It's All In How YOU See It.

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Jake Hahn | Blog

It's simple. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.

I'm all about taking seemingly simple or typical things and working to craft them in interesting ways.

There seems to be a tendency in a lot of people to write-off simplicity. As if in order to make something really creative and cool, they have to use complex ideas.

In my opinion - this is a mistake.

Simple ideas - seen from a creative standpoint - are usually what lead to profound works of art.

Let's put this into action real quick by writing a song.

Try this.


VERSE: (use this progression)
||: D D E A :||

CHORUS: (use this progression)
||: F#m F#m E E :||

YOUR LAYOUT: - (V = Verse & C = Chorus)

Creative Perspective #1

Play this structure with "open position chords" at 75bpm. Use a basic strum pattern here. Whatever you'd like.

example: VIDEO 1 click HERE

Creative Perspective #2:

Play through the structure again, but place a capo at the second fret. This will change the voicing's but the chords will stay the same. Play it again at around 75bpm with whatever rhythm you choose, but pay close attention to how you perceive it differently than concept #1.

example: VIDEO 2 click HERE

The only thing that has changed is the chord voicing's. Different voicing's tend to cause you to change the way you think about what you're playing. This ultimately leads you to new sounds and new possibilities for the SAME EXACT chord movements.

Same information. New perspective.

New territory = New vision.

There are literally countless ways to approach basically everything. The cool stuff comes from YOU.

We're all using the same stuff. All dipping from the same well.

Show us how YOU hear a song!


If you change the way YOU look at things, the things you look at will change.

Your friend and coach
- Jake