A SONGWRITER'S TOOLKIT
MY INTENT for writing this book on songwriting, Get Over The Hump, a Songwriters Toolkit, Melody and Harmony Non-Fat, was to give you an easy and clear method for understanding melody and harmony, as it applies in the real world—loaded with techniques that you can immediately use in your songwriting.
Music performance and tutorials
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"You literally saved my life. You´re are the only one explaning so accurate. I´m am a Songwriter in afro-funk-jazz band, and i am in charge for all the writing, and this was my major big issue. Peace." Carmon
"Continue to love and be grateful for your material. Made a big difference to me and my band. We have trumpet, alto sax and Trom in our soul/blues line up along with guitar, bass and drum kit." Richard
"Thank you fred, you are great teacher. I took a horn arranging class under Don S. at Monterey 35 years ago, and have worked with some great players. You really simplify everything and make it much easier to understand. I have been writing parts for years but they now sound much better because of you. thank you Eddie
"Fred thank you so much..I have listened to all the videos and they are great...I'm a retired band director and life long big band player, but I knew nothing about writing for big band..my background at school was a purely classical approach ( jazz the devil music!)...since I have retired I have purchased a number of jazz arranging books and have learned much.. Having a live instructor like you explains it much better. This is great..wish I could have had you for an instructor many years ago!"
Thanks again, Roger
"Many thanks, really looking forward to reading the e-book for my studies on arranging. I'm keen to become a horn arranger to add to being a sax player. I also really enjoyed and learned from your YouTube tutorials, which had my pen to manuscript whilst I watched following each exercise.
~ Thanks, Alex from the UK"
"I accidentally found your tutorials on Youtube and just watched all of them withoutstopping. Thank you so much for your fantastic tutorials." ~ Shawn
"Fantastic. Just what I need! Keep it up =)" ~ Eraleks
"Props Fred, this has helped a lot with me and my band, Thank you!"
"Watched the youtube tutorials this afternoon. Sure wish I'd seen them before I wrote that last horn arrangement. Anyway, would love to read the ebook. Greetings from South Africa."
~ Simon O
"Been watching your videos. Thanks man. Trying to figure out horn arranging. Your videos are helpful." ~ John H
"Your videos are wonderful. Helped a lot. Thanks so much for taking your time to explain cause it has helped so much."
~ Brandon F.
I love your ability to teach with good humor, and making it easy. I play the alto sax and would like to record at least three voices. Merci for all this advice.
~ Charles R
Great lessons, not to mention entertaining! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much, Fred.
~ Arikshi J
Hi Fred! As an educator, performer on keys & woodwinds, & arranger of many years experience, I am interested in your approach & methodologies. Power to you for highlighting this neglected art.
~ Cheers, Alan T
- Thanks so much for your contribution to music education.
~ Gordon G
I'm a newcomer to your Site from the UK. Watched lesson 1 and 2 on scales and chords- very valuable-thanks. I would love the available e-book please. Meanwhile I'm working through the tutorial archives- hungry to learn!