Three Reasons Music Theory Could Help Your Mix

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You’ve heard of all the pre-mix “rituals” and administrative things that you’re supposed to do before you mix … haven’t you? You know, all those things about organizing your tracks, editing your tracks, putting in markers, colouring things, loading templates… all that stuff. Well, of course, that’s golden advice! Anything that’ll help you work more efficiently and effectively is going …

Add Garnish to Taste

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It’s been a while… and it’s story time I guess: After a couple of weeks of Spring Break with the kid (and a two-week break from teaching), I stumbled into a situation where I was invited to re-imagine a song after reviewing the tune on MusicXRay. That’s the same site I mentioned a couple posts back when I was chatting …

Too Rich for the Room?

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One of the things that I remember from Hummie Mann‘s scoring program was his phrase: “Oooo, I think that’s a bit too rich for the room…” I hadn’t heard the expression before, but I kind of got what it meant and I immediately liked it. We were looking at one of my cues in the program and I’d used some …

Why Music Lessons Suck – part II

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This is part II of my rant on “traditional” music lessons.  Part I can be found here where I lashed out a bit at the way that I was and countless other music students have been and are being taught music.  In this installment, I’m going to continue on this path.  To give you some context to the following – …

My alter ego … Darth Dave

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So, I’m torn … I’ve been teaching the 102 music theory course at The Art Institute for over a year now, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m perceived as the scheming evil instructor. It’s the final class/final exam and I’m always amazed at how much these guys (and girls) absorb in just six months. A vast majority of …