5Advanced Music Theory

Now that we have discussed the Western musical system, basic music theory, song structure and lyrical content, we can begin to get to the music theory that discusses more advanced techniques. These concepts can further enhance a song and build upon what is already a fairly solid structure. A producer implementing some of these techniques in the right places can give a song that extra 10 per cent – an added sense of wow factor.

Before we get into these concepts, it is important to remember that these techniques should be used only where the vision deems them necessary and not just because ‘you can’; everything must be in moderation. If a song’s structure is strong and conjures a very strong vision, why change it? Much of ...

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