Knowing how to write melodies quickly and effectively is really important – no doubt.
In this article and video, I’ll show you a great little hack for writing (or playing) melodies in ANY key with MINIMAL musical knowledge required.Continue reading
Today, I'm going to show you how to write a melody in just a few minutes, even if you've got no musical background.
There are lots of different ways to write melodies, of course, but this is a great technique if you struggle with music theory, or you want to get the quick, soulful melody down without mucking around in the Piano Roll Editor, testing and deleting, and wasting your precious flow, and your precious time.Continue reading
Catchy chords and chord progressions are often the basis of what makes a really memorable song - regardless of genre – so today we’re going to look at how to write KILLER chord progressions!
In this post we look at changing some different elements of bog-standard, quite “boring” chord progressions, to come up with something more interesting - more memorable!
Spice up your music using the 7 different modes!
Using different “modes” can help your track really stand out from the generic scales used in most modern music. The video below explains what the different modes are and how to use them in your Digital Audio Workstation...
In the video below, I go through how to make Future Bass chords like Flume, using only the native plugins from within Ableton Live.
I explain the music theory behind the chord progression, and then go into the sound design of those big, sweeping synth chords.
Sometimes analysing how our favourite producer(s) do things is a great way to gain valuable insights that can drastically improve our own productions.
In the video below, we look at how to recreate the chorus from the smash track “Harder featuring Talay Riley” by KSHMR and Tiesto.
What if you’ve got a killer melody or lead line, and you want to work out chords that work with it, but you’re not exactly a maestro on the keyboard? No problem! You don't even need to know any music theory for this.
This is a quick, simple, step-by-step technique you can use to quickly work out awesome chords that work with a pre-written melody or lead...
One of the most frustrating parts of music production is getting stuck in a four or eight bar loop.
Over and over it goes….The more you listen to it; the more critical you become – swapping out sounds, melodies or other elements until you get sick of the very tune that you thought was an absolute killer a couple of hours ago (or, it’s changed by all recognition and you’ve lost the original vibe)!
Do you ever get bored with using similar chords all the time, or listen to tracks like “I Remember” by Kaskade and Deadmau5 (absolute classic) and wonder how they write their chords? Maybe you love the deep house vibes of Disclosure?
In this short video, I share the secrets of creating beautiful chords in your music...