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Finding Melodic Inspiration

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 12:52 min

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

Armin van Buuren
Teaches Dance Music
Learn how to make dance music from the platinum-selling producer voted No. 1 DJ in the world five times by DJ Magazine.
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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.


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

very impressed by the honesty, technical detail and genuine caring and inspiration and humbleness shown on this course. Super value and I got more than what I thought I would get which was just technical information. Thank you Armin, superb job!

Thanks for this Masterclass. It has been incredibly inspiring and beneficial to me. I feel like I have gained so much from this class and I cannot wait for the next chapter in my own musical life to begin.

It was a great episode on my life, I just learned a lot of good tips for music production and Djing from one of the best in the world!

It was very insightful. Went it to a lot of detail, which was frustrating for the things I already knew and became slightly boring, but for the things I didn't it was extremely eye opening


Eugene G.

Awesome lesson, however your chord progression you used for your breakdown is what you used in This Light Between us! Thank you for your insight and inspiration Armin!

Cyriel V.

So great, I experimented with different chord progressions from songs that I really liked and grabbed my attention. Starting with a piano sound like Armin does. I'm curious about how the idea unfolds.

Mark W.

Any tips for tutorials? I'm looking for Logic Pro how to use it and how to link to guitar and keyboard/synths?

A fellow student

I love it! it was AMAZING to hear someone I admire reaffirm how I create music. We share a similar style and I didn't expect that. However, my creating comes from my lyrical abilities. I write lyrics and usually late at night I will hear a melody in my head and I'll immediately start a voice memo singing the melody to the matching lyrics. It sounds stupid at first - like he says- haha but music starts from sparks. I'm here to figure out how to take those ideas and make an actual track. They can't sit on my phone forever!!


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 =)

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.


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!