music. I faced intense struggles with reading and writing music, and I never understood why it was so much easier for me to play my own music than read and play the music of others. In a sense, Paul is right...it's not "necessary" to know how to notate music before "authoring" songs, but it's also not necessary to know the rules of the road before driving, it's not necessary to get dressed before going outside, it's not necessary to unwrap your sandwich before eating it. I mean, a lot of things aren't necessary, but they are incredibly helpful. They are useful. They are powerful...and frankly...they are "better."
And that's when I start cringing...it's when I imagine just
how awesome Paul's music would be, were he musically literate. Another
person comes to mind, and that's Freddy Mercury. Yeah, he was partially
musically literate, but my mind just starts soaring when I think of
what artists like that could do, if they tapped into their full
artistic potential through learning the written language of music.
I'll return to the discussion about Paul McCartney, and I'll pull a few quotes about "his" orchestral works off the web:
Amazon Review of "Paul McCartney's" Orchestral Work
"So, I sugggest that formal training in music has nothing to do with the quality of a piece of music. Some musicians got together one day and invented rock 'n roll, and they did not have to present diplomas from Juilliard to do it. The symphonic form or lack thereof has nothing to do with the quality of a piece."
C. Cleveland (Dryden, NY United States)
Amazon Review of "Paul McCartney's" Orchestral Work
"Sappy, wordless music performed by an orchestra does NOT a classical piece make. Paul McCartney has no idea of what constitutes serious "classical" music. He doesn't understand orchestration or use of time or timbre. I always get a kick out of pop stars who have never studied music, nor can they read, write or understand musical composition, but still believe that they're qualified to write serious music. Even with the Beatles, it was the more musically astute George Martin who arranged the strings on Eleanor Rigby and others. Paul couldn't tell the difference between a French horn and a tuba. Standing Stone sounds like bad elevator music -- good for a soundtrack to a movie, sort of like "The Family Way" music that Paul put together in the 60's. The melodies are trite and the orchestration lacks depth. If one does not understand how composition works, one's music can only have so musical depth."
Lady Prudence (New York)
Amazon Review of "Paul McCartney's" Orchestral Work
away the various ghostwriters and what would you get? Probably very
little, but at least not this soulless mish-mash.
Joshua Trittle (Boston)
So, there you have it. If you read between the lines, you know what's going on, don't you? It's not that the educated pros are jealous of Paul, it's that truly, Paul has no right to call the compositions "his," because he didn't compose them himself. Sure, he might have come up with the melodies and made comments on the form and orchestration, but he had to rely on others to write everything but the most basic aspects of the music. So, some people might like the orchestral music that Paul, let's say, "project managed," but he is only legally the composer of it, with the real composers and arrangers on staff, behind the scenes, in a "works for hire" capacity.
You might feel deep sympathy for Paul, as I do, and you may not ever want to write orchestral music, or even write arrangements of your music. You might be "just fine" with "just jamming," and I completely support your decision, if that's what you choose. It's just that, in making that decision, you miss out on all of the advantages of musical literacy I've outlined on this page...you miss out on the POWER of creating the musical blueprint of your very own songs...and these are YOUR songs. For me, each song is like a baby. Like a child you love and nurture and care for and bring to maturity. Writing a song down gives the song the dignity, the love, and the honor it deserves. It allows you to nurture the song and bring it to maturity...as if you were caring for your own child.
I totally agree that "some musicians got togeter one day and invented rock and roll, and they did not have to present diplomas from music school to do it." Absolutely right! We all love the balls out drive of jamming, of co-creating a song with a group, of getting that rush when new parts come in and when people try new things, and everything gels, and you can feel the electrical charge of the music you're making...that's AWESOME, and it's called IMPROVISING. Keep it up, for crying out loud! Have a blast, rock hard, get mellow, jam...do whatever it is you do...and then...be your own George Martin. Then...
Grab a sheet of staff paper and a pencil, and shape your songs to perfection!
I understand how tempting it is to just accept not being able
to read or write music, and that it's easy to let people say how cool
and creative you are despite your lack in "knowledge." Yeah, yeah,
you're a "natural," the music just flows out of you, it's just not
necessary for you to be able to read or write music...but somewhere
inside...it still just feels crappy being musically illiterate!
To make a long story short, I've paid my dues as a singer-songwriter.
