Entries by Chelsea Ira

3 Ways Music Theory Can Help You Write a Great Chorus

Writing a great chorus that sticks in your ear and makes you want to sing is a real challenge. It can often seem that finding the right melody, the right chords, the right arrangement, or whatever other parts amounts to pure inspirational magic. But there are real, concrete things you can do to improve your […]

3 Times Breaking Music Theory Rules Worked SO Well

At first glance, it can feel like music theory is full of “rules.” Pick up any good theory textbook and you will find detailed descriptions of how to name, construct, and analyze scales, intervals, harmonies, chord progressions, compositional forms, and a lot more that can make any creative person’s eyes glaze over. These descriptions are […]

3 Things Every Session Musician Needs to Know

There are many things that make a great session musician: a great attitude, quality gear, great tone, musicality, creative ideas and being reliable and early to sessions. For this post, however, I want to focus on three really important concepts related to music theory and composition. A deep understanding and appreciation of these concepts can […]

Get More Done in Your Music Practice Time

Learning and writing new music is often very time-consuming but there are ways you can speed up the process immensely to make the most out of your music practice time. They are not intuitive and can seem counterproductive at first, but following these two steps will make an enormous difference in how quickly you can learn […]

Two Ways to Become a More Confident Musician Using Theory

Confidence building can be a real challenge for many musicians. There are so many great musicians out there, that seeing the value of your own work can be very challenging. Thankfully, there are ways to relatively quickly and effectively become a more confident musician by building your competence in basic music theory. Here are two […]