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A Powerful, Systematic Approach to Writing, Arranging & Producing
the Music You've Always Dreamed Of
...taught in PLAIN-SPEAK by a guy who arranges and produces for hitmakers in many genres.
Your Creative Workflow
with a sure-fire system for defining exactly what you're creating, from start to finish, before you even begin
Leave the Timesuck
of Indecision Behind
with a powerful method
for organizing
your entrances and parts
Writer's Block
with the tools used by
legendary arrangers, producers
and composers
video produced and edited by Billy Hulting

Traditional Ways of Learning Writing & Arranging are


If I asked you if you can write, arrange and produce at the level you really want to, could you say yes?

Do you have a fast and affordable way of learning this skill set?

Of the 1.6 million people releasing music today, the vast majority have never studied arranging, in any way.

You can spend many years in expensive training, and ultimately wind up with a whole pile of musical knowledge in your lap, but no clear instructions for how it all goes together.

Whatever your level of training, if you don't have...
  • A solid understanding of what the basic tools of arranging are                        and how they work, or
  • ​A birds-eye view of how your parts fit together, or
  • ​How your piece fits into the world around it...
...then your music isn't getting the presentation it deserves.

To Think About This Clearly, You Need to UNCOMPLICATE IT
and Keep Track of the BIG PICTURE!

Just like you couldn't learn math if numbers had names like Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice, you can't master the nuts and bolts of music using arcane terms that don't directly define what they're naming.

Music is EASY to learn if you use sensible, direct language, and that includes learning the tools of composing, arranging and producing.

But NOBODY is teaching these tools that way. That's why I created this course!


An in-depth composing/arranging/producing course
that clears away confusion
and generates results - QUICKLY.

After teaching this toolbox to hundreds in classrooms, privately, and as Contract Artist for the State of California, I've developed a way to break down the walls and make this powerful set of tools accessible to music creators of nearly every level of training, so you can quickly, easily and affordably learn how to give your music the top-shelf presentation it deserves.
Simply put...
This is like ROCKET FUEL for your music!
By the end of this course,
you'll understand:
  • How to write great melody & develop theme
  • ​The secrets of writing great bass lines & root motion
  • ​Rhythm, and writing with clave
  • ​Linear & rhythmic background elements
  • ​How to use harmony according to genre
  • ​A special sure-fire system for applying your tools to maximize your music's effect on the listener
  • ​How to create the perfect arrangement for the purpose --- and stay on track
  • ​Special bonuses, tips, and much, MUCH more
  • ​All taught via powerfully direct and plain, nuts-and-bolts English



Things you'll need to know to take this course

  • Important context & logistics
  • ​Prerequisites
  • Weekly Q&A and private student group
  • ​Regarding genres
  • ​How examples & accompanying materials will work
  • ​Course run-down



  • Composing, Arranging, Producing: where they overlap and where they don't
  • Mission statement of an arrangement
  • Different types of changes to music, and their different impacts
  • ​Your first tool:  "The Who, Why and What filter"


Melody - Queen of the Omniverse

  • Distilling your melody down to its essence
  • Developing your theme
  • Strong beats and weak beats
  • ​Pushes and Pulls


Rhythm - King of the Omniverse (part I)

  • Context of rhythm as the "strong force" of music
  • Counting rhythm
  • Identifying a beat
  • ​Note values & time signatures
  • Classifying a groove
  • ​Communicating about rhythm
  • ​More about strong & weak beats
  • ​More about pushes & pulls


Rhythm - King of the Omniverse (part II)

  • Downbeats and upbeats, viewed from different "altitudes"
  • 12 LESSONS about Clave
  • Applying various claves & time signatures to a song
  • ​What time signatures have in common, when viewed from a distance


Bass - How & How Not to Write, Arrange & Produce it

  • Different types and categories of Basses
  • How to write a great bass part
  • Rhythmic aspects of writing strong bass lines
  • ​How and when to phrase with the kick drum
  • ​Pushes and your bass part
  • ​Adding power to a push
  • ​Melodic & harmonic aspects of bass lines
  • ​Root motion
  • ​How & how not to write charts for bass
  • ​Tips about low-end balance in your mixes


Linear Background Elements

  • Introduction to "vertical axis & horizontal axis" thinking
  • Common tones
  • Pedal tones
  • ​Thumb lines
  • ​Doubled thumb lines
  • ​Obligatos
  • ​Counter-melody


Rhythmic Background Parts

  • Pads
  • Top voice-leading
  • Ostinatos (repeating stoccato and legato patterns)
  • ​Sparsity vs. Clutter
  • ​De-cluttering your parts and production
  • ​Implied harmony
  • ​Separating problem intervals
  • ​Concise writing
  • ​Contrasting your parts by sonic texture
  • ​Contrasting your parts by what they do


Harmonizing Melody & Background Parts (part I)

2-part harmony:

  • Duets
  • Harmony of melody vs. counter-melody
  • ​Diatonic coupling
  • ​Distance vs. Proximity
  • ​Contrary motion
  • ​Parallel 2-part harmony
  • ​"French horn-style" harmony
  • ​Pedal tones in 2-part harmony
  • ​Implying harmony with 2 parts


Harmonizing Melody & Background Parts (part II)

3-part harmony:

  • Pedals
  • Triads - types, inversions, open & closed
  • Stable chordal shapes
  • ​Clusters - when & when not to use 'em

4-part harmony:

  • The "train horn" dominant & how to fix it
  • How to build and use a tri-tone substitution
  • The so-called "diminished"
  • ​Using diminished for chromatic passing chords
  • ​Stabilizing a diminished voicing
  • ​"Overall complexity rule"
  • ​Doubling notes
  • ​Using interior motion on long chords
  • ​Revisiting implied harmony & de-cluttering


Applying Your Tools & Managing Your Entrances

  • Free Areas
  • The Envelope
  • UNpainting yourself from a corner
  • ​Passion vs. Perfection
  • ​Reinforcement, review & highlights
  • ​A few perspectives & tips on audio engineering
  • ​Final reminders & wrap up

Give Your Music the Top-Shelf Presentation it Deserves!


