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Music Theory and Notation Tutorial

Singer / Songwriter Production & Arranging

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Building Up the Arrangement

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    Tutorial 1

    The Song

    8:19

    Learn what this series is about and hear the before and after versions of the song Sticks and Stones by Rex Strother.

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    Tutorial 2

    Finding a Direction

    4:37

    Follow along as alternate feels and tempos are explored in order to determine what best suits the song.

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    Tutorial 3

    Adding Acoustic Guitars

    4:54

    The feel of this song so far seems to lend itself to either a picking/arpeggiated guitar part or a strumming approach. Why not use both?

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    Tutorial 4

    Adding Electric Guitars

    6:16

    Several different ideas and parts are added for potential use in the arrangement.

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    Tutorial 5

    Making Some Decisions

    5:09

    The piano and bass are re-programmed, and the drums re-recorded, to fit a more rock oriented direction.

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    Tutorial 6

    New Breakdown

    3:50

    A dramatic breakdown at the top of the third chorus is created to help emphasize the protagonists inherent tension and conflict.

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    Tutorial 7

    More is Good

    5:15

    The arrangement is augmented with some new brass and keyboard parts, along with some revised programming and editing of the bass and guitar parts.

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    Tutorial 8

    Less is Better

    4:37

    After reflection and sober second thought, various elements are moved and removed, and the arrangement is shortened.

Vocal Tracks

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    Tutorial 9

    Working with New Vocals

    7:08

    Melodyne is used on a newly recorded lead vocal track to clean up phrasing and pitch.

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    Tutorial 10

    Vocal Doubling

    4:50

    See how Melodynes random deviation functions are used to create a thickening effect on the lead vocal.

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    Tutorial 11

    Creating Vocal Harmonies

    4:15

    Selected bits of other vocal takes are used either for unison doubling, or transposed to create vocal harmonies.

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    Tutorial 12

    Adding Female Vocals

    3:15

    A remotely recorded female vocal track is brought into the project and edited.

The Mix

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    Tutorial 13

    Drums

    4:43

    Take a look at the routing and plug-ins used on the multi track drum mix.

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    Tutorial 14

    Bass & Keys

    3:47

    Hear how various plug-ins are used to subtly enhance these tracks.

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    Tutorial 15

    Acoustic Guitars

    3:51

    Listen as two different EQs are compared on the acoustic guitar sub group.

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    Tutorial 16

    Electric Guitars

    5:32

    Discover the unique tone shaping possibilities created by simultaneously subgrouping electric guitars to a stereo and a mono bus.

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    Tutorial 17

    Vocals

    5:00

    Multiple EQs, compressors, and delays are used to create a warm and rich vocal sound that cuts nicely in the mix.

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    Tutorial 18

    Master Bus & Automation

    3:46

    See where automation is used and how some plug-ins are used to sweeten the full mix.

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    Tutorial 19

    Conclusions & Final Playback

    5:41

    A quick review of some of the arrangements defining elements followed by playback of the finished song.

Are you a singer / songwriter who wants to create complete songs? Join Eli Krantzberg in this in-depth video tutorial series as he shows you how to take a song idea, arrange it, expand it into a complete band production, and mix it down to share with the world!

Eli starts by introducing you to both the raw song idea and the completed mix of Sticks and Stones by Rex Strother, the song that Eli uses for this series. Eli then shows you how to expand your initial idea, experimenting with feels and tempos until you find what best suits the song.

After that, Eli starts to build the arrangement by adding acoustic and electric guitar ideas, and shows you how the decisions you make with various parts can affect the entire direction of the song.

Next, Eli tackles the vocal tracks, demonstrating how to use Melodyne to clean up phrasing and pitch, as well as to thicken the lead vocal. He also shows you how to create vocal harmonies and import and edit female vocal tracks to your project.

Time to mix! Eli now begins the mix with the drums, explaining the routing and plug-ins he uses on the multi-track drum mix, and then moves onto how he enhances the bass and keyboard tracks.

Eli now demonstrates how he shapes the tone of the guitars during mix down, and shares his vocal processing secrets. Then he sweetens the entire mix with automation, and then reviews the series and plays back the completed song.

