Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How To Make Rap Beats - Tips For Newbies

In this article I'm going to explain how to make rap beats for producers just starting out. Making beats is one of the most fun and rewarding things to do in hip hop. It's not that difficult to make an okay sounding track, but its very difficult to make tracks that sound professional. There are a ton of different things you should be doing to help bring your music to the
next level.

Here are a few tips:

Learn The Piano

If you don't want to get into sampling, and would rather make beats completely on your own, its going to be vital that you start taking piano lessons. I took piano lessons coupled with a music theory course in my college and it payed huge dividends in my music.
Understanding the basic structure of music if very important if you want to really start making beats on the next level. When you're good at the piano, you'll be able to put together better sounding melodies, chord progressions, and generally be able to do a lot more.

The Most Important Advice I can Give

The most important piece of advice that I can give you is that if you want to make good music, you have to understand what good music is. Listening is the most important thing you should be doing for beat making. I've read countless interviews with Timbaland, The Neptunes, Dr. Dre, etc. The general consensus from the best producers in the hip hop industry is that
active listening is the best way you can get better.

When you listen to a track - really listen to it. Isolate the different elements of a song and analyze them. For example, listen to just the drums of a track first. Note how they are panned, the rhythm - does it change up, if it does what part of the song, how much reverb did they add to the hi hat, etc. Next, move and isolate other instruments in the track.

Download some random instrumentals from the greats (Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Scott Storch, & The Runners) and dissect their beats. Listen to each sound individually. Everything from the hi-hats, to the kicks, to the snares. And notice if they did any switch ups or breaks in the beat, if so understand where and why. It will all make sense once you begin getting hands on when you make beats. Good luck on your beat-making.

Also if you're looking for a great low priced beat making software I recommend DubTurbo. Its only $44.95 and it comes pre-loaded with 2,500 sounds. And you can download it instantly.

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