Writing Melodies (proggression, scales etc)
Posted 28 December 2013 - 01:36 AM
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:30 AM
If you take a chord and break it down into single notes and play them in any order (left-right, right-left, repeat this one, but not that one, skip this note, but not that one, jump up or down an octave, strike the whole chord then go back to single notes, etc) you can create melodies in harmony easily. Then add in other chords, use your ears, you'll know when it's not fitting together. Essentially, you will be playing parts of scales. Another approach is to look up the notation or even guitar tab for songs you like the progessions of, and break those chords down into notes, or just rearrange and play with the chords/notes in general. That's basically what we do when chop samples in slices, rearrange and transpose.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:50 PM
Improvising with analog instruments helps, but this requires knowing how to play something. Playing around on a keyboard or guitar for a bit really unclogs the works for me. A lot of hip-hop is jazz, of course; one of the keyboardists I work with told me that his approach to improvising is to use whatever chord he can fit in his hands. Another focuses on finding a polyrhythm that grooves and is comfortable to play (though she maintains that those two qualities are mutually inclusive).
When all else fails, I go all-out atonal. Find whatever weird noisemakers I have and record them going nuts.
Sometimes, when I get high and listen to pieces that I believe are incomplete or missing something crucial, I can hear the "missing" content. Then, I record myself singing or humming or beatboxing or screeching it into my phone recorder.
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:09 AM
You could also redo the melodies/basslines or whatever from old records, I noticed Ta-Ku does that sometimes...
Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:17 PM
Like Jubito said just improvise; lay down a nice drum track and just play around until you come up with something you like and don't be afraid of the black keys. You can also try learning some scales. Just do a bit of research to find out the common scales used in the type of music you wanna produce and go from there.
I just started actually trying to learn my scales and chords but when I used to just fuck around I loved the black keys. It just automatically made things Jazzy sounding.
Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:19 PM
http://howmusicreall...FreeEdition.pdf (pg. 88 for chord progression chart)
Two great tools! I use that chart pretty much every time I make a beat. Read up on jazz voicings and inversions too.
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:37 AM
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Posted 11 September 2014 - 01:43 PM
Definitely a combination of music theory and jamming (and practicing).
A simple starter method is playing pentatonic minor (you can absolutely do no wrong in pentatonic minor somehow, great fun) in A, then transpose up or down according to the key your song is in.
A pentatonic minor are these: A, C, D, E, G, A. Hit D# now and then for a blue note if I'm not mistaken, or try Bs and Fs to jam in 'regular' minor scale.
A great way to use this method is to jam along to your beat for 32+ bars, then make chops out of the result and use those as samples.
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