How to Be Productive with Music Production

Here are a few tips that will help you become faster and better at music production. Learn how to be productive when creating music.

How to Be Productive with Music Production

How to Be Productive

1. Avoid Getting Stuck on One Project

How to Be Productive - Avoid Getting Stuck on One Project

Sure, having many unfinished projects can be viewed as unproductive because you can’t really get an unfinished track out there for people to listen to.

What good is it to have 20 unfinished tracks just lingering there?

By the way, what if I told you that you can make 4 unfinished beats in ONE DAY?

Yes, you can, although you won’t do it if you linger on one project a whole day trying to get it right.

Still, the end goal is to actually finish your projects so that you can send the demos to record labels (or release them yourself).

Time is your most valuable resource, which is why you should..

2. Set Weekly or Monthly Goals

How to Be Productive - Set Goals
How to Be Productive – Set Goals

Whether it’s finishing songs or learning new techniques, you should avoid long gaps that might make it harder to get in the zone again.

Promise yourself you’re going to finish one track a month.

Commit to watching a new tutorial twice a week.

Feel bad if you don’t follow through.

3. Time Your Actions

It’s easy to fall into the trap of playing with effects for hours without really achieving anything.

Try to balance the time that you spend on each music production process.

Trust your mood. Some days may be better for mixing and other days you might be more inspired to create sounds.

Related: How to Set Goals

4. Give Yourself a Short Deadline

Try making a basic beat from scratch in two minutes or less.

That leaves no time for judgment or second thoughts.

Give yourself another minute to create a groovy bassline.

This way you’ll quickly create the foundations of a track and you’ll become quicker at making music.

5. Train Your Ear for Music Production

Creative ruts may occur because you’re doing something wrong but can’t exactly pinpoint what it is.

Listen to lots of professionally produced music and pay attention to the sounds in the mix. Pay close attention to volume, depth, and panning.

A good way to increase awareness regarding these details is to compare your project to a properly mixed and mastered song.

“Scientia potential est” is a popular Latin aphorism meaning “knowledge is power”. You’d better believe it because to put it frankly, the more you know about music production, the better you can produce.

Related: Music Production Courses

6. Learn Music Theory & Audio Engineering

Computer Music

Do you know what a diminished chord is and how it sounds? How about a Minor 7th?

Can you play any chord progressions on your MIDI keyboard?

Are you familiar with the structure of the genre that you’re producing?

It’s easy to load a couple of loops and see what happens, but it’s very limiting and quite boring.

If you want to better express yourself as an artist, you should put some time into learning the technical and theoretical aspects of music production and sound in general.

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7. Take Breaks

Think of music as a romantic partner.

A week passes by and you haven’t seen each other.

How do you feel when you do see each other again?

Time apart isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Take a walk, read a book or do any other thing that fills you up with energy.

8. Have Fun

It’s good to not take making music too seriously from time to time.

Experiment and try to create something fresh.

Avoid limitations and you will surely surprise yourself.

Do you have tips on how to be productive when it comes to making music?

Please share it below.

Related: How to Become a Better Music Producer

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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