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21 Lessons (2h 5m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. What is Music?

    • 3. Simple Songwriting Setup

    • 4. Example Song in Garageband App

    • 5. Top Tips for Making Music

    • 6. Music Making Apps for your Smartphone/Tablet

    • 7. Music Making Software for Your Computer

    • 8. Rhythm - Measures (Bars) and Time Signatures

    • 9. Rhythm - Note Values

    • 10. Tempo

    • 11. Music Notes on Piano/Keyboard

    • 12. Musical Scales

    • 13. Chords

    • 14. Chord Progressions

    • 15. Melody

    • 16. Song Structure

    • 17. Build your own Home Music Studio

    • 18. Live Demo 1 - Rhythm

    • 19. Live Demo 2 - Chords

    • 20. Live Demo 3 - Melody

    • 21. Congratulations! =)

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Is this Class for You?
Have you ever thought about learning how to make your own music, but don't really know how to start. Then this class is perfect for you.

What will You Learn?
In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of music, so that you can get started with making music yourself. Learn all the ingredients of music, the tools you need to get started, and get actionable tips on how to practice what you learn, and then create your own music.

Anyone can Make Music
Music is not rocket science. It is art, and it comes from your heart and soul. I truly believe Everyone can make music. Why? Because Music is really just a mix of Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. It really is that easy, so you can do it to! =)

Start Making your own Music Today
Are you ready to learn how you can make your own music, without having any prior knowledge? Just click the enroll button, and I am waiting for you in the next video. Soon you will be able to Make your own Music and Songs.

Friendly regards,
Mikael "Mike" Baggström
Music Composer | Sound Designer

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Mikael Baggström

Music Composer | Sound Designer | Video Producer


Hey Friends and Creative People!

My name is Mike, and I am a Music Composer, Sound Designer and Artist. I Share my Story, Journey, Experience and Knowledge, to Inspire and Empower Creative People like you. =)


I believe that learning should be fun. I love to bring my personality into my teaching style. I also try to make my courses dynamic, to be more interesting to you. =)

You are more than welcome to visit my website to learn more about who I am.

