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"How Do I Learn to Make Music?"

For Beginners 

Step 1: Learn Piano

It amazes us how many people ask us "how to make music" when they don't even know how to play an instrument. So our first piece of advice is to learn an instrument. We recommend piano. Though we write a lot of our chord progressions and lyrics while playing guitar, once production begins piano becomes the staple of our music. There are thousands of piano tutorials online.

Step 2: Write Songs Using Piano

Once you can play the piano, learn to write and play your own songs on the piano. We write a song per day. Practice makes perfect. Don't be discouraged if your music is not good in the beginning. We promise that if you write a song everyday you'll become an amazing songwriter before you know it.

Step 3: Learn How to Produce

Now you have a bunch of your own songs written. The next step is actually producing them. You'll need a computer and MIDI keyboard for this step along with a music production software, also known as a DAW, (Abelton is industry standard but many Mac users prefer Logic Pro). Everything you make in your song will use some combination of presets, samples, and your MIDI keyboard. Essentially, you're playing in the song you wrote on piano into your music production software through your MIDI keyboard and using samples and presets to produce. Google around and you'll find loads of videos on how to produce. You won't need your own live recordings yet so don't worry about that. The goal here is to turn your song from something you only play on piano into a full instrumental with multiple instruments and sounds. Producing is incredibly popular and thousands of videos online have sprung up teaching people how to do it.

If you are a first time producer and on a low budget, we recommend buying a PC and using FL Studio as your DAW. This is the cheapest (and still professional) option for producing music.

There are free DAWs out there and it is possible to produce on a smartphone or tablet.  Those are good options to see if you like producing before spending money on better options.

Step 4: Learn How to Mix and Record

You have fully produced instrumentals but you want live recordings added to the song (like vocals). You'll now need either a microphone to record your own stuff or access to vocal and live recording files (these can be sent to you directly from artists or found online through samples). Honestly even if you don't want to record your own stuff you'll still need to learn how to mix songs. Mixing is one of the hardest parts of making a professional sounding song. Take time crafting your mixing skills by watching tutorials online and practicing. 

Step 5: Learn Poetry

If you want to write lyrics to your songs we recommend taking a couple poetry courses online or through YouTube. You'd be amazed how much it'll help you learn to write lyrics. Both of us have taken multiple poetry courses through different universities.

Step 6: Google Everything

There are so many resources online for making music. Google every question you can think of to learn all kinds of new stuff!

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