A new compisition technique for your toolbelt – used in minimalism and more abstract styles, Retrograde can be a fun way to manipulate a phrase or leitmotif.
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
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.
If you repeat a “bad” musical idea enough, it begins to sound right. This can be a fun and unique music-making tool – you just have to believe it’ll sound OK!
Now, I’m not saying you should rip-off other’s music in this way, only that you could. I’m just going to assume you need this video because you innocently and accidentally copied someone else’s work – this is the internet, no judgements here.
In this lesson I examine how the Circle Of Fifths is created, and offer some ways to commit it to memory.
Below is a printable image of the Co5s, I strongly encourage you to print it out and put it somewhere you spend ages looking – above your bed, next to a bathroom mirror, etc.
In the next lesson, I’ll be examining some cool song-writing tips using the Co5s. You can find that lesson here.