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How to Make Beats Laying Down Basic Music Ideas

I like to make Moody Instrumental Music on Saturday mornings. Sometimes, I start out the morning with playing around on the keyboard until I play a chord or melody that catches me and inspires me to develop more of a song. I call this my exploration and discovery process for making music.

Since I don't start with any musical pieces in my head (the way I normally do), I just make time to "explore" and "discover" music using this method. Rather than try to develop entire song ideas using this method, I just try to get the basic parts - the "foundation" - of a song captured in Propellerhead Reason. This way, I can always come back to the track later and develop it.

In this video, watch how I start out with two very basic 4-note piano chords and build a basic song idea. The bass and drums are added to the piano to create a "chill" song idea - something to lounge to on a nice Saturday morning.

The end of the video catches some of my improvisation on the basic idea. Usually, when I improv or "freestyle" on the track (with the piano) I can develop a real feel for the song idea, making it easier to build a complete song later.

Music Video on How to Make Beats: Laying Down Basic Music Ideas by TaurusBeats

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VISION Digital Album Available On Bandcamp

My latest moosy instrumental music collection, VISION, is available online for purchase at Bandcamp.com.

 

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In The Zone with TaurusBeats: Overcomer Piano Freestyle

Part of my praise and worship.

Overcomer is a track from the Vision Collection.

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Air Force Key Spouse Program

The Key Spouse Program is an official unit/family program designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of Air Force community. 

It is a commander's program that promotes partnerships with unit leadership, volunteer Key Spouses appointed by the commander, families, the Airman & Family Readiness Center and other community and helping agencies.  The program has been standardized across the Air Force to address the needs of all military families with special emphasis on support to families across the deployment cycle.   

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Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio