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Grammy's Recording academy voting member, member of ASCAP, and American Guild of Musical Artist, master songwriter since child hood, Skye Delamey offers songwriting services and consultation via Skype sessions!
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Songstress Songwriting:
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Music for your film soundtrack, theatrical production, cause or commercial jingle. Or, hire the Songstress herself to write and create your custom made music. Published poet as a teen, songstress since childhood. Skye Delamey's lyrics and music speak for themselves. Former founder and owner of Musical Transformation (voice, piano, theory and songwriting business), Skye Delamey has in fact been called a "music medium." Find out for yourself. Lyrics, music, or both!

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Some credits include: Frederick Fouquet, Hazel Hill, Boys Club of America, Sioux City Iowa, Projectnightlight.org, CCHR.org,
Savannah Zelocchi, and more.

Skye Delamey has helped numerous songwriters of all genres, achieve their songwriting goals, and also has many articles on the art of songwriting in various music magazines. 


"The Piano= Excellent Songwriting Tool. By: Skye Delamey
Music Connection magazine 
http://musicconnection.com/2010/08/expert-advice-songwriting-on-the-piano/
 

The piano is the most complete instrument because you have your treble, bass, rhythm, lead, and more. If you play the piano, or are learning how, take advantage of what an amazing songwriting tool you have at your fingertips...literally! Did you know you can write a bass line, a solo, create your rhythm using a metronome, write your fills, and have a full and complete song with this one amazing instrument? Then, bring in your other instruments or players. Take your bass line and play bass to it. Take the treble solo and have your guitar player play lead guitar to it. Or simply let your players use your ideas as a foundation on which to elaborate."
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The Piano: ultimate songwriting tool.
1. Introduce yourself to the complex instrument that is the piano. There are many instrument throughout history that are said to be the ancestor of the piano. From a xylophone, to a variety of harps and harp instruments. From a Hydraulis to a panpipe. The piano has been around since the beginning of man. It is the most complex of instruments because it is made up of so many keys- 88 to be exact. The piano consists of a combination of "natural" notes (the white keys), higher pitched sharps and bluesy flats (the black keys). Rock n roll started with the piano way back when. Think Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard. The piano is fascinating because it can be goth..think Beethoven's "Symphony no. 5" or it can be elegant, think "Blue Danube". It can be rock-think "Golly Miss Molly," or "Great Balls of Fire." It can be a song like John Lennon's "Imagine," "Break On Through" by The Doors, or an Alicia Key's modern classic. The Piano is so versatile, so rich, complex. So intense, scary, yet heavenly, some times manic, often soothing. I remember being fascinated from childhood by the keys on my dad's accordion, wishing I could play whatever instrument that was. It has been a dream come true to know how to play this heavenly beast that is the piano, and to write songs, create music on it as a tool. I encourage songwriters who know how to play, to take advantage of what an amazing songwriting tool the piano is. I encourage those who don't play, who are interested, to learn how.
2. Introducing the treble and bass clefs. Middle C and up is an instrument called the Treble clef, or G clef. Instruments such as a guitar, violin, certain horns, harmonica, flute are treble clef, higher toned instruments, as opposed to the bass instruments such as the cello, or bass guitar. In the past, when asking children to describe treble clef, I got responses such as: it is a happy moment, church bells, angels, birds, a sunny day at the beach, a doorbell or the breeze. Bass clef was described as the ocean, royal purple, Halloween, heavy, dinosaurs, elephants, a snarl, a gentle giant, dark chocolate truffles, deep sleep, or underworld, in my opinion. There is a silence and mysterious solitude in the bass clef. It is very powerful and if not applied with care, can overpower your melody. Go easy on the bass, unless you want it to run the show.
3. "Massage the instrument."
Both treble and bass clefs consist of a symphony of sounds, tones, textures. There is a variety of things you can do, as a songwriter, with 88 keys. Some which are high, some low, some medium, some shy, some bold, some lighter to the touch, and some, such as thicker stringed low bass notes, requiring more force. Your fingertips and touch is what you need to play piano correctly. Is the song you are creating needing great volume or is it a gentle melody? The volume/"dynamics." from "pianissimo" (extra soft), to "fortissimo" (extra loud), and all those dynamics inbetween, are determined not by a volume switch but by your sense of touch. Even with keyboards set at a certain volume, it's your sense of touch which determines the volume; as well as the intensity and feel of the song to the ears. So, "massage" your instrument! Play those keys with care and sensitivity. A lullaby will not sound write if you play it like rock song, and vice versa.
4. Make sure your piano is in tune. Unlike a guitar you can tune yourself, a professional tuner is required to make a visit to your piano approximately once a year to make sure your piano is tune. You do not want to be writing songs to an out of tune piano. It may sound off, or flatter than it should. Hire a professional tuner to make sure your instrument is in tune!
5. Create your song. Create your vocal melody. Write the vocal melody on the piano. Be able to sing along to it if you sing, or have your singer sing to it. Pick the appropriate key signature of the melody. A song is music and lyrics. Create your lyrics with the perfectly matched melody that tells the story you want to tell, as a songwriter, AKA storyteller. Is your song appealing to the senses? Is your song written in alignment with what you had in mind? Can your vocalist sing it comfortabley in the key that it is written in? Who is your vocalist? Is it you? A male? Female? You can write your melody, and transpose it, or put in different key if need be. But, it's helpful in the beginning to have a clear idea of what key you want to write the song in.
6. Create your rhythm. With the metronome pick the appropriate meter for your song. Practice playing it to the melody. Play rhythm to the song. Sing the melody, while playing rhythm.
7. Bring in the fills. Create an accompaniment. Guitar or bass solos. An introduction. Fills and riffs to support the melody. Create your harmony. Get creative with your bass. Do you want to begin with a bass intro? There is so much that can be done with the bass clef. How about a bass solo? Bass root notes, "walking bass", arpeggiating bass line, or a combination are all but a few options of what you can do with the bass clef. With your treble, create a solo. Fill the gaps, the holes in between the melody. Does the song require a key change? A rhythm change? Complex music such as those found in Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom of the Opera," have key and time signature changes mid song. Maybe your song is a more basic rock or pop song, but know you have these options as a creative songwriter, no matter what the genre. If your writing on a keyboard with voice tones, consider if your song needs strings or other treble or bass instruments. Bring your ideas to your band. Transfer what you wrote on the piano on other instruments, and elaborate. Elaborate, collaborate, or perfect and complete your song on the piano and get ready to record, or perform. Sing the vocals, play bass and treble simultaneously, while keeping track of the rhythm you made. Yes, you can multi task, and do all four of these things all at once.
8. Allow yourself to be surprised.
Think of beloved songs by Elton John, Billy Joel or John Lennon. When the basic songwriting structure is accomplished, it's easy to add to or embellish. Think of songwriting on the piano as having a tool at your fingertips that allows you to, at the very minimum, create the basic skeleton or core of a song, and at the most, to complete a fully completed piece of music. It depends on your needs. But, if you play, or are learning how, definitely give songwriting on the bass-treble instrument, the piano a try, you may be very pleasantly surprised.
Skye Delamey is a vocalist, pianist, recording artist, songwriter, and performer. Visit her websites for latest in music and more! 
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Some articles by Skye Delamey on Songwriting in
Rock n Roll Industries magazine