Here are some audio samples of my work. After the songs come some of my other compositions:
I've played bars, sororities, fraternities, conventions, outdoor gigs, etc. Although I didn't have a degree in music at the time, an album of my songs won the Albert P. Weisman Award from Columbia College in Chicago, and a song I co-wrote was selected for Champaign Underground's Best Kept Secrets Album. Despite early successes, I always had a gnawing feeling in my stomach that I needed to educate myself fully in the craft of music composition and songwriting.
So I did. For a while, I was working 3 jobs to get through it, but I got my Master's Degree in Composition from Butler University in Indianapolis Indiana, and I'm now living in Vienna, Austria, where I'm getting my doctorate in "The Teaching of Music Composition." After over ten years of hard-won education, I believe my eBook can give you the missing information you need in order to unleash the awesome songwriting genius in you...now!
Now, as I mentioned in my video, I'm not in any way saying that I'm more creative than you are. Not at all. I may not be more talented or gifted or even as commercially successful as you. You may not even like my music. But that is totally not the point. The point is that I have full access to my songwriting creativity due to my ability to write my songs down. The style of my musical output has nothing to do with what you can do with the tremendous power of learning how to notate your songs.
Take a deep breath and just imagine being able to create the "blueprint" of your music, imagine being able to create a completely professional lead sheet and imagine handing it to a fellow musician. Feel the respect, feel the recognition, and then hear the tight, awesome, well-coordinated, and simply magical musical result you'll get once you've done the exercises in the eBook.
You'll learn syllable structures that make your music fly!
Here are two counting methods that help you put your rhythms on rails. No one likes sloppy rhythms.
4/4 counting method
One e and a Two
e and a Three e and a Four e
9/8 Counting Method
One ti ta Two ti ta Three ti ta
With some simple structures (which I share in the eBook), you'll go way beyond these simple examples...and you'll blaze through your rhythms with hot, laser-like, tight-but-relaxed, loose-but-precise dynamic and flowing joy!
I bet you can't wait...I'm so excited to be able to share this information with you!
Now, a lot of people have trouble with this one, and if you've
read this far, you deserve a treat. Because I used to be a crappy
reader and hopelessly musically illiterate, I understand how
frustrating writing and reading "dots on the page" can be. Because of
that, I teach you how to use logical, easy methods like jotting down
dashes on a page and then I show you step by step how to change those
sketches into professional music notation.
Do you think you can do something like this?
I certainly think you can! You'd have to be brain dead not to be able to make dashes on a sheet of paper! Sheesh!
Also, I now know that it was my talent that kept me from learning music notation...because I was just able to pick up the music by ear and sing it and play it...which basically worked for folk music, for rock music, and for every style of pop...but ...well...now I'm going to share some really embarrassing stories that you might be able to relate to.
Embarrassing Moment #1
When I was asked to participate in an advanced choir for a tour in Canada, well, my poor sight-reading really caught up to me. I'd already been in just about every choir imaginable, from the Black Chorus at the University of Illinois, to the Madrigal Choir in the Chicago Childrens' Choir, to the Select International Latvian Chior called "Dudas," but when I went on that tour to Canada...well...they pulled me in as "dependable substitute" for someone that couldn't go. I came highly recommended, I auditioned, got told how much I'd be paid (which was really neat), and there were only a few rehearsals left. Honestly, I couldn't really keep up, I'd reached the end of the line regarding what my "natural" abilities could give me. I had to stay quiet and mumble through a few sections, I had to really really listen to the guy next to me, and when the conductor split the voices and asked me to sing a part alone, I just couldn't hack it.
Embarrassing Moments #2 & 3
When I played with a professional guitarist, he said "oh, I like what you do with that flat nine," and the best I could do is stare at the guy. I was so embarrassed that I didn't know what that was. I figured, if I knew about the "language" of music, I'd know what he was talking about.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember bringing in a cello player to play some pop songs I'd written, the cellist asked for the music. When I didn't have any sheet music, I mapped out the song and told the cellist the chords. Then, I asked the cellist to improvise. While the result was OK, I felt see-through...the cellist knew that I was musically illiterate.
Embarrassing Moments #4 & 5
When I wanted to write a string arrangement to a song I'd written...I just couldn't hack it. I worked with a teacher, and I actually compared what I wrote before the teacher and after. Folks, what I wrote "before" the teacher was a joke! The musicians couldn't even understand what I'd written down, the chords sounded crappy, and I just knew that I was missing the key to truly unleashing my creative musical potential.
