Finding the Right Tempo for a Cue

Finding the Right Tempo for a Cue Getting the tempo of a scene right is one of the most essential parts of film scoring. Even the best music can be a disaster when it drags a scene or pushes it too hard. Often there are only few objective indicators to find a tempo...

Complementary Rhythm

Complementary Rhythm A very common musical concept to keep music interesting is to use complementary rhythm. This means, when for example your main melody comes to a rest (e.g. holding for a whole note), you bring in another side line/figure/motif somewhere else....

Chord Arpeggios

Chord Arpeggios Arpeggios or respective broken chords can be a great tool for accompaniment patterns or sources for melodic gestures. On accompanying figures they help to establish a sense of harmony but also keep a steady rhythm going. On melodies they help to...

Keeping Up Rhythmical Momentum

Keeping Up Rhythmical Momentum One thing many learning composers/orchestrators struggle with in orchestral music is to keep up a rhythmical momentum without relying on a drum kit or trailer music like ostinatos or trailer music like use of the percussion section (as a...