Videos I made for Higher Hz covering the basics of Songwriting, Composing, and Mixing. There are a lot of other videos on the Higher Hz YouTube as well, mostly product reviews, but with a lot of training embedded. Songwriting: Basics of Harmony - music theory https://youtu.be/01Tm2sGeIbI Article: What are chord progressions? Music theory simplified (higherhz.com) … Continue reading Songwriting Basics in Very Practical Terms
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Who Do I Serve?
Most people offering services try to be everything to everybody all the time. I do not. I know that there are people who I can serve really well. I also know there are people with whom I am not a good fit. If it impresses/offends you that I used the word "whom" that is probably … Continue reading Who Do I Serve?
Putting Flow into your piece – the missing Pro-Tip
All over the internet, there are people offering one essential (click-bait) Pro Tip after another. If you just do this (often silly) thing, your music will suddenly become Pro. Interestingly one of the things often not mentioned in this flow of material is the concept of Flow. If a thing flows, it feels organic, real, … Continue reading Putting Flow into your piece – the missing Pro-Tip
Anatomy of a Piece – Composing
How does a piece of music get written, mixed and make it to the world? Well there are many ways that people write music but here is how I did it this time. I use Propellerheads Reason so any devices I refer to specifically are from Reason. As much as possible I keep to the … Continue reading Anatomy of a Piece – Composing
Re-Voicing and Arranging Music – an example
This is the third article in my series on writing and arranging a piece of music. We covered simple note choice and then song structure. I was considering walking through one of my pieces then this gem came along and it is even better as you get to see a before and after. Billy McBride … Continue reading Re-Voicing and Arranging Music – an example
Arranging a Piece of Music – simple Theory
This is a follow-up to my first article on songwriting theory. To be honest I wasn't really going to write another of these as there are far better qualified people than me in these matters but it seems I got a few readers and requests so after some thinking I figured I'd follow up (at … Continue reading Arranging a Piece of Music – simple Theory
Writing a Piece of Music – simple Theory
I was going to make my next article on stereo-widening in my mixing series but this came up and I think it is a more fundamental issue. Conversation in Forum: Me: "For a first piece it seems complex and that is tripping you up. Finish this best you can as it is definitely worth that … Continue reading Writing a Piece of Music – simple Theory