Found 14 posts tagged with 'music'

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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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Compression part 2 – Attack and Release

In the second part of my compression tutorial I will cover how to use attack and release to control and reshape your audio. I also cover a few common problems as well as some general tips & tricks that you should know.
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Scales – Harmonic Minor

Harmonic minor is one of my favourite scales to play in. It has a dark and slightly mysterious feel and is great for creating some tension in your music.
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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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Compression Part 1 – Controlling Dynamics

Compression is a difficult topic in mixing and it pays to understand it well. In this post I will show you one of the primary uses of compression in music production and that is to control the dynamics of your audio.