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6 Ways to Improve Your Music Production Skills

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No matter what level you are as a music producer, there are always ways that you can improve your music production skills.

Whether you are just starting out, or you have been producing music for years, there are always new things to learn.

In this article, I’m going to share with you some of the best ways and habits that will help you take your music production skills to the next level.

So let’s start…

1. Consistency Is Key

Consistency is the key to success, not only in music production but in every skill you are willing to learn in life.

Think about it:

Let’s say you make 3 beats per week and end up with a good beat and two bad.

Now let’s say you make 7 beats per week and have two good beats and 5 bad ones.

Your chances of making good music will improve just by investing more time and dedicating yourself more to getting better in this craft.

It takes some time to improve your music production skills and to develop a good ear so don’t get discouraged if you aren’t an incredible producer overnight.

Consistency and hard work will help get you there.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

– Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock”

2. Recreate Songs

Another great way to help to improve your music production skills is by recreating songs that you enjoy.

That helped me a lot when I first started producing to go to another level with my music.

Let me tell you the story of how I started making music :

In 2016 Kendrick Lamar dropped a classic album called “DAMN.”

I was fascinated by the production of this album to the point I downloaded a DAW (FL Studio) and from there the journey began…

So, after some time of practice and learning.

I tried to remake some parts I liked from songs on the album and tried to figure out how the drum patterns, sound selection, and how certain things were done…

By doing this I found myself crafting my sound.

That’s what every producer should do not just copy things you’ve liked, but develop them into something that is your own.

3. Receive Feedback and constructive criticism

Try to collaborate with other producers and musicians. This is a great way to learn from others and get feedback on your own work.

Here’s why:

If you’ve been making music for a while, this has probably already happened to you.

Sometimes you make a beat and you’re so proud of it to the point where you be thinking about big artists that should hop on it.

But in reality,

When you play it for someone they won’t be hyped as you were about it, and they’ll quickly let you know that’s not the one 😓😂.

at this point,

you need to keep grinding, and hard working in the end the good results will come no matter what, it’s just a matter of time, keep that in mind!

4. Organize yourself!

Being organized will help you win a lot of time in the process of making music and sharpening your skills …

Let me give you some tips on how to be organized:

  • Create your personalized template on your DAW, you can put the effects you usually use and the plugins you use a lot …
  • Make yourself in a calm environment when you make music don’t surround yourself with a mess that will distract you from staying focused just on making music and being creative with it.

5. Work On Your Weaknesses

To improve your music it’s important to work on your weaknesses, fix them, and turn them into your strengths.

In case you might be asking yourself how can you do that.

let me tell you how.

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1-Identify Your Weaknesses

After finishing every beat try to see what is working and what is not(sound selection, patterns, gain staging…)

2-Work On Them

After figuring out what is wrong with your music now it comes the part where you need to work on solving those problems.

How is that?

let’s say for example you noticed that one of your weaknesses is your melodies.

Here is what you should be doing :

  • Put all your focus on improving your melodies by laying out as many melodies as you can, creating samples…instead of making full beats.
  • Having some research on the subject is needed too, read blogs, watch youtube videos…especially since the information is everywhere and easy to get nowadays.

By doing this,

you will begin to notice that your weaknesses will become your strengths if you work on them properly.

6. Listen To Various Types Of Music

As a music producer, you should be listening to multiple genres of music.

Try listening to genres that you wouldn’t normally listen to, even if you’re not interested in that kind of music at the moment.

Let me tell you why :

If you only listen to the same kind of music you are trying to make, you may unintentionally copy the sounds of other producers, because you’ve only been listening to that kind of music.

But if you listen to new music, it will open your eyes to things you didn’t know about or thought you would enjoy listening to.

That will influence your music and will help you curve your own sound and differentiate yourself from other Beatmakers.

Conclusion

Pursuing a career in music production can be a very rewarding experience, both creatively and financially.

However, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a successful music producer. By following the tips in this article, you will start to improve your music production skills and habits and take your music career to the next level.

If you Have a question let me know in the comments below. I’ll try my best to answer all of them.

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