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4-Step Hack for Dark Bass Lines

 

 

4-Step Hack for Dark Bass Lines

 

In this lesson you?ll learn a simple 4-step hack for writing dark and dissonant bass lines. We invite you to work along with us through the following steps, so by the end of this lesson, you?ll also have a finished bass line. But first... Tea!

 

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you?re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book "12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords". It?ll give you a super solid music theory foundation in just 30 minutes. The free download is below. Enjoy!

 

Step 1. Setup

Start by setting up two bars of 4|4 on your bass track, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 80 BPM. After you?ve finished writing your bass line though, play it at a few different tempos and find the BPM that works best.

 

Step 2. Rhythm

Now it?s time to write a rhythm that?s gonna get those heads boppin! So, using only 1/16 notes (and lots of rests), draw in a rhythm that gets you moving. We?ll be using C as our root note, so for now, draw in all your notes on C.

Once you?ve got something down, loop up your two bars and put it on repeat. Does your rhythm get you pumped? If not, then keep playing around, cos writing a great rhythm is an essential step in writing a great bass line!

 

Step 3. Mode

Next, it?s time to choose a scale or mode that will reflect the mood you wanna convey through your bass line. We chose the Phrygian mode, as we felt like writing a heavy bass line that?s dark and dissonant. You can choose any mode though, it all depends on what vibe you wanna create. The steps in this lesson are still applicable.

C Phrygian: C, D?*, E?, F, G, A?, B?

*Be sure to use the D? in your bass line, as that note is what gives Phrygian its dark sound!

 

And if you need help learning all the modes and their unique emotions, as well as how to use them, then check out the mode hacks in our Songwriting & Producing PDF / Course.

 

Step 4. Melody

Now that you?ve written your rhythm and you?ve chosen a mode, it?s finally time to get stuck into the melodic element of your bass line. So, have some fun and play around with moving the notes up/down on the MIDI grid. But, always double-check that every note you?ve moved off the root is in your chosen mode. 

And be sure to keep at least a few notes on C, as playing the root note is vital in anchoring your bass line into the mode - that?s the only way you?re gonna tap into its emotion! Also, try to create a contour for your bass line that spans an octave (or more), as a big range like that will help prevent your bass line from getting boring. 

Finally, when you?re happy with all the notes in your bass line, you can extend some of them, so they?re not all 1/16 notes anymore. And try to use a variety of note values, as that will make your bass line even more interesting!

 

And it's as easy as that! Now you've got a dark and dissonant bass line. A heartfelt thank-you for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, you are valued and appreciated. Hope you enjoyed this lesson, and we're excited to hang out with you again soon. Until then, we're sending you good vibes and gratitude :)

 

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#1 Melody Hack

 

 

#1 Melody Hack

 

Learn how to make better melodies with this game-changing hack!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you?re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book "12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords". It?ll give you a super solid music theory foundation in just 30 minutes. The free download is below. Enjoy!

 

The Hack

First, to clarify. A fault is not a mistake! Music is an art, so if you?re making music from your heart, then there cannot be any mistakes. But, when songwriters and producers don?t understand theory, which is the grammar of music, they?re not able to fully express themselves. Just like if someone was trying to write a poem in a language they didn?t speak. The resulting work of art will undoubtedly have weaknesses. And a fault is defined as a weakness. So, how do you know if your melody has faults?

 

The Test

Easy, you use our Melody Test, which is simply to play your melody on the piano. Yes, it really is that simple. Because, by stripping away all the fancy sound design, you?re left with just the bare notes. This exposes any and all faults in your melody. Then after fixing them, you change the instrument back to your fancy sound, and now you have a melody that doesn?t just sound good, it actually is good!

Alright, so let?s run our example through the Melody Test and see what faults are exposed. And please note, it?s absolutely essential that you hear the melody in its harmonic context, so always play the root note of each chord in your progression below your melody. Our example is in the key of A minor, which is all the white notes from A to A, and the chords in our progression are: Am, Cmaj, Gmaj, Fmaj.

As you can tell, stripping away the fancy sound design removes all distractions and forces our ears to focus exclusively on the notes. We can now hear that our melody has a lot of good qualities already, like its contour, motifs, and rhythm. And by the way, rhythm is usually the most overlooked element of a melody, so be sure to pay extra attention to that. And if you need help, just use our Melody Rhythm Rule.

 

The Fix

Okay that?s enough about the good qualities of our melody, let?s get to the fault. By using the Melody Test, we can now clearly hear (and feel) our melody?s fault. What is it? Our melody is lacking emotion!

So, how do you add emotion to a melody? Easy, you use the 3rd note of each chord. You see, the 3rd note is the magic note that actually creates the happy sound in a major chord and the sad sound in a minor chord, so by playing 3rds in your melody, you strengthen it by emphasizing that emotional power!

For example, in our first chord, Am, the 3rd note is C, which we?re not playing. So, by simply moving the D (4) down to C (?3), we emphasize the sadness of that underlying minor chord. Next, we added 3rds into our melody over the Cmaj and Gmaj chords as well, which emphasizes the uplifting nature of those major chords.

In this melody, we felt that it would be ?too much of a good thing? to emphasize the happiness of three major chords in a row, so we didn?t use the 3rd (A) in our melody over Fmaj. This neutral approach of not using the 3rd in our melody slightly dilutes the uplifting nature of that underlying major chord.

 

The Rule

And that is a really important lesson. So important, in fact, that it?s part of our crucial 3rds Melody Rule, which is: In your melodies, use a 3rd to emphasize a major chord?s happiness or a minor chord?s sadness, and avoid using a 3rd when you want to dilute the underlying chord?s emotion.

It goes without saying that every note has an emotion, not just the 3rd. But, not all notes have the same level of emotional power, and the note that pulls at our heartstrings the most, is the 3rd. Remember though, a good melody must have a wide variety of notes, because a melody consisting of only 3rds may be strong in terms of its emotional power, but it will be utterly mind-numbingly boring!

Just a heads up, we don?t have time here to get into why the 3rd is a magical note that brings the emotional strength, but if you?d like to know why, the answer is in Hack 9 of our free book.

Lastly, this test is super useful for all the other layers of your music too, which is why we also refer to it as the Piano Test. For example, if you want to know if your bass line has any faults, simply change the sound on your bass track to a piano, then solo it up and hit play. Once again, by stripping away the fancy sound design, you?re left with only the bare notes, which exposes any and all faults in your bass line. Then after you?ve fixed those faults, just change the sound back, and now you have a bass line that doesn?t just sound good, it actually is good! 

There?s obviously many different factors that cause faults in music, so if you want to avoid them all, then use our essential music making hacks, which are available in our Songwriting & Producing PDF / Online Course (if you prefer watching videos to reading PDFs).

Thanks for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we really appreciate you, and we'll see you next time. Until then, we're sending you good vibes and gratitude :)

 

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Counter Melody Rule

 

 

Counter Melody Rule

 

Learn how to avoid this common fault many songwriters & producers make in their backing melodies!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you?re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book "12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords". It?ll give you a super solid music theory foundation in just 30 minutes. The free download is below. Enjoy!

 

The Fault

To clarify. A fault is not a mistake! Music is an art, so if you?re making music from your heart, then there cannot be any mistakes. But, when songwriters and producers don?t understand theory, which is the grammar of music, they?re not able to fully express themselves. Just like if someone was trying to write a poem in a language they didn?t speak. The resulting work of art will undoubtedly have weaknesses. And a fault is defined as a weakness. So, what?s the fault in this backing melody?

Well, in order to answer that question, we first need to ask another question: What?s the purpose of a backing melody? You see, once we understand what a backing melody is supposed to be adding to the music, we?ll understand why this backing melody is weak. In other words, why it is not fulfilling its purpose.

So, backing melodies are most often used in hooks and choruses, when producers want to add depth to the music, which also thickens the sound. The idea is that this addition will make the section stand out. But, in order for a backing melody to add depth, it needs to be perceived by our ears as a new musical layer. Otherwise, it?ll merely be the lead melody?s shadow, which our ears will ignore. In the same way that when we?re walking down the street, our eyes ignore people?s shadows.

And that brings us to our backing melody?s fault: It?s shadowing our lead melody, which is just a polite way of saying that it?s copying our lead melody. And nobody likes a copycat, especially lead melodies! The result of our backing melody being nothing more than a shadow, is that it does not fulfill its purpose: to add depth.

 

The Fix

Right, so now you?re probably thinking: How can I write backing melodies that will be perceived as new musical layers, so they actually add depth? Easy! You write your backing melodies using counterpoint. What?s counterpoint? Well, counterpoint is the technique of adding musical layers by writing melodies with countering contours.

For example, if we take the first bar of our section, and instead of having our backing melody copy the contour of our lead melody, we change our backing melody so it counters the contour of our lead melody. Now, there?s numerous ways to counter a melody, but the best way is to literally go in the opposite direction. We do that here when our lead melody goes from B down to G, while our backing melody goes in the opposite direction, from A up to B. And we do it again when our lead goes from G up to A, while our backing goes from C down to B. And by the way, our example is in the key of A minor, which is all the white notes from A to A, and the tempo is 95 BPM.

When a lead melody and backing melody move in opposite directions, that?s called contrary motion, and it?s just one of the ways to write counterpoint. If you wanna learn all the ways and how to use them to write countering melodies, then check out the counterpoint hack in our Songwriting & Producing PDF, which also includes all our other essential music making hacks, as well as MIDI examples.

Finally, to add even more musical depth, play around with countering your lead melody?s rhythm, too. You?ll notice in our example, there?s a few times where our backing melody plays a different rhythm to our lead melody. The most obvious example of this is in the beginning of our second bar (see MIDI below), where the lead melody plays one long note, and the backing melody counters that with four short notes. And remember, you don?t have to always have both melodies playing at the same time. You?ll hear in our final example that there?s a couple of places where our backing melody has a rest, in order to give our lead melody some space.

 

Lastly, we love the life lesson that counterpoint teaches us. One melody can be completely and utterly opposite to another melody, yet they coexist in beautiful harmony. And not only do they coexist peacefully, but the music would be weaker without both melodies. In these extremely polarized times we?re living in, we find this lesson so helpful when encountering people with drastically different views to ours. They counter us to create communal counterpoint, and together our different ways make society stronger. The only caveat to this, though, is that both melodies need to be in key, otherwise they?ll create dissonance against the underlying harmony. So as long as both people?s ways are in key, in other words, they?re not creating dissonance against nature?s harmony (like racism does, and sexism does, and so on), then the world is a better place thanks to that societal counterpoint.

 

The Rule

Right, to conclude. Our Counter Melody Rule is that your backing melody should add depth to your music, by countering the contour of your lead melody. And the way you do that, is by using the magic technique known as counterpoint. Thanks for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we really appreciate you, and we'll see you next time. Until then, we're sending you good vibes and gratitude :)

 

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Melody Rhythm Rule

 

 

Melody Rhythm Rule

 

Learn how to avoid this rhythmic fault that many songwriters and producers make in their melodies. But first... Tea!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you?re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book "12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords". It?ll give you a super solid music theory foundation in just 30 minutes. The free download is below. Enjoy!

 

The Fault

Firstly, just to clarify. A fault is not a mistake! Music is an art, so if you?re making music from your heart, then there cannot be any mistakes. But, when songwriters and producers don?t understand theory, which is the grammar of music, they?re not able to fully express themselves. Just like if someone was trying to write a poem in a language they didn?t speak. The resulting work of art will undoubtedly have weaknesses. And a fault is defined as a weakness. So, what?s the fault in this melody?

Well, it sounds completely lifeless, right? It?s totally lacking in vital energy. What?s causing that? Rhythm! Or rather, a lack thereof. Unfortunately for rhythm, it?s usually the overlooked element in a melody. Indeed, songwriters and producers often seem to forget that melody actually contains two elements: pitch and rhythm. To hear this in action, just listen to the New Music Friday playlist on Spotify every week. It?s clear that the rhythms of most melodies are an afterthought, at best.

I?ve worked with countless songwriters and producers who?ve ended up at the horribly frustrating point of wanting to delete a melody, cos they just can?t get it sounding right. Up until that point though, they?d spent all their time trying to fix the pitches, but they?d not once considered that maybe it?s the rhythm that needs fixing. So, after bringing their attention to the forgotten element of rhythm, a few small tweaks later, and they?ve fallen in love with the exact same melody they were about to delete. So next time you?re frustrated and tempted to delete a melody, try experimenting with its rhythm instead, and see if you can save it!

 

The Fix

Now you?re probably wondering what exactly makes a good rhythm. Well first, it?s important to remember that a rhythm is a pattern in time. And just like with all other patterns, our human brains get bored if there?s too much repetition, and they get overwhelmed if there?s too much variety. Therefore, good rhythms (like all good patterns), enjoy a pleasing yet interesting balance of repetition and variety.

Most melodies these days do not have any problem with repetition, it?s the lack of variety that causes their weakness. Variety in a melody is created by using many different note values, and most importantly, syncopation. Syncopation is when you accent an off-beat, and it puts a real spring in your melody?s step, bringing it to life.

For example, in the first three beats of our rhythm, we moved two on-beat notes to off-beats. The difference that this small tweak makes to our melody is truly unbelievable! You can hear it?s already being revived, and we?re only in the first bar.

And by the way, our example is in the key of A minor, which is all the white notes from A to A, and the tempo is 95 BPM.

Now, you?re probably wondering how to tell if your melody?s rhythm is boring. Easy, you give it the one-note test. You see, removing the pitch element of your melody will expose its rhythm. In other words, if your melody is captivating when played on one pitch, then it has a good rhythm. If it sounds boring on one pitch, then you need to work on its rhythm.

 

The Rule

So to conclude. Our Melody Rhythm Rule is that your melody should still sound good when played on only one pitch. And the best way to do that is to ensure that your melody?s rhythm balances repetition and variety, and includes some syncopation.

Lastly, if you need more help writing melodies, then simply use our "Melody Checklist", which tells you exactly what to do and what not to do in your melodies. The "Melody Checklist" can be found in our Songwriting & Producing PDF. Thanks for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we really appreciate you, and we'll see you next time. Until then, we're sending you good vibes and gratitude :)

 

 

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Stepwise Melody Rule

 

 

Stepwise Melody Rule

 

Learn how to avoid this common fault many songwriters and producers make in their melodies. But first... Tea!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you?re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book "12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords". It?ll give you a super solid music theory foundation in just 30 minutes. The free download is below. Enjoy!

 

The Fault

Right, first things first. We intentionally use the word ?fault? in this context, because music is an art, so technically there can?t be any mistakes. But, and it?s a big but, there can definitely be faults, as faults are weaknesses. And unfortunately, when songwriters and producers compose by ear, their music ends up with many faults!

For the record, though, it?s not their fault. It?s the fault of our current music education system that focuses on classical and jazz, which are irrelevant for most songwriters and producers. This means they struggle finding resources to learn relevant music theory, which often results in them composing music by ear instead. This is a huge problem in the music world, and it was the inspiration for us launching Hack Music Theory back in 2016, so songwriters and producers could finally have a place to learn theory that?s actually relevant to the music they make!

Now, let?s get back to that melody. So, what is the theory fault here? Well, it contains more than three stepwise notes from the scale. In the beginning of the melody, it goes: E, D, C, B. And in the middle of the melody, it goes: E, D, C, B, A.

We refer to this as the ?practising scales? fault, because whenever a melody goes stepwise through the scale (up or down), it literally sounds like the producer accidentally hit the Record button while they were practising their scales.

This fault is extremely common, as songwriters and producers who compose by ear don?t have the confidence that theory gives you to experiment, so they tend to play it safe and stick with a lot of stepwise movements. You see, our ears will always be led by musical gravity to the predictable note, like resolving the 7 up to the 8. Boring! If we wanna make cool music that stands out, we need to use theory!

And by the way, if you were wondering, our example is in the key of A minor, which is all the white notes from A to A, and the tempo is 100 BPM.

 

The Fix

You know what?s interesting? Now that you?re aware of this fault, you?ll start noticing it everywhere. It really is sad how common it is! But, there?s a super easy hack to fix this fault. All you have to do is change a note (or two) in each scale segment, to break up that stepwise movement.

In our example, we only had to change one note in each segment to fix this fault. After this tweak, our melody now has no more than three stepwise notes, which is the maximum you want. It?s truly amazing how changing just one note can have such a massive impact on a melody!

 

The Rule

So to conclude, our Stepwise Melody Rule is to have no more than three stepwise notes in your melodies (unless for some good reason, you really really want that). Lastly, if you need more help writing melodies, then simply use our "Melody Checklist", which tells you exactly what to do and what not to do in your melodies. The "Melody Checklist" can be found in our Songwriting & Producing PDF. Thanks for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we really appreciate you, and we'll see you next time. Until then, we're sending you good vibes and gratitude :)

 

 

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5-Second Intro Rule

 

 

5-Second Intro Rule

 

Learn how to use our 5-Second Intro Rule to instantly capture the attention of your listeners, so your songs don?t get skipped. But first... Tea!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you?re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book 12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords. It?ll give you a super solid music theory foundation in just 30 minutes. Enjoy!

 

   

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Which one of these song intros grabs your full attention? Listen to examples in video/podcast. Both intros are cool, but it?s definitely the second intro that captures our full attention! Why? Well, because it contains a totally surprising element: a reggae rhythm sung by a choir. What genre is that? Where?s this song going next? What other surprises are waiting for me if I keep listening? After only five seconds of music, our brains are already full of questions. And we?re an incredibly inquisitive species; we need answers to those questions, and the only way to get them is to keep listening. 

Now, you may be wondering why it?s so important to catch people?s attention in the first five seconds of your song. Well, there?s about 40,000 new songs being uploaded to Spotify every day, and the result of this overwhelming and never-ending stream of new music, is that a quarter of all songs get skipped in their first five seconds. That is why it?s more important now than ever before to make your music stand out from the crowd. Seriously, this is literally the first era in human history where a piece of music has needed to grab the listener?s full attention in under five seconds. And while we could have endless discussions about the negative repercussions of this change, it is the way it is and we can?t change that, so our time is far better spent thinking creatively within this new limitation. 

And by the way, if you?ve seen big artists releasing new singles that have long intros where nothing much happens, and you?re wondering why they don?t have to use the 5-Second Intro Rule. Well, it?s because those artists already have loyal fanbases who will happily listen through their long intros, because they trust them. It?s all about trust. If you?re an up-and-coming artist though, you don?t have that privilege yet, so you still need to earn your listener?s trust. Once you?ve done that though, and you?ve also built yourself a loyal fanbase, then you can throw the 5-Second Intro Rule out the window, too. But until then, this rule is your best friend! 

Okay, so now you?re probably thinking to yourself: How on earth do I capture the listener?s full attention in under five seconds? Well, there is arguably no better way to do that, than to create your own original never-before-heard genre. And how on earth do you do that? Well stay tuned, as we?re about to reveal all.

 

STEP 1. PARENTS

The most important thing to remember when it comes to creating a new genre, is that all genres are born from parent genres. I guess now is as good a time as any to have a little chat about the birds and the bees. You see, when a genre loves another genre, they mingle and exchange features, which results in a baby genre being born. So, when it comes to creating a new genre, your first step is to select the parents. 

