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  • Music Theory
    Scale Workout: Harmonic MinorPreview
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    Are you looking for a minor flavor inspiration? Go ahead and read this article.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    Film Score Harmony: Chords by ThirdsAt 3rds pv
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    How to use non-diatonic chords for a cinematic harmonic vocabulary and create any mood you desire.Read More…
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    How to Modulate to Remote KeysWriteathemepreview400
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    In this tutorial, we are going to learn a few different techniques for modulating to distant keys. The two techniques we'll discuss in the tut are using advanced harmonic techniques and using bridge keys. Warning: There's some deep theory in this one. Not for the faint of heart!Read More…
  • Music Theory
    Writing for Orchestral InstrumentsOrchestralpreview
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    Some composers still enjoy the amazing privilege of working with a live orchestra to record their work. Imagine having a 60-piece string orchestra just sitting in front of you, ready to play your latest composition. A full woodwind and brass section right there, waiting to do your bidding! So how do you create your musical ideas in such a way so that each part sounds perfectly tailor made and ‘just right’ for that instrument? Read More…
  • Music Theory
    The Theory of Rhythm in MusicPhotodune 1149377 a pair of clave and notes of its rhythm  xs
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    So far we’ve said little about a vital aspect of all music—the rhythm, beat or sense of groove. Listen to any iconic pop or rock tune, and it is that particular combination of melody and rhythm combined that makes it recognizable for what it is. Let’s try to cover the basics quickly.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    Understanding Harmony: Part 2Harmonyseriespreview400
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    Having already looked at major and minor scale triads and the primacy of I, IV, and V chords, we'll now look at chord inversions and the difference between three- and four-part harmony, before touching on a number of other highly useful chords that every songwriter should know about. I’ll also try to illustrate some really useful tried and tested harmony writing techniques that include things like suspensions and pedal points. These appear time and again in all the best songs!Read More…
  • Music Theory
    How and Why to Modulate to New KeysWriteathemepreview400
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    In music, modulation is the process of changing from one key to another. If a piece of music starts out in the key of F major but then changes, either immediately or gradually, to they key of Bb major, we would say it modulates from F major to Bb major. A piece is considered to be in a "key" if the root of the key is the tonic, also called "home" or the "gravitational center".Read More…
  • Music Theory
    Understanding Harmony: Part 1Harmonyseriespreview400
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    What is harmony? How do chords relate to one another? How can a chord progression build a framework for a song? In this tutorial we'll answer those questions by looking at the basic chords of a key.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    What Key Should My Song Be In?Whatkeypreview400
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    Ever wondered what the best key for your song might be? From a practical point of view, the vocal range of your singer will obviously need bearing in mind. But what's the best key for your guitarist or bass player? What other considerations are there? In this tutorial we help choose the perfect key.Read More…
  • Instruments
    How to Make Your Rhythm Guitar More Solid: Part 1Rhythmguitarpreview400
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    Have you ever wondered how good you are at playing rhythm guitar, and then go to record a demo with your band and realize you can’t actually play in time? It happened to me, and it was really awkward. In this tutorial I'll give you some advice about how to avoid ending up in the same boat.Read More…
  • Composition
    Rule of Three Part 2 - Orchestrating The NutcrackerThumb
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    In a previous tutorial I introduced the Rule of Three, a concept used widely in the visual arts, and discussed how it could be applied to music for composing melodies. It's a very effective rule of thumb for balancing the musical principle of repetition and variation.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    How To Make Your Sheet Music Look Handwritten200px preview image
    Sibelius is a great program for notating your music. But the results can look stiff or formal. In this tutorial we learn how to make sheet music that looks like a musician wrote the notes one by one by hand.Read More…
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