How To Make Rock MusicPosted by Mike Schuck
Making music is a lot of fun! There are many ways to make music, from making your own songs to learning how to play an instrument or lead singer. Some people even learn how to compose new songs in their head or use apps to create music. It’s great to know there are so many ways to get into the music business.
However, before you start trying to take it seriously, you must first understand the basics of how music works. This article will go over some important concepts like notes, chords, scales, and modes. Hopefully you’ll be able to pick up something new here for your next song!
That is probably one of the most fundamental things about music that most people do not understand. A note is defined as the sound or silence element in music.
There are five main types of notes: major, minor, flat (or depressed) major, flat minor, and natural (or elevated) major. The names tell you what range they cover and which scale they are part of. For example, the letter “G” stands for the tonic note, or the root of the scale. Then, the word “major” means this note has raised status, or is more significant than other notes.
The white keys on a piano have higher numbers than the black ones. So, the string of G-B-D-E-A goes up by one with each white key.
Record and edit your music
Recording music is the first, and arguably most important step in making your own rock songs! There are many ways to record your song ideas, and no matter what method you choose, make sure to update your recordings frequently.
As we know, writing a good verse or chorus takes time so don’t hesitate to put off recording what you have written until later. Once it is recorded, re-record, remix, and/or improve the quality of the voice and instrumentation as needed.
By doing this, you will give yourself more time to focus on creating new lyrics and melodies. Also, try out different genres and styles to see how they flow and you can mix them together into yours!
There are many free software programs that allow you to easily edit, record, and publish your songs online.
Connect with your audience
As we mentioned earlier, making music is a lot of things: it’s writing songs, recording those songs, producing their sound, performing them for people, and marketing yourself as an artist. All of these steps are important to make your music heard, but none more than the last one. Marketing yourself as an artist is what really sets apart successful musicians from others.
As you can probably guess, most artists start out being very passionate about music and sharing that love of music with other people. They may even create their own material or write lyrics, but aside from that, they just kind of… exist.
It's hard to tell if someone who doesn't know you well believes that you're actually working while you sleep, because you never seem like you're doing anything. Or if anyone comes across you after you've launched, you could be busy promoting yourself online or meeting with journalists and publishers about how great you are, but you don't see too many signs of you actively putting your creative skills to use.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that some people might not feel connected to you as an artist. They might think that you have all the passion and drive that it takes to become a famous musician, but that you don't really do much beyond that.
Which makes them wonder why you should listen to your music or pay attention to what you have to say.
Use social media to promote your music
After you develop your voice as a musician, what next? Once you have mastered singing and playing instruments, how do you get people to listen to you play or what kind of songs you create?
The first way is by promoting yourself through different mediums. This can be done via creating a YouTube channel, having a website with links to your products, posting about your band on all possible sites like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, and interacting with other musicians’ accounts to gain exposure for their content or business ventures!
Interacting in the music community is one of the best ways to grow your career as a musician. By leaving comments on others’ posts and adding theirs to yours, you will draw attention to their material and vice versa.
For example, if someone mentioned an album in a tweet, you could comment saying that you also listened to that album and why it inspired you.
Use the power of the internet to reach your audience
As we can see, making music is not limited to having a good voice or learning how to play an instrument. It’s not even necessarily about writing songs or playing them back to yourself!
Making music isn’t just for people who are very talented either – anyone with a smartphone can make music at this level!
With technology becoming more accessible every year, using it to express yourself is totally fine! If you want to learn how to make music, there are plenty of resources online that can help you do so.
You don’t need to be gifted in music to get started, which is what makes it great to use technology as a tool to learn.
Find a manager
As we mentioned before, being an artist without a manager is like having a boat with no driver! A lot of people get stuck in the music business thinking that because they have their own studio or instrument, then they are qualified to be your manager. This isn’t the case at all!
A good manager will take care of you and your career, but only if you give them permission to do so. They can’t make decisions for you, but they can help you make ones that are best for you.
For example, my friend could never seem to find the right team behind him, so he would always try to do it himself. He would produce his songs, manage his tours, handle his social media, etc.
This was great while he had time, but when he didn’t he became very stressed out. And although he wanted what was best for him, his stress got in the way of creating the perfect song or planning the best tour.
He made lots of friends who said they were there for him, but really they were just watching him play this game by himself. It's important to know when someone is going to push you beyond your limit and how to recognize it. In his case, it wasn’t until he stopped trying to do everything himself that things started changing for the better.
Write a song contract
A lot of people get stuck when it comes to writing songs for other artists. This is totally normal, especially if you’re a beginner writer! You will probably need to take some time to learn how to write your own songs before you can help others with that.
But this doesn’t mean you should give up! In fact, there are lots of ways to make money as a music writer even if you don’t have your own material yet.
Most major record labels and publishers ask you to sign what’s called a Songwriter Contract at some stage in your career. These agreements set out rules and protections for both parties, so it's worth looking into whether they exist already or not.
A good way to start is by searching through their terms and conditions online. Sometimes these are made available via an internal link, sometimes not.
Know your market
As we have discussed, being aware of what types of music are popular is one of the first things you should do as a musician. If you don’t know who these people are, then how can you expect to reach them?
Knowing your audience is also important when it comes to marketing yourself as an artist. For example, if your target audience doesn’t listen to songs with lyrics that make sense, then why would they be interested in listening to your music?
It is very difficult to gain exposure for your musical talent without creating content that appeals to other people. This includes writing good lyrics or at least trying to. Your words will probably never get heard though unless others share your passion for music and creative expression.
Create a brand
As we have discussed before, music is a medium that people use to tell their stories. It’s how they express themselves, what emotions they want to convey, and it can be used for entertainment or motivation. With this in mind, why not create your own musical story and channel those energies into something productive?
By creating your own style, you develop your sense of aesthetics and fashion. You learn about mixing songs together, choosing lyrics, and developing your writing skills. You also hone your ability to evoke emotion from others by listening to how they respond to certain songs and artists.
Your personal music style can be influenced by many things — genre, mood, voice, etc. But at its core, it should contain elements that make it identifiable. This article will talk more about what these are and how to achieve them.
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