As you know, we love all genres equally here at Hack Music Theory, so to help us choose our parents, we turned to Spotify. In December, Spotify gives you a summary of your year?s listening, and apparently Ray?s top genres were Reggae, Electronic, Djent, and... Choral. Hey, don?t judge! There?s no better way to start the day than a few slow nasal breaths, and a few Bach chorales. Seriously, try it. You?ll feel so much calmer throughout the day, and when you inevitably get stressed later, just take a few breaths and remember that peaceful feeling you got earlier from those beautiful Bach chorales. If you?re up for some morning counterpoint with your coffee (or tea), we recommend the album Bach 333: 4-Part Chorales (Vol. 1).

 

STEP 2. FEATURES

Right, so now that you?ve selected your parents (for us, they are: Reggae, Electronic, Djent, and Choral), step two is to choose what features from those parents you want to carry forwards into your offspring genre. And yes, your new baby genre can have more than two parents, this is the 21st century after all! 

This step may require some research to uncover what truly makes the parent genres sound the way they do. But remember, musical features can be detached from the instruments they?re commonly played on. For example, we took the Reggae skank, which is that off-beat rhythm usually played on the guitar or keyboard, and we gave it to our choir (well, our choir plugin).

By detaching the Reggae skank from its usual instruments and moving it to a choir, we totally surprise our listeners, which instantly intrigues their brains and gets them asking all kinds of questions, and that ensures they will keep listening beyond our intro. And by the way, our example?s in A minor, so that?s just all the white notes from A to A. 

Next, we added the most characteristic feature from Djent, which is a polymetric guitar riff. If you?re new to the term polymeter, it?s just the fancy way of saying that you?re playing in two or more time signatures simultaneously. In our example, that?s happening cos our guitar riff is playing in a cycle of 7|16 for four bars then 4|16 for one bar, while all the other instruments are playing in 4|4. To integrate this polymeter with the other instruments, we played our guitar pattern on the kick drum as well. This makes the whole section more punchy too!

Right, next up is our Electronic parent. And nothing says Electronic music better than a synth, so we added a super dancey line on a massive stereo synth. Then at the end of our section, we threw that synth melody up an octave and added a few variations, to keep it evolving.

 

STEP 3. SURPRISE!

In order to truly create a new genre, you need at least one feature to completely and utterly stand out in the most unexpected way. You see, some genre features fit in so well to other genres that they don?t actually sound new or unusual. For example, our Djent guitar riff sounds right at home in our new genre, so while that feature is certainly adding to the flavour, it?s not really creating a new genre. For a genre to be categorized as new, it needs to be different from all the genres that already exist, and that requires your new genre to have at least one totally surprising and unusual feature. And the best way to do that, is to look at which parent genres are the most opposite, or at least, the most different. 

In our example, Djent and Choral look like opposites at first glance, cos Djent is a subgenre of Metal, which is all about ultra-heavy guitars, and Choral is all about beautiful voices. However, on closer inspection, it turns out that choir plugins are not that uncommon in Djent, as they?re sometimes used in the background of tracks to add atmosphere and fill them out sonically. Also, some Djent bands even have a bit of Classical influence, which is another reason why the Djent and Choral combination doesn?t sound unusual. But, when we go below the surface and into the essence of our parent genres, we realise that Choral and Reggae are actually the most opposing genres. The reason for that, is because Choral tends to be legato, which means the music is flowing and has lots of long notes without breaks between them, while Reggae is super syncopated and has lots of short notes with breaks between. And that is why we?ve got a choir singing the Reggae skank, cos that off-beat rhythm containing all those short notes with breaks, is completely and utterly opposite to how a choir would normally sing. 

And just a quick caveat about selecting your parents. They need to be different genres, and not just different subgenres. For example, if you?re into Electronic music, don?t choose tropical house, glitch hop and dubstep as your parents. As cool as that will sound, the result will still be 100% Electronic, which is not a new genre. And there?s already countless subgenres in each genre, so while creating another new subgenre is great, it definitely won?t capture most people?s attention. On the other hand, if you select the parent genres: Electronic, Celtic, and Polka, now that is a new genre, which will definitely grab attention! And beyond that, it will also get people talking and sharing the music, which is how an artist grows their fanbase.

 

STEP 4. BPM

After combining your selected features to create your new genre, experiment with the BPM. You wanna use a tempo that could work in your parent genres, unless a shocking BPM is part of your new genre surprise! We went with 82 BPM for ours. 

 

STEP 5. THE 5-SECOND RULE

Now, this is the vital step! If you don?t do this, you?ve wasted all your hard work creating a new genre. We call this step the 5-Second Rule, because as you know, a quarter of all songs get skipped in their first five seconds. So, as much as we love the idea of saving the best for last, when it comes to getting people to listen to your music, it is absolutely essential that you instantly reveal your genre surprise. And don?t just reveal it, throw it right into the spotlight of your opening bar. In other words, strip back your intro to just those features from opposing genres that will totally surprise your listeners. In our example, as we mentioned earlier, the most surprising feature is a choir singing that Reggae skank, so we stripped everything back to just choir and drums. The reason for the drums being there is to get people moving, cos if you can also get those feet tapping in the first five seconds, you?ve got an even better chance of people listening to your whole song. 

And on that note, if you?re just using drum loops or basic patterns at the moment, we highly recommend you start making attention-grabbing beats instead. If you need help doing that, you can use our Hack Drum Beats PDF. Also, if you need help writing better melodies, chord progressions, bass lines, and everything else, then use our Songwriting & Producing PDF, cos all the essential music making hacks are in there, including our game-changing ?Melody Checklist?.

 

STEP 6. NAME

New genres need new names. This is not only super fun and creative, but naming your new genre also gives fans a tangible and memorable way to tell their friends about your music. With our parents being Reggae, Djent, Electronic, and Choral, we decided to name our offspring: Djentronic Reggchor. And yeah, there?s very little chance of this new genre catching on, but that?s great, cos it means our genre will remain unique and continue grabbing listeners? attention. Thanks for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we really appreciate you, and remember to download your Free PDF.

 

 

 

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Kick Drum Rule

 

 

Kick Drum Rule

 

The "Kick Drum Rule" ensures your drum beats not only groove, but also stand out from the crowd. But first... Tea!

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99% of producers in popular music these days program drum beats that sound like every other producer?s beats. This is mainly because they use the same handful of kick drum patterns. In fact, many producers even import one/two-bar drum loops as the foundation for new songs. But, when we try to write creative music on top of a generic one-size-fits-all foundation, we will never reach the artistic heights we can by writing our own original drum beats!

And original drum beats don?t just form a unique foundation for your music, they also weave themselves into your other layers and actually influence what you write for those other instruments.

To prove how a creative drum beat can bring your music to life, we?ll use a super boring chord progression for our example. In fact, this is one of the most overused progressions in popular music. But, after we apply our Kick Drum Rule to the drum beat, you?ll witness a total transformation as this predictable rubbish is turned into a vibrant and captivating section, all thanks to the drums!

But first, here?s what it sounds/looks like with a generic one-size-fits-all drum beat.

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Generic drum beat, like you hear in most songs

 

So, what is our Kick Drum Rule? Well, before we get to that, we need to do a quick overview of the drum kit and each element?s function.

 

KIT

There are four elements to the drum kit: cymbals, snare, toms, and kick. The main function of the cymbals is to connect the drum beat with the pulse of the song (i.e. 1/4 notes in the 4|4 time signature). The snare is the main injection of energy for a drum beat, so where you play your snare will determine how energetic the section feels. Toms add variety to your drums. And lastly, the kick drum brings the groove to a drum beat. And by the way, drum beats are also known as drum grooves or drum patterns.

 

ELEMENT

FUNCTION

Cymbals

Pulse

Snare

Energy

Toms

Variety

Kick

Groove

 

We?re focusing on the kick in this lesson, but if you wanna go deep and learn how to use each of the four elements based on their specific functions, then read our new PDF: Hack Drum Beats. This PDF is your ultimate guide to writing captivating drum beats, and it also comes with MIDI file examples.

 

 

Alright, let?s jump in! So, for our example we?ve set up eight bars, and as almost all popular music is in the 4|4 time signature, we?ll use it too.

 

KICK

So as you know, the kick?s function is to bring the groove to a drum beat. But what exactly is groove? Well, there are many different definitions, but we define groove as being a rhythm that contains a magic balance of on-beat notes and off-beat notes (i.e. syncopation). Unless you?re specifically going for a rigid four-on-the-floor drum beat, too many on-beat notes will make your drums sound stiff. On the other hand, too many off-beat notes will make your drums sound like a mess, so you gotta find that magic sweet spot!

As you?ll have noticed by now, the cymbals and snare are fairly limited in their possibilities. They have very specific functions, and they need to stick to those. For example, if you switched their roles and played the pulse on the snare and a backbeat on the hats, your drum beat would sound backwards and completely wrong to most people.

 

MIDI Screenshot:  If the hats and snare switch functions, the drum beat sounds wrong

 

This limitation is not good news for creative people like you. However, there is one element of a drum beat where we can get away with almost anything... Yep, the kick drum!

And with that, it?s finally time to reveal our Kick Drum Rule, which is to write an interesting kick drum pattern at least four bars long. As the kick is the only element in a drum beat where you can express whatever you want (without it sounding wrong), don?t waste this golden opportunity for total creative freedom!

Now, there are tons of different ways to get artistic and express what you want through your kick drum pattern, but remember that its job is to bring the groove, so play around with a combination of on-beat and off-beat notes. Most importantly though, is to break free from those extremely limiting one/two-bar drum loops, so be sure your kick pattern is at least four bars long.

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Example of a four-bar creative kick pattern containing on-beats and off-beats

 

Arguably the best way to inject a massive dose of creativity into your kick pattern, though, is to use a polymeter. If you?re new to the term ?polymeter?, it?s just the fancy word for playing in two or more time signatures at once. Okay so now you?re probably thinking: but that?s gonna sound really weird! And full disclosure here, it can sound weird, if that?s what you want. On the other hand, if you want it to sound accessible (like we did in our final example, which is below), then that?s easy to achieve! And if you want a step-by-step guide to creating a polymeter in your drums, then that?s also in our new Hack Drum Beats PDF.

Alright, let?s have a listen to a Before & After playthrough now (click Play above for the video, or below for the Podcast), where the Before version uses a generic kick pattern like most songs, and the After version uses our Kick Drum Rule with a polymeter. We hope you found this lesson helpful, and thanks for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we appreciate you!

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Final drum beat with fills

 

 

 

 

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2020-10-01
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246 Melody Rule

 

  246 Melody Rule

 

With the 246 Rule you can say goodbye to mediocre melodies forever. But first? Tea!

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Most melodies these days are predictable and boring! That?s because most songwriters and producers don?t know music theory, and as a result, they actually end up following the rules without even knowing it. But, when everyone follows the rules, that?s boring! So, we created the 246 Melody Rule as a way to actually break the rules that result in boring melodies. Right, let?s decipher those numbers and get into it. A quick heads up though, the 246 Melody Rule is for intermediate songwriters and producers who are already comfortable writing melodies. If you?re not there yet, no problem at all, simply use the Melody Checklist in our Songwriting & Producing PDF, and your melodies will be elevated to a whole new level!

Right, so as you probably know, a triad is the most basic type of chord, which means it?s also the most popular type of chord (by far!). And as you probably know as well, a triad consists of three notes. For example, the Cmaj triad is made up of the notes C, E and G, which are numbered 1, 3 and 5, respectively. These are known as harmonic notes, as they form the harmony (i.e. the chord). Now, the numbers in our 246 Rule refer to the 2nd note, the 4th note and the 6th note. In other words, the notes that are not in the triad, but are still in the scale. The fancy term for these notes is ?non-harmonic?, as they are not part of the harmony (i.e. the chord). And if you?re wondering about the 7, yes it?s also a non-harmonic note here because it?s not in the triad. However, the 7 is a whole different beast, so it?s not part of the 246 Rule, but more on that later.

 

First, we need to understand why most songwriters and producers are using the 2, 4 and 6 all wrong, despite the fact that they?re not actually wrong notes (cos they?re obviously still in the scale). It seems like a riddle, doesn?t it? Don?t worry though, the 246 Rule solves this issue once and for all! How? Well, when you play the 2, 4 or 6 in your melody, they create tension against your triad below, cos they don?t fit in completely. To hear this, play a triad and then play the 1, 3 and 5 above it as a melody. Those three notes fit in perfectly with your triad below, as they?re merely doubling what?s already there. Now, play a 2 in your melody. This note sits in between the 1 and 3, rubbing up against them and causing tension. And that brings us to the 246 Rule. When most songwriters and producers use the 2, 4 and 6, they resolve them down to the 1, 3 and 5, respectively. But, moving down a note after the 2, 4 and 6 is embarrassingly predictable! And on top of that, creating tension only to resolve it to the predictable note, kinda defeats the purpose of creating that tension in the first place.

For the record, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that sometimes. However, most songwriters and producers do that every time they use the 2, 4 or 6. The reason for that, is because they don?t know what to do with the tension they?ve created, so they simply follow where their ear leads them. And therein lies one of the biggest problems with popular music: songwriters and producers are making music by ear, but our ears will always lead us to the most predictable option. That is precisely why we need music theory. You see, for most songwriters and producers, making music feels like a mysterious (and often frustrating) journey through the dark, but it doesn?t have to be like that. Music theory is our flashlight that illuminates the way, revealing musical paths we could not see in the dark. And on that note, if you?re tired of all the trial and error, guesswork, and frustration involved in making music, then you can learn our secret song-whispering method, which we teach in our online apprenticeship course. More on that later, though.

 

Every time you use a 2, 4 or 6 in your melody, you have three options:

Go down to the predictable harmonic note Go up to the unpredictable harmonic note Go somewhere completely different!

 

Option 1 is what the rules say you should do, and it?s also what your ears want you to do, and that?s why most songwriters and producers instinctively use option 1 every time, but that?s sooo boring! Great music is all about the other two options.

If you?re wondering why our ears always lead us to resolve the 2, 4 and 6 down to the 1, 3 and 5, respectively, it?s because non-harmonic notes have a gravitational pull to the nearest and strongest harmonic note. And the strongest harmonic note is obviously the root, which is why the 2 wants to resolve down to the 1. The next strongest harmonic note is the 3, as it?s the note responsible for creating the major/minor quality of a chord. And that?s why the 4 wants to resolve down to the 3. And finally, the 6 wants to resolve down to the 5, as there?s no harmonic note directly above it, so there?s no other option (or so it seems to our ears).

 

MIDI Screenshot:  The boring and predictable way to resolve non-harmonic notes

 

Okay, so those are the resolutions that our ears will steer us towards. And because most songwriters and producers are making music by ear, we end up with most songs sounding the same. Seeing as you?re here, you?re obviously wanting more from your music. That?s what the 246 Rule gives you, cos when you use it, your melodies will contain non-harmonic notes, but in a way that?s not predictable and boring!

So now you know why the 246 Rule is a way to break the rules that cause boring melodies, but how does it actually work? Easy! The rule is to ensure that every melody you write includes the second and third options in that list (above). In other words, make sure that at least one non-harmonic note in your melody goes up to the unpredictable harmonic note, like we did over the Cmaj chord, by taking the 2 (D) up to the 3 (E). Also, make sure that at least one non-harmonic note goes somewhere completely different, like we did over the Dm chord, by taking the 2 (E) way up to a completely unexpected ?7 (C).

It?s that simple! Doing these two things will ensure your melodies are not boring or predictable, so start applying the 246 Rule to your melodies today. One extra thing to consider though. If you want your music to appeal to a broader audience, you should probably use the first option in that list (above) somewhere in your melody as well. In other words, resolve at least one non-harmonic note to the predictable harmonic note.

Lastly, let?s talk about that unique non-harmonic note, the 7, also known as the leading note. And that?s not just a clever name. The gravitational pull on this note is far more than on any other non-harmonic note. The 7 is absolutely desperate to claw its way up to the root, and it?s willing to do anything to get there! Now, we love going against the stream and not resolving the 7, cos taking it somewhere other than the root note creates incredibly strong emotions in the listeners. A warning though, those emotions will include shock! And while we make music purely for art?s sake, we appreciate that you may actually want to build a career as a songwriter/producer, so that?s why we do not include the 7 in our 246 Melody Rule. If you use the 7 and don?t resolve it up to the root, you do so at your own peril, haha!

In our example, we wanted to inspire peace and calm in the listeners, so we did actually resolve the 7 to the root (and by the way, it?s a ?7 here). However, we used two techniques to make this resolution fresh and unpredictable. Firstly, we didn?t resolve up to the root, instead, we played the root an octave lower. And secondly, we ended a phrase on the 7 and started a new phrase on the root, so there?s actually a rest in between those two notes, which the listener won?t be expecting either. You see, even when you choose to follow the rules, there?s still creative ways to break them!

By the way, if you like the chord progression in this example, you can learn how we wrote the specific piano part in our Chillout Chords video.

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Final melody using the 246 Rule

 

 

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Regarding the current situation around the world. As music teachers, we can?t offer much help through this difficult time. However, as most people are now stuck at home, what we can offer, is a meaningful and productive timeout from the difficulties. It?s with that intention in our hearts that we offer you 50% OFF our online course Apprenticeship #1. It contains 17 hours of video that teach every step of the writing process, from blank screen to finished song. You will literally learn everything you need to know in order to write great songs, and finish them! We know that most people are sadly on unpaid leave right now, so we hope this half-price offer helps alleviate some suffering, and we truly hope you and your families are all safe and healthy. Lastly, please remember that music is magic, so keep pumping those uplifting tunes! Thanks for being here, and until next time, happy songwriting and producing.

 

 

 

 

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How to Write Chillout Chord Progressions

 

In this tutorial you'll learn how to write chord progressions for the Covid-19 era (and beyond), using our 6-step success formula. But first? Tea!

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Right, let?s talk about success. First things first, though. We measure ?success? in terms of how helpful your work is to the world. Measuring success in terms of fame and fortune is so last millenium! And seeing as you?re here, we know that you?re a forward-thinker, so here?s how you can succeed in this Covid-19 era, and beyond.

Listening to music is arguably the easiest and quickest way for someone to transform their psychological state, which in turn transforms their physiological state. So, in these stressful times we?re all living in, it?s vital that us songwriters and producers write and release music that can calm anxious minds and relax tense bodies. This is a very real way that we can all help, because when people calm down, they trigger their parasympathetic nervous system, which then upregulates their immune system. So, a calmer world is literally a healthier world! And in stressful times, people intuitively listen to music that calms them, which is like self-medicating, except there are no side-effects! And this explains why streams in the classical genre have gone up during the Covid-19 era, while streams in almost every other genre have gone down.

 

Now, in order to write calming music, you need to choose a calming scale. We chose D Dorian, which is all the white notes from D to D. We used the Dorian mode because it conveys a sad-but-hopeful emotion, and sharing hope in these sad times is life-changing. And by the way, if you wanna learn everything you need to know about the modes, their emotions, and how to use them, then download our Songwriting & Producing PDF. It also contains all our other essential music making hacks.

Alright, now that you?ve chosen your scale/mode, it?s time to choose your chords. There are no rules here, you can play any chords in your key, but remember this: When you?re writing music to help people chill out, you need to think differently. For once, you actually don?t wanna make music that stands out, as that would stimulate the listener?s mind, instead of relaxing it. Having said that though, if you write something that totally blends into the background, then you?ll lose the listener?s attention and their mind will wander back into a place of fear and anxiety. Also, you don?t wanna lose your artistic voice, just cos you?re making musical medicine. So, the magic happens on the middle path between ?background music? and ?art music?!