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1. Welcome: Hey, friends and welcome. Let me ask you this. Have you ever thought about learning how to make your own music, but don't really know how to start? Then this calls is perfect for you. In this cause, you will learn the fundamentals of music so that you can get started with making music yourself. Learn all the ingredients of music, the tools you need to get started and get actionable tips on how to practice what you learn and then create your own music. Music is not rocket science. It is art. And it comes from your heart and soul. I truly believe everyone can make music. Why? Because music is really just a mix off rhythm, melody and harmony. It really is that easy. So you can do it too. Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Mike and I am a music composer and sound designer from Sweden with experience of music production since around 1998. My biggest passion in life is to inspire and motivate creative people like you. By sharing my story and journey as an artist, you are more than welcome to follow my journey and get behind the scenes content on my website and on social media. All right, Are you ready to learn how you can make your own music without having any prior knowledge? Just click the enroll button and I'm waiting for you in the next video. 2. What is Music?: what is music? A question that has as many answers that there are people in the world. Let's check out these really answers I have got from asking that question to several people , music is the language of the soul. Music is painted time. Music is languages. Sister, think about this question for a moment. What is music to you now? What is the logical definition of music? Here's Wikipedia's definition. Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound and silence. Which existing time, the common elements of music are pitch, which governs melody and harmony. Rhythm on its associate ID concepts. Temple meter and articulation, dynamics, loudness and softness on the sonic qualities off Tom Burr and texture, which are sometimes termed the color off a musical sound. I have a personal definition of music, though, and it is much simpler and Jesus Falls. Music is emotion carried by sound. This makes more sense to me because music can be happy or sad. Music can be aggressive or soothing. Music can be beautiful or even their sense of horror. Just listen to a film score and you realize how powerful music really is. How much it adds and elevates emotions in a movie. Now let me explain the basic ingredients of music for you. At least, this is how I seed music is simply a mix off rhythm, melody and harmony. That's it. It really is that simple. But there are countless variations off melodies, harmonies and rhythms, and it is up to you to come up with your personal variations to create your own music. So now take a moment to think about what music means to you and the power it has on your emotions. I Mike, and I'll see you in the next video, my friends. 3. Simple Songwriting Setup: Now, what tools do you need to start with song writing at making your own music? Well, to be honest, you can start with a really basic set up. You can simply start with an iPad and the Garrett Band app and then use your headset that came with your iPad for monitoring your music as well as recording your voice for singing, rapping, humming or whatever you like, That's it. That's the absolute simplest set up you can start with. And even if you someday get a complete home studio like this with music production suffered on your computer, a meaty keyboard, a real microphone And so, um, you can still use this super simple set up for basic songwriting, brainstorming sessions and getting your ideas out of your head as quickly and easily as possible. So I can truly recommend these route again. An iPad with an app called Garrett Band, plus your ordinary headset. That's all you need to get started. I truly believe everyone can make music, but as with everything in life, you need to practice the art to improve. I wish you the best of luck with your music creations and some writing. My name is Mike signing out, and you looked my friends 4. Example Song in Garageband App: in this video, I'm going to show you how I created a short and simple little song in Onley about 10 minutes using my iPad and the Garrett Ban app. So keep on watching, So let me show you a short and simple song. But I have already created using the Garretts Ban app on my iPad. I will guide you through all the ports of the track, step by step. This song is only eight boards long, but it includes all the main elements of music, which are rhythm, harmony and milady. If I wanted to, I could add more sections to extend this track and make it a complete song. I could then import it when it's done to the garish bands, software or even Logic Pro X on My Mac to make the final adjustments and polish it into a professional mix. So don't be fooled by the East of use off the Garrett Band app on the iPad because you can really use this EP to create complete songs. Let's first take a listen to this short little song, which I humbly named my Simply Amazing song. Let's open up the song by clicking on it here. Okay, let's take you. Listen to my song now, way right now. Let's break it down. First we have the drum track, which takes care off the rhythm part of his song. So let's click on the first track, which is a drum machine with a drum kit. Cold, big room. Now, if I then click on this button, which looks like a pair of headphones, As you can see, I can now listen to this track in solo mode. She so you can just hear the rhythm part of this track, which is played by this drum machine. So let's take a listen to only the drum port, All right, so as you heard it is a really simple beat. Actually on. This is usually the case that most tracks that he record individually sounds really simple . But when you hear all of them together in context, it makes for a full and complete sound. The next track in these song is a piano based on a classical grand piano sound, and it basically takes scares off the court progression so it makes up the harmony off the track. Let's take a listen to that in Seoul, the mode as well. Now here's a tip for you regarding cool progressions that will make it much easier for you and increase your workflow when making music and working with course and harmonies. Here is my advice. When you have come up with a cool progression that you want record. Write it down in a note. That way you can easily add base other harmonies and play chords with other instruments that follow the core progression that you have just made. Now here is a really nice feature that will make it easy for you to keep all your court progressions in your song organized. You actually have access to a note pad right in the Garret Band app. Click on the icon up in the right corner that looks like a wrench. There you will find in menu with the option called North Pad. Let's click that. And as you can see, I have already written down the code progression for Section A. I like to write the courts, followed by the length before it switches to another court. Even if you use another app or software for making music, I can strongly recommend that you always write down your chord progressions for all your sections in your song. Even if your music making app doesn't have a note pad in it, you can simply use a note pad app on your film, create a new note for your song at the title to your song and write down all the court progressions that he used throughout the song as you created. Let me demonstrate the point of doing this, so if you look here again, we have the note pad and the court progression is there. Then I can simply go here and look at the corporation, right? So it's C f g f a minor and then back to see. And then if I record a new instrument, I can always go back to check the court progression. Now I can add a base or another track that play chords and harmonies much more easily, since I can always look back on the court progression that I used. So I first created the court progression using this classical grand piano instrument here the second track. But then, as I created the new track here, the third, which or a string section instead of just experimenting and playing around until I found the cool progression again. I just went up here, Do the note pad, checked my chord progression, and then I could easily, as I produced, ah, recorded the string section, play the court progression, as I have already created it for the piano port, Let me show you. So again, go into the note pad to check your core progression. All right, so it was C for one bore F for one boar D for one bar F for half a bar and a minor for half a bar. Let me just play that now way. Listen to the fourth track, which is a new acoustic guitar in solar mode. You can hear that it is the same cool progression again. So now you have heard the rhythm of the song, which is made by this drum machine track here. The Harmony, which means the cold progressions off the song, which is played by three tracks in this song, a classical grand piano, a string quarter it and on acoustic guitar. So now it's time for the melody, which I actually recorded myself by singing, even though I am by no means a singer. So let's take a listen to the lead vocal track in solo mode. I know you. You really enjoy the song. I know because it's simply amazing. All right. So hopefully you are a better singer than me. But now you have heard all the five tracks that makes up this short little song. And you can do this too. It's super easy, and I will show you how so I have just demonstrated to you a short little song that I made using Onley this iPad and this headset That's it. No extra microphone, no media keyboard, just my creativity and the Garretts band app on my iPad. You can, of course, use another music making app if you want to. But if you have an iPad, I truly recommend starting out with Garrett Band. So go and install the Garrett Byrne app and start experimenting with rhythm, harmony and melodies for yourself. My name is like signing out and you rock my friends 5. Top Tips for Making Music: in this video, I'm going to share my top tips for making music faster, easier and more fun. Basically, I'm going to teach you how you can optimize your music production. Work low. Here we go. Tip number one. Use your