80s synth chords, rhythms and bass


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Hi there,

I'm fairly new to keyboard and I hope to create some 80s inspired music but the problem is, I have no creative imagination whatsoever! So to start off, I was looking to create some italo-disco style tracks and stuff like Jan Hammer's darker tracks in Miami Vice and was wondering if there are any "typical" rhythms , basslines and chords I can start with and then build a song from there?

Pretty vague question really, I do apologise! Any other recommendations on creating 80s music would be greatly appreciated!

I'm always the one asking the questions and not the one answering questions on this forum, but I do hope to give something back eventually :) Thanks!

Jordan
 
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Hello Jordan

I hope you and the Roland are getting on well! Here's an article that may help your cause:

https://www.keyboardmag.com/lessons/get-jan-hammers-synth-lead-sound

Also, You Tube usually has lessons (of varying degree of usefulness!) so try a search for Crocket's Theme or even the main Miami Vice Theme, to give you a flavour of his composition.

Being more of a '60s garage person I do appreciate my help will be limited, but it's a start!

All the best

Morgan
 
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Hi Morgan,

Getting on very well! Taking time to learn everything and even put a tune together, but enjoying it. Thanks a lot for that link, it's very detailed! This should give me plenty to practise with for a while.

No worries at all, any input from anybody is always gratefully appreciated!

Thanks

Jordan
 
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Hi Jordan

I'm so glad to hear that you and the VR are getting along very well!

Don't forget the links at the bottom as well, more related stuff but a couple of Jan Hammer bits as well.

Morgan
 

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