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Introduction to songwriting using a DAW

In the first of a new series, we’re going to step back from the often-overwhelming ocean of tech and look at the vital ingredients you need to consider when creating music in any genre. Andy Price explores the art of songwriting…

MT Workshop: Music Composition Tutorial – Part 1


Our DAW Recording features are illustrated using Cubase, but you can apply the principles to whichever DAW you use.

Although we call ourselves MusicTech, the overall majority of the tutorials, features and articles you’ll find in these pages lean more towards the ‘tech’ aspect of music production, with an expectation that the readers of this magazine will be well versed (no pun intended!) in the art of songwriting. Often, however, we receive correspondence from readers who’ve hit creative dead ends or are struggling with using the vast quantities of tech and gear they’ve amassed to actually do the job that it was designed for – making music.

Underlining that point one more time: it’s easy (though not cheap) to create a semi-pro studio in your home these days, providing you’ve got space, an understanding partner and the luxury of time to use it. However, that’s not all you need to do to instantly become a music-making guru. You need to have a passion and a drive for music making, not just gear-hauling.

So how do you develop said passion? Well, that’s not something that we’re going to even entertain the possibility of teaching – you’ve either got the desire to want to be musical or you haven’t. Since you’re reading this, we’re guessing that you have… or at least that you want to be in the business of music making. If you’re one of those songwriters who has hit the brick wall and seems to have written everything they can, then this is the perfect re-starting point. We’ll cover every aspect of music making: from the technical theory behind music to honing your compositions and arrangements.

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About MusicTech

The new issue of MusicTech magazine is on sale Thursday May 19th, and this month we bring you a glimpse of a dynamic new touchy-feely music making future in our whopping cover feature looking at getting literally hands-on with your music. Also we bring you 6 ways to create a cool studio, 6 of the best mixers, the latest reviews, tutorials for every major DAW and a sad farewell to the Moog Voyager…