How technology has revolutionised the way I arrange music

Since the time I began arranging (in my teens!), the advancements in technology have greatly influenced the speed at which I can arrange music. Back then, you couldn’t Google song lyrics, you had to buy an entire album for a single song and notating was done by hand.

Here are 7 ways that technology has truly revolutionised my arranging workflow.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode

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Resources mentioned:

  1. Spotify
  2. Apple Music
  3. Pandora
  4. Pinterest – the Pinterest board I mention is here
  5. Google Docs
  6. Music Notes
  7. Sheet Music Direct
  8. Tips for importing MIDI files into notation software in my Speedy Arranging Course (inside the Midnight Music Community)
  9. Transcribe! software
  10. Audacity
  11. Anytune Pro
  12. The Amazing Slow Downer
  13. Notation software – for a run-down of options, listen to episode 13: Best notation apps for music educators
  14. ForScore (more info also in episode 5 – How To Scan Sheet Music)
  15. Mobile Sheets

Further reading

Read: the original blog post upon which this episode is based.


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