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

One of the most helpful things was learning what a DAW is and how to use it. Also appreciated insight into Armin's thinking process and how he approaches music.

Amazing Masterclass. Armin is a great musical, composer, and orator. So much good information and insight was gleaned from the class.

The class has taken my production skill up a notch, which was what I wanted. It not possible for one class to make you the perfect producer, but this has filled in a lot of blank spaces in my skills-and over I'm years ahead of where I would be without it. Money well spent! Thankyou Armin and Masterclass.

This course has been amazing, I have learnt so much, from creating, arranging and producing my own songs, to the performance side of things. Thank you so much Armin

Comments

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.

Jesús G.

I do not have idea that how play an instrument but always that i hear a song I think how the sounds has be done and a lot of ideas come to me about the possibilities of how these sounds was been created and with what a little I know I imagine the way to make these sounds or new sounds with other part of the track. I think that is important to know how to play an instrument cause is an opportunity to creat many more sounds that you would create just with a laptop. I will take classes of piano because it make me feel so much emotion every time that I hear it and I hope it can help me to create fresh and new sounds for my songs.

Michael D Flash

Personally, I don't know how to create music, so I'm sure my process will evolve once I get going and dive into DAWs, but what I can tell you from my DJ experience with mixes I have created or performed they do have a theme or base. One DJ mix I created called it Globalization which is including some music of different languages but has some type of rhythm and perspective. That mix was inspired from how just good sounding music even tho I had no idea what the words meant. Based on this inspiration I did also create the cover art as you can see it has different colors to represent the ​global view. Another mix was inspired from a movie as I watched which was Marvel's Black Panther and never really heard such great afrobeat music and so I wanted to create something out of how strong the music was. I decided to make a Compilation mix based on the two main characters Black Panther (Good Guy) vs. Killmonger (Villan) and share the points of views in the mix based on the songs. I am excited to keep seeking approaches to my work in the future and create my own music. All mixes can be heard on www.MichaelDFlash.com Regards, Michael

Rene M.

I love using loops as it helps you find the other melody you want in the verse or bridge and solo. I'm still learning about loops and so far I think I might be a loop master as most of my tracks are looped. Now that I know that I can even use the guitar to mess around with I am more passionate on playing music instead of just looping..

Cole L.

I was always told to avoid presets and loops like the plague. But I have found them to be extremely helpful in getting past writer's block. Sometimes, when I'm stuck on a song, I find a bunch of loops that are similar to what I want to create and put them in an order that sounds okay. From there, I open up a MIDI piano roll and start messing around with those sounds or new ones that I come up with.