Developing a song is more then just the pieces placed together. It's about getting your timing and having elements come in and out to create a fluid story for your track. In this article I am going to go over how to arrange your track and getting a solid song structure for your music.
Parts that make a Song Structure
To start lets go over the parts that make up a song structure. There are many different terms, depending on the style of music. For our purposes we will be looking at these basic terms and then applying them to electronic music arrangement:
In this article I am going to be going over the basic understandings of the circle of fifths in terms of building a harmony in your music. To start let me share my thoughts on Harmony and what it is. To start we have to go to the very route of music and why it sounds good.
Music is perceived subconsciously by humans as "good sounding" by it's abuility to create and hold complex ratios and mathmatical similarities. That is what separates it from objects just clanging together. All notes are based on ratios. All scales are organizing the ratios in such a way that there is perceived order. When you play a C first you are saying that is the root, or the lowest point on the scale. Then you build other notes that are in ratios and you get chords.
Music is that play between this perfect good sounding ratios and Tension which is ratios that work but aren't perfect. This tension creats interest as well as can be resolved to add release in the listener. Harmony is the basic ratios going back and forth from perfect to tense to perfect.
Over the last year I have been learning a lot and fine tuning my skills in composition and writing music. It was easy for me at first to just write out some music, but it wouldn't really come together melodically until I got a better understanding of Melody and Harmony. This article is going to be about understanding Melody and the Circle of Fifths.
Basics of the circle:
The circle of fifths is an intuitive method for determining the relationships among all of the tones and key signatures used in music. It offers composers a way to visualize how the tonic and fifth degrees of a scale are linked and is useful for creating chords, harmonizing melodies and deciding how to move music to different pitch centers. The circle of fifths is also useful for musicians since it provides a way to efficiently anticipate and understand harmonic progressions and scale relationships found throughout music.
So basically the Circle of fifths is an easy way to make chords and notes that sound good together with in any scale. You pick a root, or key. Lets say C major. The major notes are one either side. F and G. The minor notes and chords are then D A and E. The diminished is B.