Writing chords and harmony tips

Writing melodies and chords

Writing melodies and chords will be troublesome. The very best future bass tracks all the time have a superb catchy melody & chord development. Immediately we are going to go over some methods, that enable you get higher at writing hooks.

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1. Know what emotion you are making an attempt to seize

Earlier than you begin writing a development, it’s good to consider what sort of temper is the observe going to be in. Should you’re aiming at a happier really feel, attempt utilizing main scales. Should you’re making an attempt to attain a extra mysterious vibe, attempt writing some minor scale progressions.

2. Make the development extra attention-grabbing

To make any development extra attention-grabbing, attempt a few of these methods:

– invert the chords

– pitch the chords up/down an octave

– use seventh/ninth prolonged chords for a extra attention-grabbing really feel

A minor seventh chord is a triad with a minor third stacked on high. Accordingly a serious seventh is prolonged by a serious third. If we quantity all of the notes of a scale ranging from the foundation be aware, a seventh chord may very well be described as 1-3-5-7. A ninth chord could be 1-3-5-7-9.

Chord progression must be interesting

3. Combine and match in Session View

Should you’re combating writing chord progressions which can be attention-grabbing in themselves, attempt making extra chord progressions and have a melody writing session. Put all of the chord progressions in Session View, make one other observe and write melodies on one other. If you give you melodies, attempt matching it to a number of chord progressions to see which one suits it finest.

4. Fold the keys

Confused by all of the music concept information required to make chords & progressions? Strive inserting all the size keys right into a clip, shifting them exterior of the loop and clicking the Fold button. You’ll be left solely with the keys of your scale.

5. Begin from one be aware

Generally it’s onerous to consider a melody immediately. Strive simply inserting one be aware and going someplace (up or down) with it. Attempt to take heed to your head – in case your head offers you a touch of a melody, attempt it out and see if it really works.

6. Make quite a lot of devices on your melodies earlier than writing

Some melodies will sound good solely on sure devices. As an illustration a gliding vocal chop in Less complicated will do a unique job than a easy noticed synth pluck with reverb. Make quite a lot of devices and check out melodies on all of them to see in the event that they match.

7. Chop up an acapella

Should you’re feeling caught writing, attempt importing a random acapella into the Association and chopping it up. In a while import the chopped components right into a drum rack and mess around with them on a MIDI keyboard. Should you discover any good melodies, attempt to match a chord development to it. Right here’s a full article on how to try this.

8. Use MIDI packs and alter them up

There’s quite a lot of MIDI packs on the market with melodies and chord progressions which you’ll simply change as much as create your individual patterns. Right here’s a few of our future bass MIDI packs.

9. Take an present chord development/melody and alter it

An method I like quite a bit is determining the precise chord development of my favorite tracks and altering them up. I love to do the identical factor with melodies. I additionally like to alter up the rhythm and velocity of LFO modulations to make the development much more „mine”.

10. Reverse the melody

Strive inversing a melody you have already got. Likelihood is it can work nicely for an additional a part of a observe, like a bridge or an outro. In Ableton you are able to do it by deciding on the notes and urgent the Rev button in Clip View.

11. Use the arpeggiator

Future bass makes use of quite a lot of arpeggiated patterns. Making them is straightforward – you make a chord development, put the MIDI clip onto a observe with a melodic instrument, put an arpeggiator MIDI impact onto it and tweak its settings (fee, steps). Should you’d like much more management over the notes, you possibly can then file the arp’s generated notes onto one other MIDI observe. Simply route a brand new MIDI observe’s „Observe In” to the observe with the Arpeggiator and hit arm & file.

12. Hum or sing alongside to chord progressions or different tracks

That is an method by Flume – he usually makes chord progressions, activates Voice Memos on his cellphone and sings alongside to a chord development till he finds a great hook. You are able to do the identical factor with a observe you want – and even improvise on an instrument to it.

Have enjoyable along with your future bass concepts. See you within the subsequent articles!

Take a look at this text with different 5 methods to put in writing a melody, together with Flume’s ideas! 


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