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Creative Riff Composition with MIDI - On-demand

Learn to compose musical riffs more effectively with MIDI.

Course Instructor: Simone Tanda

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The riff by nature is repetitive so you get it, again and again, you get it reinforced and the rest of the song is built around it like the riff was the skeleton of the song.

What you'll learn

  • Apply critical listening skills to riff & recurring motifs
  • Extrapolate core musical qualities of a riff
  • Construct a riff within a selected musical genre
  • Apply arrangement techniques around a riff within a track


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • Access to a copy of Live Suite or Standard (i.e. trial or full license)

Course content

  • ---- Part 1 - Intro - Riff definition
  • ---- Part 2 - What's NOT a Riff - definition
  • ---- Part 3 - Ableton - Create a MIDI Bass Line
  • ---- Part 4 - Ableton - Create a MIDI Riff
  • ---- Part 5 - Ableton - Arrange a track with a MIDI Riff

Who is this course for

  • This workshop aims to provide you with the necessary abilities to begin composing riffs and arranging a composition around such an important musical element.

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About the workshop leader

Simone Tanda is a musician, producer, multi-media artist, tech consultant, and educator. Based across London & Berlin he is currently creating music for his own project, as well as multidisciplinary artists, film, and commercials.

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