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    Frustrated?

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    I've been doing this for about a year now and 90% of my beats sound like ass. The ones that sound good sound great. It's just that I have a weird style. It's not good.

    I've tried to make it better by learning music theory and playing within scales layering etc. But overall my songs sound like ass.

    I enjoy doing it but I don't want to be the guy doing something for years who isn't getting any better.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    It's definitely a long game. Don't worry to hard.

    I do think that if you look back on your first beats and then look to your most recent with a critical eye(ear) you will see that vast improvements have been made.

    Definitely peaks and throughs though... Perfectly normal.
    I'm all about that boombap.

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    Keep going. The more you work at it, the better you'll get. It's impossible for you to get worse haha I'mNoGuru is completely right in that it's a long game. Stick to it and you'll progress. Finish things, move on to new things, and don't stop.

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    Good points above, but perhaps you could link us to your music and we may check it out and maybe give you some feedback?

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    Well the only thing I can suggest is practicing stuff, most things are trial and error man lol.

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    The advice above is good so far.... It does take yearS, not 1 year. You need to try and do it every day, not just once in a while. Trail and error. All that...

    But what are you finding to be the biggest hangup?.... Transitions? Melody? Mix? Arrangement? Low-quality sounds and samples? What instruments and software are you using?

    Get specific, so people here can target the actual trouble spots with their advice. Learning theory is helpful, but there's a lot more info & techniques to learn and utilize when writing/recording your own music.

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    Coming up with things is really hard right now. Then mixing it perfectly. Mixing I know is because I'm mixing on headphones but itsounds bad in a car or anywhere else. I have no idea how song structure works.

    I'll have an idea and can't get it out...

    Here's some work from Septembe

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jnz631b1y...W5UrMVcsa?dl=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by IPM Music View Post
    The advice above is good so far.... It does take yearS, not 1 year. You need to try and do it every day, not just once in a while. Trail and error. All that...

    But what are you finding to be the biggest hangup?.... Transitions? Melody? Mix? Arrangement? Low-quality sounds and samples? What instruments and software are you using?

    Get specific, so people here can target the actual trouble spots with their advice. Learning theory is helpful, but there's a lot more info & techniques to learn and utilize when writing/recording your own music.
    Haven't thought about this until you brought it up but I've only been using drum samples from sites and Nexus. Been getting into synths, but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be. I am getting bored of the same sounds. Melody is a huge thingfor me too. They sound all the same.

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    trust bro ' do it by ear and youll be better off , i have a friend who knows scales but cant improvise iff it counted on his life ' playen by ear will dominate anyday trust '

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazenHotTracks View Post
    trust bro ' do it by ear and youll be better off , i have a friend who knows scales but cant improvise iff it counted on his life ' playen by ear will dominate anyday trust '
    Unless you want to improvise to the standard of someone like Jools Holland (first name that came) who wouldn't be able to play the way he does (constantly improvising) without a solid background in music theory...
    Last edited by I'mNoGuru; 10-14-2015 at 11:14 PM.
    I'm all about that boombap.

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