We created this balance by doing the following. On the ?background? side of things, we started by choosing four chords, which is the most common number of chords in a progression. That familiarity is very calming for listeners. Our chords are: Dm?Cmaj?Fmaj?Gmaj. Next, we reinforced that familiarity by using a predictable harmonic rhythm. Harmonic rhythm is simply where each chord begins and ends. We play each chord for exactly two bars. And that brings us to the most important element of writing calming music: Pace. Most songwriters and producers think of a song?s pace as its tempo, but the BPM is only half the story. Lots of songwriters and producers use slow BPMs and think they?re making chillout music, but then they change chords every couple beats, and that faster-paced harmonic rhythm prevents their music (and their listeners) from relaxing. So remember, chillout music needs a slow BPM and a slow harmonic rhythm!

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Calming chord progression written using our 6-step success formula (see below)

 

Okay, so now that you?ve ensured your song is gonna sound calming and comforting to your listeners, you need to prevent it from blending into the background. So, on the ?art? side of things, we did the following. We started by using the odd time signature 3/4. This time signature is probably the most common of the odd times, so that makes it feel a little different but without being weird. Also, it?s worth noting here that our chord progression already sounded a bit different because it?s in the Dorian mode, not the usual major or minor scale.

Next, we created even more interest by playing our chords in a slightly unusual way. Instead of playing them as regular block chords (where the notes are played together), or arpeggios (where the notes are played one at a time), we used a combination of these two techniques. We play our root note first, then follow it with two higher notes that are played together. This allows for lots of space (i.e. rests), which makes the progression sound even more chill. We actually used this way of playing the chord as a motif, by playing the rest of the chords this way too. And if you?re new to motifs, they?re short ideas you repeat to give your music structure and make it more memorable.

Lastly, to make our progression extra calming, we started it with a dreamy add9 chord, which we then used as a motif as well. And if you?re new to add9 chords, you can make them by simply adding the 2 to a triad. For example, our first chord is Dm(add9), which is the Dm triad (D, F, A) plus the 2 (E). Now, add9 chords are obviously four-note chords, which create a thicker texture. And while that?s great in some songs, we wanted to keep our texture thin and spacious here, so we left out the 5 of our Dm(add9) chord. When you use chords with four or more notes, leaving out the 5 is a great way of keeping your texture thin. Because, and no disrespect to the 5 here, it doesn?t bring anything special to the chord, it merely fills it out.

 

So, to summarise everything, here?s our success formula for chord progressions in the Covid-19 era:

Choose a consonant scale (i.e. avoid Phrygian, Locrian, etc.) Write a somewhat predictable chord progression Use a slow and predictable harmonic rhythm Incorporate at least two elements that are slightly unusual Create a motif, and repeat it regularly Optional extras: rests, add9 chords

 

Alright, now it?s your turn to step up! So, we?ve got a chillout challenge for you: Write a calming chord progression using this formula, then stay tuned for next time, when you?ll learn how to add a relaxing melody. For now though, let?s have a listen to our calming chords that upregulate the immune system. And that is true success! Just before the playthrough though, we?d love to share one more thing with you.

 

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Regarding the current situation around the world. As music teachers, we can?t offer much help through this difficult time. However, as most people are now stuck at home, what we can offer, is a meaningful and productive timeout from the difficulties. It?s with that intention in our hearts that we offer you 50% OFF our online course Apprenticeship #1. It contains 17 hours of video that teach every step of the writing process, from blank screen to finished song. You will literally learn everything you need to know in order to write great songs, and finish them! We know that most people are sadly on unpaid leave right now, so we hope this half-price offer helps alleviate some suffering, and we truly hope you and your families are all safe and healthy. Lastly, please remember that music is magic, so keep pumping those uplifting tunes! Thanks for being here, and until next time, happy songwriting and producing.

 

 

 

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80/20 Bass Rule

 

80/20 Rule for Better Bass Lines

 

In this tutorial, you'll learn the secret 80/20 bass rule that will forever change the way you write bass lines. But first? Tea!

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Right, so here?s what a regular bass line sounds like, and this was written in the same way that most bass lines are written these days:

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Bass exclusively playing root note of each chord ? this is not a bass line!

 

It?s in the key of A minor, so that?s all the white notes from A to A, and the chords are: Am?Em?Cmaj?Dsus2. Now, because most songwriters and producers don?t know about the secret 80/20 bass rule, most bass lines nowadays simply copy the chord progression by playing the root note of each chord. So in the example you just heard, the bass copied the chords by playing: A?E?C?D. But, that is not a bass line, that is merely the root note of each chord. And that is not a musical approach to bass, it?s a sonic approach, because the bass is so boring that it actually blends into the background and is heard as a frequency, not an instrument!

When we approach bass from a musical perspective, we realise that it obviously wants (and deserves) its own melody. However, this is where we run into the bass paradox: To give the bass an independent melody, it needs to venture off the root note of each chord, but if it does that, then it takes away the music?s stability as it?s no longer providing a solid foundation for the other instruments. So, how can you write a bass line that?s both a solid foundation and also an independent melody? That?s where the 80/20 bass rule comes in. It?s so simple: it is the percentage of time spent on root notes versus the percentage of time spent on other notes.

Root notes in the bass build a solid foundation, but it?s the non-root notes that transform the bass into an independent melody. This is the magic bass balance. Get it right, and your bass lines are pure magic! Get it wrong, and it could literally ruin your whole song. If your bass spends too much time on root notes, it?ll be nothing more than a frequency. On the other hand, if your bass spends too much time on non-root notes, it?ll step forward into the spotlight like a diva and start stealing attention from your lead melody. Remember, the spotlight is only big enough for one!

 

So, what?s the perfect ratio? 80% roots, 20 % non-roots. And obviously every song is different, and every section within every song is different, but the 80/20 rule will ensure that every bass line you write starts out in the sweetspot, then you can adjust the percentage up or down, depending on what the other instruments are doing. For example, if there isn?t a lead melody in a section, then there?s space for your bass to step forward and take the spotlight, without any musical fights! However, if a section has a lead melody and a backing melody, then your bass should definitely spend a little more time on root notes, for extra stability. In our example, our bass line is 81% root notes and 19% non-root notes. And of course, you don?t actually have to calculate the exact percentage, just get it somewhere in the 80/20 sweetspot.

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Bass line with about 80% roots and 20% non-roots (highlighted)

 

And by the way, if you want our step-by-step guide for writing great bass lines, then download our Songwriting & Producing PDF, which also contains all our other essential music making hacks.

Finally, let?s talk about those non-root notes. There are three possibilities for these: harmonic notes, non-harmonic notes, and non-diatonic notes. Harmonic notes are notes that are in the chord. For example, over the Am chord, the harmonic notes are A, C and E. And A is obviously the root, so the options are C and E. Next, non-harmonic notes are notes that are not in the chord, but are still in the scale. So over the Am chord, the non-harmonic notes are B, D, F and G. Then lastly, non-diatonic notes are not in the chord either, but they?re not even in the scale. These notes are super spicy, so in the same way that you don?t add chili peppers to every meal, you don?t wanna add non-diatonic notes to every bass line. In our example, we do actually play a non-diatonic note (C?) under every other Dsus2 chord. But, it?s just a 1/16 note. That?s like throwing a tiny sliver of chili pepper into the pot for flavour, not for heat. Okay now I?m hungry, but before we head off to cook up a yummy vegan chili, let?s have a listen to the Before & After of our bass line, so you can hear what a game-changer this 80/20 bass rule is. Just before the playthrough though, we?d love to share one more thing with you.

 

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Regarding the current situation around the world. As music teachers, we can?t offer much help through this difficult time. However, as most people are now stuck at home, what we can offer, is a meaningful and productive timeout from the difficulties. It?s with that intention in our hearts that we offer you 50% OFF our online course Apprenticeship #1. It contains 17 hours of video that teach every step of the writing process, from blank screen to finished song. You will literally learn everything you need to know in order to write great songs, and finish them! We know that most people are sadly on unpaid leave right now, so we hope this half-price offer helps alleviate some suffering, and we truly hope you and your families are all safe and healthy. Lastly, please remember that music is magic, so keep pumping those uplifting tunes! Thanks for being here, and until next time, happy songwriting and producing.

 

 

 

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2020-04-09
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Changing Chords Rule

 

Changing Chords Rule

 

Are your chord progressions a bit boring? Well don?t worry, cos in this tutorial you?ll learn the one thing you need to change in order to bring your chord progressions to life. And, it only takes a few seconds to change! But first? Tea.

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So here?s a chord progression that?s similar to a few songs we heard in the new releases this week. It?s in the key of A minor, so that?s all the white notes from A to A, and the chords are: Am?Em?Cmaj?Dsus2 (hear example in video/podcast). It sounds pretty good, cos we?ve re-arranged the notes around the common note E, which is on top of every chord. By the way, if you wanna learn about that, check out our Songwriting & Producing PDF. So yeah, these chords all flow smoothly into each other, and that?s the main reason why it sounds nice. But (and it?s a big but!), if you listen to this chord progression a few times, it gets boring real quick!

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Solid but boring chord progression (Am?Em?Cmaj?Dsus2)

 

This example highlights how you can have a really solid chord progression, yet it still isn?t enough to catch the listener?s attention. So, what?s missing from this chord progression? Rhythm! Well, to be precise: harmonic rhythm. Harmonic rhythm is simply the rhythm of the chords in your progression. You can think of it as where each chord starts, and how long it lasts. Now, most songwriters and producers don?t know about harmonic rhythm, so they just do it by ear, which almost always results in a predictable harmonic rhythm. And a predictable harmonic rhythm is one of the best ways to bore your listeners. That?s why we?re sharing this hack with you, cos friends don?t let friends use boring harmonic rhythms!

Okay let?s get to it! Start by setting up a loop that contains at least two cycles of your chord progression. Why not one? Well, most songwriters and producers just loop their chord progression as it is, which means their harmonic rhythm is the same every time their chord progression repeats. Unless you have an incredibly interesting chord progression though, that?s also gonna get boring real quick! This hack essentially turns a two-bar progression into a four-bar progression, or a four-bar progression into an eight-bar progression. So, to take your chord progressions to the next level, use a different harmonic rhythm every second time.

Right, now it?s time to create your two interesting harmonic rhythms, one for each progression in your loop. Depending on your tempo, you?ll probably want the grid set to 1/8 notes, but if your BPM is really slow, then set your grid to 1/16 notes. Next, just play around with moving the starting point and ending point of each chord, and see where that takes you. There are no rules, but we recommend finding a balance between chords that start on the beat, and chords that start off the beat. This approach will keep your progression accessible, but also super fresh!

 

MIDI Screenshot:  By simply changing the harmonic rhythm, that boring progression is now totally captivating!

 

And remember: Everything is connected! So the bonus of having an interesting harmonic rhythm, is that it will result in a far more creative lead melody on top of your chord progression, and a far more captivating bass line and drum beat underneath. This hack is about a lot more than just your chord progression! Alright, now let?s have a listen to the Before & After of our progression, so you can hear the massive difference that an interesting harmonic rhythm makes (hear example in video/podcast). Just before the playthrough though, we?d love to share one more thing with you.

 

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Regarding the current situation around the world. As music teachers, we can?t offer much help through this difficult time. However, as most people are now stuck at home, what we can offer, is a meaningful and productive timeout from the difficulties. It?s with that intention in our hearts that we offer you 50% OFF our online course Apprenticeship #1. It contains 17 hours of video that teach every step of the writing process, from blank screen to finished song. You will literally learn everything you need to know in order to write great songs, and finish them! We know that most people are sadly on unpaid leave right now, so we hope this half-price offer helps alleviate some suffering, and we truly hope you and your families are all safe and healthy. Lastly, please remember that music is magic, so keep pumping those uplifting tunes! Thanks for being here, and until next time, happy songwriting and producing.

 

 

 

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2020-03-24
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How to Spice Up Your Melodies with Non-Diatonic Notes (feat. Myrkur music theory hack)

 

How to Spice Up Your Melodies with Non-Diatonic Notes

 

In this tutorial, you?ll learn how to spice up your melodies with non-diatonic notes. But first? Tea!

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This hack is from the new single ?Gudernes Vilje? by Danish artist Myrkur. The song is off her upcoming album ?Folkesange?, and based on the first three singles, it promises to be a magical journey. Right, first things first. What is a non-diatonic note? Well, it is simply a note that is not in the scale. And as a result of it being outside the scale, it stands out (a lot!). And by the way, non-diatonic notes are also known as chromatic notes, so sometimes you?ll hear that term instead.

Now, just a quick warning. When songwriters and producers make music, they use scales for a very good reason: when you stick to a scale, all the notes work well together. So, when you venture out of the scale, you are heading into a musical minefield. I know that sounds dangerous, but it?s not, as long as you know where the musical landmines are. And the main one that most songwriters and producers land on, is the horrible clash between their non-diatonic note and their other instruments (which are playing notes in the scale at the same time). Yep, this clash is actually the sole reason that most songwriters and producers completely avoid non-diatonic notes, which in turn is one of the reasons behind the total predictability of 99.9% of music these days!

But, seeing as you?re here, you?re obviously wanting to learn how to make better music. And using non-diatonic notes is a vital part of making music that captivates people. Think about it like this, if you watch a movie on Netflix and it?s totally predictable, are you disappointed afterwards? Of course! We humans love stories, and songs are musical stories, so take your listeners on an exciting journey. You don?t want people to be able to sing along to your melodies the first time they hear them, right? And the best way to keep your melodies fresh, is to give your listeners a twist in the tale with a non-diatonic note.

 

So, how do you use a non-diatonic note to spice up a melody? Honestly, that?s actually the easy part, you just use any note that?s not in the scale you?re currently in. What?s not easy though, is what you do with your other instruments, so you don?t end up with that horrible clashing we spoke about earlier. Right, now let?s look at the Myrkur example for a solution to this problem. So, at 2:02 into the song ?Gudernes Vilje?, she uses a non-diatonic note in her vocal melody. And that note is a ?5. This deliciously spicy note is one of the most dissonant notes you get, so when she sings it right after a predictable 5, it?s the ultimate twist in the tale!

 

MIDI Screenshot:  Melody with a ?5 twist in the tale  (dark notes below melody show C?m?Amaj chord progression)

 

That?s great, but, what are her other instruments doing at that moment in order to prevent a horrible clash? They?re playing a ?VImaj chord. And as she?s in the key of C? minor, that chord is an Amaj. The exact chord isn?t important though, the essential lesson to learn from her chord choice here is that it does not contain the notes on either side of the ?5, i.e. the 4 and 5 of the key. The reason this is essential, is because the notes in your scale on either side of your non-diatonic note are the notes that will clash with it the worst. So, be sure to avoid those two notes in your other instruments while your melody is on the non-diatonic note.

And a completely different approach to avoiding this musical landmine, would be to actually use the non-diatonic note in the chord below as well. In this example, that non-diatonic note is a G, so she could have used an Em chord below it. And that Em chord would also be non-diatonic, because in the key of C? minor, it?s supposed to be Emaj. However, by replacing the G? in the chord with G, the chord becomes Em. This option sounds great too, but just a heads up, this approach makes things even more spicy!

 

Melody Checklist

Now, this hack has been all about spicing up a good melody in order to transform it into a great melody. But, if you?re not at the stage where you?re happy with your melodies yet, then simply use the Melody Checklist in our Songwriting & Producing PDF. It?s the ultimate list of do?s and don?ts for writing great melodies, so just follow that checklist to instantly improve your melodies!

 

 

Lastly, as we?re celebrating International Women?s Day this week, we wanna give a very special shoutout to all the women songwriters and producers in the Hack Music Theory community. We see you, we believe in you, and we?re so stoked and grateful that you?re here! And on that note, thanks for reading, and until next time, happy music making!

 

 

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How to Improve Your Drum Beats (feat. Dele Sosimi music theory hack)

 

How to Improve Your Drum Beats

 

In this tutorial, you?ll learn how to make more creative drum beats. But first? Tea!

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This hack is from the song ?We Siddon We Dey Look? by the amazing Afrobeat artist Dele Sosimi. The track is off his album ?You No Fit Touch Am?, which is an absolute masterclass in groove. And while every instrument is equally contributing to this groove masterclass, we?re gonna focus on the drums as they?re the foundation. Also, the drummer uses a simple but rare hack in this song that will transform your approach to drums, so we wanted to share it with you. 

Okay, so there?s one element in a drum beat that?s hardly ever questioned. What is it? The kick drum on beat 1. Yep, if you listen through a playlist of 100 songs, you?ll be lucky if you hear one drum beat that doesn?t have a beat 1 kick. In fact, putting a kick on beat 1 is the first thing most producers do when starting a new beat. So, by simply not playing a kick on beat 1, you?re already standing out from the crowd.

 

MIDI screenshot:  2-bar drum loop, where bar 1 has a snare (E2) on beat 1, and bar 2 has a kick (C2) on beat 1

 

And to reap the rewards of this hack, you don?t even need to use it in every bar. For example, the drum beat in this song starts with a snare on beat 1. This beat 1 snare is repeated every other bar, but then the bars in between start with the usual kick on beat 1 instead. This creates a balance of predictable and unpredictable, which keeps the drums sounding fresh.

And for extra freshness, there?s also a motif. A motif is a short musical idea, and the motif here consists of two adjacent 1/16 notes. By repeating the motif, the drummer gives the beat structure and makes the rhythm more memorable. 

So, if you wanna take your drums to the next level, then every now and then, play something other than a kick on beat 1. And if you?re feeling brave, play nothing at all on the occasional beat 1. Remember, it?s your drum beat, so just cos everyone else plays a kick on beat 1, that doesn?t mean you have to.

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2020-03-06
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How to Stand Out in 2 Seconds (feat. Agnes Obel music theory hack)

 

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This hack is from the new song ?Drosera? by Danish artist Agnes Obel. The track is off her new album ?Myopia?, which is stunningly beautiful, definitely one to add to your late-night playlist!

Right, so how on earth does Agnes Obel make this song stand out in its first two seconds (especially considering the intro simply consists of a piano)? Well, she very cleverly does this by surprising us with two totally unexpected things, one on the rhythmic side and one on the melodic side.

On the rhythmic side, she uses the odd time signature 5/8, which is five 1/8 notes in a bar. So, the 1/8 notes in 5/8 can be grouped in 2+3, or, 3+2, which is the version Agnes uses. In other words, her accents in each bar are on the first and fourth 1/8 notes. And the reason her 5/8 is such a surprise, is that the group of three 1/8 notes lulls us into assuming that each group will consist of three 1/8 notes, as most music is predictable like that, but when her second group unfolds, we?re shocked by it containing only two 1/8 notes, which makes the group feel like it?s been cut short. What a great way to wake up your listeners!

 

MIDI screenshot:  Piano intro in 5/8 (grouped 3+2), accenting the root note (on beat 1) and the ?2 (on beat 4)

 

Now, regarding her surprise on the melodic side. She uses a ?2, which is the dissonant note found one semitone above the root. The ?2 is a very unexpected note, as it?s not found in the major scale or the minor scale, and those two scales are used to make most of our music here in the west.

