Beat Breakdown: Eminem’s “Under The Influence” The Melody Pt.2
In a series of beat breakdowns and re-creations of songs, I will be teaching you, with this article, to compose the melody of Eminem’s “Under The Influence.” Make sure you composed the drumbeat of this song in Part 1 of this two-part tutorial, using FL Studio 12. Once the drumbeat is in your project, you can continue with the melody composition.
1. ADD INSTRUMENTS TO THE CHANNEL RACK
“Under The Influence” uses three simple loops over its drumbeat, low strings, a bass, and high strings. You get to compose them all in this brief melody tutorial.
1a. ADDING LOW STRINGS
To recreate the song’s low string track, go to the left of the FL Studio 12 screen and find “String patch 1” under packs > legacy > instruments > strings > String patch 1. Drag that to the Channel Rack.
1b. ADDING BASS
To add a bass, go to packs > legacy > instruments > bass > HIP_Bass and drag that to the Channel Rack, too.
1c. ADDING HIGH STRINGS
To recreate the quiet high strings heard in parts of the song, go to packs > instruments > Strings Section and drag that to the Channel Rack also.
2. COMPOSING THE NOTES FOR “String patch 1”
Before you open the Piano Roll and add notes to “String patch 1,” go to this track’s window (by left-clicking its little rectangle on the Channel Rack). Click the second option on top of the window, to show what you see below. With the five knobs circled in red, adjust their levels to what you see here.
It’s now time to compose your loop in the Piano Roll. This is a four-bar loop with a composition shown in pictures.
Put this in the first bar of the Piano Roll for “String patch 1.”
(The shorter notes are not full-length sixteenth notes. Please make them the same duration you see in the pic. Duration is length, by the way.)
Now, the second bar.
Now the fourth one.
Your whole four-bar loop should be finished now. Before you move on to composing the bass, select the entirety of what’s in the Piano Roll of “String patch 1” and move it slightly to the right, as shown below.
Moving this whole selection slightly to the right gives a delay to the notes in the loop. If you don’t move it to the left, when you play it over the drumbeat, it will sound like the strings are coming in too soon.
3. ADDING THE BASS
Compose a four-bar loop like you did the low strings. Open the Piano Roll for “HIP_Bass,” and put this in the first bar.
(Once again, make these notes the same duration as you see in the picture.)
Now, the second bar.
The third bar.
Just like you did with the strings, add a delay by selecting all notes and moving them slightly to the left, as shown below.
4. ADDING HIGH STRINGS
There is a quiet high-string loop in “Under The Influence.” To recreate it, go to the Piano Roll of “Strings Section” and add this two-bar loop (not a four-bar loop). It’s easy!
(You don’t need to make a delay with this one.)
5. ADD TO PLAYLIST
Now you’re ready to add all four patterns to the playlist.
In the below picture, Pattern 2 includes the drums (from Part 1 of this tutorial). Pattern 3 has the low strings. Pattern 4 has the bass, and Pattern 5 contains the high strings. Just make sure they fill up eight bars (or four, doesn’t matter).
6. ADDING TRACKS TO THE MIXING BOARD
Go to the Channel Rack and add each sound to the Mixing Board. (The drums from Part 1 of this tutorial should be in the Mixing Board, too.) Once that’s done, adjust the volume of each track in the Mixing Board so it appears as it looks in the below picture.
7. SING THE CHORUS OF THIS SONG TO YOUR PARENTS
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