voice to brainstorm your creative ideas, even if you are not going to have vocals and lyrics in your track. You have a wonderful to at your disposal for coming up with ideas for melodies, rhythms and musical expression. Your voice. I always like to have a dedicated track in my projects, where I hum in melody ideas. Beat books in rhythmic grooves. Make crazy sound effects, etcetera. The easiest way to get your ideas out of your head and into your recording software is to record your voice tip number to write down your chord progressions to keep an overview of your song. This is a really simple but effective technique that even many music professionals forget. Let's say you have a verse that is 16 bars long. It can be difficult to remember all the court changes in your head when you, for example, are going to add a baseline mawr harmony parts and more chords or even writing a melody. That's why I recommend having a note pad where you write down the core progressions for all sections off your song. You can use a note pad app on your phone. Create a note for each song at. In that note, you write down the sections of your song and the corresponding court progressions. Tip number three. Use moke up tracks to write your music faster. This is a step up from your voice, sketch track and core progression notes. Basically, when you start a new song instead of trying to find the perfect sounds and get things sounding just like you want it, I recommend you to create a couple off moke up tricks that are not going to end up on the final exported song. Instead, you use them just to say graphical artists starts out in new painting. By creating a rough pencil sketch, for example, you could create one more cup track to get your basic rhythm part down. I recommend a simple drum kit for that one more cup track for the core progressions, and I recommend a simple piano sound or acoustic guitar and one more cup track for your melodies, and here I recommend either an audio track to ham in your melodies or a string sound, which usually works great for melodies as well. With those three mo cap tracks, you have the three main elements of music. Rhythm, harmony. Add melody. If you want to get a bit more advanced in your mock up sketch, you can create two more tracks 14 base and one for accents. Tip number four learned to follow the kiss principle to help you actually finish in your songs. Case stands for Keep it simple, stupid. The Kiss Principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. Therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design on unnecessary complexity should be avoided in music. This means that you should always remember the basic elements rhythm, harmony and melody. You don't need that many instruments playing any of them to make a good song. In fact, the more you add, the more difficult it will be to mix it into a professional sounding song. For each instrument or sound you add, go back to the kiss principle and ask yourself, Does this really add to the overall experience for the listener off the song. In many cases, you try to add more things just because you can. But remember that the end result is all that matters to the listener. Tip number five. Collect your ideas when you get them. It's strange we music makers can sit on the bus, take a walk in the park or clean our apartment and all of a sudden get great ideas for melodies, grooves, riffs and new songs. But as soon as we sit down in front of our computer and music making software with a blank , clean project, we are stuck. Well, that's why I recommend you to always have a means off. Collecting your musical ideas when you're out and about on these is actually easier than ever today because almost everyone has a smartphone. So simply install a voice recording app and hum or sing in your ideas as soon as you get them. Tip number six. Learn basic music theory to get the results you want faster. Many people say you don't need to learn any music theory it all in order to make music on. In most cases, that is partly true because you can even make hit songs without knowing any off the underlying music theory off the song. But knowing basic music theory can get you to the results. You want many times faster because you actually know what you do and why. So I really, really recommend you to learn at least the essentials of music theory. If you want to be serious with music making and tip numbers, seven. Practice makes perfect because making more music is the best way to improve. So my final and most important advice is that you should focus on making more music instead of better music, because by making lots and lots off songs, the quality will increase rapidly by you. Consistently practicing your court, you can spend weeks and even months trying to perfect a track you are working on. But scientific studies have shown that focusing on creating a higher quantity off content actually will increase the level of quality much faster than trying to optimize and polish one piece of work. All right, so that was my top tips for making music. I hope you take all these tips to heart, and I wish you good luck and happy music making. I might signing out, and you broke my friends 6. Music Making Apps for your Smartphone/Tablet: in this video, I'm going to give you my top recommendations for music making APS on your smartphone. So keep on watching. There are so many choices for music making APS today both for your mobile devices and your computer, but I want to get you started writing who? Hey, with making music after you have taken this close, the easiest thing to start with our music making abs for your smartphone or tablet that will get you going fast and you will be creating your own songs sooner than you can imagine . After you have experimented with these mobile APS, you can always go deeper by exploring the music making world using a computer. However, I should tell you that there are many people making move bile studio setups, using their iPad and connecting all things they need into that device. All right, here is the list of music making L songwriting EPS for mobile or tablet that I recommend you to check out first, starting with the easiest and going towards more advanced but all of these or great for beginners. My first recommendation is an app called figure. I would say that this is one of the E. C s music making abs I have ever tested while also being one of the most fun. You can create your own beats in just a couple of minutes. Some people even create a new beat on the bus on their way to work or school. I would say Start with this one to get your creative juices flowing. It is only for creating backing music and beats, so it does not have audio recording included. But that is what makes this absolute easy to use and great for complete beginners off music creation. My second recommendation is the Garrett Band EP. This is actually my top choice for starting out with some writing. And making music is also one of the most popular music creation EPPS in the world. There are a wide range of instruments included and loss of smart ways to use touch. To record an add feeling to your performance, you can quickly find your favorite sounds with the streamlined sound browser, and you can get started with just your iPad and your headset and later expand by adding, for example, an external microphone to get higher quality audio recordings. Added bonus with using Garrett bad is that if you also have a Mac computer, you can actually open your projects that he made on your iPhone or iPad on your Mac version off garish band and continue your track there. My third recommendation is if full studio mobile, this APP works for all major platforms off mobile systems. And just as with garish band, you can continue your project on your computer version off ever FL studio. If you own that software, of course. All right, so those are my top three recommendations for music making APS for creating beats and music with your mobile or tablet. Now go to the APP store for your device and install well or more of these music, making APS to try out for yourself or search for other ones if you want to. Good luck with exploring music, making efs and, most importantly, have fun. I might signing out and you rock my friends 7. Music Making Software for Your Computer: in this video, I'm going to give you my top three recommendations for beginner music production software on your computer, so keep on watching. If you are new to making music, I suggest that you first start out with a mobile music making EP like, for example, the Garrett ban up. But if you want to dive a bit deeper and get more control, there are a lot of choices for software to make music with on your computer in the world or professional music. The software used for making music with on your computer is called D. A W. This is just a term for this kind of software. It stands for digital audio workstation on. While that might sound a little technical and scary, it is simply a program to record and produce music with. Now, let me give you my top recommendations off music production software for beginners on your computer. These are basically lighter versions off a full professional, D A w. But for most people, they arm or than enough to make your music with if you have a Mac computer, my first recommendation is Garrett Band. This is a great start, and for most people all you need to make all the music you like. It has everything. Lots of instruments and sounds. Effects. You can record external instruments, vocals, mix your music and, of course, export your final song. My second recommendation is propeller Heads. Recent essentials have, despite off the funny name I started using this D A W way back in 2001 I think, when it was first released. Now, many upgrades later. I have to say that this is one off the most beautiful and intuitive DPW's because everything is so visual, it feels like a studio in the books. A good thing is that you can later upgrade these life version to the fully featured version of Reason on. My third recommendation is Steinberg sequel. Siegel has everything you need to make your ideas fly. Plus, it's easy to use Recording and performing music is very intuitive, and it also comes with loss of quality recording and editing tools. All right, now, go and check out these three options. If you want to make music using your computer, try them out. Or you can, of course, search for other alternatives. If none of these one suit you good luck with exploring music, making software for your computer. And remember, making music is creative, satisfying and fun. I might signing out and you rock my friends. 