10 Best Beat Making Tips for Beginners

Here are 10 beat-making tips to follow when making beats to avoid producer’s block.

Beat Making Tips for Beginners

Beat Making Tips for Beginners

1. Download New Sounds

Look online for music samples and VST Instruments to add to your music-making collection. New sounds and instruments can inspire you and get your creative juices going.

2. Listen to Different Music Genres

In the past, I never liked rock music, but then I played Guitar Hero. Playing the bass in the game made me appreciate all the melodies and variations of those melodies.

As I played I could only think about how I would have changed the song into a Hip Hop beat, using a lot of similar elements.

So now, I listen to different types of music to get inspired. Whether it’s the melody, or how they break down the verse or hook, it gives me new ideas.

3. 8 Minute Beat Switch Up

Sometimes I get stuck on a beat for 30 minutes or more, and it just ends up going nowhere.

So I want to encourage you to try to make multiple beats, like around 3 to 4 beats, and only spend 8 minutes on each beat.

For each one of your beats, try a different tempo, different drums, and different sounds.

After you make 3 to 4 beats, go back and focus on the beat you see the most potential in.

Hopefully, one of the beats will stand out and have the right feeling you were looking for.

4. Write Lyrics First

Whether you are a rapper, singer, or producer, try starting with the lyrics first. If you have lyrics created, it can help to set a tone and feeling for a beat.

A powerful hook can help to plan the drums, horns, and other elements of a song.

Maybe try writing lyrics to someone else’s instrumental and see if it helps to lay down a good foundation for a beat.

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5. Change Up Your Routine

Every once in a while, try to switch up your routine.

If you don’t sample, sample!

If you only use hardware, try software.

If you start with drums first, start with a melody first.

Take your laptop and work on beats somewhere else.

Working with different equipment can be fun and may inspire you.

6. Collaborate with Others

Collaborating with fellow producers, songwriters, and singers can be a great experience. Everyone loves music and can provide input on a track.

Collaborate on melodies and vibe off each other’s energy. This process can be fun and can be a learning experience. The other person may pick sounds you wouldn’t usually pick, but work around this, and push yourself as a producer and make the track work.

7. Make Some Noises with Your Mouth

Since I can’t play any real instruments, my best instrument is my mouth. Humming and beat-boxing is a good way to come up with endless melodies.

I suggest you use your phone or an audio recorder to record the beats you make with your mouth, then attempt to remake them with your keyboard.

Use an audio recorder to capture all your ideas.

This can be hooks, drums, melodies, bridges, and more. Capture all your ideas because you don’t want to lose them. Those random noises can lead to your next hit record.

8. Watch Beat Making Videos to Get Inspired

YouTube has millions of music producers out there just like you. With more or less knowledge. Watch them, learn from their mistakes, and learn from their skills.

This can be a big source of inspiration because online you will see all types of people across the world using different equipment and utilizing different techniques.

There is an endless supply of inspiration online.

Related: How to Make Beat Making Videos

9. Remake Beats

Test your skills out and remake a song you hear on the radio. Put yourself in the music producer’s head and figure out how they got a certain sound and feeling that made that song good.

In the long run, this will make you more versatile, because when a music artist asks for a specific music producer’s type of sound, you will be able to provide them with something similar, but add your own twist to it.

10. Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

This is probably one of the most beneficial things that you can do as a producer. But it’s probably the hardest thing on this list to do.

It will require time and patience. But when you take the time to learn chords and train your ears, the possibilities are endless.

Related: Learn Piano Online

Additional tips to avoid producers block and stay creative

  • Take breaks.
  • Get outside for some exercise.
  • Block out distractions.
  • Create music after waking up in the morning.
  • Clean your work area.

Top 10 Tips for New Producers – Beat Making Tips

Do you have beat making tips to share?

Please leave it in the comment section below.

You may also be interested in How to Make Beats.

Mark V. at Hip Hop Makers

Written By Mark V.

Hip Hop Makers is a music production website that launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.


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  1. I think these are some good advise
    there are some sick beat makers out there
    on youtube and i think that well for me anyway
    is a really good way to become inspired.

  2. Man when you said producers block my attention was focused. I have producer’s block all the time. People tell me I make HARD beats but its hard to maintain. I’ll do this and take the advise and come at you and let you knkow how it worked out for me. GOOD POST

  3. thanks for your support

  4. nice post… I’d agree on most of this without question…
    One thing that helps me when I get blocked up is trying remixes…
    Just take an accapella of a hot song and lay a new beat behind it..
    that gets my creative mojo in line a lot of times, even though most of the time you’re recreation won’t be near as hot as the original, it gives you a basis to start with, an idea of where to go and not go with the musical arrangement, and most of all you are focusing on creating, not on being blocked.

    thanks for the quality read



  5. good post and a lot of ideas in it. Producers block? i think you get it when you force your mind to create a new melody when you don’t need to. sometimes you just need to sit back and play some records you never had time to listen to.trust me you’ll pick a lot of things if every day you listen to new music.

