Production Basics #7 – Arrangement & Form

Arrangement & Form

Now that you know everything about rhythm, chords, and melodies. Let’s look at how to mold those ideas into a 3 minute and 30-second track. Form Form or structure describes what parts go into a song and in what order. A typical song structure is as follows: Verse A > Verse B > Chorus > […]

Production Basics #6 – Chords


We’ve covered the basics of rhythm, scales, intervals, and melodies so far. Today we’re going to talk about chords and chord progressions. What is a chord? And what chords can I use? What is a chord? A melody is made up of succeeding notes played one at a time, which is also called monophonic. A […]

Production Basics #5 – Melody


In part 3 of this production basics series we’ve talked about scales and in part 4 we’ve looked at intervals. With both concepts explained we can now start writing our own melody. What is a melody? A melody is a phrase consisting of succeeding whole steps, half steps, and intervals using a certain rhythm. A […]

Production Basics #4 – Intervals


In part 3 of this series about music production basics, we’ve introduced the major scale and the names of the black and white keys on a piano. In this part, we are going to learn a new scale, called the Minor scale and we’ll talk about intervals. Minor Scale In part 3 we’ve learned that […]

Production Basics #3 – Major Scales

Major Scales

In the first two articles, we focussed on rhythm. In part 3 of this production basics series, we are getting into melodic territory. But before we get to work on creating melodies we first have to talk about the system behind melodies. Let’s talk about scales. Mainly the Major scale. A melody is made of […]

Production Basics #2 – Rhythm II

Rhythm Basics Part II

In part 1 of this production basics series, you were introduced to some of the terms used to describe rhythm. Now that you know a thing or two about pulse, tempo, note length, and time signatures, let’s expand on this knowledge. We know that 4 quarter notes will fit into one bar, just like 8 […]

Production Basics #1 – Rhythm I

Rhythm Basics Part I

This is the first part of a series about music production aimed at beginners. Learning to write and produce your own tracks from scratch is a tough but very rewarding journey. To become an expert in the craft of music production you need to start with the basics. One of the fundamental parts of music […]