Lastly, Agnes Obel named this song after a big insect-eating plant haha, so she was clearly going for a menacing vibe here! But, if you want your song to stand out without sounding dangerous, then forget about the ?2 and just use an odd time signature like 5/8 (or 7/8, which is another great one for surprising people).

 

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If you?re already familiar with these hacks, then we can help you take your music to an even higher level with more advanced theory like irrational time signatures, extreme polymeters, octatonic scales, the 12 tone method and much more, all of which you?ll find in our Apprenticeship #2 online course.

 

 

And if that all sounded like a foreign language, then Apprenticeship #1 is for you, as that course will teach you how to write new sections for existing sections, how to transition between sections, and how to structure and arrange your songs. Thanks so much for being here, and we hope you found this hack useful. Until next time, happy songwriting and producing!

 

 

 

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2020-02-28
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How to Add Impact to your Choruses (feat. Vukovi music theory hack)

  How to Add Impact to your Choruses

 

In this tutorial, you?ll learn how to add impact to your choruses. But first? tea!

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Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. This hack is from the new song ?Aura?, by Scottish band Vukovi. FYI, their new album ?Fall Better? is super fun, and it?s overflowing with energy too, so we?ve made it our new workout soundtrack!

So, you?ll notice when the chorus of ?Aura? starts, at 0:29 into the track, it has a huge impact! What causes that? Two things. First, the chorus melody actually starts a beat before the chorus. And second, to emphasise the chorus melody, all the other instruments stop when it starts. And by the way, this song is in 4/4.

 

MIDI screenshot:  Chorus melody starts on beat 4 of preceding bar

 

Now, you may think you?d get more impact by starting your chorus melody on beat 1 along with everything else, and in some situations you will. But, by stopping all your instruments on beat 4 of the bar preceding your chorus, and starting your melody there, you move all the attention to your melody. This focus on the melody intensifies the transition from verse to chorus. It also thins out the sound, and then when everything comes back in on beat 1 there?s a way bigger impact than if all the instruments had kept playing through the transition.

And as a bonus, beginning your chorus melody on beat 4 of the bar preceding your chorus results in an overlapping phrase, which acts as reinforcement for the transition. Yeah it?s like when you?re building a brick wall, you want the bricks to overlap, so the layer above reinforces the layer below. Not that I?ve ever built a brick wall, but I have watched a lot of Grand Designs on the telly haha!

So the next time you?re wanting to add impact to a chorus, stop all your instruments on beat 4 of the preceding bar, and start your chorus melody there. And that?s it! Hope you found this hack useful, and if you wanna get all our essential music making hacks in one place, then download our Songwriting & Producing PDF. Thanks so much for being here, and until next time, happy songwriting and producing!

 

 

 

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3 music theory hacks to make your music stand out, so you can get discovered!

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There?s about 40,000 songs being added to Spotify every day, so the only way you can get discovered, is if your music truly stands out. How do you do that? Well, in this lesson you?ll learn 3 hacks to make your music stand out from the crowd! But first? Tea!

INTRO
So, to counter all the boring year-end lists of smash hits, we started a new Hack Music Theory tradition last year: The Most Artistic Music of the Year. We selected the winner by asking ourselves this question: What release this year contained the most interesting theory, used in the most creative way, resulting in an accessible work of art. And the vital criteria here is accessibility, cos it?s actually surprisingly easy to write creative music, but it?s surprisingly difficult to write creative music that makes people dance and sing along! Now, without further ado, the winner of 2019?s Most Artistic Music of the Year, is? Dan D?Lion.

Dan D?Lion is a British producer and singer, who came outta nowhere this year with two jaw-dropping EPs ("Perspective" EP & "Betterman" EP). The first time we heard Dan D?Lion was in Spotify?s New Music Friday playlist a few months back, when his song ?Simmer Down? totally jumped out at us, and almost nothing on that playlist ever stands out, let alone jumps out! So, in this lesson, we?ll hack the pre-chorus of ?Simmer Down?, where three musical elements make this song truly stand out from the crowd. To be honest though, we could easily make four lessons on this one section alone, it?s that good! So as soon as this lesson ends, go listen to Dan D?Lion and hit repeat, cos it?ll take many listens to explore the musical depths of his 10 songs.

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Now, just before we jump into the lesson, we?ve got exciting news for you: We?re feeling festive, so one of you will win our bestselling online course: Apprenticeship #1 (worth $150). The course contains 17 hours of video that guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finish song. Details on how to enter coming up later, but now, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

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Alright, now you?re gonna learn the three theory hacks from Dan D?Lion that will make your music stand out! And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier, using these three hacks. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your tempo set to 108 BPM, and your grid set to 1/16 notes. Dan D?Lion uses A natural minor for this section, so we?ll use it too.

HACK 1. MODAL AMBIGUITY
The first thing you?ll feel when listening to this section in ?Simmer Down?, is that it?s not obvious what the key is. Dan D?Lion very cleverly does this by starting his bass line with a long note that makes us think it?s the root, but it?s not. Then after this long note, he drops down to the real root (A), which is when the ambiguity takes hold, as we thought the bass line started on the root, but now A feels like the root. Dan D?Lion does help us to hear A minor as the actual key though, by playing synth arpeggios in the background that reinforce A minor. Now, while this ambiguity around keys is a trendy hack these days, when most songwriters and producers use it, they just go back and forth between the relative major and minor keys. But that?s not interesting enough for Dan D?Lion, what he does is to go back and forth between A natural minor and its relative Dorian mode. In our example, we chose the relative Lydian mode, so we started our bass line on F. And whatever relative mode you choose, be sure to start your bass line on that mode?s root note. And if you need help understanding the modes, then simply use the mode hacks in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down).

HACK 2. USE THIS NOTE
Now that you?ve blurred the line between A natural minor and the relative mode that you chose, it?s time to blur that blurred line! You see, Dan D?Lion isn?t satisfied with merely creating ambiguity around the key, he then goes on to break free from those two keys by using the note C?, which is not in either key, so it?s what we call ?non-diatonic?. This blurring of the blurred line not only enhances the ambiguity from Hack 1, but it also creates the ultimate standout moment in your song. In fact, it was this exact note that made Dan D?Lion?s song jump out at us in the first place.

HACK 3. COUNTERPOINT
Dan D?Lion used the compositional technique known as counterpoint to write his backing vocals. And counterpoint is when the contour of your backing melody counters the contour of your lead melody. It?s extremely rare to hear counterpoint in popular music, as almost all backing melodies these days just harmonise the lead melody by following its contour, usually a 3rd above or below. But, by using counterpoint to write your backing melody, you inject one of the rarest elements into your song, which will make it truly stand out from the crowd. And by the way, if you need help with counterpoint, then simply use our counterpoint hack, which is also in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). And, if you need help with writing melodies, then use our Melody Checklist, which is in that PDF as well. It?s the ultimate list of dos and don?ts for writing great melodies.

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So, now that you?ve got one section coming together, how do you write the other sections? Then, how do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course, which guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. So, if you wanna learn our secret method for writing (and finishing) great songs, which we don?t teach in these free lessons, then check out our Apprenticeship #1 online course.

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Alright, now let?s have a listen to our standout section, but just before the playthrough, here?s how you can win our online course Apprenticeship #1: Write a comment below this video on YouTube, and tell us why you should win. It?s that simple! We?ll then pick our favourite answer, and announce the winner in our newsletter this Sunday (15 Dec 2019). So, be sure to post your comment by Saturday (14 Dec 2019), and also, make sure you?re on our mailing list (you can sign up on our home page).

Sadly, this is our last lesson of the year, but we?ve got EPIC news for you about 2020. When we come back in early January, we?re gonna be launching Apprenticeship #2. This course is the mother of all courses, it?s taken us over a year to make, and it contains over 30 hours of video! So, if your New Year?s resolution is to get serious and commit to your music, then make sure you?ve done Apprenticeship #1 before January, cos come 2020, it?s Apprenticeship #2 time! Thanks for watching (or listening, if you?re on the podcast), and we?ll see you in a few weeks. Until then, happy holidays, and thank you for another magical year, we really appreciate you being here.

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Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this 17-hour video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 800+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, Hack Music Theory teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, songwriters, DAW users, and all other music makers (guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-12-12
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New UK Jazz Rhythms

Learn how to make a groove inspired by the captivating rhythms of new UK Jazz, using a music theory hack from ?Free My Skin? by London collective Steam Down.

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SETUP
The theory hack in this lesson is from the new single ?Free My Skin? by the inspirational London collective, Steam Down. But, the music in this lesson (which you?ll hear at the end), is actually our music that we wrote using their theory. On that note, we could definitely make lessons on their melodies, chords and bass as well, cos there?s so much interesting theory going on in those, but this lesson is all about rhythm, so we?ll focus on their drum groove. Right, so start by setting your tempo to 146 BPM, then make two bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes.

INTRO
Now, the first standout feature you?ll notice is that tempo. That ain?t a tempo for sitting on your ass and listening, that?s a tempo for dancing! This is just one of the many refreshing aspects of this new UK Jazz movement. And this isn?t really Jazz, this is the sound of London. You see, London, which is my hometown, is a melting pot of cultures, so its music is a reflection of that. This is why you?ll hear elements from homegrown grime, Jamaican dancehall, West African afrobeat, and more, all coming together in this new sound. And this musical melting pot is perfectly captured by Steam Down. By the way, big shoutout to Gary Crosby and all the other heroes at the Tomorrow?s Warriors charity for their life-changing educational work behind this movement.

STEP 1. FOUR-ON-THE-FLOOR (ALMOST)
The driving force behind this awesome groove is an almost four-on-the-floor pattern on the kick. The drummer plays beat 1, 3 and 4, but not beat 2. This creates a super dancey groove, but leaves space for something more interesting.

STEP 2. MORE SYNCOPATION!
Next, in that space left open by not playing a kick on beat 2, the drummer plays a couple syncopated snare hits on beats 1a and 2+. Then in the second bar, there?s even more syncopation, as there are three syncopated snare hits on beats 1a, 2e and 2a.

STEP 3. IRREGULAR HATS
Now, there?s only one rule when it comes to the hats in this groove: don?t play beat 2. By leaving that beat totally open, the drummer ensures that the super funky groove created from all those syncopated snares is not watered down, cos this is Steam Down, not water down! Also, by having some rests on the hats, it creates an irregular pattern, which keeps the groove unpredictable. And lastly, there?s a 1/32 note thrown in for extra spice.

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Alright, now let?s have a listen to this melting pot of rhythms from around the world, but just before the playthrough, if there?s an artist you?d like us to hack, please let us know by commenting on the video in YouTube. And don?t forget, today is the last day of our epic sale, so get involved now for 40% off everything, including our bestsellers: the Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down) and the Apprenticeship #1 Online Course (SAVE $60). Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and we?ll see you next time!

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Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this 17-hour video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 800+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, Hack Music Theory teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, songwriters, DAW users, and all other music makers (guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-12-02
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2 Hacks for EPIC Bass Lines

Learn how to write a bass line for an epic chorus, by using a music theory hack from Leprous ?Alleviate? (off their new album ?Pitfalls?).

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson.

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SETUP
Over the last couple of lessons you?ve learned how to write an epic chord progression and melody (links below), so now you?re gonna learn how to write an epic bass line underneath. And this theory hack is inspired by the chorus of recent single ?Alleviate? by the awesome Norwegian band Leprous. But, the example in this lesson is actually our music, which we wrote using their theory. Right, so start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/8 notes, and your tempo set to 116 BPM. Leprous use D natural minor for their chorus, and the natural minor scale is a common choice for epic music, so we?ll use it too.

SERIES
1. How to Write Epic Chord Progressions
2. How to Write Epic Melodies

STEP 1. THE PATH
Your bass line needs to be the path upon which all your other instruments will walk, so it?s essential to build a solid path that can take the weight of everything above it. And the best way to do that is to play the root of every chord, as the root is by far the most stable note. Our chords are: Dm ? Fmaj ? B?maj ? Csus4, so we started writing our bass line by using D?F?B??C. And another thing to keep in mind is that as soon as you play a note on your bass guitar, it starts to fade, which weakens the path. So to counter that, simply play 1/8 notes, which has the added advantage of giving your bass line a driving momentum.

STEP 2. STRAY
Now, there?s a huge difference between your bass being a path, and it being a doormat. If your bass only plays root notes, it?ll blend into the background and your other instruments will walk all over it. That?s not cool, so don?t let your bass be a doormat. The best way to avoid that fate (and to ensure your bass line becomes a path) is actually rather counterintuitive. To be the path, your bass needs to stray from the path. Think about it: Your listeners won?t notice your bass line when it?s only playing root notes, so as soon as it strays from those roots, it attracts attention to itself. Then, as soon as it has that attention, it can return to the path, but now that it?s been noticed, the next root note it plays won?t blend into the background. We strayed with one or two 1/8 notes at the end of each bar. And this straying also creates the opportunity to inject motifs, which are short musical ideas that are repeated to make your music memorable, like these ascending 1/8 notes at the end of bars 1 and 2, and these descending 1/8 notes at the end of bars 3 and 4.

MORE
So, now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? Then, how do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course, which guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. So, if you wanna learn our secret method for writing (and finishing) great songs, which we don?t teach in these free lessons, then check out our Apprenticeship #1 online course.

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This bass line is not the only epic thing going down this week, our epic Black Friday sale starts today, so get involved now for 40% off everything, including our bestsellers: the Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down) and the Apprenticeship #1 Online Course - sale ends 2 Dec 2019. Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and we?ll see you next time!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 800+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, Hack Music Theory teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, songwriters, DAW users, and all other music makers (guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-11-26
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Leprous ?Pitfalls? Melody (Music Theory)

Learn how to write a melody for an epic chorus, by using a music theory hack from Leprous ?Alleviate? (off their new album ?Pitfalls?).

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SETUP
In last week?s lesson you learned how to write an epic chord progression, so now you?re gonna learn how to write an epic melody for it. And this theory hack is inspired by the chorus of recent single ?Alleviate? by the awesome Norwegian band Leprous. But, the example in this lesson is actually our music, which we wrote using their theory. Right, so start by setting up eight bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/8 notes, and your tempo set to 116 BPM. Leprous use D natural minor for their chorus, and the natural minor scale is a common choice for epic music, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. ONCE UPON A TIME
Epic music sounds epic, because it tells an epic musical story. And when it comes to telling a story, you don?t just jump right into the best part, you first have to set the scene. So, start your melody with a short ?Once upon a time...? phrase. We started our melody with a motif centered around one semitone intervals. And whatever you do for your ?Once upon a time...? phrase, just be sure to use small intervals, as this phrase is intended to set things up without grabbing any attention.

STEP 2. THE MOUNTAIN
All great stories have a massive obstacle, which the main character needs to overcome in order to transform into the hero. Sometimes the obstacle is internal, sometimes external, but it always involves climbing a metaphorical mountain, or sometimes an actual mountain, quite literally. So, now that you?ve set the scene for your story, it?s time to introduce the mountain. And musically, there?s no better way to do this than a huge interval, as that instantly injects a ton of drama, while catapulting your listeners to the top of that musical mountain. Leprous use the very beautiful minor 6th interval here, but you can use a 6th or 7th. We actually used a major 6th here.

MELODY CHECKLIST
If you want the ultimate list of dos and don?ts for writing great melodies, then use the Melody Checklist in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click and scroll down). And that PDF also contains hacks on how to write great chord progressions, bass lines, counterpoint harmony, and all the other essential songwriting and producing hacks, as well as MIDI file examples.

STEP 3. TAKE IT HOME
Alright, now that your listeners have summited that mountain and become heroes, it?s time to take them home, safely. This involves a slow and steady descent back home, but with a couple 1/8 notes, to avoid a possible anticlimax after that peak.

STEP 4. THE SEQUEL
Right, now that you?ve written your epic melody over four bars, it?s time for the sequel. So, when you take your listeners through bars 5 to 8, you need a variation in order to create that magic balance of familiarity and freshness. And the best place to make your variation is when you?re taking it home the second time. So, on your slow and steady descent, simply change up a few pitches and their note values.

NEXT 
So, now that you?ve got one section coming together, how do you write the other sections? Then, how do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course, which guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. So, if you wanna learn our secret method for writing (and finishing) great songs, which we don?t teach in these free lessons, then sign up now for our one-of-a-kind online apprenticeship course.

Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and we?ll see you next week!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll down)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 800+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, Hack Music Theory teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, songwriters, DAW users, and all other music makers (guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
Thumbnail photo of Einar Solberg from ?Alleviate? music video

2019-11-15
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Leprous ?Pitfalls? Chords (Music Theory)

Learn how to write a chord progression for an epic chorus, by using a music theory hack from Leprous ?Alleviate? (off new album ?Pitfalls?).

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson. 

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INTRO
Norwegian band Leprous just released their new album ?Pitfalls?, and it?s truly epic! One of the most epic moments is the chorus in their song ?Alleviate?, which we?ll hack over the next two lessons: chords this week, then melody next week.

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to make your own epic chord progression, like Leprous. And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up eight bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/4 notes, and your tempo set to 116 BPM. Leprous use D natural minor for their chorus, and the natural minor scale is a common choice for epic music, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. COMMON NOTES
A common note is a note that?s the same between two chords. For example, Dm and Fmaj both contain the notes F and A, so F and A are common notes between those two chords. And common notes are an essential part of epic music, cos having a note or two stay the same when your chord changes, creates a super strong link between those chords that adds power to your progression. So, when you?re choosing what chords to use from the key of D minor, be sure to choose chords with common notes. For our progression, we chose: Dm ? Fmaj ? B?maj ? Csus4. And the reason for Csus4, is because Cmaj doesn?t have a common note with the B?maj before it or the Dm after it, so we changed the Cmaj to Csus4, which gives us the common note F.

STEP 2. INVERSIONS
Now that you?ve chosen your chords, it?s time to use inversions to get the common notes in the same place within your chords as they change. And by the way, an inversion is simply when you change the order of the notes in a chord. For example, we inverted Fmaj to be CFA, instead of FAC. And we did that to get those common notes (F and A) in the same place as they are in Dm. So now F is in the middle of both chords, and A is on top of both chords, which makes this chord change super strong, and therefore epic!

STEP 3. RHYTHM
When it comes to how long you spend on each chord (known as harmonic rhythm), keep it simple, as your chord progression is just the foundation upon which you?ll write an epic melody. So if get too fancy with your harmonic rhythm, your chords will actually draw attention away from your melody. And epic music is all about the melody, which we?ll cover next week. Now, Leprous plays each chord for one bar, so we?ve done the same.

STEP 4. VARIATION
This is optional, but if you create a little variation in your progression, it?ll inject some freshness. We did this by resolving Csus4 to Cmaj every second time, but then we go straight back to Csus4, as that 4 (F) is the common note that links to the next chord, Dm.

NEXT
So, now that you?ve got one section coming together, how do you write the other sections? Then, how do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course, which guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. So, if you wanna learn our secret method for writing (and finishing) great songs, which we don?t teach in these free lessons, then sign up now for this one-of-a-kind video course.

Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and we?ll see you next week!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

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This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
Thumbnail photo of Einar Solberg by Will Ireland

2019-11-08
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Predictable or Creative? You decide!

