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MUSIC THEORY: PART 10 – DISCOVERING NEW SCALES AND HOW TO COMPOSE BLUES
midichords // about 2 years ago //

By Patricia Lomako

If you have read all our posts on music theory you have learned quite a lot about chords - which you can use in your compositions - but we haven’t talked so much about scales. If you think that there are only 2 scales - Major and Minor – then this is really far from the truth. There are actually many different scales in music! You’re not exposed to them on an average day as modern mainstream music mostly sticks to Major and Minor, but there are other scales that are used as well. In this post we will have a closer look at some of them.

 

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 9 – INVERTED CHORDS - CREATING SMOOTH CHORD PROGRESSIONS
midichords // over 2 years ago //

If you have been reading our posts on music theory, you already know we’ve covered quite some ground. For example, you've learned about triads, 7th chords, 6th chords and sus chords. In this post we will talk about another group of chords, the so-called inverted chords. After reading this post you will know what inverted chords are, how to write them down and the most important thing - how to use them. Let’s begin shall we?

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 8 – COMPOSING A CHORD PROGRESSION AROUND A MELODY
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In our previous posts, we talked a lot about scales and we learned about chords like triads, 7th chords, 6th chords and sus chords. I am assuming that you have read all our posts on this topic. And I am pretty sure you by now understand how to create the Major and Minor scale and how to create any chord from those scales. Remember that you can create any chord by simply relying on “chord spelling” and intervals. And you know what the good things is? This knowledge is absolutely sufficient to compose really good sounding music. What we are going to do today is use this knowledge in real life. Not by composing our own full track, but by composing a chord progression around a melody.

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 7 - 6TH CHORDS AND SUS CHORDS
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In our previous post we mostly spoke about composition techniques and tricks using the Major and Minor scale as a contrast in a musical piece. In this post we will talk a bit more about theory again, but with some composing techniques too. So don’t worry! You already  know what triads and 7th chords are. You also know how to use those chords wisely to create beautiful chord progressions. Today we will learn about 6th chords  and so-called “sus” chords.

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 6 - RELATIVE KEYS AND CONTRASTING MUSICAL PIECES
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In last two posts we’ve learned a lot about chords. Now we know what triads and 7th chords are and how to construct them without creating a scale first. Also, in the previous post you’ve been introduced to intervals and “chord spelling”, which helps you to determine chords like minor, major, dominant and minor 7 flat 5. In this post we are going to learn a little bit more about composition itself rather than theory.

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CHOOSING DAW AND VST PLUGINS FOR YOUR STUDIO
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In this post we’re going to talk more about DAWs and VST plugins. DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation and it’s essentially computer software that's used for recording, editing and producing music. VST stands for Virtual Studio Technology and is an interface that allows for integration of software audio synthesizer and effects in DAWs. You can get VSTs that reproduce analog effects gear such as compressors, EQs, reverbs and delays, or better yet, VSTs that generate sounds very much like analog synthesizers but in a digitally reproduced environment.

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 5 - CHORD SPELLING, INTERVALS AND CREATING CHORD PROGRESSIONS
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In our previous post we’ve learned about chord pattern for the Minor key, which can actually be applied to any Minor key. We also learned what 7th chords are and how to construct them. Finally, I introduced “chord spelling”.  Today we are going to look at chords from another angle and continue to learn more about them. Also, we will learn how to compose cool chord progressions for your own tracks. Let’s start shall we?

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 4 - PATTERN IN THE KEY PART 2 AND 7TH CHORDS CONSTRUCTION
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In our previous post we’ve learned how to construct 3 note chords – so called triads. We also found out that there is a specific pattern of chords in the major key, which actually applies to any Major scale.  In this post we will have a closer look at what is referred to as 7th.

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DUBSTEP PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: PART 1 - HISTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS (WOBBLE BASS, VOWEL BASS AND MORE)
midichords // over 2 years ago //

Dubstep is an electronic dance music genre that started in the late 90’s and evolved throughout the first years in the new millennium. It is influenced by reggae, 2-step garage, trance, dub and drum-and-bass genres. Dubstep has some very recognizable characteristics and we will in this tutorial series have a closer look at the genre and its specific sounds, how to produce them, the general arrangement of Dubstep tracks as well as mixing and mastering techniques for Dubstep.

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 3 - CHORD CONSTRUCTION, CHORD SYMBOLS AND PATTERN IN THE KEY
midichords // over 2 years ago //

In our previous tutorials we have learned how to create Major and Minor scales and how to compose cool melodies by sticking to our scale.  In this post we are going to introduce the concept of “harmony” – chords.

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