Creating Your Own Music

There are different phases of making music which you need to grasp in order to produce music effectively. In detail here are the different stages:
• Songwriting
• Arranging
• Tracking
• Editing
• Mixing
• Mastering

This is just a general guide that would allow you to organise your music better. Some music makers might use the whole process, while some might skip some parts; it all depends on your preferences.

1. Songwriting
In today’s modern trends, most music is already wordless. So what does songwriting mean here if the music you’re creating isn’t lyrically focused? During this stage, what exactly happens is that you put your musical ideas together so that you could create a larger structure of clear melody, rhythm, and harmony. It’s when you would brainstorm for the start, middle, and end of the music you’re creating.

2. Arranging
Arranging is usually the part most neglected by many aspiring music writers because, most of the time, it’s just not really understood. There are songs that have a good beat but as the song continues, it becomes repetitive. This is largely because of its arrangement. What makes a song interesting or catchy is its arrangement, thus this stage is crucially important.

3. Tracking
Tracking is the stage where you record different instruments that you would use in creating the music. Usually it’s recorded one at a time. When you record a track, you would be able to hear all the other previous recordings as well because of multi-track recording. This is a good thing so you could hear whether the instruments you used sounds good when played together.

4. Editing
The editing stage is where you should be careful not to make mistakes. When the music already sounds good, then don’t try to experiment anymore. There will be some that won’t need editing anymore because it sounds good already. But if there are pitches that need adjusting, or parts that are not in time, then this is the stage where you could tweak it.

5. Mixing
Mixing is a stage that could stand on its own. A lot of people focus more on this stage because this is when you really decide how your music should sound like. You could decide which parts should sound stronger or fainter, you could also add effects, and all the other relevant fixes to further refine your music.

6. Mastering
This stage most of the time needs a mastering engineer to correct any minor errors or slips in your mix. This is when you would aim to make your music better not just as it is but in volume too. What happens here is your music is placed into the same mastering gear where everything would be adjusted to the same level the way you want it to be. Have you ever noticed how songs from the same album somehow have relevance? That’s all because of this stage.

It takes time to refine your own music production process, but with practice you’ll find this runs smoothly!