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Make Your Own Beat – Understanding Contemporary Music Theory Will Guarantee Better Sounding Beats
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Make Your Own Beat – Understanding Contemporary Music Theory Will Guarantee Better Sounding Beats

Nah homey. I'll bet you thought that you you could just get yourself a Pro Tools setup, set it all up, and get ready to make your own beat. Well, in a sense it doesn't work like that. While having the right setup for your personal production needs is definitely an important piece of the puzzle, there is another extremely important aspect of making beats that is quite often overlooked, and that aspect is known as contemporary music theory.

One thing about contemporary music theory, it's better learned sooner than later. If you can get a grasp on the fundamentals of contemporary music theory, then you will definitely be ahead of the game. Surprisingly, most producers can't even play keys.

But there are those greats who have that “ear” for a hot track, and they have the access to session musicians who can bring their ideas to life. Dr. Dre himself has been known to do this, but that's not to say that he can't play keys. I just know that he does hire session players. As does Kanye West. Just google the name Ken Lewis and see what you come up with, you'll be impressed at his list of artist credits and body of work.

So where does that leave you, the budding music producer/engineer/platinum hook writer to be? Until you get on that level of a Mr. West or Dr. Dre, you gotta learn some music theory. Period. Once you learn about the circle of fifths and how it relates to chord progressions in popular music, you'll be surprised at how simple chords and melodies will come to your mind with ease.

And don't go thinking that it will take you a lifetime to get this under your belt. You could go about learning contemporary music theory in one of two ways:

Do some self study

Hire a piano instructor and take weekly lessons

Which route you choose will ultimately depend upon your financial situation. Granted, if you take piano lessons with a qualified piano instructor, you will be able to reach your goals much quicker because you have someone to explain the things that you don't understand. But the self study route ain't bad either, all you need to get it done are the right instruction method books, and I would recommend Mark Harrison's “The Pop Piano Book” as well as his “Contemporary Music Theory” books, volumes 1-3.

I'd say with some true dedication to your practice and study, you will be well on your way to playing keys and making beats like a pro in a little under a year. Compared to a lifetime of winning Grammy awards that are soon to be in your future, this is nothing and well worth the effort.

So get it on with your studying, learn how to play some keys, and make better beats baby! It's all in the game, and you're winning.


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