Dance Music Production Fundamental: 4 Melody TUTORiAL

SYNTHiC4TE | 01-07-2012 | 937 MB

Fundamental 4 continues our series of tutorials dedicated to the fundamental production techniques that all producers should be fully versed in.

This time the course concentrates on composing and engineering melodies for dance records….

To many artists, melody is perhaps one of the most difficult parts to arrange and this DVD aims to demystify the process. Beginning with an in-depth discussion on the music theory behind melodies, the course examines how they are conceived and composed, including a detailed look at the circle of fifths alongside techniques such as balance, counterbalance, contour, energy, drive, dynamics and motifs. The sessions then move on to examine some of the techniques you can use to create your own melodies alongside a look at synthesis and processing for leads in dance records.

Tutorial Runtime: 4:05:37

Note: for this tutorial, you should already have a basic understanding of musical scales, as discussed in Fundamental 2: Bass and Fundamental 3: Harmony.

Tutorial Contents:


An introduction to the tutorial

Session 01: Circle of Fifths 1: 15 minutes

We give a basic introduction to the musicians “Circle of Fifths”.

Session 02: Identifying Notes: 10 minutes.

For this session we delve further into the Circle of Fifths and look at how it can be used to identify the key of music

Session 03: The Melodic Scale: 20 Minutes.

Here, we examine the reasons behind the melodic scale and how we can create it in any key or mode.

Session 04: Circle of Fifths 2: 20 minutes

In this session we return to the Circle of Fifths, and look at why its so important and its numerous musical uses, including for the creation of both chord progressions and melodies

Session 05: Melodic Energy: 25 Minutes

Melodic energy is the key to great melodies so we examine how to create energy with selection, positioning and pitching of notes

Session 06: Melodic Balance: 25 Minutes

This session concentrates on the importance of musical balance when writing and composing melodic lines

Session 07: Rhythm and Motif: 20 Minutes

In this session, we look at the theory and composition of Motif’s and how they form the beginning of any great melody.

Session 08: Practical Melodies: 60 Minutes

With the theory covered, we now put it into practice and show how it can all be combined to produce catchy and memorable melodies for dance records

Session 09: Dynamics: 15 Minutes

A look at the use and importance of dynamics within the construction of a melody.

Session 10: Counterpoint: 15 Minutes

This session introduces you to the theory and principles behind counterpoint in music

Session 11: Synthesis and Processing: 20 Minutes

In this final session, we take a look at some of the synthesis programming techniques for lead melodies and how both processing and effects are used in their creation.

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