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Singer / Songwriter Production & Arranging

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Chapter 1 : Building Up the Arrangement

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    The Song

    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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    Finding a Direction

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

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    Adding Acoustic Guitars

    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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    Adding Electric Guitars

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

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    Making Some Decisions

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

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    New Breakdown

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

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    More is Good

    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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    Less is Better

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

Chapter 2 : Vocal Tracks

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    Working with New Vocals

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

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    Vocal Doubling

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

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    Creating Vocal Harmonies

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

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    Adding Female Vocals

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

Chapter 3 : The Mix

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

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    Bass & Keys

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

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    Acoustic Guitars

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

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    Electric Guitars

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

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    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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    Master Bus & Automation

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

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    Conclusions & Final Playback

    A quick review of some of the arrangement’s defining elements followed by playback of the finished song.

Product Overview

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 you’re new to songwriting and arranging, or are looking for new ideas to make your productions pop, watch “Singer / Songwriter Production & Arranging” today!

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Singer / Songwriter Production & Arranging is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from More of a commentary than a course This isn't so much a course as a commentary on the production and arrangement of a particular song. Some stuff is skipped and other stuff is glossed over. A lot of stuff is not explained, presumably under the assumption that the viewer is already familiar with production, and is more looking for insights into arranging and how it fits. Nevertheless, this kind of over-the-shoulder perspective is not something I see often, so I appreciated the content.
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from O.K. Didn't move the needle.....But that's just me.
Date published: 2021-04-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from simply awesome simply awesome
Date published: 2020-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A well produced and arranged series. I do like Eli's work. Not everyone is pleasant and easy to listen to, but Eli is. He has a nice presentation manner, and I have worked my way through a few sets of Eli's tutorials at Groove 3 now. Interesting to see a song production and arrangement explained and laid out in this way, also interesting to see Eli's use of a wide range of various plugins on that arrangement. I like to watch these comparative masters to my own limited digital ability, then experiment in my own way, after taking a few notes en route. Usually something interesting sticks, or is found anew. Quite a few notes taken during this 1.5 hours, no doubt will pop back in at some future time to take another look. Recommended.
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative! As usual, a very clear and informative course by Eli Krantzberg. If I had one comment to make, it's that I love the fact he A/Bs settings a lot (whether on/off or between different plugins), but I sometimes wish there would be a bit more time allowed to hear the difference before moving on. Like the Master Bus processing, for instance.
Date published: 2020-07-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More than I expected! There is a lot of information in this video, and much to be learned from the judicious use of various plugins, each performing sometimes fairly subtle changes. I was particularly intrigued by the use of time expansion to audition different tempos and rhythm patterns in order to find the "right" groove for the song.
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It was a well presented and compiled series I watched the whole thing. It was well-paced with enough info to keep juiced and enough techniques to make you think again.
Date published: 2018-09-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good I really enjoyed this tutorial. I always enjoy seeing how others go about arranging a song and the decisions they make to get more ideas for my own stuff.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Only just started this but it looks to be really good - dissecting raw material and building it into a finished song should greatly help me
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from beautifull work, all video to see Good example where take ideas and professional work, To see.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from More Arranging videos please. More Arranging videos please. Workflow is more important than those Plugin promotion videos.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Clarified the Process of Producing/Arranging a Song I'm thrilled by what I learned in this video! I have really struggled with what to do to take my new song to a fully-realized production. Being able to follow Eli on all the decisions he makes and get some insight into how he thinks about the arrangement will totally help my next song.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome isntructions! This has given me a more broader way of thinking when it comes to arranging. love the series.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you. I learned a lot from this series. Thank you!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from If I could only hire Eli as my personal instructor..... oh wait! I can! LOL Though I've been at home recording for a few decades, I like and learn when I watch someone else's approach/methods. Eli has the scope/chops to present a thorough overview and all the methods you'd need in a broadly general way. I enjoyed this, and got some very cool, totally useable ideas, to incorporate into my productions!
Date published: 2017-04-03
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
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