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
Best 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, 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.

Written By Mark V.

Mark Valenzuela is a professional blogger, entrepreneur, and educator with more than 15 years of experience in music production. In 2008, Mark founded Hip Hop Makers, a top resource for aspiring music producers and beatmakers. He specializes in content on music production, software, gear, and free music resources. Committed to empowering creators of all levels, Mark continues to inspire and help music creators pursue their dreams.

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  1. nice tips

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

  7. thank you for this information this is very helpful

  8. 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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