The Beat Hamster
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* This is an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles.
Part 1: Getting Started
Why Do You Want to Make Beats?
Before learning how to make beats, you first have to ask yourself why you want to make beats in the first place.
- Do you love music?
- Do you want to be famous?
- Is it just something you're interested in?
- Is it just something you've always wanted to try?
- Do you think it's the "cool" thing to do?
If you love music, it doesn't necessarily mean you should create it.
If you want to be famous, maybe you should film yourself eating spicy food.
If you think it's "cool" then maybe you won't actually like it.
But if it's something you've always wanted to try and are interested in it, then go for it!
The overall point I'm making here is that, depending on your reason, making beats might not be the answer.
For example, if you enjoy cooking food, it doesn't mean you would be a good chef. Maybe you could do something related to cooking. You could be a food blogger, or even just someone that works at a restaurant doing something else in the kitchen.
See what I'm saying?
I'm not trying to discourage you from making beats, not at all. However, I'm only bringing up these examples because I've seen many wannabe beat makers try their hand at it and not do well at all. I've heard countless beats over the years and some have been very bad.
This doesn't mean that you will be terrible at making beats, it just means that it might not be a good fit for you.
But regardless of everything, if you still want to make beats seriously, then it's time to read on...
You Have to Think for Yourself and Be Creative
We're all influenced every day in one form or another. Whether you're making beats or rhyming lyrics, there will always be some kind of influence in what you end up creating.
However, when it comes down to the basics, it's still about YOU.
It's up to you to think and be creative.
If the beats you make sound like some famous producer's beats, that's fine, but you must always have your own style in there somewhere.
There will be times when you will want to just make a certain style of beat but I've always recommended that you instead just create whatever comes out of you naturally.
Organic beats! I don't know if that term has be used yet, but there you go.
So you can be influenced but always add that "something special" that only you can bring.
There’s a Lot of Work Involved
There's no secret formula and it takes years to perfect your skills. Beat making can be whatever you want it to be; basic beats or a style that no one has ever heard before. No matter what you choose, it will take a while to get there.
This is why in my previous point above, you must know WHY you want to make beats!
You won't become a success overnight, but you can definitely increase your abilities quickly. All you have to do is one simple thing:
As with anything in life, if you spend enough time doing something you will eventually master it.
Further Reading About Beat Making