Month: December 2015

How to Write Better Music by Starting at the Bottom

Where do you begin building your songs? Do you start with the rhythm and bass end, know as bottom up songwriting? Or do you start with the lyrics or melody, which is called top down songwriting? Maybe you begin somewhere in the middle with chords.There is no right or wrong place to begin. In the end, the song is likely to end up incorporating rhythm, bass, chords, melody, and lyrics (though not every one of elements needs to be present to constitute a complete song). Regardless of which elements eventually end up in the finished product, you can start out anywhere you choose.

Where you decide to begin will often have a very real impact on how the song ends up. A song that begins with a drum loop will inevitably end up differently than a song that begins as a whistled melody.

This presents a fantastic opportunity. Try mixing it up. Taking yourself out of your routine can speedily unblock a stagnant writing process. You can quickly find yourself with a lot more songs in your arsenal and greater variety to boot.

If, for instance, you usually start your songs with the melody, next time try starting with a drum beat. If you have as drum set, sit down and fool around until you find that groove that inspires you. Record it if you can. If you don’t have any drums here is some good news, drum machines are cheaper and better than ever! These days they come equipped with all kinds of styles and speeds. Many keyboards even have drum machines built into them. Today’s drum machines often also allow you to loop and sequence.

For more advanced editing capabilities there are many computer software sequencing programs available at the Pro Audio section of any large retail music store, and the representatives are usually quite knowledgeable on which ones might best suit your needs and budget. If you plan on doing this type of writing a lot, being able to edit your work on a big computer screen, rather than a tiny screen on a drum machine, is just one of the many advantages of computer sequencing.

Once you dial up a drum groove that gets your inspiration flowing, start layering the next component of music on top of it. This could be the lyrics, a melody, bassline, chord progression from a guitar or keyboard, or even interesting sound effects. Layer by layer begin filling out your new song. If you amass too many layers to play and sing along with the drums you might want to begin recording each component of your song one at a time (recording will be covered in another songwriting tip at Songwriting Planet).

The drums-first approach is often used in Hip-Hop songwriting, but it is commonly used in rock and other styles as well. If this is not your approach, experiment with it. You could end up opening whole new worlds of possibilities.

5 Tips to Setting Recording Levels For Music Production

Recording levels are of the utmost importance when you are producing your music. This pertains to the level for the racks or the mixes. There has always been a common answer for this being to set the level at max just below the digital zero. Referring to the top of the meter. Unfortunately, many of the experts will most likely tell you this is wrong.One of the things you may want to keep in mind with this industry is not to believe everything you hear. (No pun intended). There are those in the industry that will tell you anything in order to get you to buy their wares. Anyone that has been in the computer music realm will tell you that digital audio has just gotten to the point where sound quality is acceptable.

Remember one basic factor about your quest of composing music and that is the purpose of recording sound. Which is of course so we can listen and enjoy it. You need to learn and be able to determine what parts of the music must be louder than others. For example, a pop ballad should be lower on track than a thrash metal. A guitar solo should be above the normal background playing.

Your first inclination may be to use only your digital meters and record these separately. On the surface, it sounds logical, but in fact, you could end up with the very opposite results. Reason being the digital recorders use peak meters, whereas music listeners use their hearing meaning they utilize average characteristics when judging the levels. If not done correctly then it means the listener will be forced to turn the volume down.

You can prevent your frustrations if you just record everything at the proper levels right from the start. It would be right to share one track between two instruments at least. This should only be done when the two specific instruments are not playing at the same time. So you would record these instruments at the correct level that they would be at when physically playing the song. Use your estimation qualities to get the results that are right. You want to hear what the end listeners should here. They won’t be using meters they will be using their natural ability of hearing.

Stay consistent with your entire album, if the listener has to keep getting up to adjust the volume you can bet they won’t be too impressed.

