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iv got making the beats and the bass lines sussed but the hard thing is getting a unique tune that sounds quality has anyone got any tips on how to do it?:sing:
 

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studying music theory helps a bit, but after that it's a question of creativity. Take a beginner piano course or something similiar.
 

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yeah well that's it then. randomly slapping notes here and there can give results but everything goes a lot easier when you know something about chords and scales. I've played guitar years back and all i can say it really helps.

Sampling can be problematic too, because you generally dont know what note the source is played from. so when you play a base C from a sample, it can actually be something completely different and soforth not sit in with your bass or other melodic elements.

Well i'm just rambling when all i wanted to say was to learn some music theory.
 
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I agree with Kama. Learning basic music theory is the way to go. I'd recommend going to a library and getting one of those "learn how to play piano in X number of days/weeks" books. You don't need to read the whole thing, just skip to the bits about scales and chords and you'll be away laughing. Of course, onc eyou've learned your scales and chords you can then mess around with them by augmenting or diminishing notes within a scale to give you that slightly discordant sound. :)
 

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Definitely music theory is the way forward, working out those sweet chords is the key to making a phat bassline and a catchy hook. After you know something about chords, you need to work on getting the hooks spot-on, because the hook is the part of the tune that stands out the most. then use your chord knowledge to make a bassline that complements the hook and makes the track shine. Or the other way around, first a phat bassline, and then a catchy hook to complement.
 

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I'm not a producer, but listen to music with melody in it! Even pop! Learn what makes people wanna sing a tune after they've heard it
 
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