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Music & Audio Learning Guides

What better way to learn new music and audio skills than with a series of carefully crafted learning guides? Each guide is a curated selection of free tutorials designed to help you master a new skill, from arranging for strings to songwriting and composing.

With so much jargon to master in this field, you'll appreciate the guide to music and audio terms. It's perfect for beginners, and even seasoned audio pros will discover some new terms. There are dozens more guides designed to help you master all aspects of music and audio, so why not dip in and see what you can learn?

  1. Arranging for Strings

    2 Posts
    A standard string orchestra is based on the string quartet; Violin I, Violin II, Viola, and Cellos, with the addition of Contrabasses on the low end. In this series on arranging for strings, we'll look first at how to take an existing four-part harmonization and have it effectively performed by a string orchestra. And second, we'll learn how to use that same foundation to create more interesting variations.
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  2. Songwriting & Composing: From Inspiration to Execution

    21 Posts
    It's an amazing thing to be able to move an audience with a carefully crafted song or melody, giving them a taste of your own emotions and experiences. To be able to do that effectively is a real gift, but a gift that needs to be developed.

    Creating a unique song involves multiple steps—crafting lyrical ideas, expressing those lyrics through a memorable melody, working on the song harmonically and rhythmically, giving the song an appropriate structure, and honing all of those elements until it's perfect. Skill is required... and patience! Here is a range of tutorials from basic to advanced that explain it all.
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  3. Beginner’s Introduction to Composing on the Computer

    2 Posts
    I’ve been involved in audio production for well over 12 years, but just like everybody else I had to start somewhere. However, I didn’t have the benefit of having somebody show me everything there was to know for a beginner just starting out. In this series I’ll give you the helping hand I didn’t have when I was first starting out.
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  4. A Beginner’s Guide To Songwriting

    3 Posts
    This series focuses on showing complete beginners how to write a simple song. It will focus predominantly on the process of writing a song, rather than the specific software and hardware techniques, skills and applications you might need in the recording, mixing, and mastering of that song.
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  5. The Birth, Life and Death of a Song (Premium)

    3 Posts
    Are you an aspiring songwriter? We have something just for you. West Latta begins a brilliant new series on songwriting and production where he speaks from the heart from his own experience. This week he begins with techniques to cultivate creativity in your songwriting.
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