When I wanted to work with a brass ensemble...basically the same thing would have happened, had I not learned from the string ensemble experience...I didn't even know how to write out the transpositions that brass players require in order to play in the same key, and my embarrassment solidified my commitment to achieve musical literacy!
As I started playing with more and more professional
musicians, I noticed that the educated pros were generally doing pretty
well financially, they taught lessons or were teaching at a music
school, or were playing in an orchestra...or were some how otherwise
employed...but they were "in-demand" as musicians, and they seemed to
be able to "pick and choose" the musical projects they took part in.
And I couldn't get over that they kept getting paid!
I started to get angry when I realized that skill in music, that is, being an educated pro, is actually in demand and pays pretty well. It also made me angry that I'd been told the opposite while growing up, that musicians are broke, that they have no money, that they don't have jobs, etc. The breaking point for me was while I was working as an IT consultant in Chicago, and I wanted to find out how much it would cost to get some tutoring to help me study for the music GRE (Graduate Records Exam). I'd come up with the idea that maybe I could go to grad school in Music Composition and I could make up my undergrad deficiencies while doing so...well...the tutors in the Chicago area were between $30 and $110 per hour. I couldn't believe it...I was so MAD! I thought to myself, "if I had known THAT, I would have studied music from the very beginning..."
So, I started working with some teachers and was able to co-author the following arrangements. These were made in 1997/8. I'd say that Jon Novi, my teacher at the time, wrote "most" of the arrangements, and the experience allowed me to fully appreciate the POWER of achieving musical literacy.
What really started getting my goat was that my teachers, and all these
"other" professional and educated musicians seemed so happy. They were
away...even if they were working other non-music-related jobs...if they
were good readers...if they were educated musicians...they were just
like doot doot doot, hum de dum, play play, make money...everything is
breezy, everything is okay...and I was struggling! It seemed so unfair.
Why did I have to struggle with reading and writing music? I was
considered a gifted and natural musician, but I was still basically
Frankly, I felt terrible. I didn't even want success with my music, because I felt like I hadn't honored it. These other people...the educated pros...they had honored their musical gifts and I hadn't. What a sucky feeling. Just crappy. Low.
So, folks, I struggled through it. I worked 3 jobs and paid my way through grad school. I made up my undergrad deficiencies and suffered through the embarrassment of being "worse" in many areas than the younger students around me. But, through all the suffering, I started developing effective methods for learning things that some teachers say you can "only" learn, if you start as a child (which is complete nonsense, by the way).
Now, I've compiled my methods in an easy to read eBook. They've been brewing inside me for years, and all I can say is...whoah, would my life at grad school have been easier had I known these methods! Would my songwriting experience when I was getting started have been easier and more enjoyable had I known these methods! Goodness! I don't even want to think about the struggle anymore, and I don't want you to have to go through it either. Seriously, I want to save you a lot of pain, pain that I went through and you don't have to, if you read my eBook and apply the simple exercises I've outlined.
This eBook is guaranteed to make songwriting into a total breeze for you, or your money back, no questions asked. Read on to find out how you'll be able to write out the notes to your songs, on the fly, as you think them...
To help myself, I developed a new "Guidonian Hand," which I
call the hands-o-music. You'll find that you can sing any scale, any
mode, and eventually any pitch...in any order...if you stick with my
I created a single-syllable system for each note, so instead
of having only 7 syllables (which then don't really take into
consideration the remaining 5 notes), or having 35 or more syllables
(singing note names) -- you have a single syllable for each note, which
leads to only 12 syllables.
Do you think you can learn twelve, single-syllable note names? I think you can! And when you do, you'll be breezing through the songwriting process like an educated and competent songwriter should. Cool!
rt aligned and a different color: Here's a tip, I actually REVEAL the syllables in my FREE report, which you can have sent to your email address right now!
I'd like to tell you about a student of mine named Edmund
the time, he was in his mid 70's, and he'd spent his whole life in
marketing. He was unable to write out his songs, although he had been
playing them on his piano for years. Honestly, when he first came to me
and played his songs, I couldn't tell if they were in 3/4 of 4/4
time...he kept kind of pausing and stopping and kicking himself. I
hadn't developed some of the systems in my eBook yet, but I did
encourage him to write out his songs, despite his lack of skill in
music notation. Now here's a guy, and I've lost touch with him, so I
don't know if he's still walking this earth, but every time I think of
him, I have to smile, because with my help, I taught him how to do this:
Now, that's not the most impressive sheet music, is it? No it's not...but it was enough for me and a friend of mine to perform the song at the "end of the semester concert" at the school I was teaching at.
