Found 10 posts tagged with 'music composition'

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Songwriting – Creating Interest

There are a number of simple techniques that you can use to make sure your song captures and holds your listener's attention. In this blog post I will discuss structure, emotional intensity, withholding & expectations as well as uncommon time signatures.
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The Sunday Riff – Taking It All

Today's riff is a fast, hard and pumping line in harmonic minor. Notice how the kick drum and the bass add a more driving feel to the basic riff.
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The Sunday Riff – A Rugged Shade of Grey

In this series I will share some of my music with you and show you some of the riffs I created. Today's riff is a rugged pattern in harmonic minor.
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Composition 101 – Chord Inversions

If all of your chords are basic chords your songs might end up sounding a bit dull. You can easily use chord inversions to give your song a lot more colour and improve the flow of the chord progressions.
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Frozen Soundtrack

Celina from Fables in Fashion wanted me to create some atmospheric music to go along with her 'frozen' themed make-up look. In this blog post I take you through the steps I went through to create the final music for this project.
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Guitar Composition – Open Chords

I love simple, open sounds and therefore am a big fan of composing songs with open chords. Open chords simply leave a few strings unfretted to ring and add some live and vibrance to your melodies.
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Song Creation Part 2 – Composition and Arrangement

In this blog post I cover how to properly compose and arrange your music. Using MIDI during arrangement and looking at creating space and tension within your music give you powerful tools to create strong emotional music.
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Song Creation Part 1 – Conception

Coming up with an initial idea for a song, be it a melody line, a riff or a rhythm can be challenging. In this post I will show you my personal approach to coming up with ideas for new songs and see if I can share a few tips and tricks.
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Composition 101 – Changing Keys

When changing the key during a song you need to ensure that there is a transition in place that gives the change the desired emotional impact. In this blog post I show you a simple and clean way to switch keys and make it feel natural.
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Song Challenge – The Circle Concept

Skillfully mixing your recorded audio material is an essential step to creating an awesome piece of music. In this blog post I share some audio tracks with you to play around with and practice your mixing skills!