In this lesson, Mark discusses some of the complexities of melody writing and how to pull it out of the chords you're playing.
Taught by Mark Lincoln in Song Writing with Mark seriesLength: 18:57Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Writing original music is often the primary motivation for learning a musical instrument. This process comes naturally to some, but is quite intimidating to others. In this lesson series, Mark explains the songwriting process in a manner that is accessible to everyone. He applies basic music theory concepts and a multitude of practical tips to the writing process.
Mark Lincoln introduces his songwriting series. He provides a brief overview of some basic songwriting concepts.Length: 23:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark discusses chord relationships and chord construction. He also includes basic exercises that will help you compose your own chord progressions.Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark further elaborates on chord relationships within a song. He covers the I, IV, V progression in greater depth and provides a new songwriting exercise.Length: 17:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln shares several techniques that will help you turn chord progressions into complete songs.Length: 16:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark delves into the realm of writing lyrics. He provides tips for pulling melodies from chords. He also explains how to fit words to a melody.Length: 19:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark discusses some of the complexities of melody writing and how to pull it out of the chords you're playing.Length: 18:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark begins a discussion on phrasing, lyrics and melody - essential tools for any songwriter.Length: 29:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 8, Mark delves deeper into how to pull a melody from the chords you are using.Length: 32:23 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Yet again, Mark Lincoln brings clarity to songwriting with an in depth explanation of octaves and alternating currents.Length: 18:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this information packed lesson, Mark dives deep into how to deconstruct the process of writing lyrics from the evolution of decision, deconstruction, metaphor, and perspective. He provides insight into...Length: 30:43 Difficulty: 3.5 FREE
In this lesson Mark digs even deeper into the structure of a song.Length: 24:15 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
About Mark Lincoln
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Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.
Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.
Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.
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