He went on to write out and record two more songs and he entered one of them into a competition. I lost touch with him around then, so I don't think he won...but the thing is...he entered, and honestly, I picture Edmund on his death bed saying to himself "Oh thank God I wrote out those three songs...thank God I brought those tunes from concepts in my mind all the way to music on paper and then a nice performance."
Here is a live recording of the song.
I did catch up with him about a year or so after our lessons had come to a close, and he said something like "yes, those songs and recordings have provided me and my wife so much joy." Now I don't know if that means anything to you, but it brings tears to my eyes to think that without a trusting teacher like me who would take on a 70-something year old man and really keep him to the honest-to-goodness no nonsense techniques that will bring him results...he might have passed away without that feeling of joy, without that feeling of release, without his inner genius being realized in the form of his song, and he might have even kicked himself saying "God, I wish I would have done something with my music" before passing away. Now, dying in a state of regret is something, at least in the area of composing songs, that I helped Edmund avoid. So I really mean it when I say it does not matter how old you are...if you use the techniques I outline...you WILL write out your songs, and in writing them out, you will be able to shape them to your will, others will be able to play them in ways you might never have thought possible...and yes, it will bring you immense satisfaction and joy.
Do you want to die knowing that you didn't do your music justice? I didn't, and now you don't have to either. The eBook takes saves you years of struggle and replaces it with joyful, easy understanding of song notation. Doesn't that sound nice?
"This is one of the most complete collections of practical songwriting resources and ideas, both for creative inspiration and for a myriad of professional musical skills. Easy to access and great fun to read, these books are a must for the serious songwriter. Dainis' insight into the artist's mind is exceptional!"
-- Emily Sanders, Songwriter
"...gave some great pointers...I'd recommend it to anyone starting out."
-- Katherine Loop, piano teacher
You don't have to buy tons of studio equipment just to get
your ideas down. Sure, you CAN have studio equipment, but once you're
using my system, frankly, you won't even need an instrument to write
out your songs. You'll be able to write them out while sitting at a
restaurant, a cafe, while on a mountaintop...wherever...and I've
personally noticed that even when I don't have a pen or paper with me,
because of my system, I REMEMBER the music I come up with throughout
the day. I don't need a mini recorder, because I've simplified the
musical process so much for myself that I just remember my ideas.
Home studio equipment is great, don't get me wrong, but honestly, I feel sorry for the people who are going to buy a new effects processor for a few hundred bucks instead of opting for this eBook.
"I happened across you website a few days ago and related to some of the thoughts in your free lessons. (Good marketing plan, got me to look.)
Well, the spending of thousands of dollars on studio gear and still not being able to make music is something I know well. It accrued to my along time ago I was spending more time on how to make my gadget work then expressing myself though it. And then I realized that I really don't know music.
Sure I know what notes and rhythms are, but I really didn't know music. So I decided to take a step back and fill in the gaps and I asked my self what do I want to do most. And answer was be able to take different sounds, instruments or what ever and then create something musical out of it.
It seemed that composing is what interests me so I did a google search and found you eBook and here I am.
I skimed though a lot of you book already, and your Hands-0-Music is really a cool idea. (you might want to consider grabbing the domain name www.hands-o-music.com).
Looking back the lead sheets that [a friend] created really gounded the music he recorded. I see the importance of being able to write music down. I'd really like to learn to do this well. "
--Kristian Schmidt, Songwriter
(PS -- I'm corresponding with Kristian now, and we'll see how he's doing by mid to late 2008)
Don't get me wrong, gizmos are cool. There's a lot we can do with expensive gizmos. Here's a list of gizmos a lot of songwriters have.
Hardware: computers, mixing boards, microphones, wires, plugs, instruments, sound modules, portable recorders, various media formats (tapes, CD's records, etc.), sound-proofing materials, buildings...
Software: mixing, mastering and tracking software, notation software, effects software...
Doing your math on hardware/software purchases vs. investment in education/skill can help you resolve imbalances in your approach to songwriting success.
I'm not saying you should get rid of your equipment...love it, use it, enjoy it...but some of you may have studios worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars if not more. Here's what I am saying: none of those things make you a better songwriter.
My eBook does...guaranteed.
You'll be able to take next steps and create arrangements for your songs. Things like real strings, real winds, real brass...you'll be able to do it yourself! And, you'll lay the groundwork for creating arrangements...even orchestral works...yourself.
