1. Analyze your favorite artist’s tracks
Listen to how the track is mixed, what elements are used in the track, and how it is arranged. This will help you understand how a professional track is built.
2. Produce everyday
Producing every day will give you the greatest opportunity to succeed in this hyper-competitive industry. Most professionals are taking time each day to make music and you should too.
3. Learn sound design
A great place to start learning sound design is by learning the fundamentals of synthesis and learning about the various audio effects and how they can be applied to sounds. Experimentation is key with sound design so get creative.
4. Back up your work
If your computer unexpectedly crashes or your laptop gets lost or stolen, you are never going to get your projects back unless they are backed up.
5. Be patient
Trust that with time, hard work, and patience you can achieve your music production goals.
6. Focus on one skill at a time
Mixing, mastering, arranging, and sound design are all different parts of the production process. Beginning music producers are often overwhelmed by the amount of work and knowledge that goes into becoming proficient in each of these processes. In the early stages of your music production journey, it is best to pick one of these particular skills and learn just this one skill.
7. Keep your projects organized
Without this organization, it can be easy to get lost in your project. This will inevitably slow down your workflow and slow down your growth as a producer. Every time you create a new track in your DAW, label it appropriately, color code it, and put it in a group of similar instruments.
8. Produce quickly
Focus on completing the track, and don’t focus on the smaller details. In the beginning stages, there is so much you don’t know, and going down a rabbit hole of learning what a compressor is, what the threshold is, and how you can apply it to your tracks, can take hours of studying and produce almost no results. There will be a time and place to learn all of these technical details but now is not the time.
9. Fancy software isn’t going to make you a better producer
Beginning producers often think that if they have the newest plugin on the market that they would become professionals. This could not be further from the truth.
10. Get feedback on your music
Getting feedback from other producers is one of the best ways for you to learn as a music producer. The key is to get feedback from producers whose opinions you trust and that are more experienced than you. This will ensure that you are getting feedback that will help improve your track and help guide you in the right direction.