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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Creating good harmonies for vocals involves more than just tweaking some plug-ins. Joe Albano explains the musical theory behind getting harmony just right.
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.
Understanding some basics about harmony will help you to improve both your composition and improvisational skills while singing. This short video explains why.
Practicing your instrument can sometimes seem like a chore, but by changing your approach and identifying goals you can make it more enjoyable, and achieve more as well.
Forcing yourself to finish songs rather than leaving them to gather dust for years can be a positive experience. G.W Childs outlines five reasons why this is true.
Understanding some key universal concepts around arrangement, dynamics and composition can help you take your tracks to the next level. Here's how.
Can you really draw parallels between a book on the art of seduction and the process of music production? G.W Childs thinks so! Here's his take on it.