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Creating a Music Mashup

What a music mashup is and how it can help with song writing

Creating a Music Mashup: A music mashup is blend of two or more different tracks into one. You can change a lot of different parts within the songs to make a mash up including the vocal lines, melodies, rhythms and time signature. Creating a music mashup can really help you see the way song writers structure their song writing and help with your own song writing.

Music Mashup

Music Mashup Options

It really does open up a plethora of possibilities as a musician and shows originality. You can also consider mashing together your own song with a cover. Read on to discover some hints and tips on how to create a music mashup.

HOT TIP! If you haven’t quite built up the confidence to write and perform your own songs then a music mashup is a great way to improve your song writing but at the same time not risk an untested new song. Remember you are only as good as your song choice.

Choosing Songs for your Music Mashup

The first step in making a music mashup to find a track to base it on or a genre if you’re unsure of the song. It’s best to stick to mainstream or well-known tracks because a music mashup can be lost on the audience if they don’t recognise the musical sections individually. After you have decided upon your first song, figure out what works with it. This is the hard part because songs aren’t generally built to match each other however by analysing the chords used or vocal melodies it is made easier. Listen to your music collection for added inspiration for your music mashup.

Creating a Music Mashup

Warning: Generally, you will need to select songs that are written in the same key otherwise risk them feeling like they are just bolted on. A music mashup is the one that blends and flows almost seamlessly, hopefully leaving people with the impression it was clever and original of the performer.

Structures

A music mashup can involve plenty of different structural elements. For example, you can lay vocal melodies of one song over the rhythm of another, introduce riffs from different songs and continue to layer it up. The following structure would work with two songs that use the same four chords.

HOT TIP! A music mashup is all about trial and error. They are not easy to write so don’t get disheartened if it doesn’t work out the first time. It’s a great way to improve your playing, improvisation and ear. After all it should be fun so try and test them out at some Open Mic nights for example, film it, ask for feedback and analyse.

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