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Musical Motivation Introduction
One of my own mottos is that “Music Is The Gold Of The Universe” and I say this because I personally think that it is the most beautiful form of art that exists, it expresses emotion, invokes thought and images and is limitless in its forms of manifestation.
Whether you are using beat maker software such as Dub Turbo, or you play a traditional instrument such as the guitar or piano, one of the first things I would like you to understand is that your technical proficiency at using your tool of musical expression does not limit your ability to create brilliant music.
Notice that I said tool of musical expression, I did so because it is very important for you to understand that it is not the instrument or software that creates the music, it is your own mind that creates the music and the software and instrument are only the vehicle that you use to bring it into existence.
Music comes from your mind and its emotion comes from your heart, the only reason that any individual throughout all of history has learned to play an instrument is because currently this is the only way that we have of bringing the sounds within our mind into existence so that we can hear them, personally I have no doubt that far into our future, thousands of years from now, we may no longer need to do this.
If you find yourself at this point thinking “gosh, this fellow is talking very deeply” that’s because I have spent many years philosophically thinking about music in many different ways and looking at it from multiple points of view and have found that many of the conclusions I have come to are extremely powerful when put into practice by musicians.
I would like to just mention at this point that yes, I am myself a musician.
Truth be told, one of the simplest things you need to know to truly be successful with music, whether your using and instrument or software is that without consistent practice, or at the very least semi consistent practice you will not gain the technical proficiency necessary for you to get your music out of your head and into people’s ears, and I will talk about time management soon.
Before I begin covering the practical philosophical aspects that you can implement to start attaining your desired results sooner, I first want to go really deep and attempt to explain to you the reason that music is so truly beautiful and ultimately powerful and why you as a creative artist should consider yourself a very unique individual.
Be warned, this is long winded…
As a musician have you ever really sat back and thought about the universe? I am sure you know the basic knowledge we all have about outer space and its various elements, but have you ever really thought about the single common element that every aspect of the universe has in common?
That single unifying element is that everything in the universe is made up of energy, in every atom and in every frequency science shows us that energy exists, so with this in mind, if music is ultimately only a frequency that we eventually interpret through our ears then you need to keep following thing in mind…
When you create music, you bring into existence energy in the form of frequency that has never existed anywhere in the infinite distance of the entire universe ever in the history of creation, with your mind you bring into existence something completely unique.
If you choose to look at this from a philosophical point of view, you have then in tern contributed to the overall nature of the universe and added something to it, that never would have existed within it unless you had chosen to create the piece of music.
It’s a very grand concept and I appreciate that some of you reading this right now may not think it is truly relevant to your ability to create music and on one level this is true, you do not need to know anything I have said so far on this page to become successful with music…
If you choose to keep this in mind when you do create music and open your heart and mind to the idea, you will at the very least understand that whether you are creating music with the purpose to become the most well known artist on the planet, or you simply create music for your own personal enjoyment, both paths are equally beautiful and fulfilling because of the larger nature that your music plays in the universe.
As I said, it is not essential for you to know this at all, but I would like to think that by doing so, it makes you proud to be a musician.
Think about it for yourself if you disagree with my opinions and I am sure that in time, if you do the correct research you will reach the same conclusion.
The following motivational tutorials will focus on different aspects of thought that will hopefully inspire you to become a better musician and reach your own personal goals with music one step at a time.
I hope you find them helpful and I wish you all the best with your music!
The Importance of Music Education
Music education is a pretty broad topic, but it is extremely important that you have a solid education in the specific areas that are relevant to you so that you know how to perform the tasks that you need to do that make your music move from being an idea to becoming a reality.
So if you are using software like FL Studio to create music, the question really becomes “what music education is relevant to me” because you need to focus on the specific knowledge and practical abilities that are relevant to you in your day to day use of the software as opposed to learning those that are not.
The reason for this is because as I have already said, music education is a very broad topic and if you were to approach it from the perspective of attempting to learn everything there is to know about music from an educational stand point, you would not only overwhelm yourself, but you would ultimately end up learning a whole bunch of things that you would never actually use.
For example, in regards to FL Studio, It would be pointless for you to learn how to set up a professional mixer and build a home studio, because the software itself does not require you to do so to start creating professional broadcast quality music.
So to understand what specific music education you need, you first need to evaluate what your musical goals are and at that point you can begin to seek out specific educational material that pertains to your unique individual goals.
To bring it back to FL Studio again, this might mean completing all the practice tutorials on this website, reading the instruction manuals and reviewing all extra available resources, the amount that you need to learn will depend on your current level of ability.
One of the things I have noticed over the course of time is that people sometimes become overwhelmed when they have a large amount of new things that they need to learn, I am here to tell you that you should never fear learning something new, but rather embrace it because once a skill is learned it is never forgotten, sure you may get rusty over time and need to revise certain things, but it never truly leaves your mind.
With this in mind, if you are brand new to FL Studio and have no previous experience with digital music production before, then the first thing you would want to do would be to decide in what order you want to learn things.
For example, if you knew nothing about the software and how it works, you would first want to learn about all the different aspects of the user interface and then start to slowly experiment with the practical aspects of the software until you became comfortable using it.
Tackle things one at a time so that when you learn something you can do so in a relaxed way that doesn’t cause you to much stress, its more efficient in the long run if you chip away at the things you need to learn one at a time instead of trying to learn them all at once, sure in certain situations it may take you a little bit of time to become a true “master” of a particular topic or practical function, but if you approach your goals steadily, you will reach them in the end, and you will have set yourself up with the correct foundation education that you need to do the specific things you want to do.
