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Melodic Development & Form

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I consider this to be strength of mine, I must humbly admit J. By being a guitarist, developing melodies is something that comes with the package, and on this tutorial I simply wanted to share my process of developing a melodic idea from an A section into a B section. [Read more]

Get Songs Finished In 6 Easy Steps

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I know… Formulas. What a creative killer! Whenever I see or hear this word in the context of music, art, or any creative endeavor I get a little bit edgy. But unfortunately I also accept the fact that there is a lot of formulaic action involved when we create. Sometimes, we’ll get inspired by someone else's work, mimic it, and then make it our own. I know that there are some artists out there who will deny this and claim to be 100% original. But I don't think so. Anyway, in this article I will provide an outline of some steps you can take in order to get stuff done and put your music out there. By being organized I find the creative process to be less cluttered and more effective. And sure, there will be times when things happen naturally and you don't need to follow a plan. I think I've only ever written 2 songs with this “naural” approach- one is Pluto and the other is Painting Ocean Dreams. So I thank the universe for those 2 grandiose moments. However, I am more grateful for being organizing and following a plan in order to craft more than simply 2 songs. So here are the six steps: [Read more]

Deadmau5 Cymbal Swell Variations Into Snare Hits

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A friend brought this one to my attention as we listened to some Deadmau5. This is an excellent technique for adding a bit of seasoning to your beats, especially if you find that things are a bit static. Check out the tutorial for some quick sound design on Pro Tools, which will immediately make this tune a lot more interesting. [Read more]