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Four days after moving to Nashville, Chris Stapleton signed his first contract with Sea Gayle Music to write and publish his music. Since then, he has written an impressive number of hits for the biggest artists in country music, and taken his solo singing career from out of the shadows and into the spotlight. 170 songs and several career-defining awards later, Stapleton has become a household name in country music. This month's In Tune cover story covers it all.

Also in this month's In Tune:

Music News: Strike Up The Band!, Selling Music Rights Becomes Big Business, Famous Beatles' Studio in New Documentary, and more!...

Players: PRS Pulse Artists

The Write Stuff: Lyrics

Icon: U2

Influences: Celeste to Nat King Cole

Careers: Mike Parkinson, Trumpet Education Specialist

Learning New Songs: How to play Elvis Costello and The Attractions' "Pump It Up"

Classic Album Covers: Reach The Beach

  • The best solo music transcends genre and gives musicians a creative and expressive way to discover and perform new sounds.

  • Chris Stapleton has written over 170 country songs throughout his career.

  • Elvis Costello on the SNL stage in 1989

  • Irish rock band U2 has played live in the world’s biggest venues during some of the most successful tours of all time.

Activity plans for this month’s features

Techniques: How To Create a Solo Arrangement
Learn to create and play solo arrangements of any song

Chris Stapleton on Starting Over
Artists and their fans look forward to when live music returns, and Nashville-based musician Chris Stapleton took up that theme of renewal on his latest album.

To Thine Own Self: Teach! If you're not back in school already, you will be soon. So, does that mean turning off your "distance learning device?" Of course not. However, while your classes may no longer appear on the screen, the skills you've learned while adapting to remote learning can still be of great value.

Learning New Songs:
“Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello and The Attractions


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  1. Cold Chris Stapleton 5:10
  2. Sleepy Eyes The Aces 3:19
  3. Plastic Beach Future Islands 3:40
  4. Damage H.E.R. 3:43
  5. Can't Look Back Mat Kearney 3:57
  6. Higher (feat. iann dior) Clean Bandit 3:24
  7. Cuando Te Vi Greeicy 3:10
  8. Tough Ones Cooper Alan 3:13
  9. 06 Struggle Gives You Strength (feat. Sean Jones) 5:58
  10. Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61: IV. Allegro molto vivace Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 8:17

  1. Wellerman (Sea Shanty) Nathan Evans 2:35
  2. Heat Waves Glass Animals 3:59
  3. Don't Play Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals 3:09
  4. Nu Wij Niet Meer Praten Jaap Reesema & Pommelien Thijs 3:12
  5. Fly Away Tones And I 2:58
  6. Girls Like Us Zoe Wees 3:09
  7. Sweet Melody Little Mix 3:34
  8. Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (feat. Norma Jean Martine) Ofenbach & Quarterhead 2:37
  9. Levitating (feat. DaBaby) Dua Lipa 3:23
  10. Booster Seat Spacey Jane 4:29
  11. Dry Flower Yuuri 4:46
  12. Anyone Justin Bieber 3:11
  13. SO DONE The Kid LAROI 2:07
  14. Who's Laughing Now Ava Max 3:00
  15. Bang! AJR 2:51