The music creation process has often been viewed as daunting by the novice musician yet ask any professional musician and they’ll tell you that feeling barely disappears with time! This is because every project differs from the others and requires a completely new mind-set each time. Sure you will quickly work faster and improve your workflow but every record is a new learning experience. Below is a typical song making process employed by modern day professionals. Song by Lyrics Opinions and methods differ so do not think this guide is cast in stone but it is rather there to point you in the right direction. One of the best steps when generating music is to experiment… be it in the composing, song writing, mixing, or mastering levels. Creativity is a must.
Now you might be wondering why so much music sounds alike today and above it states experiment. This is because you want to take your musical risks wisely. Over the centuries music attendees have intuitively become accustomed to music that follows an overall pattern. Note it says “general” because there are many hit songs that have broken the “rules”. Typically you will hear a song with an advantages, saying, chorus, saying, chorus, bridge, chorus, outro. Also notice how during the chorus you will probably hear the “hook” which is the the main song you might hum or catch onto first. Most songs are made or broken by their hooks so when it comes to building one make sure it stands apart!
There might be many or few levels to making music depending on your preferred workflow. Below is a tried and tested method employed by many today.
Stage 1: Composing, Arranging
For music making, it is generally necessary to have a keyboard to input your music if you aren’t going to be recording every instrument live. It is important to learn a device as it’ll be crucial to a music maker if you do not are a sample based producer or maybe rely on session musicians to translate your musical ideas into the computer. Using a midi-keyboard for creating music is great because it gives it that live/human think that doesn’t make a record sound so mechanical!
These days, people typically start off with the beat, finish it off, send it off to the singer and then re-work it when the singer sends back the vocals… what a process!.. but if done write it can be very rewarding.
Before you start off, you want to have general idea of what you are about to make. Ask yourself; is it a dance, sad, smooth song? Could it hub on dark musical themes associated with makes such as hip-hop or could it gravitate towards the lighter pop sound? Start with a song name in mind and a general storyline (not lyrics) of the song. This will later on help make the song more exciting as you can use a subtle instrument for coming in contact with parts and then a full on wall of sound banging on the speakers for an intense part. However, it is not rare to start a song with one idea and then end up with a fully different one! Just as long as the effect is something that you know you adore.
Typically you want to start off the arrangement with your songs “main attraction”… this can be a killer drum pattern, piano or crucial melody. This will assist you to build your song around what makes it great without having to begin figuring out what makes it great when you finish the beat. Usually beginning with a below average sound will give you a below average track! Beginning with the chorus can yield some amazing results though it can be long and tedious trying to find that right melody!… but once it’s done right, all of those other song feels as though it’s just falling nicely into place. The instruments you choose for this stage are very important… you have to decide whether you want powerful kicks that will not require too much support from a largemouth bass guitar/sound or maybe if the vocals will later on take 90% of the attention of your chorus/hook and the instrumentation becomes very bare-bones for that part. Try some mixtures that work best for the song the song.
After the “main attraction” you can now build the rest of your song… some songs these days don’t differ too much between sections which means that building all of those other song will be easy whilst some songs have a lot of different sections to keep you interested. Typical commercial dance music has a lot of variety in it. This is mainly because you have a lot of “space” to work with. If the average time songs is between 3. 30 to 4. thirty minutes and a dance song are at 120bpm, this means that they can get in 30bars of music for every minute of music as compared to a slow in steady hip-hop song at 60bpm that will only get 15 bars to work with in that same minute. Of course you can liven things up in the 60bpm one but the 120bpm song will give you better options to work with.
After completing the beat, you then send it to an artist usually who can song-write and sing out as well. This process of writing lyrics and figuring out the write music melody for the song can be so much fun as you will discover a whole new dimension to your song. For the song-writing, just remember that something catchy and yet original will make for the best song. Duplication used wisely can definitely make a song stick into the attendees mind… but use it too much like that song “Lose Control” by LL Cool J for the lines “zzzzzz” and you’ll have your attendees shunning the lack of creativity
This process begins when the final vocals from the singer are repaid to the producer. Put the music tracks and their support tracks in the song and begin to waste time with its structure. Some songs sound best when the chorus hits you from second 1 and yet some sound best following a nice gradual build up to the ejaculate. Arranging is often overlooked as an important process but it is essential to a good song. Knowing where to place the sections in your song will help highlight the key parts and create some nice crescendos to parts of the song.