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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.

Orchestrating Strings: Libraries And Programming Techniques Explained

Your approach to programming virtual strings depends on whether they will eventually be played by real instruments. This short video has some pro library selection advice.

5 Tips to Help You Play By Ear

Playing by ear can be tricky to master but it's a great skill to have. Here are 5 tips to help you on your way to being a more instinctive player.

Music Theory: How Displacement Technique Can Help You Compose & Play More Interesting Music

By understanding this simple but seldom-discussed rhythmic technique you can take simple musical parts and make them more interesting. Jordan Rudess shows you how.

Music Theory: Using Drones and Common Tones

Here's how using different kinds of common tones - additional notes held as part of a chord - can add an extra quality to your playing and go beyond simple chord structures.

Three Key Concepts Of Sound And Studio Design Explained In 1 Minute

For anyone making music, it's crucial to understand the physical space you are in. This short video will explain how the behaviour of sound should play a key role in your studio design process.

Programming Drum Patterns For Novice Producers

Making authentic drum patterns even if you're not a drummer isn't as hard as you might have thought. Joe Albano takes you through the fundamentals of programming a great beat.

Music Theory: 4 Concepts to Consider When Creating A Chord Chart

In the latest in his series on music theory essentials, Matt Vanacoro gives you some pointers on how best to put together a chord chart for you and those you are working with.

5 Tips to Make Your Keyboard Sound Like a Guitar

Keyboard players don't always have a guitarist on speed dial to lay down some tracks for them. Here's how you can fake it with keyboards, and get away with it!

A Guide To Creating Vocal Harmonies (From A Musical Perspective)

Creating good harmonies for vocals involves more than just tweaking some plug-ins. Joe Albano explains the musical theory behind getting harmony just right.

Practicing For Musicians 201: Continuity and Speed

In the second part of his series on practicing for musicians, Matt Vanacoro discusses the importance of understanding speed, consistency and routine to help you improve your playing skills.