From Armin van Buuren's MasterClass

Finding Melodic Inspiration

Armin’s production process starts with crafting melodies full of emotion and drama. Here are his techniques for creative melody making.

Topics include: Find Inspiration Organically • If It Sounds Good, It Is Good • Listen for Chords That Move You • Let Rhythm Inspire You • Sing Your Way to Catchy Hooks: "You Are" • Use Friends to Test Your Ideas • Overcoming Writer's Block

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Armin’s production process starts with crafting melodies full of emotion and drama. Here are his techniques for creative melody making.

Topics include: Find Inspiration Organically • If It Sounds Good, It Is Good • Listen for Chords That Move You • Let Rhythm Inspire You • Sing Your Way to Catchy Hooks: "You Are" • Use Friends to Test Your Ideas • Overcoming Writer's Block

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Every week, Armin van Buuren puts 41 million listeners into A State of Trance on his radio show. In his first-ever online class, the platinum-selling DJ breaks down his hits and builds a track from scratch to show you how he produces, performs, and promotes dance music. You’ll learn his technical process for using samples and plug-ins, mixing, recording vocals, and how to DJ a set. Your crowd is waiting.

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This class was a very good mix of everything from producing music to presenting your music, and it's coming from a guy who knows what he is talking about. I learned some new interesting things that I will start using from now on. Thanks Armin and Masterclass!

Great instructor, learned writing, producing, mixing electronic music. And also a few quick performance tips

Wow! What fantastic class. Armin's enthusiasm and passion shine throughout the course. From understanding vocal editing to mixing to having fun. This course is great ride and you even learn positive life lessons along the way. Armin thank you. You've uplifted me.

SIMPLY AWESOME. The best tutorial I've taken, period. Detailed, accessible, and impactful. I've learned so much from you Armin - wish I'd been able to take your course years ago. So grateful. Thanks. =Weeva=

Comments

Pisko

Wow! Armin u r fantastisch!! I'm so glad I'm taking this class! #DoWhatULove is da name of my album n latest single, please let me know how u feel about it =) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHMufVuQ5us

Garret W.

really concrete ideas on how to get myself to start writing a song, I really appreciate it. My favorite technique is to get super high on sativa, listen to some good music, once a song inspires me and i am a little less high and can actually function on my DAW I start writing my own music. And let me tell you, jamming out while writing your own music while high is a one of a kind fantastic experience.

Jabgon

I create my Melodies usually with my Voice and my Chords with the Piano or just on my DAW using ym melody as a reference. I feel that my real talent is my voice being able to come up with this stuff. Just humming something crazy good. I also like to listen to different music that people send me (my friends) and feel as if some parts of it are good and some parts of it are bad. This is more out of my comfort zone, but good.

Sophia T.

His attitude and passion is priceless. That's were the true inspiration comes for me. Enticing to listen to him!

James T.

Finding inspiration from an a cappella track when you have writers blockis a great idea. There’s already a solid foundation to work with so it gives your mind more opportunity to just play and be creative.

Worlds M.

My dad always tells me to use my knowledge of piano and classical music, and use the chords or melodies to create my own tracks. So cool to see that Armin does the same!

Tim K.

I find, when having writers block, that doing some "boring" stuff is helping a lot. Once, I went through multiple sample libraries just marking samples I instantly liked with a little green dot. 2 hours of it. In the end I went through some of them again and made a beat I really liked in like 15 minutes. I also like pre-mixing while I still write whenever I can't think of what I wanna do next. Just some EQ on that kick, some compression on that snare, setting up a reverb send. And then I typically can think about melodies or sound design with fresher ears.

A fellow student

Classical music definitely inspires me. I studied piano for 12 years. Now I have to get back to learning some of the stuff I forgot due to a stroke, specially music theory.

Lina M.

Unfortunately,I do not know howe to play piano, but I have a controller so I've been mixing and playing for awhile.

Alexandr G.

I know how to play some piano. I'm familiar with chord progression, some scales, harmonics. But Armin is right sometimes playing some keys or notes that don't go together sound pretty cool lol. Experimenting is awesome its the way for more creative music.