Buy the latest gizmo and in a few years you'll just have an out of date gizmo. Learn to write your songs down and you'll be following in the footsteps of the greatest composers in history.
The Summer of '69
some guys from school
Remember that song? The passion in the vocal delivery gets me every time, and I totally relate to the journey in the song. Look, I love that song, OK? But I unlocked something, and I want to give you the key.
With this eBook, you'll stop trying so hard and start working smart!
Songs and music will flow out of you so easily, you'll never ever want
to go back to the old painful days of trial and error.
It's way easier than you may think, and honestly, it boggles my mind that so few teachers treat writing music down (notating music) with the same importance that writing has in learning a language.
It's such a shame to see creative, talented, musical people who are hemmed in by their lack of musical competence.
Sometimes, even famous and award winning songwriters lack understanding of the craft of songwriting.
Well, YOUR success does not have to depend on your lack of
knowledge...come on board and learn how to write your songs down...its
You don't need to continue to live with the deficiency of
being unable to write a professional lead sheet anymore!
Some people say that an education in music makes people
restricted in the way they play. They point to stiff musicians and say
"that person is a stiff musician, because of knowledge." Never mind
that the person might be stiff because of arthritis or
stagefright...the "anti-knowledge" folks do everything they
can to avoid "book learning" and feel strongly that "knowledge" would
restrict their creativity.
Have you met musicians like that? Have you ever been inclined to think that way?
Some people who avoid knowledge are successful, to a certain extent. They can take a puny thread and magically make a whole blanket out of it. But what would happen, if that person had a workshop, tools, all kinds of colored thread, along with deep knowledge of how blankets are made? That person would be a "blanket producing superstar!" So just imagine what would happen to you and your songwriting, if you had deep knowledge of how songs are written?
Sir Francis Bacon said "Knowledge is power," and with this eBook, you'll gain powerful knowledge about songwriting.
Albert Einstein said "Imagination is more important than knowledge," and in this eBook, your imagination (your inner genius) is honored and given its appropriate rank.
Just to make that a bit more clear, Albert Einstein was talking about priorities, he was saying that imagination is more important than knowledge, but he was not promoting "imagination without knowledge," do you see what I mean? That's where a lot of talented and creative artists go wrong. Please don't make the same mistake!
So stop arguing about whether knowledge or imagination is more important, and get the benefits of both worlds with the skills outlined in "How to Write YOUR Songs Down!" What you really want, and what you're getting in this eBook, is the kind of structure and easy-to-learn knowledge that you can apply immediately to free your true voice and let your imagination soar.
I want you to unleash the awesome songwriting genius in you...NOW!
Albert Einstein also said: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." And that's exactly what you'll do with this eBook!
While learning the information in this eBook, you will literally feel the your understanding of music and songwriting become deeper. Music will become crystal clear, and your songwriting process will become simpler. You'll feel great about yourself and your dedication to your music. You'll be honoring yourself and your creative genius, and you'll actually "feel" yourself gaining a "razor's edge" understanding of music that will separate you from the rest of the pack.
Remeber when I told you about being sought out to help others
their songwriting? If you listened to the radio program snippet above,
a Nigerian poet sought me out because an Austrian songwriter
had written and recorded a song to one of his poems. The only
problem was that the rhythms weren't OK, and the songwriting itself
lacked awareness of song form.
With kind permission, he's allowed me to summarize his progress in an audio file.
There's a night and day difference, isn't there? I mean sure,
a few extra instruments, but I'm talking about the song itself. We went
through some of my exercises and were able to accomplish that much
after a few sessions! And honestly, he's hardly through the
system...just think of what these methods will do for you!
The style of music you play doesn't matter in this particular learning process. This knowledge enhances all songwriting styles. We're talking about freeing your creativity, about giving you awareness of the background structure of music itself!
am truly impressed with both the quantity and the quality of the
information in "How to write your songs down" by Dainis W. Michel.
There has been a tremendous amount of work into this project and the
result is a stunningly simple explanation of song writing techniques.
-- Lesley Pinkett
I really want to share with you the tremendous feeling of being able to write your music down...some of you may even be on the charts...and still might not know how to write a lead sheet...or at least not a professional-quality lead sheet.
I spent ten years figuring out ways to make accessing the language of music easy...and now I can save you the struggle.
When you work with more and more professional folks, you'll get treated like an "equal," like a "pro," because you are the "real thing." Let me tell you, it's an awesome feeling.
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March 3, 2008