Playing the changes is a phrase taken from the the practice of Jazz improvisation. It means to use the notes of the chord you are passing by in your melody. When I was studying improvisation with Carl Schroeder, he had us play standards by first playing through with just the chords, then arpeggios and then single note lines only using notes from the arpeggios. Getting this down along with melody of the tune is grueling work at first, but becomes easier song by song. These are just the basic building blocks with which to play over a tune, years of study just to half way get by.
Knowledge and advancement comes from letting changes inform your thought process as well. Recently I converted to using Cubase 10 Pro after Ableton Live being my main DAW for the past 10 years. It looked to be a better fit for my work flow and it definitely has been. Like most modern DAWs it is massive with a large learning curve, but even with the challenges I already see improvements in the speed at which I can execute ideas.
At the roughly the same time as I made this switch I decided to purchase the Evenant Online Courses Trailer Music Redefined class. While no class is perfect I really enjoyed this one. I have long been a fan of epic hybrid orchestral music and my tracks have leaned that way for the last few years. I have a much better understanding of the format and some of the guiding ideas of making this style of music from this course and do recommend it when ever they open enrollment again. https://courses.evenant.com. I have so much more to learn and will be making quite a few more tracks in this style to wrap my head around it all.
The following is a partial list of the software and sample libraries I used in the creation of this track.
Cubase 10 Pro, Native Instrument Kontakt 6, Fabfilter Pro-R, Valhalla Room, Sounds Toys EchoBoy, Isotope Iris, Spitfire Audio Earth DNA and Albion 1, Roland Cloud SH-101, Output Analog Strings and Substance, Orchestral Tools Metropolis 1, Audio Imperia Jaeger and Scenes from the Multiverse, 8dio Epic Frame Drums and Lacrimosa Choir, Sample Logic Drum Fury, Performance Samples Oceania, Heavyocity Vocalise, Gravity and Nova.
If you have any questions or what me to go more in depth with this track let me know in the comments.