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.

Reviews

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

i learned a lot! very discriptive with everything he said showed a lot of his tricks and shared a lot of knowledge and information not only about making music but also everything that comes with it

Inspiration,Getting starting and what a soundboard and DJ setup looks like. Could use more explanation of the soundboard and how it all works BUTT.... Its mainly about what his work flow is, how he starts a idea to the end and how he promotes himself. 9/10! I would recommend it to my friends if they are looking for new inspiration or how to get started like myself.

Interesting part concerning mixing and mastering

I think it can go into more details. Top-Level is very good.

Comments

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.

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