Music Arrangement

If the music is made and arranged in the right manner, even a layman can feel the same as that of any musician. That is the vital role we play in building your music arrangement techniques. We believe that your music is first made for your audience and then for yourself. Hence, we have covered quite an important tips of music arrangement.

1. Listen, listen, listen. There’s absolutely no substitute for experience, so be sure to analyse the arrangements of all your favourite tracks. Listen to what other producers have done and try to figure out why it works (or why it doesn’t work, as the case may be…).
2. Don’t feel like you have to use a dull old fade-out at the end of your track. If it’s an album or radio track, you can have an abrupt finish, or one that’s not at the end of a bar. If the music just stops dead, people will notice and may better remember your tune.

3. Try fading in a track through the intro, perhaps over a sound effect, such as running water. The classic late-80s house cut Sueno Latino uses this technique to stunning effect.

4.You don’t have to have an intro at all – a number of tunes, particularly hip-hop tracks, do perfectly well without. A popular technique is to have the vocal start slightly before the instrumental parts, with the beats and music kicking in quickly on bar 1, beat 1.

5. Layer, layer, layer! This really is the key to getting a pro sound. While layering is often used to add fatness to your parts, in this case it’s more a question of sonic variation. If you have a plinky lead riff, for example, use a more rounded synth part with a more sustained envelope playing the same pattern over the chorus (and try compressing them together for extra oomph).

6. If you happen to have a decent guitar part in your arrangement somewhere, why not begin the track with it and kick everything else in afterwards? All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks serves as a great example of what we’re talking about here.

7. If you want to liven up your chord voicings in different sections, try having various synth pads play the notes of your chords, one for each note.

8. Never underestimate the power of vocals. Don’t be shy of dropping out everything but the vocal in sections of your arrangement.

9. If your arrangement seems crowded, try removing elements of certain parts that interfere with each other. For example, if your vocal is clashing with a guitar or keyboard part, try cutting out the guitar when the vocal plays. BB King is the master of vocal/guitar part alternation.

10. If you need to fill out your choruses, try reinforcing your vocal with an instrument part playing the same notes.

11. Keep your audience on their toes – don’t feed them the same parts and accompanying chords each time a verse or chorus comes along. Try switching chords and riffs half way through.

12. To add excitement to strings, pads and other musical parts during key moments, try layering them up with another version of the part pitched up one or two octaves.

13. Don’t be shy of some theatrical mood building. Whether this involves samples from The Matrix or Olivier’s Hamlet is immaterial, as long as it adds interest.