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BMI affiliated published songwriter since 1979
Producer/engineer and A&R for Captain Blue Records since 1980

Instructor at DeMelfi School of Music since 2005


 

Music instruction, production and artist development

In my 50+ years in the music industry I have seen changes take place.  In recent years technology and the way people consume music has caused more rapid changes. My mission is to help aspiring artists, songwriters, composers, recording engineers and producers navigate these changes in ways that will help them earn a living with the work they love to do.  It has been said "When you do what you love for a living you never have to work a day in your life".

Artist development

Major record labels develop artists that they sign.  Artist development can range from how to improve your live shows to how to market yourself.  In my new course I teach all aspects of artist development to give the artist experience in stage presence, Social media marketing, how to develop a professional attitude, networking, budgeting, making a living with music, recording, songwriting, and all around navigation of the new music industry.  Can't afford $350 per hour for lessons with the heavy hitters who worked with stars, then these 2-hour monthly sessions for only $75 per session will give you the same instruction using their methods and will help you earn enough to afford their services when you are ready to take it to the next level.

Songwriting instruction

Learn to write songs fast with little or no musical instrument skills using music technology.   Using Cubase Pro 9.5, I show you how to compose music and get a professional sounding recording without having to play an instrument. Using Masterwriter, I show you how to craft lyrics for your songs.  Using both, you can now write quality songs without having to wait for inspiration. Become a track writer in just a few lessons, and keep up your chops with ongoing one-on-one mentoring.

 

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Music theory instruction

Beginner through advanced levels

  • Understand the language of music.
  • Make it do what you want it to do. 
  • Communicate with other musicians.  
  • Write songs faster. 
  • Eliminate writer's block. 
  • Analyze and emulate your favorite songs
  • College level tutoring in music composition

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Guitar instruction (Beginner and intermediate)

Learn 

  • tablature
  • standard notation 
  • Strum patterns (grooves)
  • Scales
  • improvisation
  • Work on your favorite songs
  • Compose and play your own songs

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Functional keyboard instruction (Beginner and intermediate)

The many uses of the piano keyboard in modern music composition

  • Learn piano technique
  • Read music
  • Play your favorite songs
  • Playing virtual instruments on a piano keyboard
  • MIDI editing

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Recording instruction

  • Microphone types and placement
  • DAW function and navigation using Cubase 9.5
  • tracking audio and midi
  • sound manipulation
  • plug-ins.
  • Editing
  • Mixing
  • Mastering

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Music production instruction

Create massive instrumental arrangements with your computer.

  • Learn Cubase Pro 9.5
  • Production tricks
  • Virtual instruments
  • Speed composing
  • Producing, editing, mixing and mastering for sync licensing
  • Arranging 

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Music production for sync licensing

  • Preparing your music for licensing in various formats
  • meta tagging 
  • Includes leads in the licensing industry
  • Understanding sync fees, consideration fees and back end royalties
  • Create revenue streams making music

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Hire a producer

  • Hire my 50+ years of experience making music. My studio or yours for an hourly rate 
  • Get your music recorded, mixed and mastered
  • Get your music on all popular digital platforms such as ITunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, and more.

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Editing, Mixing, Mastering

Using some of the latest technology we can tune vocals and instruments seamlessly, remove noise between phrases, tighten up timing errors, change envelope and add many kinds of effects.

For mixing and mastering, bring us a commercially released track in the genre and instrumentation of your tracks that you like and we will mix and master your tracks to sound as good as your reference track on all speaker systems.  We can also do blind mixes and masters and still produce great results.

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Taylor Sappe Music Production & Instruction