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Lesson 19 - Blocks

In This Lesson: How to use blocks to make arranging songs easier than ever.

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How To Use This Lesson

Watch the video below and take the quiz at the bottom of the page. If you need a bit of extra help with the videos, then by all means read the accompanying written content (the written content on this page simply restates what was said in the video).

Make sure you set the video below to at least "720p HD", if not "1080p HD", and then set it to Fullscreen as well. Otherwise the video won't display properly, and it will be quite difficult to follow the tutorial.

You can set it to 1080p HD by clicking the little Gearbox icon at the bottom of the video, and clicking "1080p HD". You can set the video to fullscreen by choosing the very bottom-right button in the video.

Blocks Overview

Blocks are a great way to organize your patterns (such as a verse), and nesting/grouping them together in a single clip.

They are a powerful way of organizing songs, and make it much easier to write music when used properly.

Block Mode

  • Click the "Blocks" button in the bottom-left corner of reason, make sure it's highlighted, then click "Block" next to "Song" in the sequencer.
  • Double click the "Block 1" text in the sequencer to change the name of your block.
  • You can write music within the block. Write as much as you want, but to make it simple, I recommend something between 8-16 bars long.
  • There are a total of 32 blocks that you can create
  • Use these different blocks (And label them) to create as much as an entire song if you so choose.
  • If you change anything in the block mode, it will change as well in the corresponding block in song mode. So if you change a bass line in the verse, the bass line will change throughout your entire song; this is one of the most powerful reasons to use the block feature.

Blocks In Song Mode

Once you have music written in the Block mode, switch back to song mode. Use the "Pencil" tool, and draw a block in the sequencer on the "Blocks" track.

Expand it until it is the same size as your original block (Maybe it's 8 bars long, maybe it's 12 bars).

  • You can drag the block as long as you want, it will simply start looping when you make it longer than the original block.
  • You can overwrite information by recording overtop of the greyed out block notes. These will always take precedence over the default block notes.

The final tutorial shows how to use all of the techniques we've learned in this course to create a song. There will not be a very large written portion for it, as it is entirely a demonstration. You WILL find a final quiz though, that pieces together all the lessons that we have been through so far.


Create a block with music in it, and place it into the sequencer using the pencil tool.

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