Dave Bankhead
Dave Bankhead is a musician who has worked as a producer for the last 30 years
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  • Music & Audio
    Recording
    Recording Jazz InstrumentsPhotodune 3941979 tenor sax golden saxophone macro selective focus s
    Jazz musicians are, almost by definition, improvisers. This is what they do best. They may not even be able to read a notated part that well, if at all. But if a talented jazz session player can connect to your track and the vibe is right for them, then watch out. You could be about to hear something awesome!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Recording
    Recording Solo Orchestral InstrumentsPhotodune 1234825 young woman playing flute s
    There’s nothing quite so inspiring as working with talented and experienced musicians in a recording studio. But recording ‘real’ players brings its own set of specific issues and problems to solve. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at a range of instruments at the classical end of the spectrum, and see how best to prepare for a session with any one of them. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Music Theory
    Writing for Orchestral InstrumentsOrchestralpreview
    Some composers still enjoy the amazing privilege of working with a live orchestra to record their work. Imagine having a 60-piece string orchestra just sitting in front of you, ready to play your latest composition. A full woodwind and brass section right there, waiting to do your bidding! So how do you create your musical ideas in such a way so that each part sounds perfectly tailor made and ‘just right’ for that instrument? Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Music Theory
    The Theory of Rhythm in MusicPhotodune 1149377 a pair of clave and notes of its rhythm  xs
    So far we’ve said little about a vital aspect of all music—the rhythm, beat or sense of groove. Listen to any iconic pop or rock tune, and it is that particular combination of melody and rhythm combined that makes it recognizable for what it is. Let’s try to cover the basics quickly.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Music Theory
    Understanding Harmony: Part 2Harmonyseriespreview400
    Having already looked at major and minor scale triads and the primacy of I, IV, and V chords, we'll now look at chord inversions and the difference between three- and four-part harmony, before touching on a number of other highly useful chords that every songwriter should know about. I’ll also try to illustrate some really useful tried and tested harmony writing techniques that include things like suspensions and pedal points. These appear time and again in all the best songs!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Music Theory
    Understanding Harmony: Part 1Harmonyseriespreview400
    What is harmony? How do chords relate to one another? How can a chord progression build a framework for a song? In this tutorial we'll answer those questions by looking at the basic chords of a key.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Music Theory
    What Key Should My Song Be In?Whatkeypreview400
    Ever wondered what the best key for your song might be? From a practical point of view, the vocal range of your singer will obviously need bearing in mind. But what's the best key for your guitarist or bass player? What other considerations are there? In this tutorial we help choose the perfect key.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    A Guide to Mastering Your Audio Project - Part 2Guidemasteringpreview400
    Mastering is the final important stage in music production. In Part 2 of our mastering guide we cover doing your own mastering, the loudness wards, compressors and limiters, and stereo enhancement.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    A Guide to Mastering Your Audio Project - Part 1Masteringguidepreview400
    Mastering is the very last stage in music production before your tracks go out into the world. It's an important stage. If you skip it, your tracks are almost guaranteed to sound ‘weak’ when compared to like-sounding commercial material. Read More…