i've copied my reply from your duplicate post in the Theory forum in case you didn't see
with house it's common to write everything in an eight or sixteen bar loop,
adding as many layers as you can think of. layers of pads, leads, etc. then you write your
track by changing which layers are playing at a time.
this would be what i
would think of as "vertical". there are lots of layers and not a lot of structure until
you've finished writing layers.
"horizontal" would be to put structure first
and to create layers after you've decided how the track is going to go. so for
add main lead
breakdown to just bassline
so once you've decided what goes where you
start writing the parts to go there.
i find that this approach is a bit
restrictive and usually end up using a hybrid approach, coming up with a couple of ideas
first and then sketching out a draft structure, which i keep changing as i go along and
the song demands. however, if you're having trouble it may help you to work in a more
structured way until you get more confidence.
a good way to get used to
thinking in structures is to take a track you really like and to analyse it. listen to it
and write down what happens like i did above, noting down the different sections and parts
of the arrangement. you could even note down what key the different sections are in –
if, for instance, the chorus was in a different key to the verse. this will get you
thinking about what makes these tracks work. if you’re still struggling, use your notes
to try and create a track that copies the structure and arrangement of one of your
not every track has to be perfect – if they help you learn and
get better it doesn’t matter if it’s a copy of something else.
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