How to Make Your Own Music

There are many different aspects to making music. In this article, I will cover the basics of how to make your own music. Learn how to make music today!

Whether you are a singer, rapper, or in a band the process of making music is similar.

Here are the different steps involved in how to make music.

Table of Contents

  1. How to Make Your Own Music
  2. How to Record Music
  3. How to Compose and Record a Song
  4. What Next?

How to Make Your Own Music

Step 1: Make a Beat or Buy a Beat

How to Make Your Own Music

A beat or instrumental is the foundation of a song. Some music artists may start with lyrics first, but often music artists find a beat that inspires them and they write to it.

Option 1: Make a beat

It’s good if you know how to make your own beats because you can save money. But not many people are good at music production, songwriting, and performing. Stick to your strengths.

Option 2: Buy a Beat

Buying a beat may be easier for most of you. There are many talented music producers out there that have spent years developing their craft.

Buying beats allow you to experiment with different types of instrumentals and does not limit you to what kind of beats you can create.

Where to buy beats:

Pay for quality beats. Look at each beat as an investment.

You don’t want to put your name on crappy songs or bad beats.

You can gain and lose fans quickly with the music you put out.

Related: How to Make Beats ( Beginners Guide )

Step 2: Write Lyrics to Your Song

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Once you find a beat, start writing lyrics. There is no one correct way to write songs; you need to do what works best for you.

5 Different Songwriting Ideas

1. Freestyle Lyrics

Sometimes when you hear a beat ideas will just come to you, but in the process of trying to capture and make sense of those ideas, you can get lost, and you will lose those other creative ideas.

So I suggest you record yourself freestyling over the beat to capture the different lyrics, melodies, hooks, and feelings. Then revisit it and make sense of the ideas you have.

2. Use Online Software

Helpful websites like RapPad are created for songwriters. RapPad will analyze your lyrics and give you words that rhyme. It offers a built-in rhyming dictionary, syllable counter, thesaurus, and more.

3. Start with the Hook First

Hooks are usually the most popular part of a song. If you can figure out a hook first, it will often help to lead the direction and theme of a song.

What makes a good hook or chorus?

  • Keep choruses simple and easy to remember
  • Hooks should summarize the song
  • Traditional hooks contain a melody
  • Famous choruses get repeated many times

Related: Why We Love Repetition

4. Collaborate

Work with other songwriters. Working with others will bring out different ideas, and you can feed off each others energy.

Sharing ideas will help you to avoid writer’s block.

5. Write With a Pen & Pad

You may already do this one, but many songwriters these days are writing songs on mobile devices. Try switching it up.

It’s always good to see a complete verse written out on a piece of paper rather than scrolling up and down on a phone.

10 Lyric Writing Tips for Beginners

Here is a great video on songwriting tips for singers.

Song Writing Links

Free Online Rhyming Dictionaries

  • Rhyme Zone – Find rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more!
  • Rhymer – Find end rhymes, syllables, double rhymes, triple rhymes, and more.
  • Rhyme Brain – Type a word and press enter to find rhymes.
  • Muse – Rhyming Dictionary.

Rhyming Dictionaries

Mobile Apps

Additional Songwriting Tips

  • Research popular songs & learn from them. ( Top 100 )
  • Write often. The more you write, the better you will get.
  • Study Lyrics on

Step 3: Record The Song

Record Song

Once you have a beat and lyrics, you are ready to record a song.

You will need software and audio recording equipment for this.

Here are the 5 basic things you will need to create your own music:

1. Computer – A computer is where you will record and edit songs.

2. Music Software – You will need audio recording software to record and arrange your songs. Popular audio software: Pro Tools, Apple Logic, and Cubase.

3. Headphones – You will need headphones to hear the music as you record vocals.

4. Microphone – You will need a microphone to record your vocals.

5. Audio Interface – The audio interface is what connects your microphone to your computer.

How to Record Music

The videos below cover some different audio recording topics.

Recording Vocal Basics

This video covers microphones, positioning, and microphone pop filters.

Layering Vocals

Related: How to Produce Pop Vocals Like The Pros

Recording Hip Hop Vocals

Rap & Hip Hop Related

How to Compose and Record a Song

Sand Stone Studios explains how to make music. They create a beat from scratch and record vocals.

Step 4: Audio Editing

Once the audio is recorded, it’s time to edit the vocals. This process involves mixing audio, adding effects, and more.

Mixing Rap Vocals

Mixing Vocals To Sound Upfront

Related: Beat Audio Mixing Tips

What Next?

In most cases when the song is recorded and mixed it’s done right? Yes and no.

I advise you to sit with the song, share it with others for feedback, and see if there are things you can do to make it better.

Some songs are worked on for weeks before they are released to the public.

DJ Khalil shared that the making of Aloe Blacc’s very popular “The Man” took about 2 months to finish.

A popular song can open many doors for you, so do what you can to make it a great song.

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Do you have tips on how to make your own music? Please share in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

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. I love to make my own song

  2. Without knowing the tune, how to write lyrics for the beat, are you telling to write lyrics for beat? How to create a new tune?

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