Learn How To Make Your First Melody - No Experience Required!
Course last updated 10.8.2016. Note: This course uses minimal music theory, and is recommended more for the curious beginner with zero music experience than the somewhat seasoned music producer who is looking to up his melody creation skills.
Learn the basics of making your melody from Colin: A professional music/ghost producer with 4+ years of experience. With a discography of over 200 dance/hip hop tracks, his productions has received acclaim from the likes of Studio DMI, EDM(dot)com and many more.
In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals, shortcuts and best resources for learning concepts such as:
......and much more!
So whether you're a music enthusiast wanting to get a deeper appreciation for your favorite compositions, or you're a business person looking to throw together a quick jingle for a presentation, there's something in this course for you.
Welcome to the course! I'm excited to walk you through the steps of making your first track. Before I do that however, Udemy tells me you like to learn a little bit about your instructor before delving into their content, so I'll give you my elevator-pitch introduction
My name is Colin, I've been producing dance music and hip hop for over four years. I currently ghost produce (i.e. make tracks for other DJs) for a website myself and a friend run called Middle8Studios.com. I also produce under an alter-ego DJ Veaux: A persona under which I release dance music tracks. I also occasionally tour with vocalist Jordan Riley for his "Revolution of Light" tour.
Now that you know a little bit about my background, let's get into making your first melody :D
A short list of the best videos to get you up to speed on the basics of music. I figured instead of reinventing the wheel I link to the videos that I found helped me the most. They won't cover everything you need to know, but they'll give you just enough knowledge to start making a melody.
A short set of questions to make sure you learned what you needed to in order to start making melodies.
Some tools/tricks to consider using in creating your melodies.
In this video, I'll teach you the I-IV-V-IV progression: An easy to learn yet powerful chord progression commonly used by composers for creating melodies.
In this video, I'll teach you how to create the I-IV-V-IV progression on the computer in FL Studio.
In this video, I'll teach you how to make your first melody on the piano.
In this video, I'll teach you how to make your first melody in FL Studio.
A quick quiz to make sure you generally understand the process of creating a melody.
In this bonus video, I show you a more advanced technique I use for coming up with melodies. Requires some ear training in addition to some piano chops. A great technique for those of you who have theses skills, and an extra incentive for those of you who don't to continue learning.
A curated list of my favorite resources for learning more about melody production.
A short taste of the "Making Your First Hip Hop Track from Scratch" Udemy course from yours truly. In this video, I dissect the fundamental building blocks of a song. If you want to check out the full course, check the resources for the link!
Colin Warn is a dance music producer and a Middle8Studio ghost producer, hailing from Seattle. For some reason he also enjoys talking about himself in the third person.
Alter ego DJ Veaux. He's been teaching music production on forums from the legendary Laidback Luke production forums to the Max Vangeli "The Lab" forums for over four years. His productions have received praise from the likes of Studio DMI, recording studio for artists like Diplo and Borgeous. He's made about 200+ tracks as of writing this bio from hip hop to dance music, and he continues to make 1-2 tracks a week.
Currently touring with Jordan Riley, so while he isn't on the road he's sitting down to figure out how he can help his fellow producer become the best artist they can be.