So, now that 2020 is just a couple months away, we?re starting to make our new year plans. You see, 2020 will be Hack Music Theory?s fourth year, and we need your help to take this awesome community to an even awesomer level. To do that, we would love you to answer two questions that will determine the direction of Hack Music Theory next year (please write your answers in the YouTube comments). But first, as always... tea!

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QUESTION 1 - Predictable or Creative?
The artists who become superstars, like Marshmello, reach that fame because their music appeals to the masses. But in order to appeal to millions of people, their songs must be predictable, because the general public likes music that sounds familiar. On the other hand, if you wanna push the boundaries of creativity and make art, you?ll end up with a relatively small audience, like the amazing artist Dan D?Lion. Now, Hack Music Theory is all about relevant music theory. But, is Marshmello relevant (because he?s got 36 million monthly listeners on Spotify), or is Dan D?Lion relevant (because he?s making the freshest electronic music out there)? This is your community, so you decide. Simply drop us a comment on YouTube and let us know if you?d like to learn the popular but predictable music theory of superstars, or if you?d prefer to learn the interesting music theory of creative but lesser-known artists.

QUESTION 2 - Which Genres?
As you know, we teach all genres of popular music, from electronic to metal. But, would you prefer to learn theory from a specific genre, or do you like this variety? As we?ve mentioned before, the theory hacks in every lesson can be used to make music in any genre, but maybe that isn?t obvious enough. So, let us know if you like the genre variety or if you?d prefer more of one genre. And if so, which genre?

THANKS
Thank you sincerely for your time and for being here in the Hack Music Theory community, we appreciate you, and we?re super stoked to make 2020 the best year yet, with your help. Thanks again, and we?ll be back next week with a new artist hack!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll down)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

2019-11-01
Länk till avsnitt

Stranger Theory: Making Music without Scales (Re-Upload)

Ray Harmony and the Hack Music Theory revolution are put to the ultimate test in this Halloween Special. Is it possible to make great music that's not in any scale or mode? Spoiler alert: Yes! By the way, please note that this is our Halloween Special that we've re-uploaded, partly cos the sound in the original was out of sync (which we've fixed), and partly cos this is our favourite HMT video. Happy Halloween :)

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. It only takes 30 minutes to read, and then you'll have a super solid music theory foundation! Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

   

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CHALLENGE
If Ray fails his challenge, this will be the last ever episode on this YouTube channel. In under five minutes, he needs to write a riff, but he cannot use any scales or any modes. Ray decides to use one of his favourite songwriting hacks, a note row. This method of composing was invented by Arnold Schoenberg in the 1920s and is known as serialism (AKA dodecaphony, twelve tone technique, 12 tone method) and results in 12 tone music (or 12 note music, if you're British like Ray), which he loves! Using MIDI programming in his Reaper DAW, as well as his trusty Godin xtSA electric guitar, he tackles this colossal challenge with a combination of electronic music theory and a djent guitar mindset (the lesson/tutorial is at 7:32). Ray throws down an epic metal riff while vocalist Garbageface doom raps the grooviest verse you'll ever hear! So, whether you're looking for a Halloween funny horror music video, Halloween movies, horror movies, horror comedy, Halloween music, or just a Halloween song to get your party pumping, this video is for you. Or, whether you're wanting to seriously learn about 12 tone guitar, djent metal riff writing, hardcore metal riff writing, or just how to write heavy guitar riffs, this video is for you. And, be sure to watch the guitar playthrough at 11:37 as well, it's unlike anything you've ever seen before! Thanks for watching, and we?ll see you next week!

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Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

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ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

2019-10-25
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American Horror Story "1984" Bass Line (Music Theory)

With Halloween around the corner, horror movies and TV shows are flooding Netflix. So, it?s the perfect time to learn how to write spooky and scary soundtrack music like the creepy new American Horror Story 1984 theme song. 

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

   

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Halloween is coming! So in this lesson, you?ll learn the music theory secrets behind American Horror Story?s theme song, and how you can use them to write your own dark sounding bass lines. But first? tea!

INTRO
So, in this Halloween series we are revealing the music theory secrets that were used to make the new American Horror Story theme song sound so spooky! And by the way, if you missed last week?s lesson How to Write a Spooky Melody, check it out, cos we uncovered the mystery behind their creepy sounding lead melody. Right, now here are the two theory secrets that make the American Horror Story bass line so dark:

SECRET 1.  IT?S NOT THE BASS
The most shocking thing about their bass line is that it?s not shocking! I know this sounds totally counterintuitive, but it?s the truth. Seriously, if you mute everything else and listen to the bass on its own, it?s just a pretty normal bass line. So, what?s making it sound dark and creepy then? Well, it?s the harmony created by the bass line and the lead melody playing together. On that note, this melody above our bass line is the lead melody, which we covered last week. It?s on another track, so it?s muted here, we?re just using it for reference. Right, so as you learned in last week?s lesson, the ?6 injects mystery into a melody, and the ?5 brings the horror. So when the lead melody plays those notes, it?s essential the bass plays the root note below. Because remember, the emotion is in the harmony!

SECRET 2.  ARPEGGIOS
Okay, you?re probably still thinking: ?Yeah but their bass line does sound a little creepy, there must be something in there??. Well, there is one small element in the actual bass line that does make it sound a bit unsettled. What is it? Arpeggios. And by the way, an arpeggio is when you play a chord one note at a time. By moving through the notes of a chord like this, it creates movement in the melody, but not the harmony, as you?re still on the same chord. And when this is done descending (like they do in the American Horror Story bass line, by playing 5 ?3 1 of the root chord), it gives us a sinking feeling that is unsettling in the context of all those creepy sound effects. And also, their opening arpeggio sounds kinda dark simply because it?s a minor chord. 

NEXT
So, now that you?ve got one section coming together, how do you write the other sections? Then, how do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course, which guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. So, if you wanna learn our secret method for writing (and finishing) great songs, which we don?t teach in these free lessons, then sign up now for this one-of-a-kind video course.

Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and we?ll see you next week!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll down)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

2019-10-18
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American Horror Story "1984" Melody (Music Theory)

Halloween is coming! And with horror movies and TV shows flooding Netflix, it?s the perfect time to learn how to write spooky and scary soundtrack music like the creepy new American Horror Story 1984 theme song.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

   

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Halloween is coming! So in this lesson, you?ll learn the music theory secret behind American Horror Story?s theme tune, and how you can use it to make your own spooky melody. But first? tea!

INTRO
If you?re watching the new season of American Horror Story, then you?ll have noticed that their creepy theme song has had an update, or rather a backdate. Just like Stranger Things, American Horror Story has taken us back to 1984, and their theme song perfectly reflects that with its lush synthesizers and big drums, all swimming in an ocean of reverb. Now, if you haven?t been watching, then you?re probably wondering: How can ?80s music sound scary? Well, it?s all in the music theory! So, here are the 2 theory secrets that make the American Horror Story melody spooky:

SECRET 1.  THE ?6
The ?6 injects mystery into a melody, especially when it?s played over the top of your root note (which can be played in the bass). To hear this in action, simply play a high G over a low B root note. On that note, the American Horror Story theme song is in the key of B minor (B C? D E F? G A), so we?ll use it too. Now, unsurprisingly, the mysterious ?6 also turns up in the X-Files theme song. So, the ?6 is one semitone above the 5, and both X-Files and American Horror Story set up the ?6 by playing the 5 before it, because the 5 sounds so normal that it makes the ?6 even more mysterious.

SECRET 2.  THE ?5
The ?5 injects the horror into a melody, especially when it?s played over the top of your root note (which can be played in the bass). To hear this in action, simply play a high F over a low B root note. Now, if you?re thinking: ?Whoa, that sounds out-of-key!?, then you?re right. The ?5 is a non-diatonic note in the key of B minor, which means it?s not in the B minor scale. And unsurprisingly, the scary ?5 turns up in every other horror movie soundtrack as well. Now, just like the American Horror Story melody emphasises that one semitone ascend from 5 to ?6, it does exactly the opposite at the end of the melody, where 5 descends one semitone to the creepy ?5.

NEXT
If you want the ultimate list of dos and don?ts for writing great melodies, then use the Melody Checklist, which is in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It also contains hacks on how to write chord progressions, bass lines, and all the other essential songwriting and producing hacks, as well as MIDI file examples.

Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and we?ll see you next week, when you?ll learn how to add a chord progression and bass line to your horror melody!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll down)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-10-12
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How to Transition between Sections of a Song

Do you struggle to write B sections? Do you struggle to transition between sections and finish your song? Then learn about the Frankenstein method and the Song-whispering method.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

   

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Okay, so you?ve written two sections, but now, how do you transition from one section to the other? Well, there?s a couple different methods you can use, and we?ll introduce you to both of them in this lesson. But first? tea!

INTRO
So, over the last few weeks, we?ve been asking you what part of the writing process you struggle with. Firstly, thank you sincerely to everyone who took the time to share, we read every single comment. Secondly, we have great news for all of you! We already have resources available to help with every problem that was shared, so let?s jump in! Now, almost all of these musical problems can be grouped into a handful of categories, which we?ll address over a couple of lessons. By far the most common issues you raised, were writing new sections for existing sections, and transitioning between sections. These issues are totally related, so we?ll cover both in this lesson.

LESSON
Right, so there?s two completely different approaches to writing transitions. We like to call them the Frankenstein method, and the Song-whispering method. The Frankenstein method is when you have different sections that were not written with the intention of being joined, but later you decide you wanna stitch ?em together. Then on the other hand, the Song-whispering method is when you write one section and allow it to whisper to you where it wants to go next, then from those whispers you write the transition and the next section. Both methods work, but the Frankenstein method forces sections together, whereas the Song-whispering method allows new sections to grow out of existing sections.

I used to use the Frankenstein method a lot when I was a young songwriter, but the more I matured, the less I used it, and nowadays I don?t use it at all. I believe that for a song to reach its full potential, it has to be given the opportunity to grow organically in whatever direction it wants. And that belief is the reason why I created the Song-whispering method, because when you master this method, it feels like your music is literally writing itself!

Now, on a very practical level, you?re probably wondering what to do if you have two sections that were not written with the intention of being joined. Well, instead of forcing them together, we recommend turning each of those sections into separate songs, which will allow them both to grow into their full potential. Having said that though, if you?re determined to Frankenstein them together, then you can, and it?s at least a great way to practice modulating (i.e. changing key). And if you need help with modulating, then check out the ultimate Modulation hack in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It will empower you with the three most effective ways to change between any two keys.

And if your two sections are in the same key already, then they?ll transition into each other relatively smoothly as is. So, a drum fill and perhaps a variation in the melody should be enough for a decent transition. However, the most powerful transitions will almost always involve modulating, as that freshness you get from a new key is vital in the overall longevity of a song. So on that note, if your two sections are in the same key, maybe they shouldn?t be joined after all.

Now, when you use the Song-whispering method, your song will guide you to the new key that it wants to move into, which will make the modulation sound natural and effortless. Okay, so now the big question is: How do you do this Song-whispering thing? Well, not only does it take many hours to teach Song-whispering, but it?s also our secret sauce that we sell, so we can eat, pay the rent and keep making these free lessons for you. So if you wanna learn how to become a Song-whisperer, then do our online Apprenticeship, which is a 17-hour video course that guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. If that sounds useful to you, then sign up now!

THANKS
Thank you once again for sharing your struggles with us. We really hope this lesson helped, and we?ll get to the rest of your music making problems next week. Thanks for reading, and we?ll see you next time!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll down)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

2019-10-05
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3 Steps to Add Chords to a Bass Line

Do you have a bass line, but now you wanna learn how to write a chord progression for it? Then simply use these 3 steps!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new lesson. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

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Okay, so you?ve got a great bass line, but now, how do you write a great chord progression on top? That?s what you?ll learn in this lesson. But first? tea!

INTRO
Over the last couple of lessons we?ve showed you the workflow needed to overcome that blank screen and get a new song started in minutes, so if you missed those, check ?em out. Right, now you?re at the point where you have a solid section with bass and drums, but it?s not finished yet. You still need to add that vital musical ingredient: Chords. So, follow these 3 steps to add a chord progression:

STEP 1. ROOTS
Just a quick heads up if you missed last week?s lesson, our bass line here is in the key of G minor, with a few chromatic notes. Right, so start by copying and pasting your bass line into your chords track, then muting it. That?s just there for reference. Now, the first thing you need to do is decide what chords you wanna build above what notes. And the obvious thing to do is to approach each note in your bass line (excluding chromatic notes) as the root note of a chord, for example, G would be the root note of Gm. And this approach is great for most notes, but try switch it up on at least one note, which is what we did here at the end, where we decided to build Dm above A in the bass. In other words, we approached that A as the 5 of the chord (D F A). For every longer note in your bass line, you usually wanna think of it as the 1 or 5 of a chord, cos those are the most stable notes. But then on the other hand, you usually wanna ignore all those quicker notes that you added to your bass line in step 3 of last week?s lesson. Those are what we call non-harmonic notes, they?re not part of the harmony, they?re just there to make it a better melody.

STEP 2. RHYTHM
Right, so now you need to decide where your chords are going to change. This is known as harmonic rhythm, in other words, the rhythm of the chords. And we created an interesting harmonic rhythm by placing some of our chord changes on off-beats. This step is sadly left out by most songwriters and producers these days, and as a result, most chord progressions have a super boring harmonic rhythm, like changing on the predictable beat 1 or beat 3. Remember, no matter how great the chords are in a progression, it?ll end up getting boring if the harmonic rhythm is too predictable. And finally, once you?ve decided on your harmonic rhythm, simply fill in the triads.

STEP 3. FLOW
Now, while that?s sounding good, it?s definitely not sounding great, yet! And that?s why this next step is such a game-changer, and that is to smooth out your chord changes, so you don?t get those disjointed jumps from one chord to the next, like we have now. There are two ways to do this, depending on whether you have a common note, like between Fmaj and Cm (as both chords have the note C), or, if you don?t have a common note, like between Gm and Fmaj. We?ve made two lessons specifically on how to use both of these methods, so check them out at the links below. And once you?ve done that, you?ll not only have chords that all flow beautifully into each other, but you?ll also have added a melodic element to your progression. Adding a melodic element to chord progressions is sadly another step that most songwriters and producers don?t do nowadays, so simply by applying this step to your chord progressions, your music will easily stand out!

?Make Chord Changes Flow (with common notes)
Make Chord Changes Flow (without common notes)

NEXT
So, now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? Then, how do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship. This video course guides you through every step of the music making process, from blank screen to finished song. So, if you wanna learn our secret method for writing (and finishing) great songs, sign up now!

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Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting & producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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How to Turn an Idea into a Section

Do you have an idea for a song, but you don?t know where to go next? Then learn how to write a song like a pro, with this new workflow series.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel (or Podcast) and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

   

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Okay, so you?ve got an idea for a song, and you?ve got it programmed into your DAW, but what do you do next, and how do you turn that idea into a section? That?s what you?ll learn in this lesson. But first? tea!

INTRO
In last week?s lesson How to Start Writing a Song we showed you the workflow for starting a new song and getting it up and running in minutes, so if you missed that, check it out. So now we?re at the point where we have an idea, and it?s programmed into our DAW, but how do we grow that idea into a whole section? Easy, just follow these 3 steps:

STEP 1. RHYTHM
Right, so open your drum track that you wrote from last week?s lesson, then copy the rhythm of its most interesting bit. For ours, that?s definitely the irregular cymbal pattern, as our kick pattern is just a simple four-on-the-floor. However, if you went with a simpler cymbal pattern and a more interesting kick pattern, then copy the rhythm of your kicks instead. Next, paste that rhythm into your bass track, and move it to the note you want to make your root. And if you just hit play right now, you?ll notice it?s already sounding pretty damn cool.

STEP 2. CHORDS
Now that you?ve got the rhythm for your bass line, it?s time to choose a mode, and assign pitches to this rhythm that outline a chord progression. I know, you?re probably thinking: Chords?! Yep, in order to write a great bass line, you need to be thinking about its harmony, which will in turn start writing your chord progression for you (and that?s actually next week?s lesson, where you?ll learn how to finish this section). Right, so we went with the Aeolian mode, and the chords we chose are: I ? ?VII ? IV ? ?III. Also, be sure to change chords on interesting beats, instead of the predictable beat 1 and beat 3.

STEP 3. MELODY
Alright, now that you have the harmony for your bass line, it?s time to turn that into a melody, cos a bass line that only plays the root note of each chord is a boring bass line. Now, there?s many ways to turn this into a melody, but they all involve adding some notes to create an interesting melodic contour. We actually chose the very conventional Aeolian mode in step 2, because we wanted to add chromaticism here, which is extra spicy, so there was no need for a spicy mode to start with. And by the way, chromaticism is just a fancy way of saying you?re playing one or more notes that are not in your mode. We added the ?2, 7, ?5, and 3. And this passing note at the end here looks like a chromatic note, but it?s not, it?s just the 2.

NEXT
If you wanna learn everything you need to know about modes in three simple hacks, then check out our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It also contains hacks on how to write bass lines, chord progressions, riffs, melodies, counterpoint harmonies, and more, and it comes with MIDI examples too!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting and producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

2019-09-20
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How to Start Writing a Song

Are you suffering from Writer?s Block, or do you simply waste a lot of time when starting a new song? Then learn how to write a song like a pro, with this new series!

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

   

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When you sit down to start writing a new song, do you find yourself staring at a blank screen for a while, only to end up scrolling through your feed? If so, then this series will get your new song started now, by turbocharging your workflow!

INTRO
One of the most common obstacles to overcome as a songwriter or producer, is where to start. This is a huge issue, cos most music makers waste a ton of time when starting new songs. Just imagine how many more songs you could write if you didn?t waste all that time! So, while there are obviously many ways to start, the following 3 steps can always be counted on to get you up and running in minutes.

STEP 1. TEMPO
First things first. You need to decide on how fast or slow you want your new song to be. I encourage you to close your eyes and move to the heartbeat of your unborn song. This takes some practice, but you?ll eventually get to the point where you can even dance to your unwritten music. For now though, you could just pick a song you?ve been digging recently, then go to a song BPM website to find out its tempo, and then simply input that BPM into your DAW.

STEP 2. TIME
Next, you wanna decide on your time signature. Most songs are in 4/4, so we?ll stick with that for now. If you want something odd though, then check out our lesson on odd time signatures (linked above). Now, just cos you?re in 4/4, doesn?t mean it has to be boring. There are many ways to spice up 4/4, and we?ve done a lesson on that too (which is also linked above), but here I?m using 1/16 note triplets.

STEP 3. DRUMS
Finally, it?s time to get to the music making, and starting with a drum groove will give you instant inspiration, while also creating the feel that will underpin your song. So, start with your kick and snare, then add cymbals afterwards. Most kick and snare patterns these days are pretty simple, which isn?t necessarily a bad thing, cos that leaves space for the other instruments. But, be sure to do something interesting with your cymbals. And writing an irregular pattern, like I?ve done here on the hats, is a great way to make your drum groove really interesting, without being too busy.

PS
The example in this lesson is actually from Ray's new song, which he wrote yesterday while taking notes on the process, so we can share the workflow with you in this new series. So stay tuned for next week, when you?ll learn how your drum groove will now start writing your bass line for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony) 
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

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Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-09-14
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How to Write a Song Intro like a Legend

Learn how to use a music theory hack from Bob Marley ?Could You Be Loved? to write a legendary song intro that won?t get skipped!

