These step-by-step tutorials are like “musical recipes.”

Use them to make music, and say goodbye to frustration.

Download contains PDF tutorial, multitrack MIDI + WAV files.

DREAMY CHORDS

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  • Write dreamy arpeggios, using unresolved non-harmonic notes
  • 6-step method inspired by Four Tet "Loved"
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FESTIVE MELODY

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  • Write a festive melody that's upbeat and uplifting, but without the cheese
  • 4-step method inspired by the traditional Christmas carol "Noël Nouvelet"
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DISPLACED BASS

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  • Write a captivating bass line, using displacements for variations
  • 5-step method inspired by The Smile (Thom Yorke) "The Smoke"
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SWEEPING ARPEGGIOS

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  • Write sweeping arpeggios, using a unique layering technique
  • 5-step method inspired by Daft Punk "Motherboard"
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TIMELESS PIANO

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  • Write a timeless piano part, which is simple but creative
  • 4-step method inspired by The Beatles "Now And Then"
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MEMORABLE BASS

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  • Write a memorable bass line, using modal ambiguity
  • 4-step method inspired by Röyksopp "So Easy"
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MODULATING MELODY

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  • Write a modulating melody, using a series of direct key changes
  • 7-step method inspired by John Carpenter "Halloween Theme"
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HAUNTING ARPEGGIOS

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  • Write haunting arpeggios, using parallel keys and borrowed chords
  • 4-step method inspired by Danny Elfman "Wednesday Main Titles"
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SUSPENSEFUL MELODY

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  • Write a suspenseful melody, using bitonality AKA playing in two keys simultaneously
  • 4-step method inspired by Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells" The Exorcist (1973) theme
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