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Music Tutorial

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I made this tutorial a while ago and forgot about it. Thought I would post it here for others to get ideas off of, etc.

I figured I should post the song this went to, so here you go!:


The 3:00 mark gives me goosebumps :)

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Thanks for the interesting video :D Is there any particular reason why you chose FLStudio over the other available products ?

How did you go about learning to produce music ? It's something that i'd love to learn myself :D

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Thanks for the interesting video :D Is there any particular reason why you chose FLStudio over the other available products ?

How did you go about learning to produce music ? It's something that i'd love to learn myself :D

Yeah I might try writing some music eventually but...it's hard to just randomly think of something while you're fiddling around with your instrument...

Also might as well say if you want to write music you need to know how to read sheet music (knowing how to play an instrument helps also...).

And if you just want to mess around just make a free account here <www.noteflight.com/login> it's a little weird at first but read the tutorials and you'll get the basics.

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Also might as well say if you want to write music you need to know how to read sheet music

That's not true. I produce music and I have very little music theory knowledge. I attempted to learn how to read sheet music, and understood it well enough, but it never became second nature because it didn't really help me that much. Still don't know how to read sheet music, and I'm still producing, so :P

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Side note: Heres something non NMRiH related that I am making for fun (I play it while I play APB and it makes it EPIC). Let me know what you think!: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/28949598/NMRIH%20OST/actionchorus.mp3

Thanks for the interesting video :D Is there any particular reason why you chose FLStudio over the other available products ?

How did you go about learning to produce music ? It's something that i'd love to learn myself :D

You are quite welcome. I am actually making more that should be "Officially" up soon. By official, I mean posted on the front page and a small segment for the mod + community.

The way I started was literally fueled by playing video games. I always loved JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games) like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger (pretty much anything from Nobuo Uematsu) and always wanted to make music like that. Then back in 98' I played Unreal Tournament and was mesmerized by how such beautiful music could not only be used as background music, but compliment insanely chaotic and violent game play so fluidly. After that I downloaded Fruityloops 3 which was new at the time, and I started to play around with that for numerous hours a day, for weeks on end. I believe I was about 14 or 15 years old. Looking back today, everything I made sucked pretty bad, but at least I was able to gauge my progress and cheer for my small victories of progress. When I was in elementary school I played the violin for several years. We did concerts and such and I could read music at the time but by the time I got into messing with Fruityloops 3 (now called FLStudio), I had forgotten all of that.

I simply wanted to make the music and had a huge desire to succeed with it. It's still an ongoing learning process and even with my time here on the NMRiH team, I have seen significant improvements with my work.

The next video is going to show the inner workings of these small clips and their much longer parent:

NGShort: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/28949598/NMRIH%20OST/ngshort.mp3

NGSad: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/28949598/NMRIH%20OST/NGevent-sad.mp3

NGEventCue: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/28949598/NMRIH%20OST/NGEvent.mp3

This brings me to:

Yeah I might try writing some music eventually but...it's hard to just randomly think of something while you're fiddling around with your instrument...

Also might as well say if you want to write music you need to know how to read sheet music (knowing how to play an instrument helps also...).

And if you just want to mess around just make a free account here <www.noteflight.com/login> it's a little weird at first but read the tutorials and you'll get the basics.

I agree to a point, though my point is going to take your sentence very literally. I would say that yes, if you want to write music, it is good to know what to write. Just like if you want to write a book, it's good to know, in my case, English.

Past that though, if someone wrote my music down on sheet paper and placed it in front of me, I would have no clue it was mine. I can't read or write music nor can I play an instrument in real life any longer. The Violin that I use to play has been forgotten by now, but it did serve to imprint a huge passion for strings within me. I had the desire to make the music, and I listened to hours of music daily (still do) so my immediate action wasn't to study the fundamentals, it was to try to put the themes I was humming in my head into fruition. I take a certain amount of pride in not knowing the science and formula, or rules if you will, behind traditional music because I feel like I can mold my own unique style and sound. If I learned the fundamentals first, I feel there would have been a voice in my head that would tell me that something new and unique I was trying was wrong, and looking back now I feel I dodged a bullet of hindrance. Now however, as I am turning 26 next month, I feel it is time to learn what I have missed because my grasp of what I have achieved so far is firmly embedded in my mind. This is of course not the suggested course of action or the normal course of action by any means, but I guess in short I'm saying that if you are very passionate about making music but don't have the formal training: It's Okay...Just do it. My dad never taught me how to shave like they do in the movies, yet I can shave. Never had the birds and the bees talk, yet I have three children. The list goes on, but my point is if you want it to happen, then you can make it happen regardless. Learning the notes and fundamentals will always be beneficial to you, but don't hold out on experimenting with sound until you achieve that.

That's not true. I produce music and I have very little music theory knowledge. I attempted to learn how to read sheet music, and understood it well enough, but it never became second nature because it didn't really help me that much. Still don't know how to read sheet music, and I'm still producing, so :P

And you make some pretty damn cool stuff too! We both work off sound and not formal training and we are doing just fine :D

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I agree to a point, though my point is going to take your sentence very literally. I would say that yes, if you want to write music, it is good to know what to write. Just like if you want to write a book, it's good to know, in my case, English.

Past that though, if someone wrote my music down on sheet paper and placed it in front of me, I would have no clue it was mine. I can't read or write music nor can I play an instrument in real life any longer. The Violin that I use to play has been forgotten by now, but it did serve to imprint a huge passion for strings within me. I had the desire to make the music, and I listened to hours of music daily (still do) so my immediate action wasn't to study the fundamentals, it was to try to put the themes I was humming in my head into fruition. I take a certain amount of pride in not knowing the science and formula, or rules if you will, behind traditional music because I feel like I can mold my own unique style and sound. If I learned the fundamentals first, I feel there would have been a voice in my head that would tell me that something new and unique I was trying was wrong, and looking back now I feel I dodged a bullet of hindrance. Now however, as I am turning 26 next month, I feel it is time to learn what I have missed because my grasp of what I have achieved so far is firmly embedded in my mind. This is of course not the suggested course of action or the normal course of action by any means, but I guess in short I'm saying that if you are very passionate about making music but don't have the formal training: It's Okay...Just do it. My dad never taught me how to shave like they do in the movies, yet I can shave. Never had the birds and the bees talk, yet I have three children. The list goes on, but my point is if you want it to happen, then you can make it happen regardless. Learning the notes and fundamentals will always be beneficial to you, but don't hold out on experimenting with sound until you achieve that.

Interesting I am surprised you know very little of reading sheet music and can still write such awesome music...don't really get how you do it but I commend you for how awesome you compose.

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Interesting I am surprised you know very little of reading sheet music and can still write such awesome music...don't really get how you do it but I commend you for how awesome you compose.

Thanks for the compliment ;D.

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