But starting a new creative discipline can be scary. It’s intimidating, lonely, and there’s so much to learn.
Still, the payoff is huge. Music is one of the richest ways to be creative and express yourself artistically.
Feeling ready to begin means having the confidence and the right tools to go for it.
In this guide, I’ll show you everything a modern musician needs to start creating right away.
life cycle of a song
A lot has to happen for a song to evolve from idea to finished release.
In this guide, I go through each step in detail and link to resources to help you master each stage.
Each stage of the process is laid out in order, but you can use the menu bar on the left to navigate instantly to any section.
The first spark of an idea can become a finished track that rules the airwaves. But it must first become a song.
Songwriting is the basic material of music creation. The term may sound old-fashioned, but it’s broader than you might think.
Songwriting encompasses everything from music theory to production. In the modern music era, every music creator is a songwriter.
That means every musician and producer can benefit from learning the tools and techniques of songwriting-especially if you’re just starting out.
Whether you’re looking for a new source of inspiration or just want to write your first song, LANDR’s songwriting resources can help you create music as quickly as possible.
- music theory
You don’t need to know music theory to create good music. But it helps!
Music theory is the structure that explains how the songs you love work. It’s invaluable information that can bring you closer to realizing your creative vision.
Once you dive in, you may be surprised at how much you already know.
Your basic musical intuition as a music listener is worth a lot.
Notes, chords, scales, and rhythm are all rudiments of music theory that you can feel in every song.
As you develop your knowledge of music theory, you build on that intuition and turn it into your own unique style.
Taking the basics of songwriting and using them to understand music theory concepts completes the process.
There is no better antidote to writer’s block than learning new techniques.
All of this makes music theory an essential part of any musician’s development.
LANDR’s no-nonsense tutorials take you through the basics of music theory in simple, logical steps.
Learn the basics and build on them-while focusing on creativity and making music fast.
- home studio
Creating your own home studio is one of the most exciting parts of being a musician.
It’s the place where your inspiration and workflow meet and your tracks take shape.
Making music with digital tools has never been easier or more accessible.
That means it’s not expensive or complicated to set up the equipment to create your musical vision.
Home studios come in all shapes and sizes-they can be as luxurious or minimal as you like.
There’s so much room for individual expression when it comes to your setup, too.
Whether you prefer to write your songs in a DAW, improvise on your instrument, or create patterns in a sequencer
The software, instruments, and hardware you choose say a lot about your personal workflow as a musician.
There are so many avenues you can explore-don’t be afraid to experiment.
To help you figure it all out, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to every major piece of gear you can add to your home studio.
From the essentials to the inspirational gear that adds a personal touch to your tracks, our roundups can help you find the right gear.
- music production
Music production turns song ideas into satisfying recordings that you can stream on a digital distribution platform.
It’s such a broad stage in the development of a track that it covers almost every part of creating a song.
I’m talking about basics like recording, sound design, synthesis, and beat making. If your workflow includes any of these-you are a music producer.
Your individual producer style depends on how you work and what kind of music you want to make.
However, there are few common elements that everyone who wants to start making music should know.
Our comprehensive overview of the most popular ways to produce music digitally will help you get a feel for the direction you need to take as your music takes shape.
Whether you’re an aspiring singer-songwriter, a hip-hop MPC whisperer, or an indie shoegazer-there’s important information worth discovering in these resources.
- Mixing music
Mixing music is how you take each element in your track and blend them together to create a satisfying tapestry of sound.
Mixing is practically its own art form. It’s the part of the process that many producers are most passionate about.
In the past, mixing was reserved for professionals surrounded by giant racks of gear.
Not anymore. With today’s tools, you can get great results mixing your own music.
There’s a lot to learn. Becoming a great mixing engineer can take time.
But creating a compelling mix that presents your song in a great light is an attainable goal for all.
Learning to mix is one of the most rewarding skills you can acquire in music.
A good mix makes a big difference to your listeners. The polished, balanced sound of a pro recording shows how your track stacks up against other songs in your listeners’ libraries.
In-depth mixing material takes on every technique you need to know to mix your own song well.
From the basics to the finer points, there’s a wealth of information here to get you started with one of the most enjoyable stages in a song’s life cycle.
Mastering is where everything you’ve done so far comes together.
It is the step in the process where your song gets the final finish it needs to fit into your listeners’ libraries alongside other competing tracks.
Mastering is the most technical and complicated part of making music.
That’s why we invented the first mastering AI-to make mastering any material simple, instant and great sounding.
With LANDRAT, it’s easier than ever. But there are still a handful of important things to learn about this sometimes mysterious part of music production.
Understanding the basics of mastering will help you achieve a better final product by applying key techniques during your mix.
Our mastering guide walks you through everything you need to know about it.
We demystify this complicated subject and focus on how it will help you and your music.
With your master in hand, your song needs a way to make it into the world.
Today, music is more digital than ever.
It lives on streaming platforms and is heard on every kind of device you can imagine-from phones to home assistants.
To get your music on a streaming platform like Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music, you need digital distribution.
Distribution takes care of all the technical details of hosting your music on the market. This includes making sure you get paid for streams and plays.
We’ve put together the complete guide to distributing your music online.
From album art to metadata, here’s all the important information.
- music promotion
Making your music available through streaming services is only half the battle.
Once it’s online, you need to spread the word and get people listening.
That’s where music promotion comes in.
Promoting your music is how you raise awareness and grow your following as a musician. It’s an essential part of the life cycle of a song.
Music promotion isn’t easy, but the basics are accessible to those just starting out.
The sooner you start thinking about promotion, the better. Many musicians start their music promotion until the last second-and by then it may be too late.
Although it sounds harsh, the payoff to start your promotion early is huge. When you connect with a larger audience and become known, you move forward as an artist.