Access to Exclusive, Live Q&A sessions with

  • Multi-Platinum Producers
  • ​Multiple #1-Hit Songwriters
  • Music Supervisors


  • If you're a songwriter with great ideas, but can't see a clear way forward to make every song really shine, then this course is for YOU.
  • ​If you have a high level of formal training, and wound up with a degree and a pile of knowledge, but no really clear set of "instructions for assembly" --- or you just want to get a fresh, more organized perspective, then this course is for YOU.
  • ​If you're a music producer, or instrumentalist, or engineer, and want the tools for making every production blow the minds of the listener, then this course is for YOU.

Who this course is NOT for...

  • This course is NOT for those who don't know at least beginning theory --- such as basic intervals, and common triads (Major, minor, diminished and Augmented). If you know that much, you'll get about 95% of what's inside, and the more you know, the more you'll get! You don't even have to know how to read music, though it's best for every aspect of your career and creative voice if you do.
  • ​This course will NOT teach you much theory, or how to read and write music, if you don't already know. The tools are delivered to you in a way that you can easily understand and use, via your present way of creating music!
  • ​This course is also NOT for those wanting to learn audio engineering, D.A.W. user interfaces, or other technology-related aspects of what we do. You can learn that anywhere.


  • The skills taught in The Arranger’s Toolbox apply to live music as well as they do in the studio, so this course doesn’t require you to have a DAW, or other production tech. But it does assume that you have command of whatever technology you do use.

By the end of this course, you'll have a clear path forward for writing, arranging and producing any style of music, in a way that outshines the vast majority of the 1.6 million people putting out music today.

...and THAT MEANS...

competition just became your friend!

The Guarantee

There is no way I can guarantee you any specific level of success in making better music. That's just too subjective, and everybody's different.

But here's what I can tell you:

The Arranger's Toolbox gets music creators of all types and levels great results, and if you learn these tools and follow the processes,
you'll get great results too. I'm backing this up with a
30-DAY RISK-FREE, 100% money-back guarantee:

If you take the full course and don't see improvement, just email for a full, immediate refund, no questions asked.


Here's What You'll Get

  • Full, unlimited lifetime access to the entire course, streamed whenever you want, at your own pace, including any updates & future versions
  • ​70+ lessons, in ten modules, totaling over eight hours of video
  • ​Accompanying sound files and downloadable PDFs from module lessons
  • ​Live Q&A sessions with me, every two weeks

Plus the BONUSES:

  • The Who, Why and What Filter - so you can systematically define exactly what you need to write, arrange and produce
  • ​The Envelope - makes creating your sketch, applying your tools, and managing your entrances easy. This amazing tool also accelerates and directs your creative flow, keeping you on track with your design
  • ​16 Tips for Web-Based Production - a guide for people on both ends of an internet-based production pipeline, so you can provide and/or receive the best tracks possible
  • Access to Exclusive, Live Q&A sessions with Multi-Platinum Producers, Multiple #1-Hit Songwriters, and Music Supervisors

You'll Also Get...

Access to the private Arranger's Toolbox Student Group on FB!

  • Share your progress
  • Give and get feedback
  • ​Ask me questions
  • ​Interact with other students (you'll be in great company), and
  • Talk smack about me

What People Are Saying...





100% money-back guarantee. If you take the full course and are unsatisfied for any reason, you'll get a full refund, no questions asked!

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, email me at:

Your Instructor

Byron Fry
photo credit: Joel St. Marie
Byron Fry
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Byron Fry is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer, studio musician and educator in the L.A. music industry. Trained in composing & arranging by Dick Grove and Sammy Nestico, his credits span work in every genre with numerous #1-hit and grammy-winning artists and multi-platinum producers, over 2 dozen hours of footage scored for film and TV, arranging and playing on too many records to count, and touring through dozens of countries. He continues to get commissions to compose for orchestras and large ensembles, and produces artists in every genre on an ongoing, free-lance basis. As an educator, Byron has taught hundreds at schools and colleges as faculty, as a clinician, and as a Contract Artist for the State of California.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
     You have full, unlimited, lifetime access, including all future updates, iterations, etc.
What if I take the course and don't like the results?
     If you complete the course within 30 days and don't see improvement in your creative workflow and productions, just send me an email at and you'll get a full, immediate refund.
How long is the course?
     The ten modules comprise about 8 hours of video in total.
I don't know any music theory at all. Will this course help me?
     You don't have to know much theory, but you do have to have at least a beginning level. If you're familiar with your basic triads (Major, minor, diminished, Augmented), and know your intervals between notes, you're good to go for understanding 95% of what's in the course
Is this a one-time payment or monthly membership?
     Just a one-time payment! No upsells. No hassle.
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