Music Theory

  • Songwriting
    The Dark Waters of Music PublishingMusic
    A shark is a shark is a shark. In the waters of the songwriting ocean they are as numerous and carnivorous as they are elsewhere. Learn to steer clear of them.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Creating a Studio Mix Using Ableton Live and Rapid EvolutionPrev image
    In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a musically harmonic, electronic style mix. I am using Live and free software called Rapid Evolution. The mix will also feature beat matching.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    Scale Workout: Harmonic MinorPreview
    Are you looking for a minor flavor inspiration? Go ahead and read this article.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    Film Score Harmony: Chords by ThirdsAt%203rds%20pv
    How to use non-diatonic chords for a cinematic harmonic vocabulary and create any mood you desire.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    How to Modulate to Remote KeysWriteathemepreview400
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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…
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