8. Rhythm - Measures (Bars) and Time Signatures: So what is rhythm? I would define rhythm as a mix off sounds and silence in a deliberately structured way and temple. It is very important for you to master rhythm first, since it is the very cool off music. Rhythm is not only important for drums and percussion. Rhythm is present in melodies, chords and harmonies as well. What do I mean by this? Well, think about it. If the sound is constant, it is not music. And if the silence is constant, well, it might be pleasant and relaxing. But it is definitely not music. So rhythm is literally the essence of music, the very foundation that you need to be able to make your own music. No one really knows when people started making music, but I would guess that rhythm came first. Perhaps it started many thousands of years ago when someone picked up two rocks and bang them together. I guess that would be called really old school Rook. Just kidding. Learning rhythm is actually very easy, since it almost seems like we has humans have rhythm in our blood. As soon as we hear a rhythm, our body responds to the groove, and many times, we automatically start to note our head, tap our foot or even dance. As a music composer, I almost instantly start humming melodies that simply pope into my head When I hear a rhythm, How about you? Rhythm in Music is based on something called Time Signature on Before you panic from this music for you Return, Let me explain. Time Signature is just an indicator to describe how you count each mission of a piece of music you make a measure, also called a boar, is simply the segments music is divided into. There are many different times signatures a song can have, but I can tell you that you don't need to worry. But because there is one time signature that is used in the vast majority off all music ever created and it is called 44 it simply means that the underlying count for your music is four beats per measure. In practical terms, this means that you simply count to four in a straight fashion like this. 12341234 and so on. The 44 Times Singer is actually so much used that it is often called common time. Another fairly common time signature in music is 34 which sounds like this 123123123 and so on. Great. Now you know about time, signatures and measures in music to get a better feeling for this, I want you to use a metro No, to listen to different time signatures and temples, and also to practice making everything and staying on beat. Hey, Metro no is simply a pace keeping device. It can be used to practice piano, guitar or any other instrument on. It is also often used in recording situations to help in making the poor performance tighter. You don't need a physical metre norm devised these days. It comes with all music making software, and you can even download an app for your smartphone, which I suggest you do right now. All right, so start by setting the Metrodome to 44 and listen to various temples, then switch to 34 to get a feel for that kind off time signature. Try out other time signatures if you want, but remember that 44 and 34 or by for the most used time signatures in music so think about that before you try to go super crazy in creating your rhythms and beats. But if you want to go wild, no one is stopping you. 9. Rhythm - Note Values: So now you know what a bore or measure of music is. It's the segments music is divided into. You also know about time signatures, which are used to indicate how you count every bar in your soul. Next, you need to learn all the rhythmic note values. The rhythmic note values off. Music is basically a greed where notes are divided into smaller and smaller ports, which in turn means faster and faster rhythm. The longest rhythmic value is a whole note. A whole note is the length off a full bar. Next comes 1/2 note, which of course is half aboard in length. Then we have quarter notes, which is the length off 1/4 overboard. This means that you can fit 4/4 notes in one board, and so the rhythmic note values continue to be cut in half. Eight North's 16th notes. 32nd adult finally, 64th notes. 32nd and 64th notes are very rarely used, so you can focus practicing all note links to 63 notes. Now let's take a look at a practical example off rhythmic note values. These two lines represents one bore off music. The musical notation for a whole note looks like this. Now let me demonstrate what this means in practice with a line where the length represents the rhythmic note value. Seems a whole note is the length of a full bore. It would look like this now. Next is the musical notation for 1/2 note, which looks like this. And since the half note is the length off half a bore, it would look like this in my example, to make it more clear, let's add a second line to extend it to the full bore. No, you can clearly see that you can feet to half notes in one board. Next is quarter notes, and the musical notation looks like this. Let's fill the boar with Porter notes to demonstrate this. Then we have eighth notes, which looks like this, and 16th notes which will look like this. All right, let's listen to all different note values I just demonstrated, so you can get a feel for the rhythmic value they each have. Basically, you create rhythm by making a mix off these different note values. Here is a tip to get you started. Many popular styles of music used a pattern off four straight quarter notes for the kick drum, plus a snack drum on the second and fourth quarter note in the bar, then perhaps 8/8 notes in a high hat to drive the rhythm. This kind of rhythm would look like this, and it would sound like this. You could easily customize these rhythm by, for example, removing a couple of high hat eight notes and adding some 16th notes in their place. Great. Now you have learned about the greed, which is what musical note lengths are divided into. Now your action item from this video is to practice on coming up with your own rhythm. If you don't have music production software installed on your computer tablet or smartphone , you can practice creating a rhythm with your hands and fingers. You can use items that you have lying around as percussion instruments. If you want some help, I recommend using a Metrodome with a steady 44 beat like this. Can you feel it? It is so strange. As soon as we hear a rhythm, our creative mind almost automatically gets into the music mood. A rhythm is a great way to start coming up with ideas for melodies, lyrics and new songs. It is like a Kickstarter for making music. So in the future, whenever you get stuck in your some writing, go back to the basics of music, start with a rhythm, and I promise you that ideas will simply form in your mind almost by magic. All right, now go practice creating your own rhythms and take your first steps as a songwriter. I mike signing out and you look my friends. 10. Tempo: to create a rhythm, you also need to sit a tempo. You can think about the temple as the power's off your music, almost like the pals of your heart rate. When you're calm and relaxed, you have a lower pulse, and when you exercise or dance, you have a higher pulse. It is the same with rhythm. In music, a high tempo feels more energetic and a slow temple feels relaxing. The temple in music is measured in something called B P M, which stands for beats per minute. And again compare this to your heart rate, which also is measured in beats per minute. So here we have, quite literally, a connection between our heart and music. Perhaps that's why people often say that we have rhythm in our blood. All right, so how do you sit the temple of your soul? Well, that totally depends on what kind of song you want to make and the energy label you like it to have. But to give you a starting point. Most music have a temple somewhere in between 60 bpm and 180 bpm. 60 BPM might be a really slow ballad, and 180 BPM might be a driving E g M song or fast paced Spank rock song. So 60 to 180 bpm. Do you notice something here? Well, this range is actually almost the same as the range of our heart rate. The average heart rate at complete rest is around 60 bpm, and the peak or trait for most adult people is around 180 bpm. So again, music seems to be an extension off our very existence. And I find this super fascinating, don't you? Now, to get a feel for their use temples, you can download an app for your smartphone, which you can use to tap the tempo and see the actual BPM. Then listen to some of your favorite songs, both slow songs and fast songs and tap the temple and look at what kind of bpm value that song has. After a while, you will get a feel for what a certain temple actually sounds like. So go and listen to some of your favorite music and pay extra attention to the actual temple of souls. My name is Mike signing out and you look my friends 11. Music Notes on Piano/Keyboard: music is basically a mix off. Two things rhythm and pitch, all instruments and sounds and music have some kind of rhythm, and some of them also have pitch. So what is pitch pitch is a specific frequency off sound in music. Recall these pictures notes. The note system is based on 12 notes. However, you can clearly see that there are more than 12 notes on a piano keyboard. So what's the deal here? It is because those 12 notes or repeated in what's called octaves going from low to high. The note names go from A to G, the White Keys or therefore named one of these letters A, B, C, D, E, f or G. But wait, that's Onley seven notes. I just said that no system consists off 12 notes. Well, that's why you can see all those black keys as well. Those are called accidental and are used depending on the scale off the song. You will learn about scales in another video, but the main point you need to learn about the note system is that those 12 notes are repeated from low to high, all notes off the same name or cold octaves and or basically a multiple off the same frequency. So if you play a hair, then play a an octave higher, it is the same note, but double the pitch. How do you learn the notes on the keyboard? Them Well, the easiest way is to look at the black case. You can see that there are groups off three black keys and groups off to