How to Compose Music Without Playing an Instrument | Music Production for Beginners 3

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The chord composition feature in Cubase makes it straightforward to compose without playing an instrument or needing to know music theory. The chord feature lets you compose a movie music-style soundscape for creating atmosphere – for example evoking drama and romance – with a very straightforward music production workflow. In this sample composition, three tracks are created and notes are made to form chords with the pencil writing in the key editor. In music composition, each chord has its own color and texture and a dropdown menu lets you easily create different types of chord. Creating a chord track then shows the chord symbols for the chords you’ve created and gives you a lot of different ways to vary the chords, chord progression, voicing and instruments for quickly and easily designing atmosphere and composing music without an instrument.

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John B. Soltis says:

"to compose without playing an instrument or needing to know music theory." you do realize the term chord in music is something people who don't have any music theory education won't know. Then suggesting that you don't need to know music theory, you can't just pick and choose chords and hope they work…. I think you should consider revising your video description.

Sonic Vision says:

Learned a lot from this. Thanks.

Alandra Olivo says:


samuel walker says:

is this in cubase pro?

Ray Sr says:

Fantastic video!!

Kata Strophe says:

Is there a simple way to play only the white keys but transpose the notes to a key of choice (eg you play C major but it will output notes in G# minor)?

I know there are third party "scaler" type plugins, but is there something included in Cubase to do this? I like to stick to Cubase on-board tools whenever possible.

Geff Estime says:

What piano vst are you using? Nice video by the way

Country T says:

You make it look easy, thank you for the education.

Pablo Vázquez says:

Thanks Andy! says:

Step one: learn an instrument

Jokes aside: obviously, as full time music teacher I'm concerned about the message of this and other tools alike. It gives the impression, that nobody actually needs to learn an instrument to make music, and this fact is digging away our potential costumers. I won't get into the whole philosophy behind my thinking, but needless to say – I'm totally against using software like this as a substitute for the lack of knowledge. As a tool it's totally fine, to make a chord progression more interesting it is great and I have used it myself to save some time and come up with interesting voicings, but the title of the video suggests the opposite.

Tim Weinheimer says:

I always learn something new & inspiring in the Cubase Tutorial videos thanks.

Daniel Fishel says:

even though I understand a fair bit of theory, this is massively helpful as it provides short-cuts and I love the fact that it can interpret the chord you are playing even if you don't know what the chord is: great for sharing with other musicians as a composition – thanks so much for posting this

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