PART 2 - Presented by TY TAYLOR
"Creative Writing for the Acoustic Guitar - How to Play"
1:00pm to 4:00pm

This is a hands on class with tips and techniques on creating parts for acoustic guitar.

Ty was born in Moss Point, Mississippi into a musical family. Having a father who was a  well known local musician, and two brothers who are excellent musicians in their own right, Ty begin to learn from them all at a very early age. Ty began playing shows at age eight, and has been playing nonstop sense. It wasn’t long before folks began to take notice of Ty’s natural guitar ability, and he was soon being sought after as a studio musician on the local scene. To date, Ty has done several sessions of studio work in Nashville, and is a regular “go to” guy at the well known, Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana.

Besides being a super guitarist, Ty also plays several other instruments, to include 5 string banjo and pedal steel guitar. Ty’s talent as a song writer began to take shape over ten years ago, and his skills are evident in the fact that he co-wrote all the songs on his current album “Living The Wildlife”.   

 Workshop Overview

This is for the musician looking to expand both there playing and songwriting skills.  We will cover some topics designed to infuse some new and fresh ideas into both, such as chord structure and function within a given key.  There will be opportunities for both group study and private study, including live playing.  

Guitar Chords/Progressions/Theory for the Songwriter
Clinic subject matter will include the following topics: 
Nashville number system
Cycle of fifths
Creating diatonic chord progressions for your songs (in any key) 
Adding color chords to your basic song progressions 
Developing a system of substitution chords to make your songs fresh and original 
Chord forms and inversions to use when playing with others or in the studio 
Chord/melody playing (if time permits) 
​BYOI (Bring Your Own Instrument)


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Saturday September 16th
Sponsored by: The Mississippi Songwriter's Festival

This will be a two part Workshop - from 9:30am till approx. 4:00pm with a short break for Lunch
Seating is limited - reservations required

Special Price:  $60 per person for entire Workshop
OR $35 per person for Part I or Part II  
MS Songwriter Alliance Gold Members will receive a discount

Location:Gulf Hills (click map for directions)

"Navigating Nashville and Beyond"
​9:00am to noon

This workshop will touch on four distinct points of the music industry:
All things creative. Assessing subject matter, avoiding clichéd’ rhymes, overused subjects,

Taking a fresh approach, getting REALITY into songs, Building better melodies, avoiding “Second verse Hell!”, keeping it tight and effective, less is more, building dynamics into a song. Writing with artists, artists writing with experienced, established and hit writers.

All aspects of live performance, playing with dynamics, choosing song types, reading audiences, Stage presence, making them PUT DOWN THE CEL PHONE,  interacting with audiences, levels of recording, studio shopping, Nashville Vs. other places, video construction, THINGS TO AVOID.

Building your “HOME AUDIENCE.” Building bridges between Nashville and your home town. Must have a PRESENCE to win. To MOVE OR NOT TO MOVE. Having a Nashville presence WITHOUT living in Nashville. “back doors to publishers.” Finding and keeping co-writers. Online presence, AVOIDING MISSTEPS. INSTRUCTION FOR PARENTS OF ARTISTS.

Understanding today’s music market. BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, publishers, describing income streams. Reality shows, EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY. DEPENDING ON YOURSELF, DEVELOPING YOUR OWN “BRAND.”


MARC-ALAN BARNETTE, or “MAB” is an industry professional who has been involved in all phases of the music business from a childhood artist, and writer. He has developed his teaching, writing styles and process over a lifetime of being involved with hit writers, record labels, publishers, and all sides of the Industry.

 Born in Birmingham Alabama, he has Mississippi roots. Not only was his Father, Grady Barnette, from Philadelphia, involved in the Southern gospel quartet business, but his Grandmother’s second cousin, was the Immortal “Singing Brakeman”, Jimmie Rodgers. He grew up in the rock of the late 70’s and 80’s and in 1984, his band, 24 KARAT, won the “MILLER HIGH LIFE ROCK TO RICHES NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH, out of 30,000 BANDS Nationwide.

He moved to Nashville in 1988, scoring his first cut, THAT’S WHERE IT HURTS, by Grammy Winner SHELBY LYNNE, his first night in town. That song was used in the Willie Nelson/Kris Kristofferson CBS TV Movie “ANOTHER PAIR OF ACES.” It led to songs recorded by JOHN BERRY, DAVID BALL (TOO MUCH BLOOD IN MY ALCOHOL LEVEL), WARNER BROTHERS ARTIST FRANKIE BALLARD. His performing abilities led to many concert openings, for Charlie Daniels Band, Restless Heart, Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Band, and many others. His song “LESS IS MORE” received a “TELLY AWARD” from the video and television industry.

 Turning his attention to teaching in 2000, he has mentored thousands of people worldwide, writing songs, guiding recording, promoting and developing the artists like FRANKIE BALLARD, the VOICE’S MEGAN LINDSEY, and AMERICA’S GOT TALENT ALICIA MICHILLI. He conducts MARC-ALAN BARNETTE MUSICAL TOURS of NASHVILLE for songwriters, artists and anyone interested in the music industry. He has been a regular performer at NSAI’s TIN PAN SOUTH, FRANK BROWN SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL, the world famous BLUEBIRD CAFÉ’ and for five years, the MISSISSIPPI SONGWRITER’S FESTIVAL.

As noted by one Nashville industry pro, The PRODUCER’S CHAIR HOST, JAMES RAE, “It’s it not necessary to know EVERYONE in Nashville. It is necessary to know ONE PERSON WHO KNOWS EVERYONE IN NASHVILLE. That person IS MARC-ALAN BARNETTE.”

MAB has offered to do a three song critique - in a 30 minute session - for $45. let me know if you are interested ... or ...MAB will also be having PRIVATE appointments, booked directly at
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