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Songwriting with RealGuitar

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    Tutorial 1



    Learn what this series is about, then hear the initial rough song idea as well as the finished production that will be built up throughout these videos.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Initial Idea


    Follow along as Pattern Mode in RealGuitar and RealStrat are used to lay down a basic verse and chorus chord progression.

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    Tutorial 3

    Dressing It Up


    See how the initial chord progression idea is enhanced with another instance of RealStrat, run through some distortion, as well as a simple electric bass, piano, and pad accompaniment.

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    Tutorial 4

    Second Verse Idea


    Hear how the second shorter verse is constructed, using RealGuitar for arpeggiated picking, and a shortened chord progression derived from the original longer verse.

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    Tutorial 5

    Bridge Idea


    A short intro is added as a placeholder. A double chorus is copy/pasted in after the shortened verse. A bridge is then created, introducing additional harmonic and thematic variety, and is followed by a final chorus.

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    Tutorial 6

    Guide Vocal & Lyrics


    Hear the song with the initial guide vocal & lyrics Rex has added.

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    Tutorial 7

    Vocal Harmony Ideas


    Follow along as selected areas of the guide vocal are copied to a new track and transposed, in order to harmonize specific lines in the lyric.

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    Tutorial 8

    Adding Wah Guitar & Other Tweaks


    See how to use the mod wheel to control the RealStarts wah pedal, and follow along as the song form is tweaked and edited.

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    Tutorial 9

    Varying the Picking Patterns


    Learn how to combine and edit multiple patterns from RealGuitars pattern library into a single part, and then create variations on a duplicate track to achieve a similar but not identical doubled part.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Rhythm Guitar Track


    Watch as the rhythm guitar track is edited and set up in multi output mode, with separate processing on the left and right sides.

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    Tutorial 11

    Power Chords


    See how the heavily distorted chords used in the chorus are enhanced with doubled and tripled parts.

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    Tutorial 12

    Lead Guitar


    Follow along as a lead guitar is set up with unison bends, hammer ons, and distortion, to solo at the end of the bridge and throughout the remaining choruss.

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    Tutorial 13

    Arrangement Tweaks


    Watch as a few areas in the various sections are edited and cleaned up in preparation for a live drum part.

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    Tutorial 14

    Adding Live Drums


    A drum recording/mixing template is imported, and live drum tracks are recorded to replace the drum loops used until this point in the songwriting and arranging process.

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    Tutorial 15

    Mix Overview - The Guitars


    Explore the individual guitar tracks alone and in context with various EQs, compressors, distortion, delays, and other plug-ins applied.

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    Tutorial 16

    Mix Overview - Other Elements


    Take a brief look at the processing set up on the drums, vocals, and MIDI elements used in the arrangement.

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    Tutorial 17

    Final Play Through


    Follow along as a few last minute mix tweaks are shown, and listen to a final play through of the full track.

Eli Krantzberg shows you how to use the awesome sounding RealGuitar and RealStrat from MusicLab to flesh out a whole song from top to bottom. Anyone who writes songs can benefit from this series as well!

Eli begins by welcoming you and goes over what the series will cover. He then jumps right in and uses RealGuitar and RealStrat to lay down the basic parts of the song.

He then incorporates vocals and harmonies for further song development, and then works on the guitars some more to fine tune them. The arrangement is then honed more, and Eli gets behind the drum kit and adds some groove to the track.

The Mix Hat now comes out and Eli shows you how to further enhance the great sounds from RealGuitar and RealStrat, as well as tweak the other elements of the mix and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If youre a songwriter or use MusicLabs products this series is a must see. Watch Songwriting with RealGuitar today!

Submitted 3 months ago

Good stuff!

Completely new insight on using Real Guitars. Hoping for a new set of tutorials to take this forward soon.

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Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent !!!!!

Finaly Groove3 done it - RealGuitar is a must !!!! it´s very easy and very good explained - Bravo !!!!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Songwriting with RealGuitar is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good stuff! Completely new insight on using Real Guitars. Hoping for a new set of tutorials to take this forward soon.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent !!!!! Finaly Groove3 done it - RealGuitar is a must !!!! it´s very easy and very good explained - Bravo !!!!
Date published: 2016-12-07