• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.

HOW TO CREATE 31 SONGS IN 31 DAYS

DAY 1

Okay, this the day we start our journey.  Have you got your song?  did you make your midi files? You will need it. If not, you should do it before you start.

What is the strongest element of the song you have chosen? Use that element’s sound and create your own. If it's an 808 or drums, write your element. Work through your skill level and get it done.  It is not as hard if you have created a midi of that element.


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STEP 1

Open up your template and set your midi in the strongest element you are going to work with. This is your blueprint.


STEP 2

Once you have that element change it, remake it. Be creative, if its a snare change it or layer it with an instrument hit. Use a vox to replace the synth melody.  You choose.  


Step 3

Use variations. Compare the original song elements to your variations. An example would be your bassline compared to the original. Rearrange the elements.  How does it feel? How does it sound? Pick the best drum line, chord progression, or melody and use that. This process should be done for every element in the song.


Step 4

Once you have all your major elements, improvise. Add other elements that will make your song stand out (congas, rides, ghost notes, etc…).

You have your song. You have made your first song in DAY 1.  


Congratulations and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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