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Harmonic Creativity - The Role of Bass in Voice-Leading Exploration

Harmonic Creativity: The Role of Bass in Voice-Leading Exploration

The interplay between the bass and voice-leading within the harmonic framework of a musical composition holds the key to unlocking a world of creative possibilities. By understanding the dynamic relationship between these elements, composers and arrangers can venture into unconventional… Read More »Harmonic Creativity: The Role of Bass in Voice-Leading Exploration

tips to create chord progressions

Tips to Create Chord Progressions

In this post we will be looking at some tips that you can use to create chord progressions and start making your next song. I also did a little bit of that, as you will listen throughout the post. It… Read More »Tips to Create Chord Progressions

chords or melody what comes first

Chords or Melody, What Comes First?

     Considering that melody and chords are one of the great building blocks of songwriting, one can wonder where to start first: chords or melody? Each approach can bring something different to the table so, read on: Melody-First Approach      A melody-first… Read More »Chords or Melody, What Comes First?

how to create tension in music

How to Create Tension in Music

     In this post I’ll be looking at some ways that you can use to create tension in music by using harmony, rhythm or form and how controlling tension and release cycles can greatly contribute to music expressiveness. Some of them… Read More »How to Create Tension in Music

how to use polychords in your music

How to Use Polychords in Your Music

     In this post I will be showing you different ways of using tonal and chromatic polychord structures in your music. But first, a thing or two about polychords. It consists of two or more chords played together and such chords… Read More »How to Use Polychords in Your Music

how much music theory do you need to start making music

How Much Music Theory Do You Need to Start Making Music?

     To start making music, you shouldn’t have to wait until you have graduated from music university and know all about music theory inside out. In fact, it is quite possible, and highly advisable, to start making your own music with… Read More »How Much Music Theory Do You Need to Start Making Music?

the basics of song form

The Basics of Song Form

     When we talk about form in music, we are referring to the song structure. Or in other words, the different sections that make up the whole song. Each section usually pertains to a moment in your storytelling and that is… Read More »The Basics of Song Form

stimulating your innate creativity

Stimulating Your Innate Creativity

Creativity is Built-in      Some people may say that they are not the creative type or that they are not “feeling it” or are “uninspired”. But what we have to come to terms with is that we are all creative. We… Read More »Stimulating Your Innate Creativity

creative tips for starting to compose music

Creative Tips For Starting to Compose Music

     Making a song from scratch may sound like a daunting task if you consider all the things that go into making music. But if you follow some of the tips I will be suggesting in this post, you will find… Read More »Creative Tips For Starting to Compose Music

exercises to practice your music composition skills

Exercises to Practice Your Music Composition Skills

     Having to cope with all the new things you are learning may be challenging at times and this is why I am creating this post. In it, you will find lots of practical suggestions for short music composition studies… Read More »Exercises to Practice Your Music Composition Skills

harmonic ambiguity and the flexibility of suspended chords

Harmonic Ambiguity and the Flexibility of Suspended Chords

     Sometimes it’s handy to have a tool that opens up your possibilities in the music composition process and this is certainly the case with harmonic ambiguity, as a compositional technique, and with suspended chords.      In the case of the latter,… Read More »Harmonic Ambiguity and the Flexibility of Suspended Chords

chromatic harmony using chromatic mediants and chord transformations

Chromatic Harmony: Using Chromatic Mediants and Chord Transformations

     In this post I will be telling you what chromatic mediants and chord transformations are and how you can use these techniques to create chromatic harmony in your music compositions. I will also be showing you some examples of these… Read More »Chromatic Harmony: Using Chromatic Mediants and Chord Transformations

where do musical ideas come from

Where Do Musical Ideas Come From?

     This is probably a question that will always be open for debate as each and every one of us listens to and thinks about music differently. Nonetheless, all boils down to a musician’s ability of hearing sounds in its head.… Read More »Where Do Musical Ideas Come From?

what can you do with modal interchange

What to do with Modal Interchange

     In this post we will be looking at some practical uses for modal interchange. First of all, what is it? This is a technique that consists in temporarily borrowing chords from a parallel tonality or mode that shares the same… Read More »What to do with Modal Interchange