WELCOME
Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? (link below). Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

THEORY
The opening riff in ?Could You Be Loved? by Bob Marley & The Wailers creates a truly legendary intro! Despite being written 40 years ago, ?Could You Be Loved? is more relevant than ever, because its intro hooks us in the first five seconds. And with a quarter of all songs on Spotify getting skipped in their first five seconds, it?s absolutely essential to have a great intro, and that?s exactly what we can learn from this legendary song. What makes this intro so remarkable? Four things: First, it?s simple. Second, it?s singable. Third, it?s interesting. And fourth, it teases. Now let?s explore these in more detail. The riff is simple, because it consists of only three notes: the 1, 2 and ?3. And that makes this riff extremely easy to sing, which makes it extremely catchy. But, while the melodic side of the riff is simple, the rhythmic side is really interesting, which prevents it from getting annoying. And that is vital, because catchy music that gets annoying after a few listens will be nothing more than a trend. For music to become legendary, it needs to be simultaneously catchy and interesting, and ?Could You Be Loved? is the perfect example of that! And lastly, this intro hooks us by confidently teasing, without giving everything away, like so many artists do these days in a desperate attempt to avoid that five second skip.

PRACTICAL
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use the music theory from ?Could You Be Loved? to make your own legendary intro. And remember, just like all our lessons, you can use this theory hack to make music in whatever genre you want. And to show this, in our playthrough at the end, we?ll switch from Reggae to EDM without changing the riff, chords, bass or drums. Okay, so for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up two bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 103 BPM. ?Could You Be Loved? is in the key of B minor, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. PITCH
This is the element that you wanna keep simple, so choose only a handful of notes for your riff. We centred ours around the 1, ?3, 2, and ?7, then we threw in the 5 and ?6 at the end for variation. And be sure you also change something in your second bar, just for a little variation. Lastly, you wanna play the root note a few times in each bar, in order to establish it as your home and anchor your riff into the key.

MORE
And just a quick heads up before we get to Step 2. If you need help writing riffs, melodies, chord progressions, bass lines, counterpoint harmonies, and more, then check out our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It also comes with MIDI file examples!

STEP 2. RHYTHM
This is the element that you wanna make more interesting, to prevent your catchy riff from getting annoying. And the way we do that is by using syncopation, which is when you accent an off-beat. Now, in order to create that syncopation, you?ll want a few 1/8 note and 1/16 note rests in your riff, which also gives it space to breathe. Lastly, here?s a little bonus hack for you. Start your song with four bars of your riff on its own, which will hook and tease your listeners. Then, drop your bass and drums in bar five. And finally, bring your vocals in a couple bars after that.

NEXT
Right, so now you?ve got a Bob-inspired intro. Congratulations! But, if you wanna make a legendary song like ?Could You Be Loved?, then you?ll need many more minutes of music! So, if you wanna learn how to write other sections (verse/chorus/bridge) for an existing section, how to transition between sections (especially when they?re in different keys), and how to structure and arrange your song, then join our online apprenticeship course.

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

LEVEL 2 ? SONGWRITING & PRODUCING PDF (click & scroll)
This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting and producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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2019-09-06
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TOOL Polymeters ? Fear Inoculum (Drums & Bass)

Instead of watching reaction videos, why not learn a music theory hack from the new TOOL song, and how to use it to write odd time signature bass lines and drum beats! Subtitles/CC available.

WELCOME
Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? (link below). Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

THEORY
In Tool?s epic ten-minute title track ?Fear Inoculum?, there?s a standout section that starts at 5:49. We covered the guitar riff in last week?s lesson, so if you missed that please check it out, because the polymeter is actually created from that riff (which alternates between 12|8 and 5|4), playing over the bass and drums (which are in 11|8). While the riff sounds like it?s slowing down and speeding up (due to the pulse changing), the time signature of the rhythm section is constant. So, in this polymeter, those two layers line up with each other every second bar. This results in a super tasty syncopation when the bass and drums accent beat 1 of every other bar of 11|8, because the guitar doesn?t even play that beat. In fact, the 11|8 rhythm section perfectly lines up with the riff?s 12|8 bar right up until that twelfth 1/8 note, which then becomes beat 1 for the bass and drums, but not for the guitar.

PRACTICAL
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up one bar of 12|8 and one bar of 5|4, with your grid set to 1|8 notes, and your tempo set to 150 BPM.

STEP 1. DRUMS
First things first, you?re probably wondering why you just set your time signature to 12|8 and 5|4, instead of 11|8. Well, the reason for that is so you can actually see the polymeter. In other words, setting your grid like this will reveal that super tasty syncopation, which results from this polymeter. Because, as you?ll notice in the second bar, beat 1 of the rhythm section is an 1/8 note earlier than beat 1 of the guitar. Right, so start by playing closed hats on all the 1/8 notes, except for one of them, which will be an open hat. Then, between any two hats, add a 1/16 closed hat for some spice. Next, add snare hits on the fourth 1/8 note and the tenth 1/8 note in each bar. This will ensure your listeners hear the 3+3+3+2 grouping that Tool use in their rhythm section. And finally, add kicks wherever you want, except for where there?s already a snare.

MORE
By the way, if you want help writing better drum grooves, then we?ve got two Drum PDFs (click & scroll down) for you, which both come with MIDI file examples as well!

STEP 2. BASS
As we mentioned in last week?s lesson, Tool are in the A Phrygian mode here, which is: A B? C D E F G. So you can choose any of those notes for your bass line, but start each bar on A, and be sure to also include B? and C, to get that dark Phrygian vibe. Now, regarding rhythm. The grouping here is the same as your drums: 3+3+3+2. And you wanna play 1/8 notes exclusively to match the energy of your drums, but include a few 1/8 note rests as well, to keep the rhythm fresh.

NEXT
Right, so now you?ve got a Tool-inspired rhythm section. Congratulations! But, if you wanna make a proper epic like ?Fear Inoculum?, then you?ll need many more minutes of music! So, if you wanna learn how to write other sections (like a bridge) for an existing section, how to transition between sections (especially when they?re in different keys), and how to structure and arrange your song, then join our online apprenticeship course.

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

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This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting and producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-08-16
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TOOL ?Fear Inoculum? Music Theory (Guitar Riffs)

Can you believe it? After 13 years, there?s finally new music from Tool. So in this lesson you?ll learn a music theory hack from TOOL ?Fear Inoculum?, and how to use it to write your own odd time signature riffs and polymeters! Subtitles/CC available.

WELCOME
Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

THEORY
In Tool?s epic ten-minute title track ?Fear Inoculum?, there?s a standout section that starts at 5:49. Its foundation is a super tasty 11|8 drum groove (which we?ll hack next time, so stay tuned). The bass line in this section is also in 11|8 and locks in with the drums, creating a tight and energetic rhythm section. Above that, Adam Jones plays some classic Tool-style guitar, centred around the open A string. But the coolest thing about his riff, is that it?s not in 11|8, it alternates between 12|8 and 5|4. This makes the riff feel like it?s speeding up and slowing down, because 12|8 has a pulse of dotted 1/4 notes, while 5|4 has a faster pulse of 1/4 notes. And all this is happening in that polymeter of the guitar playing 12|8 and 5|4 against the rhythm section playing 11/8, which creates crazy syncopation!

PRACTICAL
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up four bars that alternate between 12|8 and 5|4, with your grid set to 1|8 notes, and your tempo set to 150 BPM. Tool uses A Phrygian for this section, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. THE 12|8
The magic of this riff is as much in the rhythm as it is in the pitches, so you?ll write the rhythm first, then add the pitches afterwards. We?ll start with the bar of 12|8, which consists of four dotted 1/4 notes. And if you?re new to dotted notes, a dotted 1/4 note equals three 1/8 notes. Now that you?ve got the rhythm for your 12|8, it?s time to assign pitches. Adam used the Phrygian mode here, cos it has a dark vibe. And if you?re new to modes, A Phrygian is: A B? C D E F G. So choose any of those notes, but be sure to start on the open A string, and include the ?2.

MORE
By the way, if you wanna learn everything you need to know about modes in three simple hacks, then check out our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It also contains hacks on how to write guitar riffs, bass lines, chord progressions, melodies, counterpoint and more, and it comes with MIDI examples too!

STEP 2. THE 5|4
Now, here?s the bit where your riff is gonna sound like it?s speeding up, cos the pulse changes to 1/4 notes in this bar. So, for your rhythm, you can play a combination of 1/4 notes and 1/8 notes. And the more 1/8 notes you play, the more energy you?ll inject. Then after you?ve written your rhythm, it?s time to assign pitches, and once again, you can play any notes from A Phrygian, but be sure to include A and B?. And here?s a couple bonus hacks. To get that classic Tool sound, you can create some harmonic dissonance by lengthening the low A in your 12|8 bars, so the other notes are played over the top of it. When you hit that high B? over that low A, it?s so Tool! But if you want even more Tool, then bend into that high B? from the high A.

NEXT
Right, so now you?ve got a Tool-inspired riff. Congratulations! But, if you wanna make a proper epic like ?Fear Inoculum?, then you?ll need many more minutes of music! So, if you wanna learn how to write other sections (like a bridge) for an existing section, how to transition between sections (especially when they?re in different keys), and how to structure and arrange your song, then join our online apprenticeship course.

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Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Take Your Music to the Next Level

LEVEL 1 ? FREE BOOK
"12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords" will give you a super solid music theory foundation in 30 minutes!

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This is our best-selling PDF, which includes MIDI file examples. Learn the essential hacks for songwriting and producing, like our Melody Checklist (the ultimate list of do's and don'ts for writing great melodies). You'll also learn how to write chord progressions, bass lines, riffs, counterpoint harmonies, and more!

LEVEL 3 ? LESSON PACKS
After learning our essential hacks, it's time to put them to practical use and start writing some new songs. Lesson packs include step-by-step PDF guides to making music for different instruments and in different genres (electronic, metal, soundtrack, etc.), as well as multitrack MIDI files of the examples.

LEVEL 4 ? ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP
Go from a blank screen to a finished song, in this online video course. Learn how to write new sections for an existing section, how to transition between sections in different keys, how to structure and arrange, and much more! This course has been called "life-changing" many times, so join 700+ music makers now (from all genres), who are learning Ray's secret hack: Song Whispering.

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Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-08-09
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Ed Sheeran Goes Djent

What does Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber?s song ?I Don?t Care? have in common with the metal subgenre Djent? The answer is shocking and eye-opening, so click play to find out now! Subtitles/CC available.

Just before we jump in though, we wanna say a heartfelt Thank You for your lovely comments on our genre lesson last week, we?re so grateful, and we?re so touched that you feel the same way about genres. You know, we truly are honoured to be a part of this positive and open-minded Hack Music Theory community with you all. And by the way, if you missed last week?s genre lesson, please check it out, because this one is based on that one.

WELCOME
Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

THEORY
So, apparently we mispronounced Ed?s last name in our lesson last week. Oops! I guess we let the cat out the bag with that: so yeah, we?re not really fans of Ed?s music. He seems like a really nice guy, but his songwriting is just a little too predictable for us. If you dig his music though, that?s awesome. And if you don?t, that?s great too, cos that?s actually the whole point of this lesson. So, what can a Djent fan find to appreciate in Ed Sheeran?s music? Well, in the song ?I Don?t Care? that he did with Justin Bieber, the whole track is built on a super syncopated rhythm, which doesn?t even play beat 1 (and by the way, syncopation is when you accent an off-beat). And not only do Ed?s bass and drums lock in to play this rhythm together, but the bass line starts by playing the root note for two bars. Now, here?s the shocker: super syncopated grooves chugged out on the root note are literally what Djent was named after.

So the main feature in Ed?s song also happens to be the main feature in a metal subgenre that?s the antithesis of Ed?s music. How crazy is that?! But, because the instrumentation is different, people sadly don?t hear this connection. And that was one of the genre truths we revealed in last week?s lesson: genre is sonic packaging. Change the instruments, and you change the genre. So if you take the syncopated rhythm from Ed?s song and play it on an 8-string guitar with distortion (or a 9-string, if you?re feeling very Djenty!), then you?re no longer playing pop, you?re now playing metal. And this is only one of countless examples of how you can use the music theory from a song in one genre to write a song in literally the opposite genre, but only when you peel back that sonic packaging first, so you can see the actual notes inside. And that process is exactly what we?ll be exploring in this new genre series. 

PRACTICAL
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use the music theory from Ed?s song to make your own Djent version, but remember, you can use the theory hack in this lesson to make music in any genre you want. And that is true for every video and podcast we have ever made, and there?s about 160 of them already, so tuck in! Right, for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 102 BPM. And that?s actually the original tempo of Ed?s song, so we didn?t even need to change the BPM to turn it into Djent. Also, Ed uses F? as his root, but we?re taking that way down to a low A.

STEP 1. CHUG & RUN
Ed?s syncopated rhythm is centred around beats 1a, 2+, 3a, and 4+. So we used the exact same rhythm to start with, and we also chugged it out on the root note (just like Ed), to prove exactly how Djenty his song is in its original form. So, over your first bar and a half, come up with a simple but super syncopated rhythm, something like that. Then, as if that wasn?t Djenty enough, Ed uses another classic Djent trick: he throws in a 1/16 note run after the one-note chugs, to add interest. So over beats 3 and 4 in your second bar, add a 1/16 note run. Ed simply uses an octave of the root note for his run, but we?ve taken this opportunity to do something less predictable, and we encourage you to do the same.

STEP 2. VARIATION
Now, you could just repeat these two bars and call it a day, but that would be too repetitive for our tastes, so we changed things up in our third and fourth bars to inject more variation and keep things fresh. They?re still based on the first couple bars, but we just added some extra chugs on the root note, and then we also added a 1/16 note triplet into our run at the end. And that?s it, we?ve now got Edjent!

MORE
Lastly, we get loads of people asking how to transition between sections, and also, how to structure and arrange songs. And while these are essential skills to learn, please understand that we can?t teach them for free, because that is our secret sauce which we teach in our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna learn how to go from a blank screen to a finished song, then join over 700 other music makers also on the course. And, it helps us pay the rent too, so it?s a win-win!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

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Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
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Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-08-02
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Genre Explained - The Truth About Genres

There?s a ton of genres, subgenres and even subsubgenres, but in this lesson you?ll learn the truth about why none of them are real, even though they are.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below.

So, one of the most common questions we get is: Will your theory hacks work in my genre? As we get this question so often, we decided to dedicate a whole lesson to this genre issue. So, the answer to the question is? Yes, our hacks will work in your genre, because they work in all genres! And there you go, hope you enjoyed the lesson, and we?ll see you next week for another theory hack. Okay seriously though, the answer really is yes, but let?s explore why. So, in this lesson you?ll learn the truth about genres, then over the next few lessons we?ll analyze the music theory behind some examples that prove this truth. So if you wanna learn what Ed Sheeran?s music has in common with the metal subgenre Djent, and other such crazy but true genre facts, then be sure to subscribe and stay tuned.

Alright, first things first, why is genre so important to songwriters, producers, and music lovers in general? Well, it?s because our human brains have evolved to live in tribes, and genres create musical tribes, which in turn results in a divide between us (the insiders) and them (the outsiders). But, when you look at human history, anything that has ever created a divide between people is not good for anyone, and on the other hand, anything that brings people together is good for everyone. And it?s easy to see how music brings us together, but it?s just as easy to see how genres push us apart. Imagine two people walk past each other on the sidewalk, one?s wearing an Ed Sheeran shirt, the other?s in a Meshuggah shirt. You can guess very accurately what they?re thinking about each other, and it?s not ?Hey we both love music so much we?re wearing shirts to show it, that?s awesome!?

Now, you may be thinking: Yeah but Ed Sheeran sux! That?s not the point here (and besides, there?s artists that suck in every genre), the point is: music connects us, while genres divide us. And accepting that truth will in no way diminish the enjoyment you get from your favourite genres, because when we dig deeper into the concept of genre, we find absolutely nothing wrong with it. The only problem is our attachment to, and identification with, specific genres. That?s the real issue.

Imagine how amazing the music industry would be if instead of only connecting with people in our genre, we extend our circle of compassion to include everyone. Also, genres are often born as a reaction (or an antithesis) to other genres. For example, you wouldn?t have metal if you didn?t have pop, and you wouldn?t have electronic music (played on virtual instruments) if you didn?t have organic music (played on real instruments). Just like night and day are opposites yet harmoniously coexist, so too do all genres and their opposites.

So now you know the first truth: Genre is far more about the tribe (i.e. the community and its culture), than it is about the actual music (i.e. the melodies, harmonies and rhythms). That?s why from a purely musical perspective, we can take a song in any genre and easily transform it into another genre, even its opposite. And that fact introduces the second truth: Genre also functions as music?s sonic packaging (i.e. its instrumentation and production).

Now, you may be thinking: Yeah, but genres do have musical characteristics that make them sound the way they do. And while there?s obviously an element of truth in that statement, it?s not enough to make the statement as a whole true. Here?s why: Those musical elements that people think are specific to a genre, can easily be found in other genres as well, except they?re not instantly recognizable due to a different context (i.e. a different sonic packaging). For example, that characteristic reggae rhythm (known as the skank) is often heard in EDM, but isn?t necessarily recognizable as a skank because it?s played on a synth instead of a guitar.

So, what?s the takeaway from all this? As a songwriter or producer, when you free yourself from the concept of genre, you free your music and the process by which you make it, because all songs at their core are just notes. And when you understand the relationships between all the notes and how they work together (in other words, music theory), you can apply that knowledge to making music in any genre, or a combination of genres, or no genre at all. And because genres come and go just like trends, it?s a waste of time focusing too much on something as fickle as genre. Instead, focus your time and energy on writing great melodies, harmonies and rhythms, cos great music is timeless!

And lastly, we have two questions for you (please answer in YouTube comments): What?s your favourite genre? And what do you love about it? Also, please help us spread the truth about genres by sharing this lesson with your music friends. Thanks for reading, we?ll see you next week! And remember: Music connects, genre divides.

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-07-27
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Opeth ?Heart in Hand? Music Theory

 

Learn how to write a melody (or guitar riff) using modal mixture, as heard in Opeth ?Heart in Hand? off upcoming album ?In Cauda Venenum?. Subtitles/CC available.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Friday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

THEORY
Legendary Swedish band Opeth (progressive metal) just dropped the lead single ?Heart in Hand? from their upcoming thirteenth studio album. The song launches straight into a one-note groove that might seem disappointing to first-timers, but Opeth fans would know the band are merely laying a root-note foundation for something special to be built on. And we only have to wait until the fourth bar before that something special is introduced. What is it? A mind-blowing melody! What?s so great about it? Many things, but let?s start with the fact that Opeth play both the minor 3rd and major 3rd in their melody. And not only that, they play each 3rd for the exact same duration, giving their melody an equal amount of minor and major emotion. As if that wasn?t enough, the next thing you?ll notice is probably the dissonant ?4 that suggests they?re in Lydian, which is a major mode as it has a major 3rd. However, the instantly-recognizable note combination of minor 7 and major 6 then suggests they?re in Dorian, which is a minor mode as it has a minor 3rd. And then, just to confuse things even more, they throw in a ?2 that suggests Phrygian. So after all that, what mode is Opeth?s melody actually in? All of them! How? Well, Opeth are using a technique known as modal interchange (or modal mixture), which is just a fancy way of saying they wrote this melody by combining two or more modes that have the same root note, known as parallel modes. But, Opeth?s use of modal interchange only works because below their melody, they are exclusively playing the root note. For example, if they were playing a minor chord below, then the major 3rd in the melody would clash with the minor 3rd in the chord. But as it?s just the root note below, literally anything can go above!

