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What’s an Arpeggio?

The arpeggio is one of the most popular techniques used in production today. But what are arpeggios exactly? In this post, we’ll be taking a close look at the features and history of the arpeggio to make you an expert in no-time.

by Benjamin Keith.

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Playlist: Arpeggios.

Check out this curated playlist to get a nice sampling of how arpeggios stretch across time and space! Whether you’re into Rae Sremmurd or Johann Sebastian Bach, arpeggios are something you’ve probably heard many times over.

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Playlist: Studio as an Instrument.

Melodics’ Director of Education Rodi Kirk curates a diverse selection of music that have one thing in common – the creative use of studio technology sits at the heart of the musical process.

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Guided listening: The White Keys Part 1 - “Lover Chanting”.

Watch and play along with these annotated videos featuring songs that all use scales that feature only the white keys.

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Beginners guide to keys.

Just getting started playing the keys? We’re going to set you up right, with a basic guide to posture, and position, and technique.

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  • Ornaments: Enhancing your personal touch.

    Music can have ornaments which often float on by the untrained ear. In this post, we’ll pull out our magnifying glasses and take a closer look at different types of ornamentation, and how they’re used in music across all genres.

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  • What’s an Arpeggio?

    The arpeggio is one of the most popular techniques used in production today. But what are arpeggios exactly? In this post, we’ll be taking a close look at the features and history of the arpeggio to make you an expert in no-time.

    Read more

  • Beginners guide to pads.

    Just getting started playing pads? We’re going to get you set up right, with a basic guide to posture, technique, and exercises.

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  • Basic Guide To Theory: Middle C, Octaves, Notes, Scales, and Chords.

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Playlists:
  • Playlist: Polyrhythms.

    Welcome to Melodics’ curated playlist on polyrhythms! This playlist has some rare and stunning cuts in it to make you a pro on polyrhythms faster than a 7:8 cross-rhythm! As you listen, try pinning your ears to possible polyrhythmic sounds. They can be trickier to find than you might expect!

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  • Playlist: Play along with the Impeach break.

    Pads players! Fire up this playlist, open up the lesson in Melodics, and play along with the break that launched a thousand classic Hip Hop tunes: The break from “Impeach the president”.

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  • Playlist: Triplets, Breaking up the grid.

    To say the triplet is having its moment in the sun currently is definitely an understatement. Learn more on this little rhythmic quirk, and squeezing out of the rigid 4×4 walls of the grid.

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  • Playlist: Arpeggios.

    Check out this curated playlist to get a nice sampling of how arpeggios stretch across time and space! Whether you’re into Rae Sremmurd or Johann Sebastian Bach, arpeggios are something you’ve probably heard many times over.

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  • Playlist: Time signatures.

    Understanding how a time signature works can help you organize your beats and rhythms. Counting along is a crucial skill to playing more complex tunes, and time signatures let you know exactly where and when the beat takes place.

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  • Playlist: Minimal music.

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  • Playlist: Son Clave.

    Afro-Caribbean rhythms have had a massive influence on modern music. Melodics’ Director of Education Rodi Kirk has put together a playlist primer on this popular pattern.

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  • Playlist: Studio as an Instrument.

    Melodics’ Director of Education Rodi Kirk curates a diverse selection of music that have one thing in common – the creative use of studio technology sits at the heart of the musical process.

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