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Join the quest! Learn how composers and songwriters create music in this podcast hosted by Minneapolis composer Charlie McCarron. Whether you’re a music composition grad or simply an occasional noodler on a guitar, each guest has a new perspective for you on the creative process of composing and songwriting, along with some concrete ideas to apply to your own music.

Composer Quest: A Songwriting and Music Composition Podcast Charlie McCarron

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    • 4.9, 52 Ratings

Join the quest! Learn how composers and songwriters create music in this podcast hosted by Minneapolis composer Charlie McCarron. Whether you’re a music composition grad or simply an occasional noodler on a guitar, each guest has a new perspective for you on the creative process of composing and songwriting, along with some concrete ideas to apply to your own music.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Dragonnever ,

Great podcast, but the metal episode lacks

This is a great podcast that really tackles theories and practical skills that are inherent to good songwriting. They examine themes and methods, as well as, real world examples of what makes for intelligible craft. That being said, I listened to the one episode where they interview a modern heavy metal musician, and while I appreciate his stream of consciousness, the interview did very little to address the methodology behind song construction. I’m not trying to be a hater, but the gentleman being interviewed basically said that he either has no, or chooses to use no, real musical theory. This infers that his songs are just a jumbled mesh of clever riffs. While I’m not specifically saying that he is a bad musician, which it is clear that he is not, this is certainly indicative of a novice workflow that provides very little visceral mentorship to the listener.

Composer Quest Review ,

Composer Quest Review

A really fantastic podcast that will help nearly any musician become more successful. It really is packed with great ideas and interviews. Podcasts do not have to be listened to in order, but I would suggest listening to all of them. I actually found myself taking notes! Great job Charlie and thank you for all you do!

Joseph PK ,

Best Podcast in Town!

Hands down my favorite podcast! I love how frequently Charlie updates his content. There are so many dynamic composers offering very different ideas on how to create music. I am so inspired by each of his guests that I often find myself listening to certain episodes multiple times. Way to go Charlie!

-Jp October

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