Part 1. Tracks and Loops
- Create a simple, 1 minute song.
- Use at least 3 different tracks using a least 3 different instruments or sounds. At least one track should be a rhythm/drum track.
- Use at least 2-3 different loops per track, for a total of 6-9 total loops.
- All tracks should sound good together and use the same BPM (beats per minute).
Part 2. Verse and Chorus
- Add 1-2 minutes to your already existing song.
- Create a verse and a chorus.
- Create at least one verse of a song. A simple verse should consist of
- 8-24 bars long
- Constant rhythm throughout the verse.
- 3-4 changes in the lead/supporting instrument pattern. Changes can be small like just a chord change.
- Lead changes follow a pattern, like a 12 bar blues (A, A, A, A, B, B, A, A, C, B, A, A).
- A chorus is similar to a verse but with some differences.
- 8-24 bars long. Chorus length can be the same or different from the verse.
- A change in the rhythm. Use the same instruments, but use a different pattern or loop.
- A new pattern for the lead/supporting instruments different from the verse.
Part 3. Song from Multiple Verses and Choruses
- Add another 1-2 minutes to your already existing song.
- Repeat the verses and choruses to extend the length of your song. For example: verse, verse, chorus, verse, verse, chorus.
- Add variations to the verses and choruses to eliminate repetition.
Part 4. Completing the Song: Bookends and Bridges
- Add an Intro to the song. This could be a single loop on track or a gradual building of the song by adding tracks at specific bars.
- Add an end to the song. This could be a single loop on track or a gradual breakdown of the song by ending tracks at specific bars.
- Create a 1-minute, slightly complex rhythm “song”.
- Use 1-3 tracks/instruments.
- Use 10-15 different loops. Loops can be in the same track or different tracks.
- All loops should use the same BPM (beats per minute).
- If different tracks are used, the different instruments should sound good together.
- You can cut or shorten loop clips to create loop variations.
- Create at least 4 different, custom loops using an existing drum kit.
- Loops should be 2-4 bars long.
- All loops should use the same BPM.
- Use at least 4 instruments in the kit per loop, or at least 16 different instruments across all the loops created.
- Timing of beats and hits should be clean and in sync with the rhythm (quantized).