Ryan Leach
Ryan Leach is an LA based composer, arranger and producer. His music has been heard on NBC, ABC, CBS and MTV, and other credits include additional music for Jerry Bruckheimer's hit series "Cold Case", technical assistance on "The Simpsons Movie", "Bee Movie", and "The Dark Knight", and original compositions for Disney Interactive. He is also co-owner and producer of Short Order Strings.
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    How To Write An Effective Knockoff... LegallyCopy%20small
    Being asked to copy another song is just an everyday part of the gig. Here are some tips for both tapping in to the original's essence while still keeping the music inherently your own.Read More…
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    Film Score Harmony: Chords by ThirdsAt%203rds%20pv
    How to use non-diatonic chords for a cinematic harmonic vocabulary and create any mood you desire.Read More…
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    Enhance Your Music with a Subtlety LayerLatte
    Adding a layer of subtle elements can bring your music to a new level, just like the right garnish and spice can turn a main dish into a gourmet entree.Read More…
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    How to Write Theme & Variations Preview
    In this tutorial we'll show you how to apply simple variation techniques to a simple ABA theme to create a wide range of moods and styles.Read More…
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    Arranging for Strings: Part 2Instrumentalmusicpreview400
    In this tutorial, we'll cover how to turn a simple four part harmonization into a complex string arrangement.Read More…
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    How to Modulate to Remote KeysWriteathemepreview400
    In this tutorial, we are going to learn a few different techniques for modulating to distant keys. The two techniques we'll discuss in the tut are using advanced harmonic techniques and using bridge keys. Warning: There's some deep theory in this one. Not for the faint of heart!Read More…
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    An Introduction to Form in Instrumental MusicWriteathemepreview400
    Musical form is the structure and logic of a piece of music. Under the heading of form you can consider balance, symmetry, proportion, pacing, and other topics related to the overall presentation of your piece.Read More…
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    How to Arrange 4-Part Harmony for StringsInstrumentalmusicpreview400
    In this tutorial we're going to look at six different ways to adapt four-part harmony to a string orchestra. Four-part harmony is a traditional way of harmonizing a melody for four "voices" (either literal human voices, or instruments). Many introductory harmony courses teach four-part writing because it is a straightforward method for learning chord voicing, good part motion, and proper treatment of dissonances.Read More…
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    How and Why to Modulate to New KeysWriteathemepreview400
    In music, modulation is the process of changing from one key to another. If a piece of music starts out in the key of F major but then changes, either immediately or gradually, to they key of Bb major, we would say it modulates from F major to Bb major. A piece is considered to be in a "key" if the root of the key is the tonic, also called "home" or the "gravitational center".Read More…
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    How to Give Life to Instrumental PartsInstrumentalmusicpreview400
    "If it's not moving, it's dead" is a line that applies as much to life as it does to music. Yet all too often composers write background or accompaniment parts that are lifeless and dull. They might have a beautiful melodic line, but then stick a big chord made up of whole notes behind it and call it a day. The result is music that is lifeless, boring, and feels like slogging through mud.Read More…
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    Contemporary Techniques for Ending Your SongWriteathemepreview400
    In How to Write Effective Introductions, we learned about the importance of giving your song a powerful beginning. We also examined various techniques for writing one. In this tutorial I'll discuss one specific trend in contemporary songwriting for ending a song: ambiguity.Read More…
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    How to Write a ThemeWriteathemepreview400
    Many composers and songwriters run into the same problems when they are just starting out. They are often very good at coming up with ideas and getting started, but then they don't know what to do next. In this tutorial I'll show you how to take an initial idea and develop it into a theme.Read More…