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.
Belgian sensation Lost Frequencies, Felix de Laet, has released a new track, his first after the much acclaimed remix of Are You With Me by Easton Corbin. Released under Armada's sublabel The Bearded Man, this new tune - titled Reality and featuring the vocals of Dutchman Janieck Devy - is a worthy successor of Are You With me.
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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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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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!
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.
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.
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.