Without a compelling song arrangement, your track is very unlikely to attract your listener’s attention. The arrangement of the song should involve your listener with its dynamics, changing sounds, transitions and sequencing of elements. But how can we create these compelling arrangements and ensure that we provide the listener with an unforgettable listening experience?
The arrangement of a song is how we map the different elements of our song. When do you enter, when do you stop playing, how do the dynamics and timbre of these elements change throughout the song? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves when creating our arrangements.
The reason why it can be difficult to create a compelling arrangement for your song is that there are plenty of choices depending on which track you need to make for each element of your track.
With a simple technique, we can create a compelling song arrangement for every genre you work in. The technique is to map the different sections and elements of a song you like in the same style or genre as the one you are working on.
Choose a convincing arrangement
The first step is to choose a song that you think has a compelling arrangement. Then import this song into your DAW. Once you’ve done this, start placing arrangement marks at the beginning of each section of the song and tagging them. Place a marker at the beginning of the intro and label it. Then put a marker at the beginning of the verse and label it. Repeat this for the entire song. This will now be the skeleton of your arrangement. You will now have mapped out the specific parts of the arrangement and how long they last. It is important to note that you need to synchronize the BPM of the track you imported with the host BPM of your DAW, otherwise the layout markers will not be correct. So if the track you’re importing is 100 BPM, make sure you change your DAW’S BPM to 100.
The next step is to map the elements of the song for each section. This way you can see where some elements come in and out of the arrangement. To do this, create a midi track for each element you hear in the mix. When listening to drums in the mix, create a midi channel and label it. When you hear a background effect, create a midi channel and label it with a background effect. Do this for every sound in the track you import. It may seem like a long process, but it will be worth it in the end, so do not change here briefly!
Use midi clips
Then go through each section of the song and place a midi clip on the playing time of that item in the track. If your drum is playing for four measures in verse, place a midi clip for that length on the specific part of the arrangement. Repeat this process for each sound you hear in each section of the arrangement. Again, this is very laborious, but you will reap the benefits if you put in the hard work.
Now, when you start your song, you can use the Associated track as a guide to know where the elements of your song Go and where certain sections can go.
This layout technique is effective because it helps you determine which elements work well together and why they work well together.
You may think that this arrangement technique looks like you just copied and pasted the arrangement. This is simply not true. Using this technique gives you a framework in which you can work that has proven to be a success. When you use this Associated track to fill your own song, The Sound and musical elements are completely different. In addition, you do not need to fill out your arrangement exactly as you represented it. If this guitar does not seem to match the respective part of the arrangement, you can always place it in another place of the arrangement. The depicted arrangement should only be considered as a guide to where your elements might go. You should always place items in the arrangement where they sound best for your particular track.
By applying this technique to your existing or future productions, you can guide your arrangement decision. By recording a track in the same genre or style as the one you’re working on, mapping the different sections of the arrangement, and mapping the different elements of the mix with MIDI clips, you can write your track in a proven frame.
The next time you get stuck in building your arrangement or your arrangement will need more excitement and interest, Try This technique and you will definitely see improvement.