Have you ever wanted to try your hand at producing but didn’t want to spend the money? Or thought of taking a music class so you can keep up while talking with your DJ friends? Well Ableton has you covered!
“Learning Music“ is a website that allows everyone to explore the world of electronic music production. “No prior experience or equipment is required”, just some creativity and an open mind.
Warning to all music enthusiasts: don’t go to this website if you have work to do or a deadline coming up; it’s equally as fun as it is addictive. First, it explains a little bit about the components most songs need: drums, bass, chords and melodies. Next up is the good stuff, BEATS. You can mess around with Open Hats, Closed Hats, Claps and Kicks and take yourself through any BPM you desire. It’s easy to get lost here for a while as you find your sound.
The next few chapters will take you through Scales, Chords, Baselines, Melodies, Structures and more. The module is actually extremely informative and a good tool for anyone who has been wanting an encompassing introduction to music. But, if you feel that you are well versed in this already, skip forward to “the playground”; AKA the best part. You’ve got all the building blocks to start making your very first song.
You can get lost in the playground for hours, messing with every little thing until you find that sweet spot that makes your signature sound. (Side note: I am finally beginning to understand how every producer I know can stay in the studio for days at a time). If you’ve retained all the introductory information and are craving more knowledge, you may want to look into the chapters on advanced topics. If you’re STILL enthralled after this point, I think it’s time to buy yourself Ableton and keep those creative juices flowing!