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Music Theory in Practice

Find out how you can apply music theory concepts in you music compositions

how to harmonize a melody

How to Harmonize a Melody

     To be able to harmonize a melody you first need to have a melody and/or know how to make one. The next piece of knowledge you must have is about chord formation; and finally, the experience of how each… Read More »How to Harmonize a Melody

how to develop your musical ideas

How to Develop Your Musical Ideas

     Most likely, you don’t have any problems with coming up with a basic idea for a beat, melody or some chords. What may happen is that you might not know how to go from there and consequently turn those ideas… Read More »How to Develop Your Musical Ideas

8 practical tips to make a melody

8 Practical Tips to Make a Melody

     There are lots of ways to approach this process, probably as many as there are musicians. It is up to you to find out what suits better to you, considering your working process, the way you think and how you… Read More »8 Practical Tips to Make a Melody

creating musical material from just one chord

Creating Musical Materials From Just One Chord

     In this post, as strange as it may seem, I will focus on ways of gathering materials from a single chord. And why would we do that, you may ask? – First, because it’s fun! – Second, because this is… Read More »Creating Musical Materials From Just One Chord

how to make simple chords sound more interesting in contex

How to Make Simple Chord Harmonies Sound More Interesting

     Simple doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, it can be fresh and uplifting. Even the most complex things usually sound better when presented in such a way that all seems logical and make complete sense – complex and yet,… Read More »How to Make Simple Chord Harmonies Sound More Interesting

harmony - suggestion card - music composition

Composing With a Harmonic Approach – Suggestion Card

Compose a chord progressions using harmonic cadences, cycle chord progressions, negative harmony, chord substitutions, back cycling or spice up and thicken your melodies with block chords, among many other harmony techniques:

rhythm - suggestion card - music composition

Exploring Rhythm – Suggestion Card

Rhythm and melody go hand in hand as it creates movement, tension and contributes to the emotional value in the development of your musical ideas – learn how by using polyrhythms, different meters, accents, metric modulation and other techniques:

composing with pentatonic materials

Composing with Pentatonic Material

     In this post I will show you some ways of being creative with pentatonic scales. In the end you can hear the music track I composed by taking the most from intervals and chord relationships that you can derive while… Read More »Composing with Pentatonic Material