Blackie's repeated across the keyboard. It's also good to start finding Middle C on the keyboard first because it is used as a reference point. Middle C is found in the middle of the keyboard just to the left. Off this group off two black notes. Now you can find all seize on the keyboard because the pattern off notes is the same across the keyboard. So all see notes or just to the left off a group of two black males. Here are all the names off White case learned them by heart. They are the foundation of the node system, and you will need to know the note names in order to understand music better See de e if g A and be now let's move on to the black case and It gets slightly more complicated here, but no worries. I know you will learn this as well. Basically, a Blackie is called an accidental because it replaces one of the white keys in the specific scale your song is in. Let's take the note. D for example, you can see that D has two Blackie's surrounding it. One to the left and one to the right. So what All those black keys called. This is the tricky part. All black keys can have one off two names, depending on which scale is being used. But the rule is this. If a note is lowered to the black tea to the left, it is called a flat. And if it is raised to the key to the right, it is called a short. The sign for a flat looks like this. And the sign off a sharp looks like this. All right, so the black note just to the left of D must be called D flat, right? Well, not necessarily. Take a look at the white key to the left of D, which of course, is C. If you raise the sea to the Blackie to the right, it is in fact, the same Blackie as in the previous example when we lowered the D note, But in this case we raised it from a C, which makes it a C sharp. So here comes the kicker. The black note can either be called Sea Shore up or D flat, and this is the same for all black notes. They are all named after the white key they are named from. So it is a matter of which reference note is being used to name the Blacky, and this depends on what scale is being used. But for now, you only need to know that the name for the five Blackie's or as follows this Blacky is see short or deflect. This is D short for E flat. This is if sharp or G flat. This is G sharp or a flat, and this is a sharp or a B flat. Now, how do you actually memorize all the nose on your piano keyboard? There are great EPS that you can download for your smartphone that you can use to practice learning the notes. Another trick that I can really recommend you to use if you have a keyboard at home is to take some marker, tape and tape to each key on your keyboard. Then take a marker pen and write the key name on each key. This way he will see the correct name of all keys. Every time you sit and play on your keyboard, what do you feel? You have learned to find all notes on the keyboard. You can remove the market tape. All right, now go practice the note names and how to find them on your piano keyboard. I might signing out on you Rock, my friend. 12. Musical Scales: so there are 12 notes in the musical alphabet. Now it's time for you to learn about scales. We will not go through every scale in this video because learning them all will take a lot of time and practice. But you are going to learn the essential rules off, how scales work and why you use them. So basically a scale is the language of a specific piece of music you create. When writing a song, you need to choose a musical language to write it in. That's what scales or for a scale, is a group notes that form the building books of your song. Most common scales use a group off seven notes. Those seven notes will be used throughout the song to build melodies, chords and harmonies. If you play any notes randomly on your keyboard, it will probably sound quite bad. Scales are used because the notes in them sound good together. It's like grammar in verbal language. Without grammar, the letters and words would not make any sense. There are two types off scales that are most common major skills and minor scales in music . The terms major and minor or used a lot The only thing you need to remember for now is that Major sounds happy and minor sounds sad. Next, you will learn about whole steps and half steps. Take a look at the keyboard and find Middle C. If you go to the next key to the right, as cools as possible, you get to the black key called C sharp. That is the shortest distance you can go from one key to another, and this distance is called 1/2 step. If you go back to Middle C again and this time you go to keys to the right, you get to the note D. This is called a whole step, and it's basically to have steps. So why is this important? Well, it's because all scales have a mix off half steps and whole steps and the specific order off half steps and whole step all what decides the name of the scale. Let me show you a practical example. The easiest scale to learn first is C major. This is because the C major scale is made of all white case. So start on middle C and then go up one white note at a time until you get to the next, see an octave above it. Congratulations. You have just played a scale specifically the C major scale. Now let's take a look at the older off half steps and whole steps in the C major scale. Let's start with middle C. The next Waikiki is D, and as you can see, there is a black key in between them. That means that this distance is a whole step. So between the first and second note off the C major scale, we have a whole step. Next we go from D to E and again there is a black in between those case. So the distance from the second note to the third note off the C major scale, it's another whole step. Great. But now take notice. We have arrived at E and the next note if does not have a black key in between. So this is the first half. Step off the scale. Awesome. Now you know how to count whole steps and half steps. Here is the good part. It turns out that all major scales share the same pattern for the order off whole steps and half steps and the same goes for the minor scales. So basically, if you just learn to patterns, you can learn all the major scales and all the minor scales. No, let me teach you these two patterns. Let's cool a whole step by the letter W and 1/2 step by the letter H. So here is the pattern off whole step and half steps for all major scales. Whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step and half step. So if you want to learn all major scales to have to learn this pattern, it's all whole steps except between the third and fourth note off the scale, which is 1/2 step. And between the seventh and eighth note, which is another half step. The eighth note is, by the way, the octave off the root note. So if you start with sea, you arrive at the C an octave above it. The second pattern you need to learn is what all minor scales have in common, and the pattern is as follows. Whole step half step, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step whole step. So for minor scales, it's all whole steps except from the second to the third note and the fifth to the sixth note second to third, 50 to 60. A good way to see this in practice is to play the A minor scale because, as with the C major scale, it also consists of Onley white case. But wait, why do the C major scale and a minor scale have the exact same notes? But they are name differently and sound differently. It is because they start on a different route. Note that is what determines the name. And even though they share the same notes, the pattern off whole steps and half steps differ because off the different route notes. So find the a key just below the middle C on your keyboard and then go up on every white key until you get to the octave. You will have played the A minor scale, and you will hear that it sounds sad compared to C major scale. All minor scales sounds sad because they follow the same pattern of whole step and half steps, and it is this very pattern which we translate to a sad sound. The opposite is true for all major scales, which has a pattern off whole steps and half steps that we here as a happy sound. Awesome. Now you know what musical scales are? The essential rules off how they are built as well as how and why you used them. No, Goodwin, make some music. I might signing out. And you were roped, my friends. 13. Chords: Now you're going to learn about cords, which is the harmonic structure of music. There are three main elements you need to learn here. Melody, harmony and cords. Basically, a Milady consists off a serious off notes played one at a time. Like when you sing. Harmony is two notes played at the same time, and then courts, which essentially are stacks off harmonies, play together, which means a cord is three or more notes. Play together. Let me show you an example off a melody. Now let me show you a couple of different harmony. Examples, Uh, and finally, here are a couple of different chords. Great. So let me teach you the simplest form of courts, which is essentially the only kind of court you need to be able to make music. These basic chords are known as triads because they consist off only three notes. As with scales, the two most common tribes are major courts and minor chords. Since there are 12 notes in the music system, it means that there are 12 different major chords and 12 different minor chords. That means that if you learn these total off 24 chords, you can play and record almost any song. There are actually thousands of other types of courts. But the basic major and minor triads, or by for the most common and most advanced courts can actually be replaced by either a major or minor. Try it and still perform the basic harmonic function in the song. So how do you play a basic triad cord on your piano keyboard? It's actually quite easy. You take your thumb and put it on the root note off the cord. That is the starting point, which gives the court it's letter name. So let's do a C chord. Put your thumb on C. Then all major and minor triads have a harmony on the fifth off the scale. The fifth is always 7/2 steps from the root note. So let's start from the thumb and go to the right and count each key. You have to press first. We have a black key to the right of C that is 1/2 step. Then comes D ridges to hop steps. 