New Trends In Making Music

Updated 8/12/17


DAW software companies are making it easier to compose music with little or no musical instrument skills.

Just as some people are holding on to the old methods of marketing which no longer work, others are holding on to the philosophy that only people who practice hard on their instruments are entitled to the honor of composing music.

However, people who lack certain skills or don't play a musical instrument are no less creative than the studio musician. Creativity is in all of us. The DAW gives us the means to express it in ways we were unable to in the past.

Learning a daw on your own can be frustrating to say the least. The fastest way to learn is with one-on-one instruction focusing on how to use the DAW to accomplish your goals.

Students learn music theory as they learn to use the DAW. With knowledge of music theory, playing a new instrument can be learned in a very short time, if the student wishes to learn one.

The use of loops helps the student study the techniques used by professional studio musicians. 

When a student gets to hear a groove multiple times, as when it is used in their own production, it becomes easy to play along with.  Playing along with grooves in your own production is not only beneficial, but fun. When all of your production tracks are finished and you play along with it, it is like jamming with a band of personally handpicked, highly skilled, professional musicians.

Listening to loops of grooves by different instruments gets the student aware of what each instrument is doing and how all work together to make the production. When a student learns an instrument that has been used in his/her own production, they will already know what to do with that instrument to make it work well on it's own or with other instruments.

So to sum it all up, using a DAW can not only help those with limited skills to compose music before they learn to play an instrument, but it can help the instrumental student learn faster and eventually be able to play their own tracks.

If you have any questions regarding composing with a DAW,  click here.

To watch my new video series, "Speed Composing With Loops" Parts 1 through 4, plus a separate video on how to set up a template for speed composing, click here.

If you have questions about, or are interested in getting one-on-one mentoring for the use of a DAW, click here.

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