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.
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’.
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.
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.