Songwriting requires talent, but it is not limited to that. Like any other job, it demands dedication and has tips and tricks that can be useful. We decided to share some with you to help you make your songwriting process more professional and comfortable.
- Say NO to Perfectionism
Create a lot and free. Do not sit down and try to craft the perfect song for hours in a row. It will kill your vibe. Write down every piece that comes to your mind and give it a chance to exist instead of wasting all your tie on one song. Thanks to diverse experiments and creative freedom, you’ll develop your brain’s creative part instead of analytical. Music is about pouring your heart out; it has to touch the soul; analytical thinking has nothing to do with that.
Famous English singer/songwriter Sting once said that he finds it harder to write great songs now that he has become more analytical of music; consider this when you start to analyze during the creative process.
Developing a feedback culture is the key to success. Sometimes it can be hard to accept feedback, especially regarding something that you put your heart in. Depending on how much you care about your work and how deep it is to your heart, accepting that it may be trash will be more challenging. Change your mindset and be open to criticism. Let people feel comfortable to share their thoughts and be honest. It doesn’t mean that any feedback they give is the absolute truth, but they are still valid. At least hear feedback, discuss and analyze it, even if you eventually end up ignoring it. That way, you’ll start figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
- Keep It Simple
You hear your song over and over as the creative process develops; your audience, on the other hand, listens to it once before deciding if they would like to hear it more. Songs with basic structures and more hooks stay with the listener. Even great songwriters admit that they like simpler songs. However, it is usually harder to write or keep a song simple during the process, as while writing, you always want to make it better and complicate it.
Keep in mind that complicated does not mean better.
- Take Your Breaks
Working for long hours nonstop may not only lead to success but also lead to depression, introverted expressions, and destroy the vibe. To avoid that trip down a rabbit hole and survive the creative mess in your head and life, all you need is re the proper breaks.
Taking breaks will help you to have fresh ears and attitude toward the song.
With many platforms like YouTube, Spotify, Vimeo, TikTok, etc. a huge number of young artists, and not only, get enthusiastic about creating music without fearing of not being able to promote it. To find out if it is a good idea To Manage or Not to Manage Your Own Music PR, you can check our recent post. However, promotion is not the only problem independent musicians usually face. Recording songs is another issue that deserves attention. To have good sound, musicians have to pay a lot of money to professional music studios.
To help you avoid spending money on recording studios, MusicPromoToday decided to share with you a budget-friendly tip of music recording: transform your room into a music studio!
Seal the Cracks
To transform your regular bedroom into a functioning mini music studio, you must first seal the room cracks. It will not only prevent you from disturbing others but also better the sound. Sealing strips will minimize disturbance and improve music quality. Ensure to pay special attention to doors and windows as they have a greater chance of not wholly locking the gaps. Make sure to develop a soundproof wall. You can find good quality Acoustic Foam Panels Wedge Soundproof Studio Walls from Amazon.
Create Enough Ventilation
Remember that no matter what you do, health should always be a priority. As having fresh air in a completely sealed environment is impossible, you need to recreate ventilation in the room. It will also prevent the equipment from moisture and malfunction. Installing ventilation will help to have a refreshed room all the time and not affect the quality of sound. Check Why a soundproof recording studio needs ventilation to get a better understanding of the issue.
Refinish the Floor
During the rerecording process, noisy vibrations may appear. They will not only disturb you but also interfere with the recording. To solve this issue, you only need to refinish the floor. Cheap material like wood will do great. Place it on the foal blocks and make sure it is stable. Trim the unnecessary parts of the material to avoid injuries.
Create Environment For Sound Diffusion
Your bedroom is not a standard recording studio, and experiencing echoing sound during recording is very probable. If the environment is empty, the sound hits the sealed walls and comes back as an echo. It will make the sound of music chaotic. To avoid that, you need to create an environment with sound diffusion.
Fill the room with different objects such as sofas, pillows, bean bags; it also will be great to have carpets on the floor. To go even more creative with the floor, you can use artificial grass. Check the Tamigrass page for cool artificial grass DIY ideas you can use for your bedroom-studio. For walls, you can either use mineral wall insulations or at least have carpets hang from the walls.
Select the Right Software
To record, you need software. Of course, you should select it based on your budget and the features it provides. Obviously, expensive ones are more sophisticated, but you will most probably not need all their attributes. So instead of paying money for something you’ll not use, you can consider the features you need and buy cheaper software. Choose the one that’s right for you. It is always better to start with basic ones and change the software based on the change in your skills. You can take a look at 2020 UPDATE: COOLEST NEW APPS FOR MUSICAL COMPOSITION to get a better idea of the software choice.
Purchase the Right Equipment
Finally, to build a full home studio experience, you need instruments, headphones, microphones, and monitor speakers. For this step money plays a considerable role. While choosing equipment, you better go for durability and quality. To get full insight on equipment choice, read How to choose the right musical instrument for you. Do not save on this one. Go for pro-grade equipment as much as possible. They are the key to your music success.
Recording in an in-home studio will save money, but developing it needs time and patience. The good news is that you can take your time and improve it step by step along with your music skills.
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