Music is an undeniably important part of our history, for as long as we know, since before recorded history, humans have enjoyed creating and listening to music and they find ways of making it sound different year after year. The 20th century saw great change in the way music is made, however the costs were high if you wanted to sound like the best, then came the 21st century and with it all the wonderful technological advancements that meant almost anyone could reach that same production quality from their bedroom at home. Of course, though this is a wonderful thing it does mean that the music scene has become somewhat […]
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More opportunities than ever lie before today’s independent artists looking to launch their very own career without a large budget or the majors in their corner. However, while there is an increasing number of unsigned artists making it on their own, a large number of them have no idea where to begin or how to keep up a promotional campaign. Of course, your No. 1 priority should always be the quality of your music. While you can adhere to the following advice completely, if your music is poorly written or produced, none of it will matter. Now that’s been said, let’s explore how you can best promote your music as […]
Music is a wonderful thing, most of us will listen to music, sing a song or even hum a tune al least once a day. At least! Some of us are lucky enough to be able to play an instrument too, and what a skill that is, to be able to play your own music really is something special that often we take for granted. Many people can’t play any instrument, having perhaps only dabbled in a bit of triangle, symbols and wooden block at school and many of you will no doubt wish you could do more (not that these classics aren’t without their own merits). If you’re serious […]
Ensure your music sounds good This isn’t just music you wrote for yourself but an actual product that you intend to sell. So you’ll need to ensure that it sounds professional and ready to be released into the marketplace. There are two mistakes that you can make when recording your tracks: one involves the arrangement and the other, the mix. Making minor changes to either one, or even both, of these could mean a world of difference. Compare your finished product with your competition on various playing back devices and speakers. Ask friends for feedback, too, but stress that you’re looking for honesty, not just comments that they think you’ll […]
Some of the best record labels have improvised as they’ve gone along. If you want to maximise your chance of succeeding with your label, however, you’ll need to ensure that you go through a number of steps. Here are the 10 steps you will need to start a record label all of your own. Decide on the music This may seem like an obvious step but it’s also a very basic one that you need to ensure you pay sufficient attention to. Often, it’s better for a new label to focus on a narrow genre. This also relates to the format/s, so invest some time into thinking about whether you […]
It’s a good time to take up learning a new musical instrument, with so much technology available to help you. YouTube, for instance, is a great place to start, with so many tutorials that save you having to pay for numerous lessons. In addition to that, there are countless musical apps that you can download from the App Store. Here are some of the very best apps that you can download right now. GarageBand GarageBand is an Apple product designed to make recording music accessible for you via your iPod or iPhone. It does more than that, however. It essentially affords you a number of instruments on the go. While […]
Many adults, certainly those who appreciate acoustic and instrumental music, would like the ability to play a musical instrument. The only thing that’s stopping them is that they are intimidated by the idea of it. If you’ve decided to throw caution to the wind, before you can pick up an instrument and begin learning it, you’ll need to decide on which to play. As an adult, it can be easier to choose an instrument than when you were younger. You know your tastes better, for instance, and you’ll have a wider range of options from which to choose, such as teachers and instruments. It’s a very different proposition from being […]
Mixing Many musicians have the most fun in this stage. Once you’ve written the song and recorded all of the parts, you can turn what you’ve produced so far into your musical masterpiece. It can take years to be adept at mixing. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, however. In fact, you should get started as soon as you can to get a feel for the possibilities.
You may be happy with the verse and feel that you’ve hit on a really catchy chorus. However, there needs to be more some sort of buildup. If, for example, verse 1 has just vocal and guitar, verse 2 may add the drums and bass, and vocal harmonies and the synths may be introduced in the first chorus.
For anyone new to making music, here we’ll go into the six stages of production, so you know what you’re in store for.