MODES
And just a quick note before we jump into the practical. If you?re new to modes, then this lesson will be a little advanced for you. But, you can learn everything you need to know about modes in three simple hacks, which are available in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It also contains hacks on how to write guitar riffs, bass lines, chord progressions and melodies, and it comes with MIDI file examples too!

PRACTICAL
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up five bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 120 BPM. Opeth use E as their root note, so we?ll use it too. And by the way, the dark notes below are our root-note bass line (which is on another track). They?re all muted in this track though, they?re just there for reference.

STEP 1.  THE 3rds
Right, first things first, or rather, third things first. Arguably the best way to start mixing modes, is to play the major 3rd and the minor 3rd. People are not used to hearing music with both 3rds, so as soon as you play them both, your listeners will know that something special is happening. Also, try to play the 3rds for the same duration, like Opeth do, as that creates a potent 50/50 mix of major and minor.

STEP 2.  THE OTHERS
Now it?s time to use those characteristic modal notes. So, start by playing the ?4 somewhere for that Lydian feel. Then, play the 6 and ?7 somewhere to get that Dorian vibe. And then, play the 5 somewhere to stabilize the melody and provide your listeners with a brief moment of normality amongst the modal mixture madness. 

STEP 3.  1/16 NOTES
Lastly, for some extra spice, sprinkle in the ?2 for that moody Phrygian sound, but be sure to play the 2 somewhere as well, for a little normality once again. And they go great before or after the root note, so throw in a couple roots as well.

REMEMBER
When writing your modal mixture melodies, remember: What you play after each 3 will be affected by that 3's major/minor quality. For example, in our version we play the 3 followed by the ?7, so that ?7 feels Mixolydian. But in Opeth's version, they play the ?3 followed by the 6, so that 6 feels Dorian (not Ionian or Mixolydian) all because of the ?3 before it. Magic tricks are fun, right?!

MORE
Right, so now you?ve got a modal mixture melody. Congratulations! But, if you wanna make a proper epic like Opeth?s song, then you?ll need many more minutes of music (there?s a lot of M?s in this lesson!). So, if you wanna learn how to write other sections (like a bridge) for an existing section, how to transition between sections (especially when they?re in different keys), and how to structure and arrange your song, then check out our online apprenticeship course.

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by multi-award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-07-19
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke ?ANIMA? Music Theory

Learn how to write a bass line, using a music theory hack from Thom Yorke (Radiohead) ?Traffic? off his new album ?ANIMA?. Subtitles/CC available.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Monday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

INTRO
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been rather prolific lately, and he?s back with another new album. ?Anima? continues his journey into electronic exploration, and contains some mesmerising moments, like the hypnotic bass line in album opener ?Traffic?, which we?ll be hacking in this video. What makes this bass line so hypnotic? Two things: depth, and syncopation (which is accenting an off-beat). Thom creates depth in his bass line by using a layering technique. And while most people think of layering as adding instruments, you can actually achieve the same effect in a bass line alone, without adding any tracks. You simply write two melodies that work together harmonically, then switch back and forth between them. And Thom assigns his top melody to beats 2+, 3+, and 4+, which results in a hypnotic pumping against his bottom melody that plays on the beats in between. 

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up two bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 129 BPM. And Thom?s bass line is in G minor, so we?ll use it too. 

STEP 1. CHORDS
Musical depth is created from harmony, so when you wanna write a bass line with depth, write your chord progression first. And the chords in G minor that you can choose from, are: Gm, Adim, B?maj, Cm, Dm, E?maj, and Fmaj. In our progression, we play Gm for one bar, then Fmaj for half a bar, then Cm for one beat, and then we finish with B?maj for one beat. 

STEP 2. LAYERS
Now it?s time to split your harmony into two layers: a top melody, and a bottom melody. Thom?s two layers are actually just the same melody played at different octaves, but we decided to kick it up a notch by writing two completely different melodies. We used the root note of each chord for our bottom melody, then we filled in the harmony with our top melody. For example, over the Fmaj chord, our bottom melody plays the root, then our top melody completes the harmony by playing 3, 5, and another 3 an octave higher. 

STEP 3. RHYTHM
Right, the last step is to assign rhythms to your two layers. Thom only plays his top melody on beats 2+, 3+, and 4+, which creates that hypnotic syncopation. So we used a similar rhythm for our top melody, but we added beat 2 as well. And in our second bar, to spice things up even more, we used a few 1/16 notes. The shortest note value Thom uses though, is an 1/8 note, so stick with that if you want something simpler.

MORE
Lastly, we get loads of people asking how to transition between sections, and also, how to structure and arrange songs. And while these are essential skills to learn, please understand that we can?t teach them for free, because that is our secret sauce, which we teach in our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna learn how to go from a blank screen to a finished song, then join over 700 other music makers also on the course. And, it helps us pay the rent too, so it?s a win-win!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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2019-07-09
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Port Noir ?Young Bloods? Music Theory

Learn how to write a drum beat, using a music theory hack from Port Noir ?Young Bloods? (off their new album ?The New Routine?). Subtitles/CC available.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

INTRO
Swedish band Port Noir recently released their new album ?The New Routine?, which is one of the most underrated albums of the year, as this band has created a sound that?s totally up-to-date but also totally unique. They arrived at this super fresh sound by blending the melodies of pop, the synths of electronic, the guitars of rock, and the grooves of hip-hop. And as everything is built on this flawless foundation of epic grooves, that?s what we?ll be hacking in this lesson. So what makes this drummer so good? Well, he actually plays relatively simple grooves, but they?re so tasty that it?s physically impossible not to move to them. And the way he gets our bodies moving, is by offsetting his syncopated kicks with a solid backbeat snare, and then spicing everything up with incredibly creative cymbal patterns.

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/32 notes, and your tempo set to 72 BPM. And in this lesson we?ll be hacking the chorus groove of their song Young Bloods.

STEP 1. KICK & SNARE
First things first, throw in the backbeat snare in every bar, which is on beat 2 and beat 4. This will give your groove momentum, and get those heads bobbing and feet tapping. Next, throw in the kick on beat 1 in every bar. This will provide a reference point for all your off-beat kicks, which you?re gonna get to next. Right, now it?s time to inject the syncopation (which is an accented off-beat), and that is what?s gonna get people seriously moving to your drums. And be sure to use a combination of off-beat 1/8 notes and off-beat 1/16 notes. This will add depth to your groove, and prevent your drums from getting boring. Also, change up a couple bars with a little variation on the kick. In this example, bars two and three have the same kick pattern, but bars one and four are different.

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And by the way, if you wanna get your hands on our best drum hacks, then download our two Drum PDFs (click & scroll down) - the downloads include step-by-step PDF guides and multitrack MIDI files.

STEP 2. CYMBALS
Right, now that you?ve got a solid groove in place, it?s time to spice it up with hi-hats, and this is where things get really interesting. So start by deciding what syncopated kicks you wanna accent, and then add an open hat on those hits. And if you wanna add an open hat where there is no kick, that?s cool too. Now you?re gonna create a 1/16 note closed hat pattern around those open hats, which will lead into and out of them nice and smoothly. Next, you?re gonna add even more spice, by throwing in a few 1/32 notes on the closed hats. So between two 1/16 hits, add a 1/32 hit. This creates a little roll on the hats, and if you do them in a few different places, it?ll keep your groove totally fresh. Lastly, change your grid to 1/32 note triplets, and before one of your open hats, add a 1/32 note triplet roll that leads into that open hat. This is next level spice, and while your average listener won?t even notice it, your super fans will love it!

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!). 

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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2019-06-28
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Black Eyed Peas ?Be Nice? (feat. Snoop Dogg) Music Theory

Learn how to write an uplifting bass line, using a music theory hack from Black Eyed Peas ?Be Nice? ft. Snoop Dogg (written by Adam Friedman for Songland TV show). Subtitles/CC available.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

INTRO
The new single ?Be Nice? from The Black Eyed Peas (which was written by Adam Friedman for the Songland TV show), has a super fun bass line that?s not only the central focus of the song, but it?s also perfect for conveying the super positive message behind the lyrics. So what makes this bass line feel so good? Well, there?s a few things, like the fact that it?s built around an ascending line, which is literally uplifting. But far more interesting than that, is the fact that the bass line is in a minor key. And as you probably know, major keys are usually used in feel good songs like this. So how do they make a minor key feel so uplifting? Easy, they made the song for dancing, and when we move to music, we feel good. So to get people dancing, they used lots of syncopation in their bass line, and that makes it really funky. And by the way, syncopation is when you accent an off-beat. Also, most funk bass lines are actually in minor keys, cos funk?s favourite notes are the 1, the ?3 and the ?7. And lastly, to emphasise all those off-beats in the bass line, the drums accent all the 1/4 note beats by playing the classic four-on-the-floor groove.

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. And for the example in this lesson, we?ll be using our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up two bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 105 BPM. ?Be Nice? is in the key of F minor, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. SYNCOPATION
Funkiness is all about syncopation. So to get people moving to your bass line, you have to accent lots of off-beats. If you don?t, it?ll sound rigid and stiff, and that ain?t gonna get anybody dancing! And for that reason, the best place to start writing a funky bass line, is with the rhythm, and more importantly, syncopation. And remember, great bass lines have a balance of notes on the beat and notes off the beat. So don?t just play everything off the beat thinking it?ll make your bass line extra funky, you gotta spank some of those 1/4 note beats as well! In our example, we?re playing beat 1 and beat 3 in each bar, and then everything else is syncopated.

MORE
And by the way, if you want our ultimate hack for funky bass lines, along with a MIDI file example, then check out our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It also contains hacks on how to write great chord progressions, melodies, and more MIDI examples as well!

STEP 2. TWO LINES
Right, now it?s time to turn your rhythm into a bass line. And what?s cool about the bass line in ?Be Nice?, is that it?s a 2-in-1. What I mean by that, is there?s actually two clearly defined lines playing together (obviously playing one-at-a-time though). The upper line carries the melody, while the lower line holds things down with one note (in the original, that note is C, the 5). And writing two lines like this will make your bass even more funky, as it mirrors the slap bass technique often used in funk.

VALUE
Now, as with many of the songs we hack, the vibe and the production are super cool, but when it comes to the actual music, the songwriters and producers often choose to sacrifice longevity for popularity. And for the record, there?s absolutely nothing wrong with that, because the value of music is different for everyone. If music has extrinsic value to you, then you?re making music as a way of achieving something, like a hit. On the other hand, if music has intrinsic value to you, then you?re making music purely for the joy of creating art. And this song is the perfect example of music that was made for extrinsic value, as it was written to be a hit.

BE NICE
So, in their bass? upper line, they simply ascend note-by-note through the scale. This makes it instantly appealing, cos the first time someone hears it they already know where it?s going, and the average person likes music that sounds familiar. The downside to writing predictable music though, is that people get tired of it quickly. But, if you?re aiming for a hit that doesn?t matter, because you only need it to be trending for a few weeks.

BE DIFFERENT
If you?re like us though, and you?re happy to sacrifice popularity for longevity, then write an upper line that people won?t be able to guess where it?s going on their first listen, as that will keep them coming back again and again!

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize) ?Turn Off The Lights? Music Theory

Learn how to write a melody, using a music theory hack from Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize) ?Break Law?, from their new EP ?Turn Off The Lights?.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

INTRO
BREAK LAW (off the new Dog Blood EP from Skrillex & Boys Noize) contains an awesome Indian vocal sample, which instantly hooks you! The original vocal is obviously not by Dog Blood, but they?ve credited the late Indian composer Aadesh Shrivastava as a co-writer, so we think it?s originally from his song ?Sona Sona? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBo2-e8Dnsg). Now, Skrillex and Boys Noize did a great job of finding and re-using this melody, cos it?s super catchy but it?s also super interesting, and those two elements are usually mutually exclusive. In other words, if you want a catchy melody, it can?t be too interesting otherwise people won?t be able to sing it, and therefore it won?t be memorable. And if you want an interesting melody, it can?t be too catchy otherwise it?ll become too familiar, and then it won?t be interesting anymore. So, how can this melody be both interesting and catchy? Well, the composer very cleverly wrote it to be both simple and complex. It?s simple in terms of its pitches, which makes it easy to sing and remember, but it?s complex in terms of its rhythm, which keeps it interesting even after countless listens. Also, here?s a bonus hack for you. The original melody is actually five bars long, and that?s another great method for writing interesting melodies: use an odd number of bars!

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/32 notes, and your tempo set to 108 BPM. ?Break Law? is in D Phrygian, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. PITCH
Right, so the ?pitch? element is the one you?re gonna keep simple, in order to make your melody catchy. So, choose only three notes from D Phrygian, which is: D E? F G A B? C. The original melody uses G, A and B?, but you can use any three notes from the scale. And if you want, you can choose a fourth note that will be used exclusively as a 1/32 note to decorate your melody, and provide some variation. The original melody uses C as its decorative note, but once again, you can use any note from the scale.

MORE
And by the way, if you need help writing melodies, then simply use the Melody Checklist in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It?s the ultimate list of dos and don?ts for writing great melodies. And on that note, just a quick reminder that our epic summer sale is finishing this Sunday (9 June 2019), so grab 33% OFF all our PDFslessons, and our online course.

STEP 2. RHYTHM
Now, the ?rhythm? element is the one you?re gonna make more complex, in order to make your melody interesting. Remember, if your pitches and your rhythm are both simple, then people will get tired of your melody after a few listens. A more complex rhythm will give your melody depth, which will in turn give it longevity. So, here?s how it?s done. You actually write four melodic segments (known as phrases), which then come together to form your melody. But, and this is a very important but, in order to make your whole melody unpredictable and therefore interesting, make each phrase different, and don?t stick to the bar lines. For example, you can see our first phrase actually ends in the second bar, and our third phrase actually begins before the third bar. And lastly, in the Dog Blood track, the melody is played over a droning bass line that just keeps pounding that root note, so we?ll do that too.

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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2019-06-06
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Wu-Tang Clan ?Of Mics and Men? Music Theory

Learn how to write a bass line using a music theory hack from Wu-Tang Clan ?Seen a Lot of Things? (from ?Of Mics and Men? EP).

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

INTRO
?Seen a Lot of Things? (off Wu-Tang?s new EP) contains a music theory gem that?s as effective as it is hidden. Seriously, most people listening to this track won?t even notice this gem, but they?ll feel it for sure! And the reason they?ll feel it, is because it has to do with the 3rd note of the root chord. Remember, the 3rd in a chord is the note that determines whether that chord is major or minor. When the 3rd note is three semitones above the root, it?s a minor chord, and when the 3rd note is four semitones above the root, it?s a major chord. Now, Wu?s track is in the key of D minor, so the root chord is obviously Dm, and that?s the chord they use first in their four-bar loop. But, here?s where things get interesting. They change some of the Dm chords into Dmaj chords. And that?s crazy cool on its own, but they don?t stop there. The chords in their progression are not actually full chords, they?re ?power chords?, which consist of only the root and the 5th, so on their own, ?power chords? are not major or minor, cos they?re missing the 3rd. So, the way they change the Dm to Dmaj is by changing the 3rd note in the bass line, from F (the minor 3rd) to F? (the major 3rd). This also means that the same chord progression works over both bass lines, the one with F, and the one with F?. And even the vocal melody in the chorus avoids that 3rd note as well, which means the same melody works over both choruses, despite the first chorus using Dm and the second chorus using Dm and Dmaj. And that makes the second chorus feel way more uplifting than the first chorus. Super clever!

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version, and what you see on the screen right now is our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 86 BPM. And as you know, Wu?s track is in the key of D minor, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. MINOR
Okay so you?re gonna start by writing a bass line using the D natural minor scale: D E F G A B? C. Now, be sure to play a long D in bars one and three, which will anchor your bass line into the root note, and therefore the key. And in bars two and four, make sure you play a relatively long F. Then you can fill out the rest of your bass line with other notes from the scale. But, in the first half, don?t play B?, cos that?s the minor 6th so it will lock you into that minor vibe, which will then mess up step two.

MORE
And by the way, if you need help writing bass lines, lead melodies, chord progressions and everything else, then download our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down). It?s your one-stop-source for everything you need to make great music now! And just before we jump into step two, a quick heads up. The sun is shining here in Vancouver and it?s feeling a lot like summer, and you know what that means: it?s time for our epic summer sale! So, everything on our website is now 33% OFF. And yes, that includes our online apprenticeship course, which you will SAVE $50 on. Are you ready to invest in yourself, and take your music to the next level? Then get involved now, and use the discount code ?summer? at the checkout. The sale ends on Sunday, 9 June 2019. Enjoy!

STEP 2. MAJOR
Alright, here comes the clever bit. Take that relatively long F you played in bar two, and move it up to F?. With that one simple tweak, you?ve now turned Dm into Dmaj. But remember, in the chord progression above this note, you need to be playing a D ?power chord?, which is just the notes D and A. And now you have two versions of your bass line: the original version, and this new uplifting version. So, play around with using both versions throughout your track in order to change up the vibe.

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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2019-05-30
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Slipknot ?Unsainted? Music Theory

Learn how to write melodies in counterpoint, using a music theory hack from Slipknot ?Unsainted? (off their upcoming album ?We Are Not Your Kind?).

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video. Also, if you?re new to our channel, be sure to download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? below. Alright, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

INTRO
Slipknot?s new single ?Unsainted? begins with a totally unexpected women?s choir, which sings the chorus melody, but without the lyrics. These ?aahs? cleverly deliver the melody before the vocalist even starts singing, so by the time he comes in, the chorus is already familiar. It?s essential that Slipknot hook listeners in the first few seconds, cos this song is the lead single from their upcoming album, and this intro does exactly that. But, as effective as it is, what actually makes this song special is their use of counterpoint, which is the technique of writing melodies that counter each other and result in distinctive musical layers.

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version, and what you see on the screen right now is our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/8 notes, and your tempo set to around 100 BPM. The intro and chorus of ?Unsainted? is in the key of B minor, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1. CHORDS
Now I know what you?re thinking: ?Wait, what? Chords? I thought we were talking about melodies here?? We are, but, the best counterpoint always creates powerful harmony from the individual melodies playing simultaneously. So the easiest way to start writing a counterpoint section, is to choose your chords first. And the chords in B minor are: Bm, C?dim, Dmaj, Em, F?m, Gmaj, and Amaj. Also, you can use F?maj (instead of F?m), if you wanna use the harmonic minor like Slipknot do here.

STEP 2. COUNTERPOINT
Alright, now that you?ve got your chord progression down, it?s time to turn it into counterpoint. And when writing counterpoint, you can have as few as two simultaneous melodies, or, as many as you want. In this lesson, we?ll just be doing two (which is known as two-part counterpoint, and that?s what you see here), but in the playthrough at the end of this video, if you listen carefully, you?ll hear a third melody coming in, which will demonstrate what three-part counterpoint sounds like. Now, when writing two-part counterpoint, a great place to start is to outline each chord by playing its root and 3rd. For example, we?re starting our chord progression on Bm, and you can see we?re playing the root of the chord (B) in the low voice, and the minor 3rd (D) in the high voice. But then over our last chord, F?maj, we?re doing the opposite: we?re playing the root of the chord (F?) in the high voice, and the major 3rd (A?) in the low voice. Right, now that you?ve got your chords outlined, you can start adding in some other notes to create your final melodies. And remember, the high voice will be your lead melody, so that can have more notes than the low voice, which will be your bass melody, so keep that a little simpler.