3456 and seven. We have now landed on G. This means that G is the fifth off the scale, and these is the harmony shared by both minor and major chords. All right, so let's press, see with your thumb and G with your pinkie. Now you have played eHarmony called a perfect fifth to complete the cord. You need to add a note, however, and this is where your middle finger will be used Now. What separates a major chord from a minor chord is the distance from the root note, which you play with your thumb and the third, which you play with your middle finger. So a major scored adds eHarmony off 4/2 steps from the root. Why a minor chord adds eHarmony off 3/2 steps from the root. So your middle finger is what will decide whether you are going to play a mayor cold or a minor chord. So let's count again from the thumb on C 1/2 step and we are on C sharp, another one, and we are on D 3/2 steps and we are on D sharp. Alright, let's stop there because you have just learned that minor chords have eHarmony off 3/2 steps from the route to the third. So let's play that harmony the thumb on the route. Note. See, and the harmony on the D short note with your middle finger. That Harmony is called a minor third, and it has a sad sound realism. Now let's play along three notes. Thumb or middle C, Middle Finger on D Sharp and the pinky on G. Congratulations. You have just played a cord. This court is called C minor, and like all minor cores, it has a sad sound. Now let's hold these three notes and then move your middle finger 1/2 step up to the E note . Press all fingers down again. Thumb bone, See Middle Finger on E and pinky on G. Great, you have just played a C major chord. The only thing that was different about the major court and the minor court was the harmony between the root note tried with your thump and the third play with your middle finger. So how do you learn all the wrist off the major and minor course? Well, you just did, actually, because the pattern for all major chords is root Note, plus 4/2 steps up and then another 3/2 steps up, and the pattern for all minor cores is root note, plus 3/2 steps up, plus another 4/2 steps up. So now you will be able to find any major and minor chord on your piano keyboard. Let's test these out. Let's say you are going to play the if sharp major chord. Start with your thumb on F sharp count 4/2 steps up and you are on a short. Then three more have steps up and you or own sea shore up. Awesome. You have just played a major chord using Onley black notes. Now go practice some or and try out all 12 major courts and all 12 minor chords. I want to add something about the court naming, which you might see on piano sheet music or music tabs, etcetera, and that is that it does not actually say major or minor off the letter name of the court. In fact, if the court is major, it is simply called by the letter name. So if it says see, it means that you should play a C major chord. But if it is a minor chord, it adds the character em after the letter name. So if it says see em, it means a C minor chord should be played. Notice that the cord letter names always in capital letters while the em off their minor chord names is in lower case letters. Also, remember that the black notes or named with the name of the white key, plus an accidental sign. So if you see, see short em in a piano sheet music, it means that the root note is a C sharp and that it is a minor chord. So press your thumb on C sharp and do the counting for a minor chord pattern. All right, let me repeat the patterns you need to learn in order to find all major and minor chords on your piano or media. Quit keyboard major chords. Start with the root note, which you press with your thumb. Then you go up 4/2 steps and press the key with your middle finger, and finally you go up. Another 3/2 steps impressed. A key with your pinkie while minor chords start with the root note, which impressed with your thumb exactly the same. Then you go up three. Have steps and press the key with your middle finger, and finally you go up another 4/2 steps. Impress with your pinkie. So if we call the root position by the number zero, you can remember the patterns like this. Major courts or zero plus four plus three and minor courts or zero plus three plus four again major courts. 043 minor chords. 034 Congratulations. You have now learned how to for whole major courts and minor course in route position, this is the basic form off all major and minor course. And it is actually all you need to get started writing courts for your own songs. So go in practice, finding and flying all these major and minor courts on your piano keyboard or maybe people . My name is Mike signing out and you looked my friends. 14. Chord Progressions: Now it is time for you to learn about chord progressions. So what is a court progression? Well, it is simply a sequence off courts. Here's an example. Let's say you have three different course in your song. C major. If Major and G major one possible court progression could be like this, see if G, g, f, g and C. Let's listen to how that cool progression sounds like, uh, all right, So how do you actually use court progressions? Cool progressions is the harmonic structure or framework, if you will off a section of your song, so you usually have one core progression for the verse, Another bomb for the course and so on. A great and fun thing about core progressions is that you can decide on how long you play a chord before you change it. So, for example, let's take a really short and easy core progression like C F. G. C. Well, you could play this corporation as one bore per record that will sound like this, or you could play the C code for half a bar. The F court for half bore the G called for a full bore, and this is he called for a full bar that would sound like this. So what you should know is that when you write your cold progression, you should also write how long each core is played before you changed it. Another thing you should learn is that the court progression simply marks the courts and how long they are played for. It does not mark the rhythm, so you can vary the rhythm of your course however you like, and it is still the same court progression. Let's take the core progression C F G C again and play each chord for a full bar before changing cord. You can play this court progression with the rhythm like this, or perhaps like this. The point is that the court progression and the rhythm or independent of each other all right, So how do you choose your cords for your court progression? Well, the easiest way is to first know what scale your song is in. Then use Onley dia comic courts off that scale. Say what? Don't worry. I'll explain what diet Tony courts are in an easy way diatonic course or simply the seven chords that Onley use notes off that scale. So let's take the C major scale. For example, it has see as the root note and uses on Lee White case. So the C major chord is the first court off the C major scale, so you could market with the number one. Next in the C major scale comes the note D, and if you for a chord with D and Onley, the white case, you get D minor. So D Minor is the second cord off the C major scale. And so you continue for all the seven notes of the scale you. But here's a tip. Almost all pop music focused heavily on using the 1st 4th and fifth cords off the scale, and that is true both for songs in major and minor scales. So when you start out making music, begin practicing making cool progressions using Onley, these three chords in the case off see Major. The first core off the scale is C major. The fourth is if Major and the fifth is G major offer. You have trained your ears practicing. Switching between these three course, you can spice things up by adding another chord for pop music. Their sixth chord is also very common to use in the C major scale. The sixth chord is a minor. Great. Now you might think that you would not be able to play any real songs with only these four chords. Well, let's try it out. I will use only the fulling cords C major. If Major G major and a minor and the core progression will be like this, c g a Minor and F. I will include the bass riff as well, and I believe that you will recognize the song. Awesome. Now you have learned what chord progressions are and how you use them. I've got one final tip for you. Most pop songs use few records in the chorus to make it more catchy and then change things up in other parts of the song. So remember that, and also remember that you don't need fancy or advanced chord progressions to write songs that people love. Now go practice some court progressions I might signing out on you. Look, my friends 15. Melody: Now you're going to learn about melody. It is the very voice off music. The melody is what you remember, what moves you and what leads you through a song. And just like rhythm, Melody comes very easy to us. We can have my melody, whistle it and even sing it. So what is humility? Basically, it is a collection off notes played one after another, but not all. Lotz will sound good together and create a good melody. The backbone of melodies is what is called musical scales. There are 12 notes in music that are repeated in what's called octaves. These octaves share the same notes, but in different ranges. The higher the octave, the higher the pitch. A musical scale is like a framework for your song. It decides which off. These 12 notes should be used in the piece of music you create. Musical scales have seven notes. With a few exceptions, this means that when you create a melody, you start by choosing a scale and then stick to the notes off that scale. There are many musical scales to choose from, but the majority off them or either major skills or minor scales. A very simple distinction is that major scales have a had be sound, while minor scales have a certain sound. The easiest scale to remember is the C major scale, because it is only the white notes on piano. So I suggest that you start using the C major scale if you have a piano or keyboard to play on, if you can sing or hum a tune, that is an even better way of practising coming up with unique melodies. A great way to get sorted. Practicing some writing is to listen to a song you like, then muted and continue to hum the lead melody. After a while, I try to change the melody a bit, then change it some more, and soon you will have almost automatically have come up with your own unique melody. Congratulations. Now, how do you create a good melody? The