In Depth look at Note Mapping in RapidComposer

KVRer
24 posts since 3 Sep, 2018

Post Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:57 pm

Here is a link to the first of 20 YouTube Videos which provide an in-depth look at "Note Mapping" in RC, how it works, and how it relates to music composition:

https://youtu.be/agleo-S0eWc

I tagged all 20 videos with "RapidComposer" and "Note Mapping" so they should be easy to find. I apologize in advance for the poor production value of my videos, and there are times when I talk to much. But I think that Note Mapping is one of the key aspects of RC and once you understand it, you will be able to create some awesome phrases that will work well over different chords and scales.

If you check out some videos from "Jazz Duets" discussing a improvisation technique called "Triad Pairs" you will find some beautiful examples of what RC calls "chord note relative mapping."
https://youtu.be/ZBAaJX-9eIA

If you analyze this stuff, you will see that jazz musicians play certain triads (i.e. chord tones) over certain chords. They arpeggiate these triads into phrases. For instance, over a C minor harmony(which we would place in the Master Track) Nick suggests arpeggiating a C minor Triad and a D minor Triad. Together, these two triads contain the 6 notes: 1, b3, 5, 4, 6, 9.
We can chord note map those 6 tones in the Phrase Editor to: #1, #2-1semitone, #5, #3+1scalestep, #4, #5. Then we can arrange them rhythmically copying Nick's phrase exactly. Once we save this phrase, we can use it over any minor triad in the Master Track. We don't have to worry about transposing into different keys, which is a real challenge when you are improvising.
If I understand this "Triad Pair" concept correctly, it's just an easier way for a jazz musician to remember which chord notes to play over a given harmony. In other words, it's easier to remember to play Cm and Dm over a C minor harmony, instead of remembering specific notes, like the 4th, 6th and 9th of C minor. That gets a little complicated when compared to playing simple triads. BUT - either way, you are playing the same notes over a given harmony.

Here's the bottom line - I think that RC gives us the power to create our own phrases incorporating these cool techniques, once you understand Note Mapping.

KVRian
1334 posts since 15 May, 2017

Post Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:43 pm

Good job! Unfortunately, at the moment, I am unable to finish my series of videos. It has been a bad year for me..

Please keep up the great work!

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KVRAF
4606 posts since 9 Jan, 2010

Post Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:49 am

Hi Rob,

thanks for posting these videos! Well done! :tu:
I moved your post into a new dedicated topic.

Thanks!
Attila
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KVRer
22 posts since 6 Feb, 2008 from spain

Post Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:00 am

this is really great, well done, very helpfull. we need deep explanations of the many aspects of RC like these videos. thank you

KVRer

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24 posts since 3 Sep, 2018

Post Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:50 pm

I found a nice simple "chord note" phrase (actually two related phrases) on a Website called "Music Theory Academy"
here is the link: https://www.musictheoryacademy.com/unde ... nversions/
Under the paragraph "Using the First Inversion" they give an example in C major of the I chord going to the IV chord, and how using the first inversion of C creates a smooth transition between I and IV.
I did a series of 4 YouTube videos going through the process of transcribing these 2 phrases into RC using Chord Note Relative Mapping. I then applied the 2 phrases to a series of other chords in the Master Track to show how these mapped phrases can be used over various progressions.
Here is the link to the first video: https://youtu.be/zjvm6IwJlEc

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KVRAF
4606 posts since 9 Jan, 2010

Post Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:09 am

Thank you, Rob! :tu: :)
Attila
https://www.musicdevelopments.com
Innovative music software for creative musicians - home of RapidComposer, Melodya and Syne
Holiday Sale 40% off RapidComposer, Melodya, Syne until December 31!

KVRer

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24 posts since 3 Sep, 2018

Post Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:11 pm

Here is a YouTube that covers "Scale Note Relative" phrases; how to create them; how to use them; how to use "phrase variation" to take very simple musical material and transform it into something more interesting.
Creating "Scale Note Relative" phrases in RapidComposer

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