How To Make A Simple Progressive House Sequence

How To Make A Simple Progressive House Sequence

October 18th 2017

This quick and basic tutorial from Computer Music illustrates how to create a classic Progressive House note sequence, along with some suggestions on classic chords to use.

We love the vibe of these kind of tracks and a great, memorable chord progression is key to success here, some of the biggest tracks also use some of the simplest chord sequences in a clever way.

Lining your chord progression’s notes up on 1/8 in a 4/4 time signature is a great start, we’d recommend tempos from 120 – 136 BPM, depending on your style.  

A great idea for a quick track-starter is to create yourself a template for your DAW which already has a basic 4/4 percussion groove programmed in, removing the need to ‘start from scratch’ every time. We use our favourite kick, clap and a short open hi-hat  in Ableton’s Simpler or Logic’s EXS24 sampler – you can of course simply replace these to suit your track as your production progresses.

We’d also recommend experimenting with side-chain compression, to give that ubiquitous ‘pumping’ effect that you’ll find in so many progressive tunes.

Read ‘How to program progressive house eighth-note chords‘ on Music Radar now!

We’ve got plenty of Progressive House MIDI packs, all ready to bring you an instant burst of inspiration! You can also check out our MIDI chord packs, perfect for chopping into chord progressions like those you’ll need to write melodic progressive grooves.

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