Chapter 2 of 33 from Armin van Buuren

Finding Melodic Inspiration

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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

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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This was an amazing Master Class! Hearing, watching, and hearing Armin create amazing music was so inspiring, educational and practical. You positively impact people with your music and now your class! You're authenticity, attention to detail, and pure enjoyment in your music is a joy to watch.

This was really great , Armin's style was open and informative. I wonder after watching him if the DJ trance set supports women? He referred many times to men and Im wondering if there's fair representation and support for female DJ's?

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

I've learned a lot about music production and what it all entails. There were extremely helpful pointers. I also enjoyed the part about DJing. Overall, it was a great course that covered quite a bit of information.

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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.

Marc T.

It's funny because I am mainly a guitar player, but I use my very limited piano knowledge to write the majority of my tracks just because I love that feeling of not knowing exactly what I'm doing. With guitar, I always get stuck in patterns and chords that I've practiced for years, but with piano I mess around until I find something that I like. I can totally relate to him when he talks about having 2 guitars even though he is not a guitar player, as it is the same for me but with piano haha. Great stuff! :)