Electronic Music Production
Styles: EDM, Trance, House, Deep House, Future House.
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced.
Hello, I’m Garry. I am the Head of Music Production at the Richmond Music Academy here in Melbourne.
I am currently offering a Tuition Program and service that provides one on one, face to face training for those who are serious about improving and sharpening their Music Production skills. With both Internet and resident based Education Programmes my services are optimised to enhance and create motivation towards achieving your Music Career goals! I pride myself on educating my students in a way that teaches them the proper, Industry standard fundamentals from both bedroom basics right through to advanced studio techniques anywhere you are in the world!
Below is a brief of what my lessons include. Feel free to read through and contact me if you would like to make an enquiry or are interested in booking in a time.
Introduction: Brief, Audio Basics.
Throughout my time I have found that it is valuable for both the teacher and student to sit down and meet each other before any lessons are taken. We use this time to gather information about the student, so that we can construct a plan and set some realistic goals and expectations.
After the brief, we move into a short introductory lesson where we cover some of the very basics of Audio & Production.
These basics include:
Basic Levelling, Gain Staging, The Frequency Spectrum, Stereo Imaging, Busses, Sends, Aux’s, Outputs, Master Faders.
File Organisation, File Types, Basic DAW Workflow.
Introduction to Splice.
Programming & Designing your own Drum Kits.
In this lesson we dive straight in to producing your very first drum loop. We also discuss the differences between pre made drum loops and self made drum loops. We take a look at how professional producers go about designing and programming a variety of different drum timbres. We also take a look into drum synthesis, samplers, drum tuning, drum layering and creating your very own electronic drum kits.
Groove, Tension, Bringing Drums to life!
In this lesson we take a look into how professional producers are able to make their drums come ‘alive’. This is crucial when producing your own music in a software environment because the sounds that you might come up with can sometimes sound very computerised. The aim is to give the drums character, a personality as well as to let them breath and feel realistic when being played back.Lesson 03: Drum Processing.
In this lesson we look at how dance musicians use different types of effects and processing on drums to make them really stand out, we take a look at into the ‘New York Technique’ and how Dance Producers can use it to make their drum kits and drum loops sound huge! We also look at transient shaping, Equalisation, Compression and Side chaining.
Introduction to Musical Scales & Modes
In this first lesson we look at musical scales and key signatures and how they’re formed.
We also introduce you to the circle of fifths and take a look at how the different modes in music are created and how knowing these will help you create better and smarter basslines.
Introduction to Groove
In this lesson we create our first bassline, we examine how timing, velocity and note lengths play a key role in the creation of groove, we also look at how the use of pitch as well as strong and weak notes can affect the strength of our basslines.
Programming Basslines and using Effects.
In this lesson we look at some of the techniques you can use to program electronic bass timbres, we also look at how the use of effects, layering and processing can be applied to make your basslines cut through the mix.
We take a look at the differences between having your bassline sitting above or below your kick in the mix.
And finally we go through advanced processing to help you get your basslines sound as Energetic as possible!
Building Major & Minor Chords and their Extensions
For this lesson, we go over some of the fundamental basic theory behind how different chords, triads, suspensions and extended colour notes are constructed.
We look at the difference between Major & Minor chords and how to build them and their extensions.
We also examine root chords, 1st & 2nd Inversion chords and how extended chords such as 7th and 9th chords are created.
Furthering Chord Progressions
In this Lesson we look at how to join different chords together to create a chord progression, we also look at basic harmonisation, harmonic rhythm, tension & release and Phrasing.
The Different types of Minor Harmony.
There are a few different types of Minor Harmony, in this lesson we will go over them and also discover which types best suit the sort of music you wish to write.
In this lesson we will also go over some examples of songs that are using Minor harmony, we will then sit down and create our own Minor Chord Progression.
Strings, Padding and Synthesis
In this lesson we look into basic voice leading, how we can rewrite our chords to be smoother and how we can create padding to sit behind our chord progressions. We will also look into different types of pads including synthesised and string padding.
Chromatic Harmony (Advanced)
Chromatic Harmony can be found in many different styles of music, one example would be Adagio For Strings. This lesson is for Advanced students only, who have completed all other lessons on Harmony. In this lesson we look into Chromatic Harmony, Contour, Development, Tension & Release.
Lesson 01: Motif’s & Moods.
In this session, we look at the theory and composition of Motif’s and how they can help to set a mood and form the beginning of any great melody. We also look at the different ways in which we can alter a Motif, including Inversion, Retrograde & Retrograde Inversion.
Melody, Harmony. Call & Response.
In this lesson we will aim to combine all of the theory we have learnt so far for both Melody & Harmony.
We will look into the idea behind call and response, we will then write melodies and harmonise them using different scales and different chords, showing you the various approaches one can take to create effective chord progressions.
8, 16 or 32 Bars?
In this first lesson, we will discuss the difference between writing 8, 16 and 32 Bars. We will then construct a passage using all that we have learnt. This passage will include Drums, Basslines, Harmony & Melody. We will then begin to create variations of our passage for the purpose of arranging an entire song.
Structure and Development.
In this lesson we continue building our arrangement focusing on writing interesting variations, ones that we can glue together with our original 8, 16 or 32 Bar passage.
We will take a look into development and how techniques like the Motif, Arpeggiations and hyper meter/ build ups can be used to create tension before the next passage.
Recapitulation & Further Development.
In this lesson we dive into recapitulation, a common technique used by producers. We will also aim on finishing our arrangement.
In this lesson we will look into the harmonic series, different frequencies and the Fletcher Munson curve.
We will also take a look at the many different parameters on a software EQ, including Q width and the different EQ curve types.
Musical Vs Surgical EQ
In this lesson we will discuss the difference between Musical vs Surgical EQ. We will look into the different octave ranges and how the choices we make when equalising depend and vary based upon which key signature we are working in.
Compression & The Different Types of Compressors
In this lesson we take a look at what a compressor is, how to set up a compressor and how producers use them to prevent peaks and level audio.
We also discuss the differences between Opto, FET, and VCA compressors.
Lastly we take a quick look at some advanced compression techniques consisting of The New York Technique, serial compression and EQ/Sibilance control.
Introduction to Synthesis
Oscillators, Wavetable Positioning, ADSR, Gliding, Automation & Presets.
In this lesson we take a look at many basic parameters of synthesis and how we can take advantage of what soft synths have to offer!
In this session we take a look at how we can recreate and reverse engineer a synth sound to use within our own productions.
Synth Processing, Bussing, Separation, Panning, M/S Processing and Saturation.
In this lesson we examine how to create various types of synth sounds. We take a look at how we can layer different synths, how to balance them and give them their own frequency space, how we can take advantage of mid/ side processing and how we can finally heat them up.
These Masterclass lessons are 1 on 1 lessons, available for you to book at any time. In these 1 on 1 masterclasses we will go over whatever questions you have to ask. Some examples may include:
“I’m having trouble mixing my synths, how can I give them more space?”
“How do I get my work ready for a Mastering?”
“I want to get signed to a label and start DJing, how do I do that?”
These details were last updated on October 16, 2015