This is a follow up from yesterdays tutorial “Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It Part1”
Did you practice yesterday? Let’s get back to it today with steps 5 & 6. This is actually the fun part. I like to use the steps in this order:
5.Play some chord progressions
6.Incorporate your melody to your chord progressions
Music is based on principles and theory. Once you learn theory, there is no set way of how to apply it. If you apply it using the universal principles of composition, there won’t be room for disharmony.
In this tutorial I am using the “F Major Pentatonic Scale” ( F,G,A,C,D) from the LookNoHands/chordhouse/piano site, the “F Major chord progression” (F Major, F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm, E dim) from the chart.
I’ve mentioned before how music is similar to language. When you write a sentence, you don’t use every letter of the alphabet. The same concept applies to music. You don’t have to use every single chord group in a progression to make a measure.
I will use 3 chords today.* F Major, Gm, and Am*. I make a hi hat pattern, add an organ, and play my F Major chord progression using the three chords. Chord Progressions are free to use for everyone. Always try to be unique with how you play em though.
Hats and F Major Chord Progression 8
Next I add a quick drum pattern using a kick and a snare
Now I begin to work on a melody. I am making the melody only from the F Pentatonic Major Scale , so I know I will only play around with the five notes ( F,G,A,C,D).
** here is one of the most important parts of production
” DO NOT COPY MELODY AND BASS LINES FROM ANY PRODUCER”
Melodies, basslines, etc. are the things you will need to come up with on your own. When composing, the same copyright laws apply as those used for sampling. **
I won’t show the exact melody, because I want you to come up with your own 🙂
I will give an example of the melody I came up with. I added a synth, and a bassline using the F Pentatonic Major Scale …
Alright now you should be able to start a few beats with a few chord progressions and come up with melodies that fit and are in the correct key. Music theory is a huge field of study. I have mentioned some advanced things like scale modes (Pentatonic Major). There is so much more to learn, like harmony, and cadence etc. Continue to follow through, and learn past the basics. If you are able to take a class in theory please do so. Below are a few more sites I use, and I’ve included some books in the store….
Let me know if this helps you and send a link to your beats..feel free to ask questions
Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later….
Music Education Sites
Music Theory Sites
Books I Use and Suggested Reading