Composition Concepts for Artists (early access)
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Designed to SHOW actionable techniques and methods of composition - both inside and outside of the DAW. I will personally walk you through my own process when writing music, explaining why I made decisions as I go. With an intense focus on arrangement and development of ideas, this course will help you get from initial idea to finished project.
Trying to decide if the course is right for you?
What's actually in this course?
In-depth video tutorials that demonstrate the process of composition - taking the abstract, mysterious process and shining a light on what it actually looks like in reality. Using a combination of traditional methods that are time-tested and modern technology, you'll get to be a fly on the wall and observe an experienced composer write music from scratch and arrange ideas.
Are there other resources included besides the videos?
Yes, I've included downloadable MIDI files, as well as notated examples to accompany each video. This way, you can have a visual representation of what you're hearing regardless of whether you read music or not
Will we only be looking at your music?
No, I'll also walk you through how I listen to music and analyze it in a way that actually helpful for COMPOSERS, not theorists. The analysis in this course isn't designed like a music theory class. We won't waste time naming every chord, but will learn how to identify effective techniques and devices composers use and WHY they work so well.View More FAQs
Timeless concepts meet new technology
There's a reason some pieces of music have lasted decades - even centuries. They were well crafted and use time-tested techniques which eliminate overwhelm and helped focus the composer's creativity.
While we make music very differently today, I still think some of these concepts translate perfectly to modern music - and can even help set your music apart from the masses.
Eliminate overwhelm with actionable techniques and methods that are time-tested, and that I use in my own music.
Learn through watching me go through the process of trial and error that is composition, as I not only SHOW the decision making process, but also tell you WHY I make those decisions.
Improve ARRANGEMENT skills by learning to develop ideas into finished projects.
Improve CRITICAL LISTENING skills so that you know what to listen for in the music you love, and how to learn from and apply it in your own work.
See how I craft melodic ideas and harmonic progressions that are memorable without being cliché
Watch as I create in multiple mediums, using various methods: arranging inside the DAW and stacking layers of sound design, composing around a synth sequence, composing linearly with a single instrument.
Pick up on various sound design, mixing, and even some mastering techniques that I commonly use as part of the polishing process.
All taught without excessive theory jargon - just the concepts that are most important and that I actually think about while writing music.
Ask me any questions directly inside the course's comments section.
Questions + Answers
Who is this course for?
Do I have to read music or understand music theory to benefit from this course?
How long is the course, and what is its format?
Will this make me an instant master composer upon completion?
"From my first time working with Nathan, the rapport was instant. I really appreciate how genuine he is, and how completely honest his opinions are when it comes to working on music. We've collaborated on several projects, and he does not stop until the job is done. I've learned a great deal working with him, and would recommend him to anyone."
- BP Moore, recording artist/composer
"When I finished my vocal Album, and needed a producer and second set of ears I could trust, my first thought was Nathan, because of his immense experience in both classical and ambient directions.
Nathan brought a deeper sound quality, more emphasis and light or darkness to the character of the music that was already there. He gave it a new dimension and made the pieces have a third dimension; he enabled each piece to achieve its best quality."
- Maire Awadis, pianist, recording artist, composer