If youre new to songwriting and arranging, or are looking for new ideas to make your productions pop, watch Singer / Songwriter Production & Arranging today!

nsblues
Submitted 3 months ago

Useful Tips

I liked the tips presented, though I wasn't really into the demonstration song. I wish he would have explained the individual note tuning done in Melodyne. I like how he shared his approach to everything. He can be a little dry sometimes, but the information is worth it.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist, Student

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Gudzilla
Submitted 3 months ago

Excellent tutorial.

This is a great step by step tutorial for how to build a full arrangement from a simple one instrument/one voice. As usual the instruction is top notch.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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David70srock
Submitted 6 months ago

Great Overview!

Eli does his usual great job of explaining his song arrangement process in a logical way. And gives some tips on how to make a song more interesting. I would recommend for novice users of Logic X. Remember you first need a good tune, so I also recommend his songwriting lesson.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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TOMMYTOMATOE
Submitted 7 months ago

IT did Inspire Me!

I knew ELI is a great teacher and musician but I never knew he was a Producer also!. Great work ELI on such a, ( sort of ) simple song. He gave me a lot of ideas on what to do with all them old 3-4-5 chord tunes I wrote when I was younger. Great job all around and especially GROOVE 3 for putting this all out. Take Care, TOMMY.

I am a: Musician

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BassMan
Submitted 8 months ago

Loaded With Info For The Singer/Songwriter

Very enjoyable and educational to see Eli take it from start to finish. This is going to be a good one to own. You can watch it again and again and still get something out of it. Great for the Singer/Songwriter like the title says. Only one problem. We're going to need a few more of these in different genres.

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Leaddog
Submitted 8 months ago

Really Interesting

Eli did a great job of showing how he goes about the process of going from a rough cut to a final product. He kept his ego out of it and gave a understandable and informative set of lessons.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Claudio
Submitted 8 months ago

Fine arrangement tips

Eli goes very fast through all, but you can rewind :-) Interesting intro in finding the way for the song. Nice tips in making the hook line more ear catching.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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newageboy
Submitted 8 months ago

Solid Arrangementtutorial for Beginners

Also Advanced Musiciancs can take profit, but often i wished, Eli would´ve explained WHY he made some decisions, rather than only WHICH ones.

I am a: Producer

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swood30
Submitted 8 months ago

Excellent to see a professional at work

As a beginner, a lot of the specifics went over my head, but watching a professional work and seeing the adjustments he made really enhanced my thought process as I attempt writing music. It is like watching a master -- you can pick up so much just from observing. Thank you for putting together. Huge help.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist

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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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Singer / Songwriter Production & Arranging is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Useful Tips I liked the tips presented, though I wasn't really into the demonstration song. I wish he would have explained the individual note tuning done in Melodyne. I like how he shared his approach to everything. He can be a little dry sometimes, but the information is worth it.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial. This is a great step by step tutorial for how to build a full arrangement from a simple one instrument/one voice. As usual the instruction is top notch.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Overview! Eli does his usual great job of explaining his song arrangement process in a logical way. And gives some tips on how to make a song more interesting. I would recommend for novice users of Logic X. Remember you first need a good tune, so I also recommend his songwriting lesson.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from IT did Inspire Me! I knew ELI is a great teacher and musician but I never knew he was a Producer also!. Great work ELI on such a, ( sort of ) simple song. He gave me a lot of ideas on what to do with all them old 3-4-5 chord tunes I wrote when I was younger. Great job all around and especially GROOVE 3 for putting this all out. Take Care, TOMMY.
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loaded With Info For The Singer/Songwriter Very enjoyable and educational to see Eli take it from start to finish. This is going to be a good one to own. You can watch it again and again and still get something out of it. Great for the Singer/Songwriter like the title says. Only one problem. We're going to need a few more of these in different genres.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Interesting Eli did a great job of showing how he goes about the process of going from a rough cut to a final product. He kept his ego out of it and gave a understandable and informative set of lessons.
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Fine arrangement tips Eli goes very fast through all, but you can rewind :-) Interesting intro in finding the way for the song. Nice tips in making the hook line more ear catching.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Solid Arrangementtutorial for Beginners Also Advanced Musiciancs can take profit, but often i wished, Eli would´ve explained WHY he made some decisions, rather than only WHICH ones.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent to see a professional at work As a beginner, a lot of the specifics went over my head, but watching a professional work and seeing the adjustments he made really enhanced my thought process as I attempt writing music. It is like watching a master -- you can pick up so much just from observing. Thank you for putting together. Huge help.
Date published: 2016-07-31