Does your body respond to the rhythm of a song? Do you zone out into a different world when you listen to music? Wouldn’t you want to become the next AR Rahman or the next Ed Sheeran of the industry? Well, if you cannot imagine your life without music and getting into this super competent industry is your one & only dream, then you should read this! The journey of becoming a successful music composer can be challenging, but not as hard as you think. All you need is – an utmost passion for music, some sense of playing or composing music, and enough confidence to share your work. Thanks to technology, we’ve got numerous tools and platforms to listen, get inspired, build networks, and make our own music.
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Here are a few tips that’ll come in handy for all the aspiring music composers to ace their dream:
1. Be Inspired and Inspire
Start from scratch – take lessons from experts, pick up your favourite instrument, get your pen and paper and kick-start your musical journey. There are two kinds of people in this world, people who learn from their own experiences and people who learn from other people’s experiences. So, one can either start working on himself or can get to know about other legends in the industry and learn from their mistakes.
Trust your instincts, gain knowledge in your genre of music, and look up to your idols who inspire you to be brilliant at your craft. Write your own lyrics and record your songs – the more, the better. You might detest your work first but that’s how everyone starts, right?
2. Know your strengths and weaknesses
For any musician, it’s important to learn the basics of music but to know what he/she is best at is more important. It can be singing, playing musical instruments, writing lyrics of songs or even having a sense of composing music. You don’t necessarily need any degree or certification but music training is something you should definitely look forward to. Experiential learning and training in your kind of music will just make your journey simpler.
If stage presence is your weakness, then try working on it by performing in front of your friends and family or at school/college, make videos and upload them on YouTube. Look up for guidance from music professionals who can help you set realistic goals and make you aware of the actual scene since grass always seems to be greener on the other side!
3. Say hello to music tools & technology!
99% of the music we hear today is from the digital realm. In today’s time, one does not need to know how to play an instrument to actually make music. One can simply produce music with the use of a laptop and a pair of headphones. Technology has come up with various DAW or Digital Audio Workstations by which anyone who has a sense of music, can compose music. Sadly, bands today do not need instrumentalists to perform a song. They can simply create anything by using these DAWs which already have different sounds in them. The most popular feature ‘auto-tune’ can’t be missed here! Even if you’re not confident about your voice quality but have a ‘music sense’, then you can take things forward with ease
Thus, with so many tools to make music with ease the market, it’s hard to avoid the itch of learning the music production process. Digital enhancements and progressive tools are now in demand more than ever. It’s time you start leveraging these for who knows, you might end up creating sounds similar to your favourite music producers! Some free online tools to kick-start your creativity include Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Ambient-mixer, Audacity, Beat Maker, Chrome Music Lab, etc.
4. Practice makes a man perfect.
Create your own band, join a society, or collaborate with others. Participate in gigs to boost up your confidence and test your songs out live and see how your audience reacts to it. By performing on-stage, you’ll be able to gain experience and learn a lot more from reality checks. It’ll also help in boosting up your confidence.
5. Unleash the power of the digital world.
Using the power of the Internet can be a game changer for you! Create your account on music apps like SoundCloud or upload your work on social media accounts to amplify your compositions via real-world feedback from your peers. This will definitely help you build networks, connect with influential people, and establish new relationships. Connections might work wonders for you never know when your audio/video goes viral on online media! So, keep streaming and sharing.
6. A positive attitude will lead you to your goal.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller
Your music is a reflection of your innate thoughts and creativity! Keep faith in your skills, work hard at improvising them, and stay focused. Just be optimistic because no one wakes up putting their famous pants on. If you’re confident about it, the world will follow! Don’t be afraid of rejections because nothing in the music industry happens overnight.
MyNT and Music – Combining the two elements together
Project MyNT gives you an opportunity to create your very own music on industry standard software under the supervision of some of the most renowned artists hailing from the core music industry, who mentor students with a direct emphasis on immersive learning experiences.
Talking about the curriculum, students will get to learn – how to make music in the digital realm, the basics of music theory, how to build a song from scratch, recording and production techniques, creative mixing, and much more!
If you need help structuring your songs or want to know-it-all about notes, strains, tones, chords, and sound, then we are here to help you. Good luck!