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20 Unofficial Rules of Songwriting

While there are technically no limits when it comes to songwriting, here are 20 "unofficial" rules that songwriters employ to make songs more engaging and memorable. And it's not just commercial songwriters. These rules are used in many of the popular and GRAMMY-winning songs you hear today. In this course, Cliff Goldmacher reveals tips from the professional songwriter's rulebook, starting with 10 rules about lyrics: staying conversational, using concrete details, and keeping your rhyme schemes the same in similar sections. He then discusses five rules for melodies, including why you should keep melodies simple, unique, and accessible, and how to make them more memorable with repetition. The last five rules tackle familiar song structures and tips for shortening sections of songs.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

21-Day Drawing Challenge

Drawing and creativity are critical parts of human communication and personal expression, and are essential for success in every profession. Drawing is especially valuable because it improves hand-eye coordination, as well as your understanding of form and shape. It also lets you quickly communicate ideas that may be difficult to put into words. To help you hone your skills, Von Glitschka has developed the 21-Day Drawing Challenge. The goal isn't to turn you into a professional illustrator or fine artist—it's about improving your drawing skills and creative thinking, no matter if you're an expert or have never drawn more than a doodle on a notepad.

Von will assign you a drawing challenge for each day. Take the time you need to finish each challenge, and then watch the video where Von shares his own hand-drawn solution. There are no right answers here; his solutions should serve as inspiration! For more encouragement, look no further than the chapter on inspiring drawers. Each movie profiles a different artist, including people like Kate Bingaman Burt and Mattias Adolfsson. So, step up to the plate. You're just 21 days from a new creative habit. And don't forget to share your drawings via Twitter and Facebook! Use the hashtag #draw21days.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

27 Practical Tips for Songwriters

Songwriting can be a thrilling and rewarding profession, but it's not without its challenges. In this course, join professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher as he explores the craft—and business—of songwriting through a series of short, self-contained lessons that offer practical solutions to common problems. Cliff shares creative workarounds for songwriting issues, explaining what to do when you're stuck finding the perfect line or you can't tell if a song is finished. He also goes over problems—and offers solutions—for songwriters that are working in the recording studio or trying to pursue a career in music.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

27 Practical Tips for Songwriters

Songwriting can be a thrilling and rewarding profession, but it's not without its challenges. In this course, join professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher as he explores the craft—and business—of songwriting through a series of short, self-contained lessons that offer practical solutions to common problems. Cliff shares creative workarounds for songwriting issues, explaining what to do when you're stuck finding the perfect line or you can't tell if a song is finished. He also goes over problems—and offers solutions—for songwriters that are working in the recording studio or trying to pursue a career in music.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Animation: Animal Walk Cycles

Capturing the movements of a horse, dog, or other such creature in 2D animation requires an understanding of certain principles and techniques. In this course, Dermot O'Connor explains how to animate four-legged animals as they walk, trot, and run. Dermot compares the anatomy of animals and humans, showing the analogous parts. He also demonstrates the basics of a quadruped walk, explaining how to create the leg positions for the front and the back, as well as how to offset them to create a realistic walk. Plus, learn how to add individual quirks to a run and create cartoony run cycles.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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