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Creating Epic Heroic Themes

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  • Introduction 3:44


    Gary welcomes you and gives an introduction to what Epic, Heroic Themes are, plus a demo of the song is played that will be covered in the series.

  • Instrumentation 8:20


    In this video, Gary gives a run though of the project and the instruments used in the Heroic composition. Having a starting template like this can really help your workflow.

  • Heroic Chord Progressions 4:35

    Heroic Chord Progressions

    Explore some key heroic chord progressions, great for a starting point for your compositions.

  • Coming Up with a Motif Theme on Piano 6:22

    Coming Up with a Motif Theme on Piano

    In this video, see how to use the piano to come up with some motif theme ideas over the chord progression. Gary also gives a great tip on how rising intervals are used to get that classic hero theme.

  • Building Up the Rhythm 15:31

    Building Up the Rhythm

    Now take a look at how to build up the percussion rhythm for the composition.

  • Converting the Melody to the Solo Horn 8:31

    Converting the Melody to the Solo Horn

    In this video, see how you can move your rough melody line across to the solo horn for creating an introduction section in the arrangement.

  • Using the Horns Ensemble for the Melody 9:35

    Using the Horns Ensemble for the Melody

    Here, we develop the melody further, by orchestrating it out through the brass ensemble section.

  • Adding Brass Staccato Stabs 4:28

    Adding Brass Staccato Stabs

    Explore how to use the brass to compliment the percussion by using short, staccato brass lines.

  • Add Counter Brass Melody 4:02

    Add Counter Brass Melody

    In this video, take a look at how you can add counter brass melodies into your arrangement, to create more interest in the song.

  • Orchestrating the Strings Over the Melody 12:50

    Orchestrating the Strings Over the Melody

    Discover how to orchestrate out the strings to the different sections within the string ensemble.

  • Modulate the Composition 18:03

    Modulate the Composition

    Gary now shows how you can modulate your piece to another key. This is a great way to heighten the intensity of the composition!

  • Adding Fast Extra String Ostinati Parts 9:17

    Adding Fast Extra String Ostinati Parts

    To Accompany the new key change, see how to add a fast string obstinate on top of the other instrumentation, adding extra pace to the song.

  • Rock Electric Guitars 5:25

    Rock Electric Guitars

    Most modern Heroic song incorporate other elements to give you a Hybrid Orchestral composition. In this video we take a look at how electric rock-style guitar can give extra power to the piece.

  • Rock Drums 6:38

    Rock Drums

    To accompany the rock guitars, it also works well to add in some rock-style drums over the other percussion.

  • Adding Sound Design Elements 8:39

    Adding Sound Design Elements

    Other elements that work well in Hybrid, Epic Heroic pieces, are synth pads, drones, and pulses. Gary shows you how these can be used in the arrangement!

  • Orchestral Swells & Impacts 11:59

    Orchestral Swells & Impacts

    Another way to add tension to these compositions is to use orchestral swells and big impacts. This video walks you through the different types of elements to use.

  • Bringing Life with Reverb 5:57

    Bringing Life with Reverb

    Often you'll be working with different instruments and sample libraries. A great way to bring life to the arrangement is to use multiple reverb units and send your tracks to them. This video guides you through this process.

  • Adding in Choirs 11:52

    Adding in Choirs

    Choirs add a great human element into MIDI Mockup styles of productions. Discover how to add expression to your song with Choirs!

  • Outro & Tempo Changes 10:01

    Outro & Tempo Changes

    See how to finish off the arrangement with an Outro, and how tempo adjustments can add extra interest and impact to the arrangement.

  • Applying Mix Processing 6:26

    Applying Mix Processing

    This video takes a look at the type of processing effects you can use in your composition to make it sound finished and professional.

  • Create VCA Master Faders 4:31

    Create VCA Master Faders

    Gary finishes off the course by showing you how to use VCA Master faders to better control the mixing of the different sections in your song.

Product Overview

In this Groove3 video tutorial series, production pro Gary Hiebner reveals how to produce epic heroic musical themes, perfect for film and video productions, as well as gaming titles!

Gary starts by welcoming you and then covers what will be shown in the videos. He then goes into the instruments used, different chord progressions that invoke this kind of musical genre, and coming up with the beginning musical theme.

Next you’ll explore how to build up the rhythm parts, move your melody line across to other instruments, develop horn ensembles, orchestrate string parts, modulate the entire piece for dramatic effect and much more.

Gary then gets ready to rock, and shows you how to use electric guitar and drums to add power to the production and arrangement. Sound design and FX are then added, including synth pads, drones, and pulses, as well as orchestral swells and impacts, all making for a huge sounding composition!

Wrapping it up, you’ll get in-depth videos on adding life to the project by using reverbs, adding choirs, and tempo changes for dramatic effect. Gary then show you how to apply mix processing and utilize VCA master faders to make a mix that has punch and impact.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re ready to get into film or gaming music production, this video tutorial series is a must see, as this type of musical genre is the backbone of most film or gaming productions.. Watch “Creating Epic Heroic Themes” today!

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