If you try and do your sound recordings according to all the information that various people give you then you will soon become discouraged. What may work in one song will certainly not work in another. Then there will be all the controversy to sort though. Learn the basics, follow your judgment and trust your ears. Composing music is suppose to be an enjoyable event even if its your livelihood, if you didn’t have passion for music its unlikely you would even be involved in computer music.

8 Killer Tips to Be Excellent in Karaoke

No matter where you are around the world, whenever you are in a karaoke bar there are a select group of people that get up and wow the crowd. So what are the secret tips you need to become the star of the show?

1. Choose your song wisely 
Many people choose a karaoke track that is very popular or one that will win over the crowd however is that the best way to choose your karaoke track? Choosing a track which you love rather than what you think the audience will enjoy will produce vastly different results.

2. Discover your “banquet song” 
In Hong Kong it’s known as your “banquet song”, in Japan it’s your Juhachiban, but it all means one thing; your signature karaoke track. Having one karaoke track that you know well, and fits your vocal range is the perfect way to truly shine on stage.

3. Know your boundaries

Whether it you are just beginning out in karaoke, or have spent a number of years at your favourite club, the best tip is know and understand your boundaries. By knowing your boundaries on karaoke tracks and originally staying within your scope will give you the confidence to achieve perfection.

4. Be aware of a possible “bad night”

Everyone who has jumped on stage can remember the one time they felt they failed in their karaoke track choice. Even the professionals you train for years have bad nights on stage, so do not take it to heart. The best advice is to think what you can do to avoid it in the future.

5. Sing like nobody is listening

The biggest reason why people don’t want to get up on stage is the fear of singing out loud in public. The best way of overcoming your fear is to close your eyes and imagine that you are singing at home. That way you will sing from your heart and you’ll see the audience get into it.

6. Practice makes perfect

To make the jump from just a beginner at the karaoke bar to someone who thrills the crowd is practice. By doing so, not only will you be more confident in knowing the lyrics and tones of your song, but you will have a lot more confidence in singing it in front of people.

7. A little investment can go a long way

Practising at home is a great way to perfect your singing technique, but the best way to develop your voice is to purchase your own karaoke machine. Purchasing your own machine along with a number of karaoke CDG’s will mean you will feel comfortable around one, and will teach you how to perform your best.

8. Smile, relax… and above all have fun!

The key to great karaoke singing is that most of the singers up there simply because they love being on stage.

If you are trying too hard, or finding it frustrating that you are not developing faster than you thought, simply go back to the first karaoke track and notice the difference in your style.

Just remember, nine times out of ten the audience are not looking for singing perfection. But if you are smiling and enjoying yourself, then the audience will definitely pick up your excitement and get into the song.

Tips For Finding Music School

Get into music. It can lead to improve creative thinking, better math skills, and greater interest in the performing arts. Boost your confidence, and also encourage you to discipline. Music schools are also a great way to expand your creativity. However, finding a good school isn’t easy. Since they do not advertise like other organizations. The question is how can you find an excellent school for you?

Googling

Online searches have many benefits, but the down side is that not all music schools advertise online or have a web page. You might miss out on a great one if you limit your research to the Internet.

Try with Your Local University

Call the music department of your local college. And ask if they offer any kind of music education for children or adults. Often, the educators at these schools are top level practitioners. If they don’t have a music program available, ask for their recommendation to any specific music schools in the area. Yup, they might be able to offer some great view on where to look for an impressive school.

Dead end? Why don’t you try online music school! There are lots of music tuition courses that teach guitar, bass, and drums. And most of them are extremely wide-ranging, cover in virtually every style imaginable.

Learn how to play rock, country, jazz, metal, classical, funk, blues, fusion, hip-hop, electronic music and more. They’ll give you hundreds of lessons, in videos and audios! Numerous jam tracks, exercises, licks, solos, scales and patterns and riffs.

But the important thing is, these online music courses will teach you how to play any song you like without the help of sheet music or tablature. So you will be able to just grab your instrument and play any song that’s in your mind. You don’t need to go to music school just to learn the instrument.