Here we go… The final part of the series!
We are now the proud owner of a full arrangement that flows, takes listeners on a journey and develops our core idea.
It most likely still lacks interest in certain sections. For me, 16 bars is too long for a loop to play with out movement of some description. It is possible if you have an awesome loop with a killer groove but these magical moments don’t come along often.
In this tutorial we look at adding automation and small variations in the second half of each 16 bar section. It’s not often needed in the first half because it’s a new section with a new variation so the listener will be kept entertained.
Many times you will just be changing something up to distract the listener from the general loop. This could be as simple as muting an element or adding effects or new notes to a sound to bring it to the front of the track.
Sometimes however there will be the need for a transition into the next section or a noticeable change of energy, such as a small climax. Remember these parts o the process can get fiddly so work to the 70% rule: When it’s 70% good enough, move on. You can always come back and add some final touches later – right now we are all in to get the job done.
When you have ticked off all of the sections you can have another listen through and start working on smaller and smaller details until there is nothing left to polish off.
And that’s it, we’re done!
The biggest piece of advice I can offer you from this series is to always take the next biggest step towards finishing the track.
I want to extend my thanks and appreciation for you taking the time to join me for this video series and I wish you the very best for finishing more music.
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