Music Theory & Education

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Why Tempo Maps, Clicks And Time Signatures Are Crucial For Orchestral Recording

Live orchestral recording brings its own unique set of challenges and they start with accurate click, tempo and time signature setup. Olajide Paris explains how to get it right.

Music Theory: Breaking Away From The ‘Original Beat Recipe’

It's easy to make your beats unique and interesting, even if they start off pretty conventional. Here are some top tips to liven up your rhythms and create more life and variation for your tracks.

Here's 2 Simple Ways To Get Pro-Sounding String Performances

Understanding glissando and portamento will help your string orchestrations to stand out, whether you're recording live strings or using MIDI to program articulations. Here's how.

Harmonic Mixing Tips For DJs & Musicians

Learning the secrets of harmonic mixing can be the key to unlocking even better DJ performances. Sara Simms explains the concept, and how to use it in practice.

Here's Some Fundamental Keyboard Skills Every Producer Should Know

Understanding the basics of keyboard playing needn't be scary even if you've never had format training. In this quick video, Matt Vanacoro explains how to play major scales.

Music Theory: How To Recognise Musical Phrases By Their Rhythmic Pattern

Ear training is crucial to becoming a better player and producer. Here, Gregg Fine explains how to listen to the rhythm and phrasing of musical parts to better understand them.

How To Write Better Music Scores With Powerful Rhythms

Understanding the relationship between the different rhythms in your melody, accompaniment and other musical elements can help you produce a more effective musical score. Here's how.

Music Studio Ergonomics: Are You Sitting Comfortably? Good Keyboard Posture Explained

In this short video from his course covering all aspects of keyboard skills for producers, Matt Vanacoro shows you how to avoid the physical stresses of long term keyboard playing.

The Beatles Chord Sequences: Understanding How They Wrote Songs

The Beatles pioneered the use of chord sequences that came to define popular music. In this short video, Matt Freiman reveals how they did it - and its simplicity may surprise you.

Watch Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles: Chords & Progressions Revealed

In this short video, Scott Freiman explains how the Beatles' approach to chord changes and song structure makes for great pop music. Dive in now to find out how they did it!

Practical Music Theory: Comping and Accompaniment

Different techniques for voicing and playing chords can radically change the way a piece of music sounds. Matt Vanacoro shares 5 pro tips for better accompaniment.

Here's How To Make MIDI Orchestras Sound More Believable

If you have ever wondered how to make your orchestral MIDI parts sound more believable, how to work faster and get better results, you'll want to watch these two short videos.

8 Intelligent Music Arrangement Tips For Producers

Arranging music can be tricky with the almost limitless freedom provided by modern DAWs. Here are 8 pro tips to avoid mistakes and get the best arrangement possible.

Put Your Logic Pro X Workflow on Steroids

Logic Pro X has so many timesaving tricks and shortcuts if you know where to look for them. Here, Jay Asher shares some of his personal favorites for speeding up your workflow.

Orchestration: Hard Vs Soft Quantization

When preparing a score for transfer between applications, knowing the best form of quantization to use can be crucial. This video explains why.