Today we have been talking about FL Studio, but you can use this same philosophy and approach to tackle any form of music education, so if you’re learning how to use the software today, and a week from now you’re learning basic beat theory, apply this same strategy to attain the best results!
You can do what you want to do with music, but you have to equip yourself with the practical knowledge of how to go about doing it first, be patient and be persistent and in no time at all you will be pumping out wicked beats and beautiful compositions.
The Importance of Regular Practice
The Importance of Regular Practice
Regular practice of software like FL Studio is important because of the very way that we as humans learn and become better at doing things, because our minds perform tasks to a specific level based on the connection of neural synapses in our brain the more you use the software the more proficient you will become at using it for any task.
This is where that age old saying “practice, practice, practice” comes from because what it is really highlighting is that on one level, our brains rely on repetition to become better at doing things, because each time you repeat something you use the same neural pathway and then it becomes larger and stronger.
Now you may think that perhaps this sounds all a bit to complex, well I have explained it in a complex way so that you understand why repetition and regular practice are important because they flow with the very way that our brains are structured.
Regular practice does not mean that you need to spend dozens of hours every single day using the software and in fact, in regards to FL Studio because it has been designed so intuitively it’s so simple to use to create music you do not need to do that.
But it can be said that if you are brand new to using the software and want to accelerate your understanding of all the basic features, then you should think about maybe spending ten minutes a day loading up the software and just making very simple beats and attempting to use all the various features in the process of doing so.
Consistency is the key to practical skill proficiency, meaning that it is more effective in the long term to spend 10 minutes, every day, or every other day using the software instead of spending an entire day using it once and then not touching it again until you have a musical idea.
The reason you want to do regular practice is so that ultimately you can perform tasks and actions with very little thought required, things become second nature to you and then don’t take a long time to do, and in my opinion this is a very important skill level to be at because it means when you are feeling creative you don’t need to think about technical things in your mind and can keep that creativity flowing uninterrupted.
One very important thing to remember in regards to regular practice however, is that you should not let it become a chore, it should be something that you want to do, and you should do the best you can to make it a fun experience for yourself.
So if all you do is fool around in the software when you practice, and you don’t focus on anything specific but you enjoy yourself and use the software, this is a far better approach to take because you are at least using the software in a fun way.
It’s very important for you to be in a positive mood when you are practicing, because although our conscious mind is not bothered by negative emotions and distractions, our sub conscious mind certainly is.
If you remember what I said about how neural synapses paths are created through repetition earlier and how this makes up part of the way our brain learns to do things effectively, you can easily begin to see that if you had a negative attitude towards practice, and did this regularly, that emotion would get attached to that same neural pathway and lead you to feel bad every time you did that specific thing, which is ultimately a recipe for disaster, be consistent, but don’t be self destructive.
Whatever particular time frame is good for you emotionally and intellectually is the time frame you should apply to your regular practice, don’t stress yourself looking for the “perfect practice schedule” because trust me, after years of research I can firmly tell you it does not exist, all that is important is that you apply the skills that you have learned on a frequent semi regular basis, so that you slowly and surely move towards becoming a master of your craft.
FL Studio Tutorials
If you are looking for an online drum simulator to create your own beats and music, then you are in luck because there are a wide variety of digital audio production programs available to beginners online these days, however you always need to make sure that the online drum simulator you are using is of the highest possible quality standards yet maintains its ease of use.
With this in mind, always make sure that the online drum simulator you are using provides you with the following essential features and elements so that you can start using it to produce music at professional quality levels…
Interactive learning resources and video tutorials.
Multi octave keyboard editor with intuitive hot keys.
Large virtual instrument library with importing options.
Full drum machine editor with custom kit samples.
Stereo imaged, industry standard .wav audio files.
One of the most important things when it comes to using an online drum simulator is making sure that the audio files of the software itself are mastered to industry standard quality levels, traditionally these are 44.1 .wav audio files because these offer the greatest dynamic range and mixing options, so always make sure the online drum simulator you are using provides premium audio kits.
Using an online drum simulator can be a really liberating experience because most of the time the software is able to be accessed directly through a web interface panel to allow you to enter in beats from any location in the world provided you have an internet connection and a computer, but for greater mixing options you should always make sure your selected online drum simulator also gives you the option to install the program on your personal computer as this will give you faster response times during production.
When you are first learning how to use an online drum simulator don’t become overwhelmed by all the new things you have to learn because at the end of the day there are a wide variety of resources and tools available to you to start learning how to use an online drum simulator easily and efficiently letting you get on with the production process even sooner and bang out wicked beats.
If you have just started down the path of digital music production and are using an online drum simulator to create your beats, make sure that you take the time to review all information that came bundled with your online drum simulator so that you have a solid understanding of how to perform all the basic tasks of digital music production…
You can also continue to expand your knowledge of how to use an online drum simulator by connection with fellow musicians and audio enthusiasts on internet message boards that discuss music production and get answers to any questions that might crop up in your mind while you are using your online drum simulator.
When you first start using your online drum simulator to create beats, don’t make the common beginner mistake of rushing in all guns blazing and attempting to use your online drum simulator to create the next best thing since Beethoven’s 9th symphony, instead take your time and concentrate on producing quality over quantity, never forget, beats are the back bone of most modern music and by keeping things simple not only will you achieve faster results but you will also lay a solid framework that you can use your online drum simulator to expand upon later during the production process.
“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” - Anais Nin
So why not start producing your own beats right now? If you have been looking for drum software then I would highly recommend you take a look at Pro Beat Studio, its excellent for beginners and gives you everything you need to get started, so go on and take a look today!