Pop Music Production Course

Pop Music Production Course

Pop Music Production Course | Nashville

You know how to use a DAW, you are a songwriter and you believe that you have a musical talent. The only thing that you are not sure of is how to put all these things together and create a good-quality demo to impress. If this is ringing any bells, then our Pop Music Production course would be great for you. Packed with a wide range of modern production tips, advice and techniques, we are sure that you won’t find a course like this anywhere else. You will learn how to convert your unique song idea into a successful record, gaining the knowledge, skills, and experience you must have to complete your own high-quality commercial (urban, rock, pop, up-tempo and commercial dance) backing track. You’ll learn how to make master quality beats, how to arrange strings, bass-lines as vocals.

Beats & Pieces

  • Beat building foundation tips. What to do first.
  • All about tempo
  • Rules for popular genres – ballads, pop, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, urban, uptempo and commercial dance
  • Which sounds to choose and building up your own library
  • Percussion
  • All about shuffle, groove and quantize
  • Using loops subtly to fill space, and when not to use loops
  • Getting your elements to work as one
  • Beefing up your beats to make them sound professional

Chords & Keys

  • Beginners or recap on chord programming
  • Tried and tested progressions
  • Keep it simple if you want to be cool
  • Musical shortcuts – transpose and chord memorizers
  • How progressions differ in genres – ballads, pop, rock, folk, singer/songwriter urban, uptempo and commercial dance
  • Tension and release
  • Outro choruses key changes

Bass-lines & Guitars

  • Following root and interval tips
  • Alternative tuning and open strings
  • Which bass sounds to use and programming up your own from scratch
  • Bass guidelines for ballads, pop, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, urban, uptempo and differences in commercial dance subgenres – House, Trance, Dubstep and Garage
  • Programming typical acoustic and electric guitar parts
  • Convincing voicing in guitar parts

Choosing the Right Instruments & Sounds

  • Creating your palette of sounds
  • Filling the frequency spectrum
  • Getting the right instruments for your genre
  • Bending the rules to stand out from the crowd
  • Timing and quantize in your instruments to fit your drums
  • Placing and shaping your sounds in your mix using filters and panning

Instrumentation & String Arranging

  • Programming parts that would work if they were live instruments
  • Call and response
  • All about string arranging and string lines
  • Using pre-programmed MIDI files and MIDI scripts
  • Piano rhodes and pads
  • Instrument hooks
  • Getting all your parts to work as one

Vocals & Arranging

  • Lead vocal tracking tips
  • Background vocals – roots, harmonies, bringing out your chorus and adding dynamics to your arrangement with vocals
  • Arranging for ballads, pop (includes commercial dance), rock, folk, singer/songwriter, urban and uptempo
  • Tips on writing bridge
  • Using production as an alternative to music to create light and shade in your arrangement
  • How to start and how to end your songs (intros and outros)
  • Dealing with uncomfortable chord changes with production

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    Not only was the class very enjoyable but it also was very informative and comprehensive.

    Andres Monsalve

    Garnish is no nonsense and straight to the point. Top notch education!


    Josh is very good at making his students feel comfortable. He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and also makes his lessons very fun. My overall experience in this class was great. I feel very lucky to have gotten him as my mentor. I've learned so much more with him than I could have learned on my own, and I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of this one week course. Thank you!

    Christine Lee

    It's a great program, you get to learn a lot within the days. The instructor was very patient and made the whole process of learning very easy for us. Glad i signed up.

    Zdenka Valentova

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