July 2022 Exercises 



  • Dummy syllables! such as la, or da, or na, etc. can help you with a new melody. Choose a rhythm pattern or drum loop, record a few chords to that rhythm using either piano or guitar, and then formulate a melody using dummy syllables (da, na, la, etc). Play with different rhythms and timing on different beats. 

  • Random Idea Generator! Grab the third book on your bookshelf. Turn to page 54. Read the sixth sentence. Use those words to jumpstart a song (adapted from Joel Mabus). 

  • A Story Worth Telling! Visit your local paper’s obituaries online or pick up the Sunday paper and flip to the obituaries. Read through them. What interesting lives are you imagining? Is there something striking about someone’s life? Write a song based on the most fascinating person.