Join Josh Harris for an in-depth discussion in this video A general overview of musical arranging, part of Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form.
When we speak of musical arranging we are referring to the organization of…musical ideas contained within a song: How should a song, how should it end and…what is going to happen in between those two points?…All of these questions are eventually answered as a musical arrangement unfolds.…It's important to understand that arranging the song is not the same thing…as writing a song.…An artist or songwriter can sit down and write a song on a piano or guitar and…at that moment a marriage of harmony and melody occurs.…But before the age of computers and desktop recording, musical arrangers were…brought into recording sessions to work with the studio musicians in crafting…the perfect parts for the song. Maybe the bassline is too busy for a certain…section of the song,…so the arranger might work with the bass player in simplifying the part.…
An arranger's job can entail working with the entire song structure or just a…specific part in a specific section.…When you take a look at some of the popular albums of the 1950s and 1960s, you…
- Reviewing the different types of arranging: music, remix, and radio/club
- Referencing a previous version of the song
- Listening to stems
- Creating a sketch arrangement
- Adding synths and guitars
- Developing the drums and bass
- Using time stretching
- Creating a radio edit from a club mix
- Adding special effects like drum fills and delays
Skill Level Intermediate
Remixing Techniques: Time Stretchingwith Josh Harris2h 51m Intermediate
Pro Tools: Music Editing for TV and Filmwith Skye Lewin3h 30m Intermediate
1. Arranging: An Overview
2. Arranging for the Radio
3. Arranging for the Club
4. Creating a Radio Edit from a Club Mix
5. Adding Arrangement Ear Candy
6. Final Listens
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