A new composition technique for you. Addition & Subtraction are commonly found in minimalism but has uses in contemporary cinematic music or even pop and rock.
Want to write your own Christmas Single? This is the post for you!
In this first part we’re looking at the most festive instruments, pick a key and find some chords.
In part 2, we look at lyrics, rhythm and song structure.
And to finish, here is my finished Christmas Single: Button Bashing Christmas
Examining a spooky composition technique used in Super Mario World, how it relates to metal riffs and how to make your audience deeply, deeply unsettled.
Intervals are a massively important but often overlooked aspect of music theory, especially for guitar. Knowing what interval you’re playing and what impact that has on your listener will make you a powerful composer and improviser.
Music theory lesson covering everything you need to know about note duration or note length. Specifically aimed at beginner guitarists and bedroom producers who have little to no understanding of rhythm or note values. Try to ignore the layer of sweat on my face. This has been the warmest day of my entire life. Like, actually.
This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we’re adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords and seeing how that note affects each chord.
Quick tip for songwriters and composers, especially ones wanting to create memorable, popular music. The idea is that trying to re-create your song using memory alone will highlight the elements that are most memorable and allow you to reconsider the use of any parts you didn’t remember.