January 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm #55140james holley
I am trying to learn as much as I can and it drives me nuts I don’t know as much as I want to but I admit I can get very distracted if I don’t have a schedule to stick to. With that said, I’m asking for advice on how to learn in the fastest and most effective way. Any tips would be wonderful. I’m trying to set up a weekly regimen (ex. Monday is drum loops, Tues is mixing etc) or should it be an hour of this and then an hour of that? I don’t know, however, I do know if I’m going to get a good answer, it’s here. Thank you so much for your attention and have a great day!January 3, 2022 at 1:41 pm #55141GratuiTous
Hey man, good to hear from you again!
Honestly, schedules can bring a lot of stress.. because it makes you FEEL like you “should” be doing something, when maybe you need a break, or.. maybe you should be learning something else at that moment.
The biggest thing is to figure out what are your distractions..
Time management is something everyone struggles with, even though some may look more organized than others.
Your goal is to learn how to make beats, which you are persistent at, and are very determined.. that is the first step.
I’d say mix it up, and have fun with it man..
Staying inside your DAW is the main principle I always try to tell you guys… learn to make your own beats from scratch.. if a beat isn’t working out, save it into a “rough projects” folder, and maybe you’ll never come back to it..
Move onto another beat until you have something that you like.. then try some mixing/mastering..
When I am wanting to complete one of my BEAT TAPES by GratuiTous series, I often work between 2-3 projects a day.. once I get tired inside one project, I hop to the next, and listen for what I can fix/tweak.. then when I get tired/bored, I move onto another track…
Eventually, with bit-sized chunks each day, you move forward toward your goal.
I’m not saying schedules are bad, but it can make music making feel like a chore.. rather than enjoying your time and seeing progression.
So.. I’d say, set aside time to make music, and in that time, mix up what you want to learn… maybe one day it’s more focused on drum loops, another is mixing..
But if it’s a schedule like “drum loops is Tuesday”.. I don’t think you’re going to enjoy this, and see the results you want.
The goal is learning how to make a beat from scratch..
Make a beat, and if it doesn’t work out, try again! Not every beat is a “good beat”, but when you do make a “good beat”, that’s the one you want to keep practicing the next steps of the production process like the arrangement (audio painting), mixing, mastering, and such..
Enjoy your learning man, beatmaking is supposed to be fun!
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