Playing melodies around scales
Today's article is all related to Reason 9. Just because of the idea we are going to use players to make a song much faster (and it may also be an aiding tool later to know how to make a melody later). The reason why I am using players is simply that since Reason 9 I haven't really played any chords manually myself (as I am starting to realize this). One may argue that using players is like cheating to create music. When you understand the idea of making music than players in Reason 9 will make things a lot easier to get things done (without forgetting the whole theory behind it). You may have seen me bounding together a whole article about building chords last week. That is the theory behind it... today we'll be expanding on this to make melodies the easy way.
Chords for beginners
When it comes down to making music a lot of music artists will be using basic chord progressions. Chord progressions have been there for decades and there are complete 'theories' (music theory) that will shed some light on the subject of how it all works. In this article, I will make use of something that is called the circle of fifth from music theory to create basic chord progression based on triads. All of this will require knowledge about triads, major chords, minor chords and the circle of fifth.
So I will jump straight into this because there is a lot to cover.