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Five Ways to Use Harps & Plucks in Any Arrangement

The harp may not be the first instrument you think of when arranging but here are some ways you can use it to your advantage that you may not have known about.

Music Theory: How Beams Can Save You Time And Effort When Grouping Notes In Notation

Beams are a standard way of simplifying certain elements of a musical score. Gregg Fine explains why you should be using them.

Make Better Beats With These Syncopation Concepts

Understanding syncopation can be the key to making more interesting and more human-sounding beats. Matt Vanacoro explains why.

Construct Harmonies with Pitch Correction Software

Pitch correction plug-ins can be used for more creative tasks thanks to their power and flexibility. Here, Mike Levine explains how to create vocal harmonies where none existed.

Music Production: How To Push Your Listening Skills To The Next Level

You can take opportunities every single day to train your ears to help your production skills. Shane Berry explains how everyday life can be the perfect training ground.

Music Theory: Beyond 7th Chords - Utilizing Complex Harmonies

Matt Vanacoro shares his many years of musical experience to offer an insight into how going beyond 7th chords can add a new layer to your playing.

Orchestrating with Track Alternatives in Logic Pro X

Track Alternatives in Logic Pro X 10.3 can save you time when creating different arrangements and orchestrations. Here's how it works.

Composing Tips: Basic Jazz Horn Arranging: 4 Way Close

Arranging your jazz horns is equal parts art and science. Learn about how the masters did it with this quick tutorial.

Carl Jung Made Personality Archetypes, Here Are Song Archetypes To Help Live Performers

Here's some song archetypes for live musicians and performance.

Orchestration Tips: Making Horns Sound Real in Kontakt

If you're going for great-sounding realistic horns in your productions, Matt Vanacoro is here to share tips on how to turn humdrum horns into something more inspiring.

Making Studio Collaborations Work: Art & Practice

Even if you enjoy composing, recording, producing music alone it might be worth considering working with others. Collaborations can bring unexpected, and perhaps powerful results.

11 Tips To Help Your MIDI Orchestration Stand Out

If your goal is to make your MIDI-based orchestration compositions stand out you may not want them to sound more realistic. Jay Asher shows how to make them sound great rather than authentic.

Music Theory : Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary Beyond Major and Minor

If you're stuck in a cycle of major and minor when composing this music theory tutorial to help you break out and explore four types of lesser used chords that can transform your songwriting skills.

A Brief History of Music, Part 6: House

In part 6 of our series exploring musical genres, and the defining artists, tracks and gear that have been instrumental in them, Hollin Jones puts House under the microscope.

5 Ways to Channel Adversity and Frustration into Inspiring, Finished Songs

Some of the most popular and inspiring music was created in the midst of personal or global adversity and pain. In this article GW Childs shares 5 tips to help turn frustration into finished songs.