Songstress Songwriting
by Skye Delamey
In songwriting, no matter what the genre, a critical aspect of writing any song is the key that you will be writing in. Some times, there are key changes in a given song, as there are time signature changes. Choosing the right key is like picking a format through which to tell your story. What is the theme, the emotional content, or flavor of the song? The chords you write and play will come from the key that you pick. With an infinite array and combination of so many chord progressions, much can be done to turn an ordinary chord into something extraordinary. It is also interesting to note that some keys, such as the key of C for example, can also be translated as the key of A minor. For every major key, there is a minor equivalent. The key of B flat for example, shares the same characteristics, the same scale as the key of G minor. Interesting, isn't? And this is the case with all the major and minor corresponding keys.

Music is so very complex, yet at it's core so intelligent and simple, just like the universe itself! So if every major key has a minor doppelganger, or twin, then how do you define what you want to write in? The answer to that goes to back to the story you have in mind. Your song is your story waiting to be told. The mood, the emotional content, the theme...will all be factors in determining the use of a major or minor key. When choosing the latter, your story may have a more emotional or dramatic quality, being in a minor key. Where as a major key will generally tell your story in a more upbeat tone. Think of the key signature and it's corresponding chords as the colors, textures, and feel of the song, or story you are getting ready to tell.

-Skye Delamey
Songstress, actor and owner of Skyes Tours


The art of Songwriting
By Skye Delamey, 
Musician & Songstress!

