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Electronic Music Arrangement: Escape the 8 Bar Loop

This course will give you the ability to start and finish songs with confidence and ease. Leave those 8 bar loops behind
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Created by Zachary Citron
Last updated 11/2014
English
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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Description

Have trouble getting started with a track? Have you ever finished one?

Do you find yourself listening to the same 8 bar loop over and over again, unable to make a full song out of it?

Do you struggle to get the ideas in your head onto your computer?

Do you find yourself lost and unfocused? That you don’t have enough time to spend creating music?

Do you find yourself unable to write, arrange, and structure songs?

If this sounds like you, join me in this video course as I create a song entirely from scratch with an easy to follow step-by-step method that will have you making tunes for life.

In this video course, I share the easy to follow process that I use to create tracks that eliminates creative blocks and guarantees a finished song when you’re done with it.

This video course is broken up into easy-to-follow sections so that you can choose to work alongside me or digest it all before diving in.

After watching this course you’ll have the confidence and ability to get started with a song, arrange it, and then finish it. Over and over again.

Let’s turn those 8 bar loops into 16, 32, and entire songs!

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Caution!

While this is an introductory course for electronic music arrangement, this is not and introductory course for how to use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). If you are not comfortable in whatever software you use to make music, I recommend you do that first.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has trouble completing tracks or finishing songs can benefit. Anyone who has numerous 8-bar loops on their hard drive and wants to actually finish them. This course assumes you have knowledge of your DAW or Software. You do not need to have any experience with arrangement.
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What Will I Learn?
A complete understanding of how to arrange a track
A complete understanding of how to finish a track
Deep insight into how energy and tension work to bring your music alive
Understand how to use transitions in your music
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Requirements
  • Any DAW or Software to make music with! Or not, really. You could arrange a track old-school on paper like Bach.
Curriculum For This Course
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The Beginning
2 Lectures 02:16

Before hopping into the course, let's talk about how to set yourself up for success by figuring out your rituals and handling distractions.

Before We Start
01:25

A quick run down about expectations about the rest of the course.

Introduction
00:51
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Creating the Core
4 Lectures 39:57

We will begin constructing the core beat of our track with kicks, snares, and hi-hats.

Creating the Beat
05:15

After completing the beat, we move onto constructing the harmony with chords and a melody.

Creating the Harmony
07:32

We now take a moment to do some production work for the sounds currently in our track.

Production
17:09

To finalize our core loop, we will "fill it out" by using simple arrangement techniques.

Preview 10:01
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Constructing the Song
5 Lectures 47:25

Every song has a beginning! Here, we will look at constructing our songs Intro and how it ties into rest of the track.

The Intro
13:42

Before moving forward, we will sketch out the entirety of our arrangement to give ourselves context as we continue on.

Fleshing Out the Song
03:36

Here we talk about how to best use energy and tension to create a successful breakdown.

The Breakdown
05:54

Now we talk about how to best use energy and tension to create a successful build-up as we lead into the Drop.

The Build-Up
07:55

In this section, we will discuss the purpose of a Drop and how to amp them up. Then, we will plug-in our core loop and begin to shift energy and tension within it.

The Drop and the Beat
16:18
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The Second Half
3 Lectures 35:10

Our songs not done yet but most of the legwork is. Now we will begin to arrange the second half of our song using our previous building blocks.

The Second Half (Part A)
10:01

Here we continue arranging the second half our song.

The Second Half (Part B)
12:34

Finally, we wrap things up with an Outro at the end and talk about how to best close out your track.

The Outro
12:35
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The End
2 Lectures 10:15

Some parting words of wisdom as well as a final listen to our completed track. You can also grab the How to Finish a Track cheat sheet here.

Epilogue
10:15

My reader acclaimed eBook on Electronic Music Arrangement is included in this course. You can download it here! It is completely supplementary to the video course and goes much more in-depth on concepts like energy, tension, and emotion.

Electronic Music Arrangement Book
67 pages
About the Instructor
4.0 Average rating
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388 Students
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Zenchamusic Author and Computer Music Mag Columnist

My name is Zachary Citron, or Zencha, and I man the ship at Zenchamusic which is a creative-process focused music production website.

I am the original writer for Computer Music Magazine’s column Creative Concepts, a space where creative aspects of music production get the limelight in an otherwise technical publication.

Not only have I finished hundreds of songs — I’ve also attended Pyramind Training in San Francisco’s South of Market Area which left an enormous impact on my production skills and perspective.

My official releases include: Shinshu In Bloom, an Okami Remix album successfully funded on Kickstarter; Ceremony of Leaves, an independent moody electronic album of various genres and styles; Tokyo Rails, a short EP inspired by a trip to Japan; a release on Beatport through Breakshop Studios for the Church Williams remix EP, titled Invisible Signs – Zencha Remix; and finally, through Epiphyte Records, a TestPress release and award for my track MicroFracture.

By day, I’m a game designer working at independent game studio called Hammer & Chisel, making hardcore games for tablets. I also drink way too much tea and eat way too much sushi (gimme dat’ Saba). Oh, and I make music sometimes :).

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