I teach Digital Composing privately, in group workshops and online. Digital Composing is an umbrella term which covers aspects of music theory, recording, sampling, synthesis and production. In essence it is the skill of getting a musical idea from your head and using technology to craft it into a finished product.
How does it work?
Rather than recording real instruments, a Digital Composer uses Virtual Instruments. This is a bundle of recordings taken from a real instrument such as a violin: every note of the violin is recorded and tied together in a computer file. When you load that file on your computer, you can plug in a keyboard and each key will play the corresponding recording. You effectively have a violin that you can play through your laptop.
Why is it useful?
There are virtual versions of every instrument you can imagine. When you add in synthesis - programs which create sound from scratch - the options are literally endless. You aren't limited by the instruments you have access to because you can load as many Virtual Instruments or synthesisers as you like into your workspace. It also means you can hear your track as you make it, rather than having to imagining what it will sound like.
Who uses it?
Everyone who is making music professionally in the 21st Century. Singer-Songwriters can record themselves and put together a whole virtual band to accompany them, electronic music producers can make radio-worthy tracks from their bedrooms, film composers can summon a virtual orchestra to realise their scores. If you're serious about music, or just want to expand your possibilities then you should start right now.
The Virtual Studio - Beginner's Course
If you want to learn how to make great tracks from your laptop, I have a six week starter-course of one-on-one lessons that I teach from my home in London.
Everything we use is free to download from the internet, so you don't need to break the bank on expensive software.
Learn how to make chord progressions, melodies and track structures, from simple beginnings to an advanced understanding.
Lots of Options
Once you have a basic grasp of how this technology works you can choose from many routes; the sky really is the limit.
Price - £180
Lessons - 1 hour a week
Length - 6 weeks
Set up a digital workspace and use it fluently.
Know the role of percussion, bass, chord progression and melody.
Understand structure; intros, breaks, builds, drops, choruses, endings.
Learn the basics of synthesis and synth-editing.
Create a short, multi-layered track from scratch.