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10/08/2021
Three Songs

Saying hello and playing three songs from Troubled Mind - my new EP

We recently created a 30 second promo video for an upcoming song release. (I'll link to that in the comments). This vide...
10/01/2021
How I created my Songwriter Song Release Promo video - from shooting to editing in DaVinci Resolve

We recently created a 30 second promo video for an upcoming song release. (I'll link to that in the comments). This video explains how we shot and then edited the video in DaVinci Resolve.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSgWRuWnzLo

This video explains how we (my girlfriend Deb and I) created a promotion video (30 second ad) for my song, Making Peace with the War.EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARESh...

FREE TOUR PLANNING WORKSHEETIf you are planning to tour as things open up, you may want to check out this tour planning ...
03/12/2021
Tour Planning for Songwriters & Bands plus How To Book Venues [FREE GOOGLE PLANNING SHEET)

FREE TOUR PLANNING WORKSHEET
If you are planning to tour as things open up, you may want to check out this tour planning Google Sheet. It auto-calculates miles, drive time, and generates a tour map. It also has some budget items.

I show how to use it and give some additional tips on booking shows in new towns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jczWLEXCZU

I planned and executed my first tour in 2009 - with VERY little experience. I used Google Maps extensively to plan my route and determine stops.I demonstrate...

New music: Christmas Heart. The song has been distributed to most the major streaming services. Look for additional anno...
12/16/2020
Christmas Heart w/ Lyrics by Matthew Moran & ft. Emiko

New music: Christmas Heart. The song has been distributed to most the major streaming services. Look for additional announcements. Matthew Moran will be interviewed tonight at 5PM (PST) at the Yay+ page.

© 2020 - Matthew MoranArrogant Sage MusicI wrote this song inspired by time spent with the homeless & addicted of Los Angeles. I am working with Yay+ Music a...

How to setup a MIDI drum track in Reaper. Recording your songs to a drum track is superior to recording to a click. In t...
03/02/2020
How to use a MIDI Drum Track as Your Click Track in Reaper

How to setup a MIDI drum track in Reaper. Recording your songs to a drum track is superior to recording to a click. In this video I explain how to setup a MIDI drum track in Reaper, my DAW of choice.

Make sure you visit the blog to download the MIDI keymap file.
https://matthewmoranonline.com/midi-drum-click-track/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8nGIIcLQc

I've found using a MIDI drum track, with 8th or 16th notes and a bit of a groove is superior to using the click track that comes with most DAWs - including R...

04/23/2019
Recording guitar for my song, The Path

Early morning recording in Reaper. I'm preparing some tutorials and plan to do a live webinar for songwriters looking to record.

Let me know if that sounds interesting to you.

04/10/2019
Want to start something new? Here's my advice.

Here is advice I often fail to heed but is critical if you hope to create something new. It applies to my commitment to videos - but also, playing music, starting a business, writing, or any endeavor you've been hesitant to launch.

04/05/2019
Three guitars with stories and sentimental value

I don't place a lot of sentimental value on things like pictures or trinkets or ?? but I have three guitars that have sentimental vallue. Two are still playable - one might be in the future.

04/04/2019
Capability vs Accomplishment and Frustration

When the gap between my capability and what I accomplish is too great (there is always some gap), I get frustrated - with myself. But, I also know how to fix that. Plus a great conversation with a good friend.

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Publishers tell me my songs are well written, is this a good thing? Or can they be a little too well written to be a hit? Because Publishers never want to pitch them...