So you have an awesome tune with a good melody, solid hook, and great lyrics. What’s next? Before you can get to the final live performance or recording stage, you need to arrange your song.
Unlike other aspects of songwriting, arranging is actually very flexible and sometimes a little easier, especially if you play an instrument or are working with your band. Sometimes jamming through a song with your band is all you need to come up with a good arrangement. Your final arrangement may even change to suit the venue, what instrumentalists and singers are available, the rehearsal time frame, and your audience.
Feel like writing an opera is only for big name composers with big budgets? Or are you willing to take the plunge and create a work in one of the most compelling and cutting edge musical forms...an opera?
Almost two years ago I embarked on the largest musical production I have created to date - Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. After writing the award-winning Creation Oratorio and dozens of multimedia works, I wanted to combine my love of the audio and the visual into a single large scale work.
Find a Great Dramatic Story You need a strong story to write a compelling opera. Fortunately you can easily borrow from thousands of public domain works and modernize them. Think of West Side Story (just a contemporary version of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet). Many great operas use Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm, and Biblical stories, all of which include interesting characters, strong themes, and action. Libertaria borrows heavily from messianic stories, but is set in the future and changed…
In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org - Film producer and studio head Thom Mount advises aspiring music supervisors on how to start a career in that field -- how to make your first industry connections, what to expect from your first gigs, and how to go it alone if you can't find anyone to work with.