melody is what will carry most of the emotion in music, so it is important at expression to it. There are many ways to expression on a piano. The expression mainly comes from the dynamics of how hard you hit the keys. If you hit the keys softer, the sound will be softer But it also varies the character off the sound not only the volume , but even though piano is great at dynamics expression, it is generally not a good instrument for the leading melody over a song, and this is because it lacks other ways to add expression. I would say that bowed stringed instruments like violence, for example, have the widest range off performance techniques to add expression to a melody. But nothing beats the human voice for expression. So if you can sing, you are blessed with an amazing talent that you can use in your songwriting process. Here are a couple of examples on how you can add expression to a milady one. Adding accents to emphasize certain words. A great example of this was Michael Jackson, who was amazing at this. To adding V brought to a great way to add extra emotion on sustained vowel sound is to add a degree off. The brought to it basically means to vibrate the note In Pitch three. Christian dull and diminuendo, we shall the fancy music terms for gliding in volume over time. To louder or so, Chris Endo means going up in volume and diminuendo means going down in value and four port aumento, which means gliding between some of the notes instead of switching between them. There are actually many more ways to add expression to your melodies, but the main point here is that you should focus on transferring the emotion you want into your melody. Start by practising making simple melodies and then improve them by adding expression. Use a piano or keyboard or any other instruments to create a basic melody first. Then use your voice to hum or sing it with as much expression and emotion as you can. So go on practice, creating your own militaries. I Mike signing out and you rock my friends. 16. Song Structure: in this video, you're going to learn about song structure. So what is the song structure? Basically, a soul or track is divided into different parts. What ports you choose to include is up to you but common parts in some structure or intrude verse, chorus, bridge and outro section. So why is some structure so important? You can think of a song as a story where all the parts are put together in order that creates the most emotional experience. Some ports might be repeated in your story, but if you, for example, have the chorused three times in your track, I believe it is best to include something unique each time. Another harmony in the vocals Hmm, marine or anything that makes each part unique in your song structure. A great technique to create anticipation is to tease a melody or a reef in, for example, the verse or intro, and then play the full version in the chorus. The great thing about some structure is that there are no rules. You can do what you feel is right for your song. You can have a five second intro or a one minute intro. You can have a one bar bridge between the verse and chorus or a 16 bore buildup. It is totally up to you as an artist to decide. Let me share with you some advice regarding some structure from my personal experience. One. Consider which parts of your track have the strongest impact and then put more spotlight on it. You can extend it, spice it up and bring more attention to it in any way you can to don't be afraid off switching things up after a verse. People expect a chorus, but you could, for example, just teeth the chorus, but instead go to another verse. This will make people long for the cores even more. Three. If you want to get your music played on radio, you want to get to the chorus as quickly as possible. This might even mean to skip the in true completely now going practice, recognizing song structure in music by listening to your favorite music and then take notes on the actual ports you hear such as versus courses, bridges, intros out rules, etcetera. My name is Mike signing out and you look my friends 17. Build your own Home Music Studio: Now you're going to learn how you can build your own home music studio. So the first thing you probably wonder about is what kind of equipment you need to get started. And I have good news for you. It is actually not that much and not super expensive to get started making music and set up your own home music studio, at least if you compare it to what was needed in 1998 when I started making music. So let's make a list of what do you need? Number one high performance computer. The computer is the center of modern music production, and therefore you should spend most of your budget here. The good thing about this is that you can use the computer for other things as well. So it is a good investment, the most important aspect for a music production, commute computer or CPU and RAM. I would recommend at least a jewel core CPU and a minimum of 16 gigabyte ran. I also recommend that you invest in a forced SSD drive where you can store all your sample libraries and sounds. Is his dese, or much foster than standard Hore disk drives to audio interface. Basically, this is the control station off all audio that goes into and out from the computer. It will convert all external signals from microphones and instruments into digital form and record them in your music production software. I recommend using an external Audie interface that you connect to your computer with a USB or thunderbolt connection. Consider how many sources you want to connect to your interface. If you don't want to use a mixing console, I would advise you to go for a least one stereo line. Input one guitar input and to microphone inputs. Make sure the microphone inputs have phantom power. Phantom power is necessary to connect condenser microphones, which is the standard in studios. Audio interfaces have become very affordable the last years. So 2 to $300 will get you a great interface you can use for years. Three D. A W. Short for digital audio workstation This is the fancy term for professional music. Production software is like Garrett Band, but with professional features and workflow. The D. A W is where you compose record, arrange, edit and mix your music. It is very expensive software, and they all take a long time to learn well, so it is extremely important that you choose the best one for you. Here is a list off D A W's I personally recommend, and they are all very well used by music producers. First Logic Pro X, which is the software I use personally. Then we have ableto life que base studio one if full studio and reason, all of them have very different work flows and feeling. So my recommendation is that you try them out one by one to see which one you get the right feeling about. Then, once you have chosen your d A W, you should spend time learning it from tutorials, courses and experimentation. Four. Monitor speakers. You need to be able to hear your music and analyze it in high quality. For that, you need special speakers made for music production called monitor speakers. Their job is to give you a clear and true sound without any boosted frequencies. My recommendation is to get active monitor speakers, which means that I have a built in amplifier. As for size, I would recommend at least 6.5 inches for the main speaker cone so that they can play the low bass frequencies fairly well. A couple of recommendations for brands that make monitor speakers or general IQ Jammeh Hole to your K and M audio $300 for a pair of speakers will get you good sounding monitors today . Five headphones. You also need cruelty headphones for several reasons. The most common recent, at least for myself, is that you can't use your speakers at late hours. Another reason is that you can't have the speakers playing when you record acoustic sounds like vocals or acoustic guitar, for example, my recommendation is to go for closed headphones to avoid sound leaking out. In my opinion, you need to spend at least $100 to get a good pair of headphones suitable for music production, the couple of brands to check out or sin Heuser and sure. Six Microphone. Unless you make Onley instrumental music, you will need a microphone to record vocals. And even if you make E g M or instrumental beats without any vocals, you might want to use the microphone for making YouTube videos. Video blog's over even record vocal ideas to send to a singer or rapper. I recommend that you get a large diaphragm, um, studio condensing microphone with Excel or connection. It is the standard type of microphone and connection full recording vocals, which you then connect to your audio interface. Seven. Meaty Keyboard I know it is common these days to add most notes into the music saw for using only your computer, keyboard and mouse, but I still think a meaty keyboard is essential for music production. Even if you can't play the keyboard, you can still use it to find cool riffs, ideas and do creative experiments. I know many producers who can't play but still managed to find amazing melodies and riffs on their media keyboards. As a piano playing myself, I would recommend a meaty keyboard with at least 49 case. But if you don't play it'll you can get by using a mini sized keyboard, some brands to check out or akai and a mold. You all right, so it's sum up the seven essential pieces of equipment you need to build your home studio. Set up and start making your own music equipment. Number one High performance Computer equipment Number two audio interface equipment number three d a. W or digital audio workstation equipment number four monitor speakers, equipment number five quality headphones, equipment number six, studio microphone and equipment number seven. A meaty keyboard. All right, Those are the seven essential things to get started with music production and make your own home studio set up. Of course, there are many more things you can expand your studio set up with later, such as acoustic treatment, third party plug ins and sample libraries. Ends a one. I also escaped to bring up some things like cables. Stands it share a desk, etcetera, because I wanted to emphasize the seven essential pieces of gear you need. Awesome. I hope you were inspired and got some ideas for creating your home studio set up and that he will take action and start making music yourself. I wish you a great day