Songwriting Tutorial

Songwriting with RealGuitar

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    Introduction (6:16)


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    The Initial Idea (4:27)


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    Dressing It Up (4:35)


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    Second Verse Idea (4:00)


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    Bridge Idea (4:32)


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    Guide Vocal & Lyrics (4:14)


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    Vocal Harmony Ideas (4:21)


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    Adding Wah Guitar & Other Tweaks (6:51)


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    Varying the Picking Patterns (7:39)


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    The Rhythm Guitar Track (5:46)


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    Power Chords (5:25)


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    Lead Guitar (5:40)


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    Arrangement Tweaks (5:07)


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    Adding Live Drums (1:29)


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    Mix Overview - The Guitars (7:53)


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    Mix Overview - Other Elements (6:51)


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    Final Play Through (5:59)


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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Marc A.
Submitted 9 months ago

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.

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sak30
Submitted 2 years ago

Good stuff!

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

I am a: Producer

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frankie56
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent !!!!!

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

I am a: 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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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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