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