And by the way, if you need help writing melodies, no problem, just use our Melody Checklist, which is the ultimate list of dos and don?ts for writing great melodies. It?s available in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down), which also includes the other essential hacks you need to write great music, like our ultimate counterpoint hack.

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

 

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
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2019-05-23
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5 Time Signatures in 1

Over the last few weeks, we've been making music from scratch (while on camera), and sharing the unedited footage on YouTube. We did this to expose the best kept secret in music... when you understand theory, making music is not only easy, it's super fun too! In today's video, we reveal the final music, which is an epic polymeter containing 5 time signatures in 1. You gotta hear it to believe it. But first... Tea!

 

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video.

The music making process is shrouded in secrecy and always takes place behind closed doors, cos writing music in front of people (or while on camera) is a very vulnerable thing to do, so nobody does it. But, we are here to change that once and for all! Our passion is to reveal that there is nothing mysterious or elusive about making music, it?s merely a simple step-by-step process fuelled by theory and creativity, which we can teach you right now! To learn more, click here.

Okay, so after watching this video, you'll know how to write one section, but how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
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2019-05-16
Länk till avsnitt

How to Write a Lead Melody - The Unedited Process

Learn how to write a melody over your bass (in this unedited video that reveals the music making process).

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video.

The music making process is shrouded in secrecy and always takes place behind closed doors, cos writing music in front of people (or while on camera) is a very vulnerable thing to do, so nobody does it. But, we are here to change that once and for all! Our passion is to reveal that there is nothing mysterious or elusive about making music, it?s merely a simple step-by-step process fuelled by theory and creativity, which we can teach you right now! To learn more, click here.

Okay, so after watching this video, you'll know how to write one section, but how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

   

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2019-05-11
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Writing a Chord Progression for a Melody

Learn how to write chords for a bass line in this unedited video that reveals the process of making music.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video.

The music making process is shrouded in secrecy and always takes place behind closed doors, cos writing music in front of people (or while on camera) is a very vulnerable thing to do, so nobody does it. But, we are here to change that once and for all! Our passion is to reveal that there is nothing mysterious or elusive about making music, it?s merely a simple step-by-step process fuelled by theory and creativity, which we can teach you right now! To learn more, click here.

Okay, so after watching this video, you'll know how to write one section, but how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!). 

COPYRIGHT 
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

   

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2019-05-03
Länk till avsnitt

Take Your Bass Lines to Their Full Potential

Learn how to write a bass line and take it to its full potential, by perfectly balancing repetition and variation.

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video.

The music making process is shrouded in secrecy and always takes place behind closed doors, cos writing music in front of people (or while on camera) is a very vulnerable thing to do, so nobody does it. But, we are here to change that once and for all! Our passion is to reveal that there is nothing mysterious or elusive about making music, it?s merely a simple step-by-step process fuelled by theory and creativity, which we can teach you right now! To learn more, click here.

Okay, so after watching this video, you'll know how to write one section, but how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

   

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2019-04-25
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Making Music with Polymeters - Unedited Studio Session

In this video, you'll learn how to use polymeters to overcome writer's block and start making music!

We get a lot of questions about our online apprenticeship course's unique format, so we made this video for you as a free taster. If you like this video, then you'll love our course! So click this link now to SAVE $50 on Apprenticeship #1.

 

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video.

Okay, so after watching this video, you'll know how to write one section, but how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
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2019-04-19
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How to Modify Modes & Make Rare Scales, like Dorian ?2 ?4

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video. Alright, let?s jump in...

INTRO
So last week, totally out of the blue, I get an email from the legendary Kerrang! Magazine, saying they?ve selected my charity single ?We Are? (feat. Serj Tankian, Ihsahn & Devin Townsend) for a story on metal musicians who?ve done good things for the world. Wow!! I am deeply humbled (and shocked) to be chosen as one of these eight musicians, so thank you Kerrang!, and a very special thank you to Courtney Iseman, who wrote the article. Now, there?s a ton of crazy cool theory in this song, so I thought I?d take this opportunity to share some with you. Alright, on that note, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory. But first? tea!

THEORY
?We Are? opens with a verse that is dark and dissonant, which is normal for this genre, but the verse?s vibe is unfamiliar and unlike anything we?re used to hearing. Why? Well, the scale Ray used for this section is an extremely rare scale, which is only really found in Indian classical music. However, he didn?t use this scale because it?s rare, the method behind his madness is much more practical, and easy to use. So, Ray started by selecting the mode that would create the nearest vibe to what he wanted, and as he was after a sad but uplifting vibe, he chose Dorian. Next, he simply modified the Dorian mode by tweaking the notes that were preventing him from achieving his intended vibe. These notes were the 2, which he changed to the ?2, and the 4, which he changed to the ?4. These two tweaks resulted in the exact vibe Ray had heard in his head. And lastly, regarding a name. While this scale does have a name in India (Sadvidhamargini), in the West it doesn?t, so we just refer to it as Dorian ?2 ?4. And this naming method is another great hack for rare scales: simply name ?em by using the nearest mode, then list the tweaked notes afterwards.

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version, and what you see in the video is the bass line from the verse of ?We Are?. So, start by setting up one bar of 10/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 80 BPM. And in ?We Are?, the key note of the verse is E.

STEP 1. CLOSEST MODE
Start by thinking about what kinda vibe you want, then choose the mode that will get you closest to that vibe. For example, if you want a serious sound, you?ll shortlist the minor modes. Then, if you want a positive twist (like I did), you?ll choose Dorian. And by the way, if you?re new to modes, then you can learn everything you need to know about them in three simple hacks, which are in our Songwriting & Producing PDF. This PDF also contains the other essential music making hacks you?ll need, along with MIDI file examples (the link is below).

STEP 2. MODIFIED MODE
Now that you?re in the ballpark of the vibe that you?re wanting to create, you can write a melody or chord progression so that you can hear exactly what notes are not right. So, here?s my bass line in Dorian, before I modified the mode. The 2 in Dorian was preventing the vibe from being as dark as I wanted, so I changed it to the ?2. I then had a mix of Dorian and Phrygian, but it still wasn?t right. The 4 was sounding too predictable, and as I wanted to create an unfamiliar sounding vibe, I changed it to the ?4. And with that, I had my custom vibe from my modified mode!

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
Thumbnail photograph by Caroline Ross

   

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2019-04-11
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How to Layer Melodies Using Rhythmic Displacement

Learn how to write melodies that are layered with rhythmic displacement, using a music theory hack from Mogwai ?Hungry Face? (Les Revenants / The Returned soundtrack).

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THEORY
Scottish band Mogwai wrote the soundtrack for the TV show Les Revenants (The Returned) back in 2012. In the main theme ?Hungry Face?, there?s an innovative approach to layering melodies by using rhythmic displacement, which has gone rather unnoticed and therefore unappreciated. So, what?s rhythmic displacement? And why did theirs go unnoticed? Well, rhythmic displacement is when you take a musical element (like a melody), and move it slightly earlier or later in the music. And Mogwai?s use of this technique goes unnoticed, intentionally, cos they displace the first melody (by moving it a 1/4 note later) when the second melody starts. This is a super clever sleight of hand, cos the second melody pulls your attention away from the first melody, which then gets rhythmically displaced to make the music sound unsettled, without anyone knowing why. And as if that?s not enough, Mogwai have one more ingenious trick up their sleeve. The first melody (which has a nursery rhyme feel), is made to sound like it?s in C major. But, when the second melody begins (which has a serious feel), it reveals the music is actually in D minor. Brilliant! And perfect for the soundtrack to a supernatural TV show.

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version, and what you see in the video is our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up eight bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/8 notes, and your tempo set to 109 BPM. As you already know, ?Hungry Face? is in the key of D minor, so we?ll use it too.

STEP 1.  FIRST MELODY
You?re gonna start by writing an innocent sounding four-bar melody, which will create the illusion that it?s in the nice happy key of C major. So, how do you write a melody that sounds like it?s in C major, but is actually in D minor? Well it?s pretty easy, because these two scales share six notes. The only note in D minor that?s not also in C major, is B?, so just avoid that note. And don?t play B either, as that?ll make your melody properly in the key of C major. Lastly, centre your melody around C, to make it sound like that?s your root.

STEP 2.  SECOND MELODY
Right, it?s time to finally reveal the real key, D minor. So, you?re now gonna write a serious sounding four-bar melody in a lower register, starting in bar five, and centring it around D (the real root) and F (?3). These two notes will pull your listeners? ears into the key of D minor.

STEP 3.  RHYTHMIC DISPLACEMENT
As your listeners are orientating themselves to what sounds like a new key, you?re gonna rhythmically displace your first melody over the top of your second melody, which will create the unsettling feeling that everything is not what it seems. So, simply copy and paste your first melody above your second melody, then shorten its last note by a 1/4 note, and then move the melody a 1/4 note later. Voilà!

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

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LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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2019-04-04
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How to Write an Unpredictable Melody

Learn how to write a non-diatonic melody, using a music theory hack from TheFatRat ?Chosen? (ft. Anna Yvette & Laura Brehm).

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THEORY
German producer TheFatRat dropped his new single ?Chosen? this month, which definitely avoids Spotify?s infamous five-second skip rate, as a mere four seconds into the track there?s an extremely unexpected note in the melody that?s totally thrilling! At first it sounds like he?s changing the quality of the root chord from major to minor, cos after establishing E as the root, the melody moves from G? (3) to G? (?3), making it sound like Emaj has become Em. But after that G? and another E, instead of going to B again, his melody hits C? (not C?), revealing the chord has actually become Cmaj/E (?VImaj), not Em. This is an ingenious illusion, as he emphasizes the melodic movement from G? to G? in order to trick our ears into thinking the root chord quality has changed!

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version, and what you see below is our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up four bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/32 notes, and your tempo set to 95 BPM. As you already know, ?Chosen? is in the key of E major (with a couple of non-diatonic notes), so we?ll use E major as well. And by the way, a non-diatonic note is just a note that is not in the scale. Also, those dark notes below our melody are the root notes of the chords in our progression (which are on another track). These root notes are all muted, they?re just there for reference. And no, this is not our bass line, that?s a different melody (see MIDI file).

STEP 1.  THE CHORDS
First things first, you need to write your chord progression. Choosing your chords before you write your melody will allow you to outline that harmony in your melody, which will make it more structured and therefore more memorable. So there?s only a few guidelines here: play Emaj in your first bar (to establish it as the root chord), and play Cmaj in your third bar. Also, after you?ve played the Cmaj, keep using those non-diatonic notes C? and G? until the end of your progression. For example, use Am (as it contains C?) instead of Amaj (as it contains C?). This will make your listeners get used to those non-diatonic notes, then when you loop around and hit that Emaj, they?ll be surprised to hear G? again, which will keep ?em interested!

STEP 2.  THE MELODY
TheFatRat uses 1/32 notes (with a rest after each note), which makes his melody super perky, so we?ll do the same. So, start by outlining the Emaj triad, then to keep it fresh, throw in a note (or two) that is not in the triad but is in the scale (like D?). Then use the same approach over your other chords. And be sure to emphasize the G? moving to G? when the Cmaj chord hits. Also, don?t play C? in your melody until you get to the Cmaj, otherwise that?ll ruin the surprise of that totally unexpected chord.

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? How do you transition between them (especially when they?re in different keys)? And, how do you structure and arrange your song? These are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online course Apprenticeship #1. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then sign up now!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony
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2019-03-28
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How to Write a Bass Line (or Guitar Riff) like Rage Against the Machine ?Bulls on Parade?

Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! If that sounds useful to you, then subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that bell to get notified every Thursday, when we publish our new video.

INTRO
So, over the last few months we?ve been conceptualizing and planning a brand new series for you! And don?t worry, our New Music Theory series will continue like normal, we?ll just switch back and forth between the two. And if you?re wondering why we need a new series, well, there?s two reasons: Firstly, Hack Music Theory is all about relevant music theory, which is why we trawl through the new releases every week to bring you the best new theory. But, there are tons of great songs that were released years ago (like ?Bulls on Parade?), which are still totally relevant today, so we?d love to be able to hack these kinds of songs for you as well, and with this new series, we can! And secondly, our other videos are longer, and while that step-by-step process is essential for learning how to write great music from scratch, it does require more of a time commitment from you. Whereas this new series will deliver short videos containing one power hack, which you can instantly apply to music you?re already working on in order to improve it. We respect your time, and we appreciate you giving it to us every week. So this new series is our way for us to continue serving you, but to take up less of your time while offering you more (in the way of insights into songs we wouldn?t otherwise hack). We?re super stoked to bring you a wider range of music theory hacks, and we hope you dig ?em. Alright, without further ado, it?s time to open your DAW to hack music theory.

THEORY
The ?Bulls on Parade? verses contain one of the grooviest riffs, ever! This is partly due to it having lots of syncopation and being in the pentatonic minor scale, but, there?s a very unexpected note in this riff that takes it to a whole new level. And, it?s not just the addition of this unexpected note, it?s also where this note is placed. So, the note is the 7, and it?s placed between two ?7s, before resolving to the root.

HACK
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to instantly apply this power hack to your own music, and what you see on the screen right now is our example that we made earlier. We?re using the F Blues scale. And this is our ?before the hack? version, and this is our ?after the hack? version. We?ll play through ?em both at the end. So, playing the ?7 up to the 7 and then up to the root isn?t anything special, but, playing the ?7 up to the 7 and then going back down to the ?7, that certainly is special! You see, when you play the ?7 up to the 7 it creates some serious tension, and only a provocative (and brave!) artist wouldn?t then resolve that 7 up to the root. By the way, if you?re new to music theory and all these numbers are confusing you, then download our free book ?12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords? (link below). It only takes 30 minutes to read, and it?ll give you a super solid theory foundation! Now, the band do resolve to the root after that last ?7, but that creates frustration as it wasn?t the big resolution the listener expected after the 7, and the resolution didn?t happen when the listener wanted it to. That?s a very cool hack! So, if you?re feeling brave like Rage Against the Machine, then throw this power hack into one of your bass lines or riffs!

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

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Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
All content (script & music) in video by Revolution Harmony

   

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2019-03-22
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4 Essentials to Enliven Your Bass Lines

No matter what genre you make music in, you can easily funk up your bass lines, which will get people moving to your music. So in this video, you?ll learn how to apply four essential funk elements to your bass lines. But first? tea!

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THEORY
Local Vancouver band FIVE ALARM FUNK just dropped their new single ?Wake the Funk Up? feat. Leo P (Too Many Zooz), and it?s one helluva funky tune! All the funk essentials are here: Every beat 1 has a funk flashlight shining on it, there?s enough syncopation to make any dancefloor get on up, the ?7 is tearing the roof off the sucker, and the song takes you on a chromatic rollercoaster. By the way, chromatic (AKA non-diatonic) refers to notes that are not in the scale. Now, always remember that funk is an attitude, not a genre, so any time you wanna get the party started with a bass line, use these four funk essentials:

Accent beat 1 in every bar Syncopate almost everything else Use the ?7 everywhere you can Seal the deal with chromatic notes

SETUP
Alright, now you?re gonna learn how to use this theory to make your own version, and what you see on the screen right now is our version that we made earlier. So, start by setting up eight bars of 4/4, with your grid set to 1/16 notes, and your tempo set to 116 BPM. ?Wake the Funk Up? is in E? Dorian with a bunch of chromatic notes, but we?ll be using E (instead of E?), as it has a smaller key signature so it?s easier for learning. 

STEP 1. THE ONE
As James Brown famously requested from Bootsy Collins back in the day: If you gimme the one, son, then you can play whatever you want for the rest of the bar. So, make sure you play beat 1 of every bar. We alternated between playing the low root on beat 1, then switching it up with a higher note on beat 1 of every other bar.

STEP 2. THE SCALE
The funkiest bass lines often use the blues scale, which is simply the pentatonic minor scale with the ?5 added in. So, while the horns will be playing in E Dorian, the bass will be playing in E Blues. This scale combo is a funk favourite! And yes, these two scales work perfectly together as their notes overlap (other than the ?5, but, we?ll throw the ?5 in the Dorian horns as well). Right, so E Blues contains the notes: E G A B? B? D, so you can use any of those notes in your bass line. And by the way, if you want our blues scale hack for funky bass lines, along with a MIDI file example, then that?s all included in our Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down).

STEP 3. SYNCOPATED MOTIF
Now, as you?ve given Mr Brown all the ones, you?re free to do whatever you want everywhere else. So, you?re gonna create a syncopated motif, which you can then repeat (and vary) to make your bass line. And if you?re new to those terms. Syncopation is when you accent an off-beat, and that injects energy into your groove. And a motif is a short musical idea, which you repeat to give your bass line structure and make it memorable. Our motif consists of a three-note descending line, where the last note is a syncopated 1/16 note. We then repeat our motif, starting on the note we ended on, to form a larger six-note motif. Right, now it?s time to create a motif in your second bar. And yes, you?re leaving the rest of your first bar open, cos space is essential in a funky bass line. And once you?ve created your motif, repeat it in your fourth bar with a variation. We varied our motif by playing it ascending. Next, repeat the original motif in your sixth bar, but add a couple notes. Also, throw in some extra notes at the end of your fourth bar and in your fifth bar. These extra notes start building the energy towards your big ending, which is coming up next.

STEP 4. CHROMATIC ENDING
Many great funk bass lines have a wild sound to them, which is often a result of venturing out of the scale. And the classic place to do this, is at the end of your line. This not only builds tension, it also prevents your bass line from becoming boring and predictable. So, in your eighth bar, you?re gonna write a melodic run that uses our old friend Syncopation, as well as our new friend Chromaticism. In Dorian, some funky favourites when it comes to chromatic notes are the 7 (especially when played between the ?7 and the root), and the ?2 (especially when played between the root and the 2 leading to the ?3). Also, remember the funky ?5, which you should use liberally throughout your bass line.

NEXT
Okay, so now that you?ve got one section down, how do you write the other sections? And then, how do you transition between all the sections (especially when they?re in different keys)? And then, how do you structure and arrange your song? Well, these are issues that many songwriters and producers struggle with, and that?s exactly why we made our online apprenticeship course. So, if you wanna overcome these obstacles once and for all, then our course is definitely for you!

Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
Music Teachers & Producers in Vancouver BC, Canada

 

LEVELS
Level 1 - Read our free book (below) & watch our YouTube videos
Level 2 - Read our "Part 1" book & "Songwriting & Producing" PDF
Level 3 - Practice making music using our lessons (PDF+MIDI+WAV)
Level 4 - Learn our secret art of song-whispering & finish your music

ABOUT
Hack Music Theory is a pioneering DAW method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series "Hack Music Theory", and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more! Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who's been trained by Ray to teach his method. On that note, the "Hack Music Theory" YouTube channel teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).

COPYRIGHT
© 2019 Revolution Harmony
Revolution Harmony is Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
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?The most brilliant, fast, easy & fun music theory book I?ve ever seen!? DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder

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