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Old 2003-12-14, 03:14
edebussc edebussc is offline
 
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Need some tips on writing music!

I have used Reason to create two songs so far and I must say that this program truly rocks! However, I'm having some trouble with the songs because they just don't sound quite right. I'm not exactly sure how to fix them but I do know they lack the kind of flow you hear from most trance songs and that's the sort of thing I want to go for. Does anybody know of a web site that provides some tips on music writing? Like what makes a song sound good? Maybe there's a book out there I could buy? If you have any tips for me directly, please feel free to post here too.

Oh, my songs are here:
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Old 2003-12-14, 07:29
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Re: Need some tips on writing music!

:I have used Reason to create two songs so far and I must say that this program truly rocks! However, I'm having some trouble with the songs because they just don't sound quite right. I'm not exactly sure how to fix them but I do know they lack the kind of flow you hear from most trance songs and that's the sort of thing I want to go for. Does anybody know of a web site that provides some tips on music writing? Like what makes a song sound good? Maybe there's a book out there I could buy? If you have any tips for me directly, please feel free to post here too.
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:Oh, my songs are here:


Listen up:

You wanna write better songs? Don't look for a website or a book. All you can do is listen. Listen hard to those who have done what you WANT to do successfully.

Listen long, and hard. To as much stuff as you can. That's how you learn.

And remember this: it's going to be your take on the genre, and it's not gonna (and shouldn't) sound like everything that's gone before.

stace

/too drunk to type, really
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Old 2003-12-14, 12:02
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Re: Need some tips on writing music!

Yeah man, I hear you. I was in your position a couple of years ago. I suggest this. Forget trying to "compose material" right now. First you have to learn how to use automation (I mean REALLY learn how to use automation) Start with programming some different drum loops, making the second one progress from the first. Start off with an easy techno groove on straight 4's, then for your second loop, add snare hits or something. You should be able to program these from scratch but if your lazy use Dr. Rex and pick beats you like. Then lay down some bass (nicely compressed FingerBass of an NN-XT sounds good) and them some keys and synth leads and youll have yourself a dance party in no time.

You really DO have to start listening to music really closely to get the hang of translating from what you hear in your head to what comes out with Reason.

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Old 2003-12-14, 14:47
yoshilee yoshilee is offline
 
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Listening is quit a good advice!!!

As mentioned in the post before listening is quit the best.

For myself, ideas often come while working with reason. Playing around with the sounds and effects, i just let the sounds itself play and watch the way it takes...

Then i start to put a bit structure to it, like intro part etc. I try to set up a raw version that goes from the beginning to the end. Later on i start the fine work adding additional fill ins of the drum, fx sounds etc. and do some variations of the sounds alreadys in there.

But nevertheless trust your own ears ever!!!
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Old 2003-12-14, 16:04
edebussc edebussc is offline
 
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Re: Listening is quit a good advice!!!

OK, thanks for the tips! I guess there's nothing concrete about such a creative process.
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Old 2003-12-14, 16:26
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Re: Need some tips on writing music!


:Listen up:
:
:You wanna write better songs? Don't look for a website or a book. All you can do is listen. Listen hard to those who have done what you WANT to do successfully.
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:Listen long, and hard. To as much stuff as you can. That's how you learn.

Tell me about it. If all one had to do was read a book or website in order to learn the craft, then everyone would sound like The Beatles. ;-)

Cheers,

EnochLight
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Old 2013-04-03, 02:30
Gude Gude is offline
 
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Check out the you tube videos. Read reason forums. You will learn that some of the stuff is a waste of time. Practice. Make mistakes. practice. practice. Your songs are on the right path. Learn separation of instruments with right eq and compression. Not the answer you expect but that's what everybody does. I hope this encourages you.
 

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