Learn Music Producing – Music Theory for Beginners

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Are you planning to learn music producing for reasons, such as kick start your own career as a DJ/producer? Maybe do you want to be involved in the ghost producing industry?

This article has been made for people who want to learn music producing without any knowledge about music theory.

Using the “black/white keys”

The simplest trick you can do is to use only the black keys. These 5 tones always go well together, although you are very limited with them. You can go with techno music and tech house, so basically less melodic genres. A little bit more complex, but a better solution is when you are using only the white keys. It literally means you are staying in A minor tone or C major. I’m not saying that you can’t go wrong with these tricks, but you will have a greater chance to create a harmonic track.

How to start a new track?

This concept is definitely more suited for electronic dance music which mostly played at clubs and festivals. An electronic dance track relies on a good kick, a strong bass, a lot of buildups followed by huge impacts in the drops. It’s definitely should have an intro and an outro for DJs to mix in and out.

The first thing in this kinda of music is selecting a really good kick, which will determinate the key you will working in. I advise you to work in – or around – G minor because most of the kicks and basses sounding the best around this certain tonality.

Once you get a nice kick, you definitely have to do the bassline. Bassline is definitely based on your chord progression, so create these all together. Once you get your chords, the melodies, the arpeggios, you should focus on sound designing. After that, don’t forget about the distortions, delays, reverbs. Last but not least prepare your track for mastering and make a good mixdown.

Be organized and keep your workflow simple.