Every producer and musician needs to finish tracks in order to build a career, YET so many artists find this task to be one of the most challenging ones!

Coming up with ideas can be relatively easy, but finishing one is a totally different story!????

That’s why I decided to write a free ebook covering all of my favorite tricks to finish more tracks faster (more on this at the end of the article).

 

IMPROVISE

 

Some of the greatest music ever made was simply the result of a couple of people jamming on their instruments.

So if you don’t own one, invite a musician friend over, or borrow your uncle’s guitar and try to come up with something cool.

You’d be surprised by how a simple guitar or piano chord can inspire you to write the rest of the track!

 

REPURPOSE OLD CONTENT

 

Since you already have a structure for one section, why not modify it to create another one that has the same harmonic backbone?

The key here is to keep a few elements of the original loop while changing others.

For example you could pick the chords of the first section and reverse/change their order. Or you could keep all the chords, but let other instruments play them.

 

SWITCH-UP YOUR APPROACH

 

Do you usually start writing with some chords, or do you start with drums and a vocal melody?

I know you’ve developed a pattern for a good reason: it works.

Sometimes though, it’s beneficial to take a step back from our habits in order to create something new.

 

SOUND DESIGN YOUR WAY OUT OF THE WRITER’S BLOCK

 

One of the reasons why electronic music has taken over the world in recent years has been its use of exciting and new sounds.

So, why not take advantage of this? Try out new soft synths, Kontakt libraries, synth patches, sample packs, or even play around with the instruments you already own.

A quirky pad patch may just be the missing piece that can turn your static loop into an emotional verse, capable of inspiring the rest of the track!

 

LEARN MUSIC THEORY

 

You don’t need music theory to make good music, but it sure as hell makes your life easier!

Some of the most effective ways to create exciting changes in your tracks are achievable with just a tiny bit of music theory.

Here are a few interesting concepts you should look into: Modulation, Chord inversions and Borrowed Chords

 

PARTNER-UP!

 

Let’s be honest: composing, producing, and mixing a track ALL BY OURSELVES is most of the time a nightmare!

On the other hand, imagine if you had another set of ears (and hands) that could design an awesome synth patch and fix your mistakes with time stretching, all while you are noodling away on your guitar without a purpose…

That’s the stuff of dreams, isn’t it?

 

LIMITATIONS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

 

It may sound counter-intuitive, but by forcing yourself to use just a few tools, you free yourself from making too many decisions, thus moving towards the finish line much quicker!

So, how can we apply this to music making?

Let’s say you have a 16 bar loop with a very catchy melody.
You think it has radio potential, so you want to turn it into a hit…

Well, a “HIT” is an extremely broad definition! A hit could have a sparse arrangement or not… it could have a full string section, or it could be just piano and vocals…

But then you think about it and you realize a hit song is by nature radio-friendly, so you now know you’ll need to…

 

READ THE REST (AND MUCH MORE) IN MY FREE EBOOK???? Link

 

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