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Music Composition - How to Make Sad Music

——   Created by Mikael Baggström

Sad Music Composition, Songwriting and Production

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Do you want to make sad music? Meaning music which you can describe with keywords like: emotional, sad, tragic, depressing, and so on.

Your Adventure in Sad Music

Hello, my name is Mike, and I am a music composer. Just. Like. You. And in this course you are going to learn my best guidelines, tips and secrets on how to compose sad music.

In this course you will:

  • Learn the Guidelines & Secrets of Sad Music
  • Master the Sounds & Colors of Sad Music
  • Get Practical Live Examples of Sad Music

Are you ready to start your journey now? Are you excited to learn the secrets of how to compose sad music, and to craft and shape your emotional story curve in your music compositions. Then take action! Take this course, and begin your learning adventure in sad music composition, right now!

The Styles of Sad Music

Music is great and complex language, which means that for every genre and style, there are lots of variations. And sad music is not an exception. There are different types and levels of sadness you can create and shape with your music. Let me give you some examples:

  1. Depressing Sadness
  2. This style of sad music is like ‘Feeling Lost in Darkness’. Basically feeling extremely down and depressed, like there is no hope, and everything is just bad. A good example of this style is: Mad World by Gary Jules
  3. Mellow Sadness
  4. This style of sad music is also feeling down, but not as deeply as ‘depressed sadness’. More like having ‘one of those days’ where everything seems to be grey and boring, and perhaps lonely. A good example of this style is: The Departure by Max Richter.
  5. Tragedy Sadness
  6. This style of sad music is the most strong type of sadness. The type that makes your heart ache, and your tears flow. Like a loss of a loved one, or simply a sense of complete misery. A good example of this style is: The Main Theme from Schindlers’ List.
  7. Hopeful Sadness
  8. This style of sad music is like a feeling hope hope in the dark. Like things are bad right now, but you sense a shimmer of hope. A good example of this style is: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.
  9. Beautiful Sadness
  10. This style of sad music is very emotional, and with a sad tone, but your tears are created from the sense of sheer beauty, not sorrow. It is based on a very strong and intense beautiful and sad tone. A good example of this style is the build-up and transition ending of: One Day from Pirates of the Caribbean.

As a music composer, you have the amazing power to create the overall mood of your music, and shape the colors of it with harmony, expression, instrumentation, playing styles, and so much more. You are going to learn all of these ways during this course, so let’s continue your learning journey in the next video, right now!

  • You need a DAW (Music Production Software)
  • You need to have sounds & plugins for sad music
  • You should already have some music composition experience

20 Lessons

The Foundation of Sad Music
2 mins
Welcome to Your Adventure in Sad Music
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3 mins
Learn the Styles of Sad Music
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13 mins
Sad Music - Track Breakdown
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The Guidelines of Sad Music
13 mins
1 - Minor Harmonic Language
9 mins
2 - Slow Tempo
9 mins
3 - Let your Music Breath
11 mins
4 - Use Emotional Instruments
8 mins
5 - Focus on Softer Sounds
13 mins
6 - Add Expressive Articulations
9 mins
7 - Play in the Lower Dynamic Range
6 mins
8 – Add Loneliness in Your Arrangement
12 mins
9 – Go Louder & Higher for More Intense Emotion
13 mins
10 – Take Advantage of Expressive Motion
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About the instructor

Mikael Baggström

Hey Friends! My name is Mike, and I am a Professional Music Composer and Sound Designer from Sweden, with experience of Making Music since 1998. …

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