Whether you're into R&B, soul, or hip hop, the surest way to establishing
a name for yourself in the music industry remains the same: you should make your
beats while still maintaining your own brand of music.
Understandably, the thought of making your own beats can be rather
daunting. Still, you must do your best to see this as a challenge rather than
allowing it to discourage you from pursuing your dreams.
Make Your Beats Count...Start by Mastering Your Genre
Of course, don't take this advice to the extreme and challenge yourself
into developing a totally new genre. While that's certainly doable, you might
need to widen your repertoire a bit before targeting your goal. Meanwhile,
there's nothing wrong with devoting your time to polishing your skills and
broadening your understanding of your chosen genre. Explore the works of your
peers and see if they can inspire you into making your own beats better than
By taking the time to master your genre, you've already placed yourself a
step ahead of similarly debuting artists and increasing your potential as a
One great thing about today's music industry is the improved accessibility
to the necessary equipment for hopeful musicians such as yourself. Nowadays, you
don't need to spend a huge amount of cash just to afford the requisite
technology for making your own beats.
Creating the right beat for your music consists of three major components:
midi drum patterns, audio loops, and bass line. These components are applicable
to all kinds of music so it's imperative that you understand how they work and
what they can contribute to your music.
A song's bass line is its underlying frame. It is composed of a set of
notes or beats that will be played from start to finish and which all other
elements of your song would have to work with in order to maintain an audible
sense of harmony.
Spend as much time as you want refining your bass line. If your bass line
doesn't work, the rest of the song won't work either.
The second component you need to concentrate on is the audio loop. This is
a general favorite among rap & hip hop beat makers. They are commonly used for
altering your music's primary theme or mood. To create one, you simply mix a set
of notes from musical instrument or any other viable source of sound. With audio
loops, you're free to play and experiment in any way you wish until you hit upon
the ideal set of beats.
Last but not the least, you need to create midi drum patterns which go
well with the rest of the piece. You can use one set or pattern of notes or
merge different sets. Anything goes as long as it enhances rather than
detracting from your work.
Sometimes, midi drum patterns aren't a pattern at all. Instead, they're
made up of a diverse set of beats but played as repeating loops and acting as
something akin to a secondary tier of melody or beat.
To summarize: making your beats always start with building a compelling
bass line to stand as your music's foundation then solidifying it with equally
well-developed audio loops and one or several midi drum patterns.
If you're ready to make your beats then don't let anything stop you from
creating beautiful music for the entire world to hear.
Justin East, an aspiring, critically acclaimed producer and music
enthusiast, is a leading authority on
a user friendly way to make your own beats at home.
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