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The Lone Bellow – “Bringing A New Song To Your Band”

Zach, Kanine, and Brian discuss how a song gets brought to the group and developed – with a focus on harmonies. Includes a performance.

EDUCATOR RESOURCES

SUBJECT: Zach, Kanine, and Brian discuss how a song gets brought to the group and developed – with a focus on harmonies. Students will learn how to be a better bandmate and collaborator. Includes a performance of their song “Wonder”. The video is broken into four sections: 1) Writing Songs,  2) The Making of “Wonder”, 3) Finding the Harmonies of “Wonder”, and 4) How to Find your Harmonies.

Age/Skill-Level Recommendation: Intended for intermediate to advanced level music students, ages 14 and up. A basic understanding of music terminology, and experience writing songs is recommended.

Topics Discussed: Songwriting, Collaboration, Harmonies, How to be in a Band, Folk, Rock.

Recommended Use: We recommend this video be used to teach students how to be better band members. This video is intended for students who are already in a band or group and who have a desire to become better collaborators. Zach, Kanine, and Brian are very upfront and honest about their process. Students who aspire and look up to musicians will find this video engaging.

Discussion Questions

  • How does the band write songs together? Name a few techniques that work and don’t work for them. 
  • Explain Zach’s salamander analogy 
  • What does Brian mean by “Preserve the inspiration as you move along the process”. 
  • Kanine mentions that it’s important for bands to “Dismantle The Machine” as it pertains to harmonies. What does she mean by this?

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