Fundamentals are our range of video tutorials that are dedicated to the ‘fundamental’ production techniques and procedures that all practicing EDM producers should be completely versed in. Covering topics such as drum programming, music theory, formal structure and ear training techniques, our fundamental series are our best selling tutorials.
Fundamental 7, discusses and dissects the theory of counterpoint and the importance within electronic dance music. Counterpoint plays a significant role in the composition of most forms of music. If you've ever composed a melodic lead line (or a bassline) and wanted to produce another melody to compliment the original melody - counterpoint offers a simple, yet elegant the solution. In just a few simple steps its possible to create numerous melodies that "work" with an original melody.
Although considered by many musicians to be one of the more complex theories, we explain its purpose and use in a simplified manner that most will be able to understand, pick up and use immediately in their music. Armed with this theory, you'll be able to lay down the foundations musical relationships between different melodies and see how to create a working relationship between a bass and melody (rather than one following the other note for note, pitch for pitch). The techniques discussed here are employed by many artists in the EDM scene, particularly with trance artists but its also employed (somewhat unknowingly through trial and error by almost all EDM artists). Armed with with this theory you'll also be able to produce a complex musical relationship between multiple melodies.
The tutorial begins with the theory of texture, intervals and the principles of consonance and dissonance within music, we then move on to examine and describe the four types of motion and how they can be employed. With practical examples and compositions throughout, we show how to employ single, two, three and four-part counterpoint along with florid and syncopated versions, and of course, how this is all interpreted to create bass lines, harmonies and melodies that interweave together to produce more complex and interesting, yet fluid, dance music.
Note: Counterpoint can be a complex theory to comprehend and a good understanding of music theory is essential before approaching this subject. We would strongly recommend prior viewing of Fundamental volumes 2, 3 and 4 (bass, harmony and melody) before approaching this tutorial.
“Absolutely brilliant! Given me many ideas to try out! Without wanting to give too much away, the very last session is awesome! The penny just drops, and everything comes together! Fantastic! Another great tutorial Rick! Well done again DMP team.”
Runtime: 5hr 30 minutes
For this session we move onto second species and examine how its employed.
“I've got to admit that I own the Fux's book, and never got to finish it (even though it's very short). But after this... Well i don't think that I don't need to worry about reading it anymore. I think that this was (for me) the best tutorial that Mr. Snoman has done. Ummm, any chance to do jazz theory in future? I'm sure it's very relevant to making nu-disco. ;) I rather watch your tutorials than dig in to those books.... ”