Our world consists of so many amazing songs, but as musicians, ever stop to wonder what the songwriting process entails? What I like to do before adding chords, tempo, or even coming up with a key signature, is ask: what is the emotional message, or story of the song? The answer to that will determine what key, what tempo, and what mood you as the songwriter would like to convey. Songwriting is in essence, the same as story telling. If your song is moody, or has a darker tone, you may want consider minor keys. For more upbeat, happy music, major keys. In addition, be aware of your tempo/your key signature, as well as your structure. It is so limiting when some musicians assume all songs have to have a chorus and verse only, and there you go. While some songs are amazing songs that are written in that context, it’s important to note that there is a variety to song writing structure. You may have only verses, and one, or two amazing bridges. Or, incorporate the chorus-verse-bridge structure. You can even begin with a chorus. And, you do not necessarily need to have the title of the song in the actual song, though it is common to. In music, you can even have changes in both key, and time signatures, meaning chords changes too. What I like to get across as a songwriter, and musician to other prospective songwriters is: Don’t be afraid to delve deeper, explore, and even tap into unknown songwriting territory. Some my most favorite rock or metal songs I love because of the songwriting rules being bend, exaggerated, or simply broken. Some of these songs are way longer than the standard 3 or 4 minutes, and the solos, and bridges appear unexpectedly, which makes it all that much more interesting!

-Skye Delamey

Bio: Skye Delamey is a musician, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. She is a member of ASCAP, The Grammys Recording Academy, American Guild of Musical Artists, and National Association of Professional Women. 


Skye Songwriting Column
"The Personality of Scales"
by Skye Delamey

The art of songwriting is anything but mundane. A variety of keys, or scales, tempos, and genres, are some of the most compelling factors in helping to create the mood of the story line of the song you are composing. At it's basic core, in writing your music, define your song's purpose, the intent of the song. From there, pick the appropriate key, or scale. Allow yourself to understand the "personality scales." There was a time in my life where I owned a music instruction business, and I used to ask children I was teaching to define the personality, or character of each key, or scale. Responses would vary from: "Key of F sounds calm and peaceful," to "Key of B sounds playful and more hyper." Indeed, each key has it's unique characteristics, so, in writing music, it helps tremendously to speak the musical language, and understand music theory in relation to key signatures.

For example, if the purpose of your song is to be happy and upbeat, you may choose not to put it in the key of A minor. Likewise, if you are writing a sentimental ballad, you may choose not to put it in the brassier toned key of F# major. Understanding key signatures helps you to get an idea of the framework of a song, and also allows you to better assess your options. In addition, songs can be transposed into different appropriate keys.

If you are a vocalist, you may find that you are a better singer in certain keys, and that is perfectly normal. A common vocal technique is singing scales using a piano or keyboard. Singing vowels in various keys, aka "scale exercises", can help a vocalist sing better. Understanding the language of keys also trains your musician's ear. So much of playing music, or singing comes from listening. The art of listening, in the end plays a great part in the songwriting process. In the end, how do you want it to sound? In being the best songwriter you can be, educate yourself with not only the keys of the major and minor scales, but also with how they sound, and their unique characteristics, as they will play a big part in the song you compose!
-Skye Delamey
Recording artist, songwriter
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Songwriting Column by Skye Delamey
 
So lets say you've written a song you've poured your heart and soul into, and the time has come take what you have written and record it. A transformation will absolutely take place in this process that takes what you wrote on paper, and turns it into a sound recording. The genre will make a tremendous difference in the choices you make in the manifestation of your recorded music.
 
Be true to your vision and the emotional content and message of the song you wrote. However, be open to adjustment. Do not be upset if some lyrics must be cut, in order to make for better and more concise musical phrasing. Do not be upset if an extra verse also has to be cut and, or rearranged. If you have a vocalist in mind, whether it is yourself or some one else, also be open to key changes. Bear in mind that different octaves of the same key will sound higher pitched, or lower pithed, but, some times it is simply necessary to change keys mid song. In the genre of musicals this is quite common. In some metal, it is also prevalent. A key change, however, does not only pertain to vocals, it also pertains to the instrumental aspect of the song. It is perfectly awesome to hear the bridge, or the guitar solo, or the outro in a key that is different than the key you started out in. It is a treat for the audience, and brings a fresh and newer quality to the song.
 
An alternative to a key change is an introduction of an "accidental." Which is an exception to the rule. A great example is the children's song "pop goes the weasel." The "pop," is on a F# (F sharp) note in the key of C that the song is generally played in, a key that does not have sharps, nor flats. The sharp is an "accidental," that certain brings a pop to an otherwise more mundane tune. 
 
Experiment, explore and play with the idea of key changes. Be open to elaboration and expansion of your vision of the song you have written. Bear in mind, no matter what it is on paper, the end result must be a sound recording that sings to your listener. In other words, acknowledge that music truly is an art form that we relish in listening to. Your audience is not reading a book or a novel, your audience is being captured by sound. Allow your lyrics to be in harmony with your music, and keep the excitement and romance alive in your song by being open to key changes, or accidentals where appropriate. It can be like the dash of cayenne pepper in your dark chocolate bar or dessert. May sound off, but is a unique and intriguing delight for the senses, and makes for a wonderful marriage!
 
-Skye Delamey
recording artist, vocalist, pro songwriter, actress
 
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