I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for patterns. This is what I found. For many people, listening to music elicits such an emotional response that the idea of dredging it for statistics and structure can seem odd or even misguided. But knowing these patterns can give one a deeper more fundamental sense for how music works; for me this makes listening to music a lot more interesting. Of course, if you play an instrument or want to write songs, being aware of these things is obviously of great practical importance. In this article, we’ll look at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions. First we’ll look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music.
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Rhythmic Dictation Rhythmic Dictation Transcription of rhythmic patters in simple and compound meters with different levels of difficulty. Options The rhythms are grouped in categories of simple measures with quarter note as the unit of time, compound meters with dotted quarter as the unit of time and simple meters with half notes as the unit of time. Select the desired levels (green color indicates selection). You can select all levels of a category by clicking on the upper buttons.
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Outline of basic music theory Professional music theory: an outline of basic music theory. Preface and Chapter 1 of the Outline of basic music theory – by Oscar van Dillen ©2011-2014 The beginner’s learning book can be found at Basic elements of music theory. Overview of chapters: Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Sound and hearing Chapter 3: Musical notation Chapter 4: Basic building blocks of melody and harmony Chapter 5: Consonance and dissonance Chapter 6: Circle of fifths and transposition Chapter 7: Concerning rhythm, melody, harmony and form Chapter 8: Further study Preface Drum Tuning Tips From The Famous Drum Doctor If you’re doing a session in Los Angeles and you want your drums to instantly sound great, then your first call is to the Drum Doctors to either rent a fantastic sounding kit, or have your kit tuned. Ross Garfield is the “Drum Doctor” and you’ve heard his drum sounds on platinum recordings from Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Metallica, Dwight Yokum, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitiz, Michael Jackson and many, many more. Ross was kind enough to sit down for an interview when I wrote The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, but I’ve featured some of his tips in other books as well including The Drum Recording Handbook, The Touring Musician’s Handbook, and The Music Producer’s Handbook. So, I like to think his tips are worth sharing! Here are a few of his quick drum tuning tips, which can be lifesavers if you’re new to tuning drums. Hopefully these tips are useful to you in your next session!
B6. Composition - Modulation Thursday, 29 September 2011 Grade 6 Online Course Hits: 8616 What is Modulation? “Modulation” is an important sounding word which just means “change of key”. A modulation can happen with or without a change in keysignature.
Online Ear Training with Intervals, Melodies, and Jazz Chord Progressions Play Mode controls what happens when you click play. Auto-mode, puts the player on a loop, delaying each loop for as long as desired. Check this box to immediately show the first note of the sequence as it plays. In Rhythm Section mode, the "first note" displayed is the key without the progression/chord type. Check this box to delay the complete results of what was just played.
Lyric Writing Exercises: a 5-Day Workshop Guest post by Maria Rainier If you’re anything like most songwriters, you’re all too familiar with that frustrating sensation of being stuck in a rut. You know it’s important to write something – anything – every day, but there are times when that just seems impossible. Maybe you don’t have enough energy, you might be too critical of your first attempts, or you could be missing out on the muse. Whatever the reason, you can still get your daily writing done in a productive way if you introduce new exercises into your routine. The next chance you get, try starting this five-day lyric writing exercise workshop – it’s the perfect way to begin a week of successful songwriting.
Tom Pankhurst's ChoraleGUIDE - Voice-leading rules (Double SLAP) Composers have always paid careful attention to way in which their melodic lines work with each other, as well as to the individual shapes of the lines themselves. The way in which the voices lead from one note to the next is called voice-leading. The texture of chorales is very simple, with all four voices are moving together, so anything awkward stands out very obviously. Bach is therefore particularly careful with the voice-leading in chorales, although the same basic principles are followed in virtually all tonal music. Whatever style of music you are composing or arranging in, you need to pay at least as much attention to voice-leading as to harmony, which is one reason why Bach chorales provide such good training for musicians. The list below provides a handy way of remembering things that you need to check for in your chorales, which I have arranged in the form of a mnemonic.
Free Online Voice Generator Free online voice generator. This voice synthesizer tool allows you to enter any text into the box and listen to a computer generated voice speaking the output. Different browsers and operating systems have different voices (typically including male and female voices and foreign accents), so look at the options in the dropdown box to see what voices are available. Please note, as this is very new technology, the voice generator is currently only compatible with the latest version of Chrome or Safari. Firefox and Internet Explorer are not currently supported. 200 useful chord phrases in C major We've spent two full months of this blog exploring the basics of chord writing in rock music so you can create your own chord progressions (or chord phrases, as I like to call them). Personally, I love this stuff! There are so many hidden symmetries to discover, so many subtle relationships between notes that you can play with.
De-Mystifying Tonal Counterpoint I want to talk about the difference between what we have been calling your "sketch," and "material" that you "flesh it out" with. In other words, to make an analogy with architecture, what is the relation between the "structure" of the building, and the "stuff" you build it with? Or, as some say, what's the difference between "form" and "content"? How to Write a Song (with 3 Sample Songs) Three Methods:Sample SongsListen to the MastersLearn the CraftCommunity Q&A From before King David, to the Reformation, to the colonization of the Americas, and into present times, music has been a big part of civilization. The process of creating music has evolved over time—we've developed more words, fine tuned melody, and stacks of Marshall amps that go to 11—but the urge to express ourselves in song remains as strong as ever. This article will show you how to do it. Ad