The End of Hack Music Theory (Halloween Special)

Ray Harmony and the Hack Music Theory revolution are put to the ultimate test in this Halloween Special.

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If Ray fails his challenge, this will be the last ever episode on this YouTube channel. In under five minutes, he needs to write a riff, but he cannot use any scales or any modes.

Ray decides to use one of his favourite songwriting hacks, a note row. This method of composing was invented by Arnold Schoenberg in the 1920s and is known as serialism (AKA dodecaphony, twelve tone technique, 12 tone method) and results in 12 tone music (or 12 note music, if you're British like Ray), which he loves!

Using MIDI programming in his Reaper DAW, as well as his trusty electric guitar, he tackles this colossal challenge with a combination of electronic music theory and a djent guitar mindset (the lesson / tutorial is at 7:32). Ray throws down an epic metal riff while vocalist Garbageface doom raps the grooviest verse you'll ever hear!

So, whether you're looking for a Halloween funny horror music video, Halloween movies, horror movies, horror comedy, Halloween music, or just a Halloween song to get your party pumping, this video is for you. Or, whether you're wanting to seriously learn about 12 tone guitar, djent metal riff writing, hardcore metal riff writing, or just how to write heavy guitar riffs, this video is for you.

And, be sure to watch the guitar playthrough at 11:37 as well, it's unlike anything you've ever seen before!

Lastly, if you'd like us to teach you how to write great songs from start to finish, then join our online apprenticeship program at (select ARTIST tier). Last week we covered how to write a new section for an existing section, as well as how to transition between a verse and a chorus.

We really hope you dig our new music theory lesson, and if you wanna get your hands on all the vital theory hacks you need to write great songs, then please download our Hack Music Theory for Songwriting & Producing PDF (click & scroll down).

Thank you for being brave and committing to make the world a better place through better music. Until next week, happy songwriting & producing!

Ray Harmony - Victoria BC, Canada
Songwriter, Producer, Teacher & Author
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