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MUSIC THEORY: PART 8 – COMPOSING A CHORD PROGRESSION AROUND A MELODY
midichords // 16 days 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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WIN A FREE COPY OF SYNTORIAL AND BECOME A SOUND DESIGN GURU!
midichords // 17 days ago //

Ever dreamed of becoming a sound design pro? Having no clue where and how to start in the synth (tutorial) jungle out there? Then Syntorial is for you! It's a revolutionary piece of software that will teach you how to program synth patches by ear. Originally crowd-funded via Kickstarter, it has now delivered on the promise of being a true game changer.  Continue reading and see how you can win a free copy of Syntorial!

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EELKE KLEIJN - CELEBRATE LIFE
midichords // 23 days ago //
There is always a dreaminess, otherwordly quality to the deep, intricate compositions of Dutchman Eelke Kleijn. Celebrate Life is no exception. It's a strong track, exceptionally well-crafted, catchy and relaxing at the same time. It does not have big drops nor does it use a predictable song structure. That may be unbearable for some, but if you give this composition a chance it will grow on you. Let its subdued euphoric nature move you and take you to another place. Guaranteed, this track will make you smile!
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MUSIC THEORY: PART 7 - 6TH CHORDS AND SUS CHORDS
midichords // 24 days 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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MARTIN GARRIX FEAT. USHER - DON'T LOOK DOWN
midichords // 2 months ago //

Youngster DJ Martin Garrix teamed up with Usher to produce his next killer track, Don't Look Down. It is not quite like the Martin Garrix we know. After Animals - his flagship production thus far - he simply continued producing one big room house track after another. He is having a great time obviously, entertaining partying crowds all over the world. But with Don't Look Down - and maybe even more so with the track Hidden Voices - Martin Garrix is venturing into new territory.

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FERRY CORSTEN: BACK TO PARADISE FT. HARIS
midichords // 3 months ago //

Veteran DJ Ferry Corsten has done it again! With Back To Paradise - from the HelloWorld EP Part 1 - Ferry demonstrates he is still one of the most talented trance producers out there. Listening to his tracks is like getting liquid emotion injected directly into your veins and as far as I am concerned Back to Paradise really lives up to that reputation. The solid beat, the catchy, arpeggiated melodic line and last but not least the fantastic vocals by Haris, a dutch X-Factor star, lift you up and carry you through the entire song. Solid as a rock, it stands out just like many of Ferry's earlier productions.

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MUSIC THEORY: PART 6 - RELATIVE KEYS AND CONTRASTING MUSICAL PIECES
midichords // 3 months 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 // 3 months 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 // 4 months 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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EPIC HOUSE RIFFS: YOUR NEXT PUMPING CLUB HOUSE TRACK STARTS HERE
midichords // 4 months ago //

We're constantly looking for sample products that we can review and feature here on Midichords. And if you have been following us you know we have a weak spot for the products from 5Pin Media, a Loopmasters label. The philosophy behind their products is to help beginners and more experienced composers with quality products where MIDI and samples are fused in highly inspirational toolkits. This time we will have a closer look at Epic House Riffs, a great starting point for your next - seriously pumping - club house composition!

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