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    Beginner's Guide to Writing Better Bass LinesBasslines3
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    How to Modulate to Remote KeysWriteathemepreview400
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    An Introduction to Form in Instrumental MusicWriteathemepreview400
    Musical form is the structure and logic of a piece of music. Under the heading of form you can consider balance, symmetry, proportion, pacing, and other topics related to the overall presentation of your piece.Read More…
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    Composition
    How to Give Life to Instrumental PartsInstrumentalmusicpreview400
    "If it's not moving, it's dead" is a line that applies as much to life as it does to music. Yet all too often composers write background or accompaniment parts that are lifeless and dull. They might have a beautiful melodic line, but then stick a big chord made up of whole notes behind it and call it a day. The result is music that is lifeless, boring, and feels like slogging through mud.Read More…
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    Contemporary Techniques for Ending Your SongWriteathemepreview400
    In How to Write Effective Introductions, we learned about the importance of giving your song a powerful beginning. We also examined various techniques for writing one. In this tutorial I'll discuss one specific trend in contemporary songwriting for ending a song: ambiguity.Read More…
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    Composition
    How to Write a ThemeWriteathemepreview400
    Many composers and songwriters run into the same problems when they are just starting out. They are often very good at coming up with ideas and getting started, but then they don't know what to do next. In this tutorial I'll show you how to take an initial idea and develop it into a theme.Read More…
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    Composition
    How to Write Effective IntroductionsWritingintrospreview400
    The introduction is one of the most important parts of a song or composition. It's your moment to grab the listener's attention, make them want to hear more, and set them up for what's to come. Too often I've seen singer-songwriters begin every one of their songs by strumming out the chords from an entire verse, as if that's just what they're "supposed to do" without any thought to how boring that is to listen to. In this tutorial we'll examine introductions across a variety of styles, from pop to classical to film scores, and learn techniques for crafting introductions that do more than just take up time.Read More…
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    Composition
    Ready, Aim, ComposeReadyaimcomposepreview400
    I am a songwriter. My chosen profession exists minus the oft preceding word 'singer', followed by an oh so appealing slash. I have no delusions about recording my own material and dazzling the world with my unique, if not stellar voice. Songwriters like me set our dreams on artists who do not write all or any of their own material, and as with all pursuits, it is a good idea to aim before you fire at the target!Read More…
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    How to Score ComedyScorecomedypreview400
    Every genre in film and TV has a scoring style to go with it. Horror fans have heard high screechy violins a thousand times and you'd be hard pressed to find an action film without at least one pounding drum rhythm. Comedy comes with it's own set of cliches and characteristics, and in this article I will explain a set of approaches you can use when scoring to help get the intention of the genre right.Read More…
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    Composition
    From Composing to Recording - Producing an Album with a BandPreview400
    Have you ever wondered what it's like to record a demo or a full-length album with your band? This article is just what you're looking for. It's the story of my experiences writing and recording an album back in Los Angeles.Read More…
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    Composition
    11 Ways to Find Immediate Inspiration for Your Next CompositionInspirationcompositionpreview400
    In a recent tutorial I outlined a method for breaking out of writer's block from the outside in. In this tutorial we'll discover eleven techniques that you can use to consistently generate new ideas from the inside out.Read More…
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    Composition
    Beginner's Introduction to Composing on the Computer - SoftwareComposition on computer pt2 400
    When I first started out composing and producing on the computer some 12 years ago, I didn’t have the benefit of having somebody show me all that there was to know about the basic concepts of composing and producing on a computer-based system. In this second part of this two-part series, I will give you a beginners introduction to the software side of composing on the computer.Read More…
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