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The Art Of Contrast

September 26, 2013

os9t1A wise hair-band once said, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.” The same true for your music. What am I talking about? Why, it’s the art of contrast, my friend!

We all want big songs. Big, big, big. Bigger is better. So we try to add more. More guitars! More cymbals! Crank dat bass! But what if I told you that the best way to get bigger songs is to get small?

Yep. You heard me right. The best way to sound big is to get small. I know you’re thinking right now, “You’re insane!” but check this out. Things become exaggerated when they are put next to their opposite.

In a more practical sense, the best way to have a big chorus is to have a smaller verse. The verse arrangment can be more sparse; less instruments, softer dynamics, and overall smaller size. Then when the chorus hits, BLAM!

Want the last chorus to sound gigantic? Play it once through with just vocals and sparse guitars. Then add the drums and bass on the repeat. BOOM!

Putting quiet next to loud makes the loud parts that much more loud. Don’t get frustrated trying to get that big sound by adding more and more stuff to get muddy with. Try to break it down and get loud!

by Noah Copeland

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