Logic Pro 9 Beginner2


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I want to arrange an existing piece with melody and chord-notation.
How should I proceed in what order?
The melody is entered, no problem. But then!

1. How do I get the right chords at the right place in the arrangement?
2. How do I get loops into the arrangement that they'll really fit the chords?.

This issue is close to my heart, because I have to do such tasks again and again. Therefore I need Logic. It is incredibly important to me.:mad:


Hi Bernie,

I know Logic can seem overwhelming at first. If you want to get the most out of this forum, I think you'll find it's best to come to grips with some of the basics first. And then ask more specific targeted questions. Your questions are a little too general for a relevant answer.

To get you started though, I can try and point you in the right direction:

1. How do I get the right chords at the right place in the arrangement?

By positioning the playhead properly and inputting the correct chords. Use the tab key to move from note to note in the Score Window.

2. How do I get loops into the arrangement that they'll really fit the chords?.

Do one of the following:
1. Choose loops that match your key.
2. Use the global tracks to transpose them.
3. Use the Region Inspector to transpose them.

I'd personally suggest avoiding option 2; it can get tricky and confusing.
I would add to Eli this: A little bit of music theory can help.

Melody and harmony (or chords) can completely change things, for example, take a melody, and there are a number of chord series that could fit under this, mayor chord progressions tend to suggest "Happy" and minor chord progressions sound "Sad". Also, the white keys make up 8 steps, or a scale, and that is what we base all music on.

This is the most simplistic way of putting it.

Try this: on your keyboard (piano style), press these keys "C - E - G". This is called a triad. Triads are also called chords. This specific example is a "major" chord.

If we move the "E" down 1 note (called a step), we then get a minor chord: C - Eb - G. The notation "b" means go down a step, while "#" means go up one.

Now here's the really cool part: Take that basic chord for (C - E - G) and just move up 1 step (using only the white keys). New chord, in this case a "Dm" or a D minor". I suggest taking this basic chord form and move it up and down by a step and hear the differences in how chords sound and relate to the other.

Now, the next step are "chord progressions", and you might have seen some before, like "1 - 5 - 4", "5 - 4 - 1 - 5" or "1 - 6 - 4 - 5". This is based on the starting chord, and how many notes it goes up and down based on chord #1.

I know this is the most basic idea on music and how it works, but I can tell you; learn a little bit, and you can create musical magic. And put the right chords (if there is such a thing) to the melodies you are hearing in your head.


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new guy here...hi all.

I've only been dabbling in Logic 1 1/2 years, so I'm no expert, but...if I understand your question correctly you may want to "Arrange" in a heavier notation program like Sibelius or Finale, rather than a recording program like Logic.
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