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Songwriting Tutorial

Songwriting with RealGuitar

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17 Videos | Length: 1hr 31min 5sec
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    Introduction

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Guide Vocal & Lyrics

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

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    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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    Adding Wah Guitar & Other Tweaks

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

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    Varying the Picking Patterns

    Learn how to combine and edit multiple patterns from RealGuitar’s 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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    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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    Power Chords

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

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    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 chorus’s.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Product Overview


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 you’re a songwriter or use MusicLab’s products this series is a must see. Watch “Songwriting with RealGuitar” today!


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Songwriting with RealGuitar is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mixed Bag - Interesting to see the workflow, end result not 100% convincing The presenter openly admits in the beginning that he is not a guitar player - and the final product shows that, as it still sounds like he's using an automated guitar VSTi with some random variations. Which is precisely what he is doing. The best thing he could have done would have been to use Real Guitar to pre-produce the song and then quickly record a guitarist playing the guitar tracks. It would have brought the result to a completely different level. That said, the overall tutorial is interesting to follow, concise, precise, well edited, perfectly narrated, nicely edited. I would have welcomed some of the left-out experimental parts where the actual songwriting took place, but I have done enough of that to be able to imagine what happened :) This tutorial nicely shows that tools like Real Guitar can be a big help in laying out some fundamentals and if you are not a guitar player (or guitar LOVER for that matter), its mechanic sequencer feel in pattern mode and the lack of really soft, carefully picked/finger played/strummed strings may not limit you as much as it does block me. Getting a "production ready sound" out of this VSTi seems still way much more work than hiring a guitar player for the final thing though.
Date published: 2017-10-23
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
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