Read everything you can get your hands on When I was first starting out in producing, I literally read everything I could on how to make beats. One of the first things you should do is make an account with Future Producers Forum. The first year I started making beats, if I wasn't actually making music, I was living in this forum. It will literally answer pretty much any question you could ever want to know when it comes to making beats. It has an array of seasoned veterans that have helped thousands of other beatmakers get started. The great part with this forum is the search function. If you have any question at all, chances are someone already asked the same question which you can find by searching.
Whatever you use to make beats - whether its hardware of software, you'll find a plenitude of information on it at Future Producers Forum.
I would also suggest getting a few books on producing as well. There are a ton of books that specialize in Fruity Loops or Reason if you are using those platforms. One of the first books I read when I just started was "Beat Tips Manual" by Sa'id. That manual has helped thousands of producers understand the basic technical aspects of making rap beats to help them get started.
Listen, Listen, Listen This is probably the most important, yet most overlooked advice that successful producers always shed to those just starting out. If you want to get good at music, you have to have a deep understanding about the craft. You need to be actively listening to your music when you're listening. You should set a portion of your day to just sit down and really listen to some classic records.
For example, listen to the Thriller album by Michael Jackson. Take a track and first listen to just the drums, try to zone in on the drums and figure out why they were laid down the way they were, what effects did they add in with the drums, notice the placement of the panning with the drum sounds, etc. Dissect songs piece by piece and write down what you find. This will vastly improve your own production.
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