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

Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Awesome tips, mate. Thank you.

  4. Good tips

  5. G r e a t T i p s

  6. 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.

  7. i like your tip

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

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

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