and remember, you look my friends 18. Live Demo 1 - Rhythm: in this video, I'm go to show you a live demonstration off, creating a short and simple little song, and we're going to start with the rhythm. Let's do this so actually going to start by demonstrating the end result First, which I will record in high quality and off that I will show a live demonstration of me actually recording all the parts. But I had to do it completely live using the audio from the iPod speakers. So I'm sorry about the audio quality, but you should focus on the visual elements off the video, which is basically what I do to create the rhythm. Let's start by creating a new song by clicking on the plus sign right here in the top left corner. Choose creating your soul, and then we get to choose what track we should begin to record. First, you can choose to go with drums, keyboards, etcetera or even go with live loops here. But let's start with the rhythm off the track, so let's add a drum kit. First. You can choose to go with Elektronik drums, acoustic drums or what's called smart drums. Let me show you the small drums first so if we click here, we get to this a screen. So here we confers. Choose what wrong could you want? Let's go with the hip hop from machine. And then you can drag the drums that you want in your drum kit to create your rhythm basically automatically so you can drag your kick into these square, the snare drum and so long. And as you can see on the square, you will get a different characteristic off the bead, depending on where you place the drum. So you can drag the kick drum to the lower left, which means simple and quiet. And the higher up you go, the louder it will become, and more to the right than more complex. It will become a quick reset. Then you can also use these. Little dies here to basically randomize a drumbeat. So let's test a couple of these right. Let's does not alone and another one is it. So you can use the small drums to basically help you create a beat to start out your track with, and then you can customize it or add to it or remove some parts of it as you wish. Let's go back to the drums again, and I think we will go with Elektronik Drum kit. Here is where you can choose which drunk kid you want to go with. It is on big room right now. Let's see how that sounds like. And you just tap one of these squares here, which represent a drum sound. So this is the kick drum, some sticks from play. Hi hands open Hyatt and so on. But I want to change the drum kit. So let's go with a classic drum machine that's test another one classics Tudyk it. All right, so this is actually a new acoustic drum kit. That's not what I want. So let's go to the next screen and let's choose. How's drum Machine? All right, so now I want to record something. You click on the Red Record button, you will hear the mitral Rome that is counting the beat. And let's go with a simple for four pattern. That's enough. No, you have a drum. So that is the bass drum. Let's add a snare. Let's add a high has beats, All right, so, no, you can go to the actual work space if you click here and here is the beat. Let's quick that quick the sport and drag it to there, and now it's a two bar pattern. Let's take a listen, and you can extend this by clicking on loop, and it will loop through the entire age bore section. But this and it girls running around the tool booked. The two bars we just recorded is looped and played again and again and again. So now we have a basic drumbeat to start these track with. All right, that was super easy, wasn't it? Now it's your turn. Go and practice, creating your own rhythm in garish band or any other music making up you like to use. Just keep it short and simple. I recommend doing an eight bar loop. I'm Mike signing out and you wrote my friends 19. Live Demo 2 - Chords: in this video, I am going to show you a live demonstration off, creating a court progression to get the harmony element of your song. Let's go. All right, let's at some course, let's make a cool progression so quick on the plus sign to other new trick Let's go with some keyboard and here you can choose to go with a smart piano And you remembered that there was a thing called small drums. Well, this is also some kind of automatic thing going on here because instead of playing a C court, let me show you first what that means. If I press here, C is c g. So I could play this with my fingers. But to make it easier for you, if we quick on this button again to go back to the smart piano, you have all the course off the C major scale already laid out here. So the first court off the C major scale is C major, which we have here and s. You remember from earlier in the course the most common cords to use in both major and minor scales, or the 1st 4th and fifth, so see eyes the first court if Isa, Fourth Corps and G eyes the fifth court off the C major scale. So what does these bars mean here? Well, basically, if we play the see, hear it plays one kind of see basically, then it goes higher and higher, but it's still the C major chord, so you can choose to go lower C to a higher Dio and to a lower F on back to the lowest. See, for example, and these great parts here or the single notes off the cord. So, for C, that is so you can do something like that if you want to. But let's create a corporation now using C F. Let's go with D Minor as well. I'm not going to record yes yet. I'm just going to test something until I'm satisfied with a chord progression that I can use for the song. Write something all right. I think we have something to record now. What's going? No, a minute. Ally, right? So let's test to record that now. All right, so we messed up. So let's do it one more time. Let's see how that sounds, Dog. Now, right? So it's kind of decent is a bit difficult to play while I record with the camera set up here. But you can go to the track to the sequencer and actually correct your mistakes by double clicking here to get into the actual notes. Study played Click on edit. Let's see way Have a mistake. So let's stop these. Are these no so too early so you can cold and drag like this? No, I'm not going to extend it. Just drag. Why? So let's go back and listen again. Let's listen from the store. There's room note. Delete that on. By the way, I hear that it's not totally in time. But you can actually correct that by clicking here. Go into settings and use cord ization. Kodi Station basically means timing, so I can correct this with 1/8 note, which means that all the notes will be dragged to the closest eighth. No nose in the grid. If I choose that it will solve much tighter. Let's go into this again by double clicking, edit and check out as you can see the notes or now tied to the greed. Let's play that again. That sounds nice now, all right, that was fun and creative, wasn't it? Now it's your turn. Go and practice. Creating your own cool progression in Garrett spanned for any other music making app you like to use. I recommend starting with the C major scale and focus on the 1st 4th and fifth cords off the scale. In this case, the courts are C major if Major and G major so go and practice playing some course I Mike signing out and you look my friends. 20. Live Demo 3 - Melody: in this video, I'm going to show you a live demonstration off adding the final element of music to a song which is a Milady. Let's do this. All right. So now we have the rhythm part played by this drum kit, the Harmony Off the song, which is played by the grand piano playing the chord progression. And no, it's time for the melody. So the easiest thing for you would be to connect your headset and actually hum or sing in your melody. But if I do that, you won't be able to hear it, so I will just create a new track. I will use a piano again, click on smart piano, but instead of playing, the courts have quick on this button to get the keyboard. So on scenes we are playing in the C major scales. You only need to worry about the white keys on the harmonic route is seen. So that is the scale. And let's just experiment while I listen back to the backing track to see if we can come up with a melody Theo. So in fact, I need Teoh just the oak today because I feel that the melody fights with a corporation. So let's take the memory part up on oak table thinking here. So it's as possible in there on, I would place higher on the key booth, right? I feel we have something. Let's take that again. That's the second part. I want to have something different because we go to D minor. So let's test something here. Not totally happy. So click on these buttons you undo and quick record again. I think we have something. No, let's listen to this and let's get well to the track area or sorry, that bottom. So now we have something here. Let's quant ties that first, which means fixing the timing by clicking on sittings. Quandt ization and let's see will go with 16th. No tear because I played some notes. A little foster. This basically means that the timing of the notes will be pushed to the closest 16th note on the grid. So let's listen to this now, all right, so that hits our track. This is an eight board track, which means that his eight boards long is made up off a rhythm track play by drunk it courts played by grand piano hand The melody is also played by grand piano, but an octave higher. So that's basically it took only a few minutes, and we created it here, live on the spot, so you can definitely do these two. Great. Now I have shown you how to make your own song, including all the three main elements of music, rhythm, harmony and melody. You should practice creating your own melodies now, either by humming or singing, which I recommend if you have the skills or by playing the melody on a real or virtual instrument. After that, you already to make your very first song. I recommend you to keep your first song on Lee. Eight bars long, just us in my examples in this course, after you have made a couple of these eight bore songs, you can start to expand them by adding more sections and sooner than you know it, you will have created a complete song. So go and make some music. Now I Mike signing out and you broke my friends 21. Congratulations! =): congratulations. You have completed the full close, which means that you have learned the foundations of music and can now take action to practice the art of making music. 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