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Henkjan
4/3/2017 7:11:14 AM

Groove Drum Solo at DWK Zutphen Jam Session
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Py31UMzoec

Henkjan
3/29/2017 2:11:54 PM

http://www.irealpro.com
This is a nice tool for songwriting.
It has chord progressions of many many songs. You can change key, tempo, style and also change chords you can also change the numer of repeats.
If you have a drum track for instance rock 130 bpm you can set the ireal pro to 130 bpm and choose some chord prgressions you like and for instance use the setting pop.
Than you have some rough outline and can start making music adding melody, lyrics, and other instruments. Perhaps you have to make an intro outro and some things like a bridge manual.
The export to midi or MUSICXML is nice if you work with for instance 
Band in the Box
http://www.pgmusic.com
Or Finale, Sibelius, Notion or other notation software like the free musescore
https://www.presonus.com/products/Notion
https://musescore.org/nl
also nice if you work with Ableton Live, garageband, fruity loops, reason, etc.
This gives you a start for a song, a frame. Combined with the drums you have a rough (but tight to a click and 100% tuned and played correctly) songconcept that can be the start for creative songwriting/ collaboration. With a melody and lyrics you will have a complet songconcept/demo to start with including chords, tempo, style.
The midi function also is nice when you have samples; 
midi combined with modern studio quality samples gives big sounding songconcepts or even final songs. 
In Band in the box there are endless ways to experiment with a song. It has countles styles and variations.
You can also enter an MP3 in Band in the box. The software generates a chord schema and that can be used in band in the box or ireal pro.
You can also use Riffstation
https://play.riffstation.com
to find chords of almost any song you like.
You can enter those chords in i real pro or garageband and start your experiments in creating a new songconcept.
If you choose a tempo that fits to my drumtracks you can use my real drums drumtracks. 
With some split, cut, copy, paste operations you can make the drumtrack or the chord scheme/songconcept fit together.



Henkjan
3/18/2017 12:43:51 AM

March 2016 demonstration live melody and lyrics writing in collaboration
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8z0r0e9nrfyqae5/AAA0QjJQCvMlxW74mVqW2Q0na?dl=0
Have fun and hope you are inspired to develop new songs with my drumtracks.

Henkjan
3/18/2017 12:38:52 AM

Live songwriting (improvisation) March 16 2017. Several styles using chord symbols. 
Inspiration how to develop songs. 
Hope you enjoy and are inspired to make new songs with my drumtracks. 
Have fun!
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l4av40fly6on1oj/AAAaKfQ1NhUFPmJ137HTP9xKa?dl=0

Henkjan
3/17/2017 12:36:53 AM

Did attend some clinics and watched some songwriting/composition tutorials last weeks
Here some tips.

Tips for songwriting: last weeks clinics and tutorials


Lyrics and melody (interactive)

Make a collaboration group with a melody man/woman.

Start with a track/mix from a rhytm section.

The melody writer makes a melody and a very rough vocal based on only sounds.

With this melody and sounds a lyric writer makes a rough lyric.

A third team member does fine shaping and optimizing of the lyrics.


Play along track (interactive)

Form a rhythm section (bass, drums, guitar, keys)

Write a chord progression and bars (stucture) on a white board.

Choose a tempo and style.

Do a run.

Than step by step change all variables and record all variations/versions.

Change tempo, change style, change chords, add rhytms/ensemble or section accents, fine shape/ modify/ add or remove chords, change key, add effects, add solo's, change timing of individual members or groups, change relative volume of members or groups, make parts or individual tracks/stems fuller or less or change mood or approach/interpretation, develop the song structure, add solo's, etc.


Improvisation (trio)

Build it up. Start standard, than gradually add more interpretations and variations.

Never put it all in the first improvisation.

Experiment with laid back and forward.

Watch the end of a chorus/verse A/B and give signs to the others how to develop further.

Start an improvisation near your belt (in the middle of the keyboard and later on devleop the highs and lows. )


Composition

Use all standard and well known chord progressions, styles, rhythms etc: what is popular and well known that is what most people like and recognise so … those elelements should be there on the right spot/time, place, instruments, etc.

Use small deviations from the standard and well known types/[pogressions/sounds etc. to make people interested and keep them listening.

Use the well known emotions and functions of minor, major and other chords.

If a melody is following a well known chord progession or you can hear the chords in the melody you will keep the attention of the listener. If a melody is at randowm, chaotic or with out any chord or structure the listener will stop listening. You have to guide the listener throughout the song.

Use the massive effect of pedal tones or long sustaining notes in the deep percussion like timpany or long low notes on double bass with a bow.

Some notes, melodies, sounds give emotions/feeling/thoughts/visions/etc. Use them well.

Use the effects from film music.

Music, lyrics, instrumentation/orchestration and feeling /emotion/ story should accompany each other.


Henkjan
2/28/2017 9:21:14 AM

108 bpm Ballad Drums Sticks



Henkjan
2/28/2017 9:20:04 AM

108 bpm Ballad Drums Brushes



Henkjan
2/28/2017 9:19:04 AM

108 bpm Ballad Shaker



Henkjan
2/28/2017 9:18:05 AM

108 bpm Ballad Conga



Henkjan
2/28/2017 9:16:16 AM

108 bpm Ballad Cajon



Henkjan
1/25/2017 1:02:28 PM

Jimmy i will spent some time on your new songs/uploads. Thanks and a happy new year.
With greetings of Pink Floyd
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlAIujS66Q6BIZ799kvxRVyzuWRnZzdMt

Henkjan
1/25/2017 12:59:59 PM

Progressive Rock
4/4 & 3/4 
Changing tempo
2nd part of 3/4 has an accelerating tempo towards the end. 
Improved mix of the drums.




jimmy
12/30/2016 10:13:35 PM

One for the last day of this year.



Henkjan
12/27/2016 11:29:48 PM

New kind of feel: compliment. Nice puls in the song. Bass guitar gives that nice puls, it fits perfectly to the drums; sits very well in the mix also good balance with rhytm and solo guitar. Sound of drums in the mix is very good. I think vocals may be a bit louder in the mix!.
jimmy
12/27/2016 4:20:05 PM

Maybe Johnny could do some keys on this...what do you think ?



Henkjan
12/24/2016 10:17:40 AM

EnjoythebandXmas



Henkjan
12/23/2016 11:59:21 AM

200 bpm brushes swing
This is the quality you are used of me; 
much attention payed to details.
Quantised, cut through the mix, punchy, sound definition,  etc. 




Henkjan
12/23/2016 11:39:18 AM

Twilight Zone



jimmy
12/23/2016 7:45:55 AM

Henk, I can't find Twilight zone anywhere but on this page.
Henkjan
12/22/2016 9:31:00 PM

I think of optimising the 200 bpm drumtracks: removing the tom tracks to clean up the mud  and use compressors.

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