Two Minute Tips: Produce a Different Genre!

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No, I don’t mean to go from being a drumstep producer to deep house producer (though you can if you want). I’m meaning take some time out, relax, and try something new. Why try a different genre?  It helps with writer’s block It helps develop different skills It’s fun! Trying out a different genre helps with writer’s block because there’s … Read More

The Circle of Fifths

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The circle of fifths is your friend. Then again, you could ignore it and just write everything in the key of C, like some producers. But that’d be like only using the preset EQ’s that your DAW comes with, without actually understanding any of them. It might not come to you the first time through this post, so re-read and … Read More

How Keys Work

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In Western music, C major is the natural major scale. This means that the half-steps naturally occur between E and F, and B and C. For example: C D E^F G A B^C. Note that E and F are the 3rd and 4th, and B and C are the 7th and root. This follows our major scale formula, where half-steps … Read More

Chord Voicing Variations

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So far the chords we’ve talked about were built with the root as the lowest note (1 3 5, for example). However, chords can be found in other patterns. When the root is on the bottom, the chord is in “root position.” When a note other than the root note is the lowest note, the chord is “inverted.” When the … Read More

Chords

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By definition, a chord consists of at least three different notes. Notice the word “different;” an octave doesn’t count as a different note because it’s a repetition (so for you guitarists out there this means a power chord isn’t actually a chord). Chords can be simple triads, but they can also be more complicated. Rather than explain every possible chord … Read More