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Doubling Up

Post by Coyote » Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:39 pm

This is an arrangement technique I picked up off another forum and it has been yielding some good results for me so I thought i'd share.

It's way of arranging your tune that helps you get really fluid natural arrangements.

The basic concept is you make a part double it, then make a variation in the clone, then double the whole part and make a variation in the clone of that part.

Its probably easiest to do this when you have all your parts made up, but you could just make it up as you go along if you prefer working that way.

So to explain it a bit better:

start off with a one bar drum loop, double the loop up so you have two bars. make a slight change to the second bar, like make the snare hit twice or something.

then double the two bars to four and make an edit or something to the last two bars.

then double these. and in the second half you could now add your bass line or a pad or something.

then double that. and again change the second half. or add something else. (you get the idea)

it works good coz as you have added few layers in this way when you double it, the first half of the double gets sparse again for you to add a new element.

but after a few doubles you will find that you have filled allot of time quickly and the technique encourages you to follow your nose a bit more.

once you have filled up 5 minutes or so, you should be able to listen to the tune and quikly know what to do to make it finished.

but yeah I've been having great fun doing tunes this way.

as well as working for whole tunes its also a great way to add some interest to your drums and what not easily.

so yeah i love it and i'd recommend giving it go.
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Post by breakspeare » Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:57 pm

nice coyote that sounds right up my street. will be trying it out.
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Post by Spangled » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:01 pm

Nice swan matey, love tips like this. Sounds a really good idea to keep the drums flowing
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Post by Coyote » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:34 pm

no worries, hope it helps
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Post by Cloudseer » Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:00 pm

Great tip this just helped me enormously
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