10 Step How-to Guide to Making Your First Beat (Beginners Guide)

Welcome to the ultimate guide on beat making, music production and how to make songs for beginners.

So you want to learn how to make beats and songs?

In this guide, we’re going to go through the basics of everything you need to know with a 10 step walk through. 

Now if you already know the basics and want to learn the secrets of your favorite Artists (we’ll get to that later) You’ll learn how to make beats in the style of Metro Boomin, Drake/Future, The Weeknd and many more step-by-step. There will be more guides coming soon!

In this guide you’re reading right now, we’ll go over music theory, beat making software, hardware, and some strategies to making pro beats.

After that we’ll talk a bit about how to turn your beats into full songs with vocals, effects and getting that “industry” sound you hear on the radio.

Don’t want to create your own beats but make your own full songs? You can always buy rap beats from us to record vocals on.

But if you do want to learn how to make beats, just remember one thing…

Your Beats Are Going To Suck At First.

But don’t beat yourself up. Just keep making beats every single day, as often as you can. This isn’t something you can just learn and be good at in a month or two.

Me personally I’ve been making beats for over 3 years and I still consider myself an amateur compared to Major producers such as DJ Khaled and Metro Boomin.

We’ll show you how to make professional music, but just keep making beats as much as you can. After some time, you’ll notice how amazing your beats are getting.

So let’s get to it…

First: Understanding the Basics

There is a few things you need to understand before we jump into making the beat.

MUSIC THEORY! Yes, these 2 words that scare every new producer. However there is no need to be frightened by this. I will show you a very easy trick to getting around this and if you can get a basic understanding of this subject your beats will sound 1000% better.

The definition of Music theory is the term for ideas that help us understand music. It explains what music does, and what’s going on when we hear it. Music theory puts the ideas and practices of music into a written form, where they can be studied and passed on to others. It’s a way to describe and explain music and how it is constructed. So, think of music theory as a means to understand the language of music.

Now I know that sounds complicated so let me help you break it down and apply it to your music.

The way I think of music theory is the tones of the notes you are playing. (yes, there is a science to it. Boring I know)

Ill be honest to this day I still have a hard time understanding this so don’t freak out if your having a hard time fully understanding & memorizing this… and right now you’re probably thinking “well what do I do then fml”.

Here’s the trick I still use this site to this day and I wish someone would have told me about it when i first started out.

LINK BELOW

Music Theory Cheater

Here’s a quick video on how to use this link…

As you can see simply pick your root note key and if your making a hip hop beat I would recommend a minor chord progression. Although you can use a major chord progression if you would like. (The difference is that uplifting sound vs that dark intense sound, both can be used)

Now to apply this to your beat/song simply create note progressions and use these notes given for all your instruments and melodies and you’ll notice a HUGE difference in sound. When starting out as a beginner I would recommend choosing a random root note. Once you have some experience with it you can chose which root note  you want for different overall sounds.

P.s only use one root note per song/beat

(I can go into more depth on this in another post if you would like just comment below or contact me for more information on this Music Theory)

Now that you’ve got your root note, its time to chose a TEMPO. Ill list different tempo’s for different genres of music below.

  • 140-155 for that dance/club speed ( halftime speed)
  • 110-135 for that RNB smooth sound (halftime speed)
  • 90-105 for that dance/club speed (classic speed)
  • 80-89 for that classic hip/hop speed (classic speed)
  • 60-79 for that slower vocal rap speed (classic speed)

Me personally, I like to use 140-155 or 90-105 tempo’s because club/dance songs seem to be more popular and more hype songs. and 130 or 135 is good for a faster paced RNB song.

Here’s a resource that really helped me when I was having a hard time learning what tempo to use: How to choose the right tempo

Okay, So now you’ve got your root note and your tempo and you’re ready to jump into the fun part. CREATING YOUR FIRST BEAT!

Step 1: Open up your DAW.

There are a lot of different software’s to use

I use FL Studio because that’s the one I started on and have always used. I recommend sticking with one once you chose one just because there is A TON to learn and every DAW is different.

Step 2: Set your Tempo

Like I said above chose a tempo based on the beat/song you have in mind so for this example lets just chose 140.

Step 3: Have your root note chosen

You can change this from beat to beat but for this example I’m gonna be choosing A minor chord progression and root note of “G” using the Music Theory Cheater

Click the (+) on the bottom of the channel rack to add a (none) and then right click on the none and key in the root notes of “G” which are given on the Music Theory Cheater website.

Step 4: Start with a melody 

For this example I am gonna be using “Nexus” which is one of my favorite synthesizers it does cost money, however you can chose to add a stock plugin that comes with FL such as GMS or Styrus. Just chose a preset you like and move to step 5.

Step 5: Map out a chord progression

Stick with the keys that were given from the root note of “G” and key in notes that you think sound decent, I usually like to do a 4 bar progression and then copy and paste it over into an 8 bar progression and make a minor change to the second part.

For a full in depth guide watch this video for steps 1-5 

So now you’ve got a simple chord progression, a set tempo, and a root note of “G” minor. Now its time to add the drums which is one of my favorite parts. In this example we are going to keep it very simple.

Step 6: Add a new Pattern

Now that you have your melody laid out were going to add a pattern by clicking the (+) beside pattern at the top. Then make sure you have your pencil tool selected on the tool bar and place pattern 2 under pattern 1 on the playlist.

Step 7: Add in drums you want to use

For this step we are going to open up the (Browser / plugin picker) and drag and drop some samples into our channel rack. Play through all your samples and get a feel for which ones you want to add, for this example you are going to need a (Snare, Hi-Hat, Kick, and 808)

Step 8: Map out the drums 

For this example were going to keep it very simple, key in the snare on the 9th note over in the channel rack. Next right click the Hi-Hat and select fill each 2 steps. Now for the kick were going to key in the 1st note and the 11th note.

Step 9: Add more patterns to the playlist

Go to (pattern 2) and click it once then click it out over the next 4 bars so that it covers the entire loop of the melody we added.

Step 10: Making it unique

Now you’ve got a melody and some drum loops on a track. Now this is all fine and dandy but its not a full song and its pretty repetitive. So this is where The CALL TO ACTION comes. In the video I simple make a pattern 2 unique into pattern 3 and remove one of the kicks to add a bit of change to the beat.

In depth guide to steps 6-10 in the video below…

Now its your turn, take your melody and make it unique and loop out your samples into a longer beat.

 

If you found this post helpful please follow for more or comment below for any further questions. If you feel like I missed anything or need specific help feel free to contact me!

Good luck in your new music producing journey!

 

 

 

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