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PICKING EQUIPMENT FOR A HOME STUDIO
midichords // over 2 years ago //

If you want to compose music you'll first need to create a proper environment for this. Granted, anyone with a simple computer can create sounds using a DAW, but if you're serious and you have been flirting with the idea to make serious music, it makes sense to spend a few bucks on some essential equipment. This does not have to be overly expensive and complicated though. Most people start off with a fairly basic home studio and work their way up from there.

 

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 2 - MINOR SCALE, SCALE SPELLING AND COMPOSING MELODIES
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In our first post we introduced some initial concepts of music theory – for instance what a Major scale is and how you can construct them. In this post we are going to discuss how to construct a Minor scale and have a closer look at scales in general as well as the concept of "scale spelling". We will also briefly discuss the creation of cool melodies using what we’ve learned about Major and Minor scales.  Let’s start our engines!

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 1 - NOTES, SCALES AND MAJOR SCALE
midichords // over 2 years ago //

If you have a passion for music and want to express your ideas, thoughts and feelings, it is not always quite enough to be an expert in "music technology" (anything related to your DAW, different plug-ins, how to create cool effects, etc.). If you really want to express your ideas and be able to create cool tracks, it is extremely helpful to understand the basics of music theory. For many people “Music Theory” sounds scary and complicated, but in a reality it isn't, depending on the way it is explained of course. We will do an attempt here on Midichords to explain the subject and help those of you who have no or little knowledge of music theory, but are looking for improving their composing/music production skills. So let’s start our musical journey, shall we?

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HOW TO COMPOSE A TRACK BASED ON A CHORD PROGRESSION
midichords // over 2 years ago //

A chord progression is a fundamental element of every track. It sets the mood and gives a piece of music its harmonic movement. I must admit that I often start a new track by composing a groove. There's nothing wrong with that. A cool beat can really get you started. But every now and then I take a chord progression and try to be creative with that instead.

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HOCKETING OR THE ART OF CREATING AWESOME TRANCE ARPEGGIOS
midichords // about 4 years ago //
Hocketing is a technique where the same melodic line is split between multiple instruments (or voices), such that alternately one instrument sounds while the others rest. This technique dates back to the 13th and 14th century when it was primarily used in vocal music. By employing hocketing we can create some truly interesting trance arpeggios.
 
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FROM CHORD PROGRESSION TO HYMN OF THE LAST WHALE
midichords // over 4 years ago //

It is not a secret that we at Midichords love chord progressions and you may have noticed that we have dedicated several tutorials to chord progressions and how they can be turned into arpeggios and other cool elements. In this article we will look at how Danish producer Jon Skarin uses a chord progression as the foundation for his production ‘Hymn of the Last Whale’.
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FROM CHORD PROGRESSION TO NOSTALGIC MUSIC BOX PIECE
midichords // over 4 years ago //
Chord progressions are always a great starting point for a composition. In this article I will take a cool chord progression from the site and compose something that could go for a ‘music box’ fragment. 
 
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ARPEGGIATE YOUR CHORD PROGRESSION AND CREATE A LEAD MELODY
midichords // over 4 years ago //

A great way to compose a lead melody (or an element that accompanies your main melody) is to take a chord progression and turn it into an arpeggio - a broken chord where the notes are played in sequence rather than at the same time. They really are a fundamental element in trance music that help create harmony and rhythmic interest. 

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10 AWESOME FL STUDIO TRICKS
midichords // over 4 years ago //

FL Studio is an amazing DAW. It has a highly intuitive workflow and is stuffed with so many cool features it seems you would need a lifetime to discover them all. In this tutorial we will highlight some of the very best tricks and help you to get the most out of this amazing piece of software. Fasten your seatbelts. Here we go!

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SO YOU WANT A BIG BAD BASS?
midichords // over 4 years ago //

Solid bass sounds are essential in music destined for the dance floor. The low end energy from these sounds give tracks weight and body and together with the drums and other rhythm instruments they create rhythmic pulse. Without this foundation, tracks would sound thin and unbalanced. Nobody would dance to such a track.

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