This was my idea, following on from articles I’ve read from EDM Prod about how to grow as a musician. Anyway, I would like to officially propose the month of January 2017 to be a music making and growth month. I’m calling it Jamuary (thanks to Billy for the name). The point of the month is to grow as a producer, artist, or band, in any way you feel fit. I would make a few recommendations though:
- Try to do something every day that relates to music, and something that challenges you. Don’t just scroll through presets, instead, try to create your own preset. Instead of making a simple loop then giving up, challenge yourself to make an entire song — whether this takes a week or a month, it doesn’t matter. The point is to really push your boundaries. This is the only way to grow as a producer (as mentioned, there are some great articles and ebooks on EDM Prod that go into further detail on this).
- Challenge yourself to actually finish something (or multiple things). If you’ve never done much with music before, try to make a full 16 bar loop. If you’ve never finished an entire song before, do that. The point is to finish something, and to do it completely. This will push you in ways you don’t usually, and that is the way to grow.
- If you’re stuck, try recreating a song by someone to the letter. This has enormous potential for growth, as you will be learning good habits if you do the recreation the same way the producer originally did, and will push you a large amount (again, thanks EDM Prod).
- Overall, just have fun! Remember that at the end of the day many of us (hopefully all of us) want to have fun creating music, so make that your goal.
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