StumbleUpon has a way of awakening your creative side, which sometimes gets neglected when you have to focus on keeping up with day-to-day tasks. This edition of our Stumbler Spotlight features David Smith, who turns to StumbleUpon to find inspiration for his music and grow his technical skill set.
Name: David Smith
Hometown: South London, UK
Stumbles for: Lyric inspiration, composition sites, music technology and technique
What He’s Stumbled Upon:
- Sites with interesting photos that inspire David’s lyrics. He is particularly drawn to pictures, theories and facts about the universe that help stimulate his artistic mind, like NASA’s Chandra Observatory blog and photos.
- Chord voice generators (10 Ways to Play the Most Beautiful Open Chord Shapes) and chord naming sites (Guitar chord guide, Chordfind.com) to notate music. Sites focused on music theory and harmonies (Music theory “cheat sheet”) for ideas on musical progressions and for moving past any writer’s block to discover new possibilities for compositions.
- Music technology web pages on home sound engineering have taught him how to personally make great quality recordings of his music (Music production tips, Top 10 Reverb Tips and Tricks).
- Jazz scales (21 Cool 3 Notes-Per-String Exercises to Rock On!, Scale finder) to enhance his skills and modal ideas to provide useful exercises.
In his words: “A lot of the sites I’ve come across on StumbleUpon genuinely provide useful information and a muse for development of my music.”
His work: Check out his song “Fall On To Me” that was inspired when he was stumbling guitar and music theory pages and found a page featuring some jazz chords that stuck with him.
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