  6. Damn Mark, you stole the thoughts right out of my head…good lookin on the tips!

  7. Great advice. I’ve been producing for years, but this info makes me feel refreshed

  8. got some more, a bit crazy but they do work for me, while listening to music, turn on something noisy like hoover or a hairdryer, the noise will cover some of the frequencies and you will hear new things hidden in music (it really works); second, always carry something to record your ideas – for example sometimes i whistle melodies and record them on my phone just to get back to them later,


  9. Great Post!!!!

  10. Some great tips brother!!

  11. number 3. the seven minute switch is the best advise on here, because most people would logically think to do all of the others.

  12. Slamming advice, a toolbox of advice. I Will work through it all just for the hell of it, and ad some of my own later.

  13. gr8 tips yo…thanks much good looking out

  14. Another truth is don’t try to be lazy,a new idea pops in and You think its not worth the stress?You dnt why it popped in,the God knew you needed it,so God sent it in.I’m damn serious,and dnt be stereotyped,either in your Production Routine,Time Management,or how you place it down.You dnt think before you play football,you just kick the ball.Thats the way music is,just kick the music where you’ve never tried it before.Like starting with the Tomtom,i guess thats stupid enuf,Nobody will appreciate if its not crazy enough.I am from Nigeria,and this Year,there’s a Major Producer who made Countless Hit track with the Signature of Just playing Tomtom at kick-Snare Position and He did great things with the trumpet too.

  15. Im just a rapper/producer fr0m s0uth africa and thanx for th0se tips…it helps with creativity and influences a positive mindset…and one g0od tip that I have is that you should stay producing. . .

  16. This source just kicked my a**** to work Harder on creative

  17. Inspiring.

  18. This is an awesome list, and I have realized some of these same things over time but the 7 min switch was good to see cause I always make a beat and it will start off solid but then over the half hr or so it turns baaad some where lol. Also glad to say I can check off TEN I learned guitar but never likedd rap odd enough I started learning real guitar cause of guitar hero too xD thought it was interesting that you mentioned playing gh basd and it inspiring you. Thanks for the help

  19. Very good advice here. Noted. Wish you all success.

  20. Tanx man! D post really motivate me!

  21. Great Tips.. Love top #3!!

  22. There’s a great tip in there… Get inspration from YouTube, won’t be long before the Gangnam Style Re-mix comes out…

  23. nice article. I agree. It’s good to watch some youtube videos to get some new ideas. Also, I would suggest that if you’re used to sampling, try making a “keyboard” beat, or try messing with a sample first if you usually make beats that don’t feature samples.

  24. Great Post my dude! I’m really digging #3 “7 minute switch” and #8 “watch Youtube beat making vids”.

  25. u juz brougth me 2 life

  26. #True

  27. This is preety good,

  28. I did enjoy this tips and all of those things needs time and patience especially the last tips its hard

  29. Thank you bruh

  30. How to arange a song and also give a song good tune. when you don’t how to play instrument

  31. Golden nuggets bro thanks for this, I use different composers work to help my creative process. I have tons of samples and loops I bought over the years #salute

  32. These tips are very useful it will really help someone to develop rnb beats. Well you really have to try and try till you here the sounds that will hook the listeners and make them move and grove to your beats. Well this article must be share.

  33. Awesome tips, mate. Thank you.

  34. Good tips

  35. G r e a t T i p s

  36. It’s great article Mark as always. All tips are essential but what I do like the most is #6.

    Collaborating with other beat makers is very important if you want to develop your beat making skills and as for myself i got this friend who always collaborate with me and we help each other all the time.

    So, I recommend all newbies to find a person who is into beat making to collaborate and help each other because as you’re just starting out things will be a little bit hard. Thanks again.

  37. i like your tip

  38. id love to become a beat maker and a music producer, how do i start if i dont have a beat machine if i only have a laptop couple of speaker and a piano?

  39. First you’ll need a DAW, a digital audio workstation, such as Pro Tools or FL Studio. Then I would suggest a MIDI keyboard, at least 49 keys and 16 pads. Download some free drum packs and VSTs and you’ll be ready to go.

  40. Nice Arti… Esp That No. 7 Which I Always Do.. You Just Told My Secret To The World.. Agghh

  41. nice tips

  42. These are actually some really good tips! I’ve been making beats now for the last two years, and I know I still got a lot to work on. But the funny thing is that I started doing all of these eventually at some point! Especially the recording your own beatbox lol. I do that sh*t all the time.

  43. Really like these tips. They come useful and are informative. Cheers Guys!

  44. Gotta give some love to Ableton Live too, I only see things for FL Studio

  45. I feel #9 is a classic come up move. As they say, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

  46. thank you for this article this helps me a lot

  47. thank you for this information this is very helpful

  48. Awesome & useful information! Thanks for sharing such amazing tips, I really love to listen to music. Recently I’ve been listening to the musical band “Pimps of Joytime” & I think their music is really good that I can’t stop listening to them. So, I’m being quite interested in music & thinking to learn to make beats & music. But, before that, I’m going to learn to play the guitar first of all.

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