Music Producers, how often are you practicing?
Practice is not just for those who play an instrument. It’s for those who want to have exceptional artistry. Like the artists you admire. The one’s you jam to. Practice your craft every day, develop the discipline to strengthen your skill set, your instrument and your songwriting. Don’t fool yourself. The quote by famous classical guitarist Andres Segovia says “If I don’t practice one day, I can tell… If I don’t practice two days, my guitar can tell… If I don’t practice three days, my audience can tell.” Truth. Besides, if you aren’t working your craft, it screws with your mindset.
I know sometimes it can be hard to find time to spend making music and getting better at your craft, but you have to if you want to see some real change take place.
Start with choosing a time during the week to time block. That is where you schedule in advance certain times throughout your day that you will do nothing but focus on your music. I select Monday mornings to time block and I will pick a time during the week to block off two hours just to focus on practicing my music production skills.
Now, making beats is not exactly like practicing your scales on a piano, so just how do you “practice” producing music? I first start with some competitive inspiration. This is when I just dedicate about thirty minutes or so, to listen to new music and try to recreate it. I will try to recreate the bass lines, the drums or anything that seems to catch my attention. I am not doing this with the intention of ripping the song off, but more so to train my ears on how to get the sound I am after in a shorter amount of time.
At the end of the day, you have to be intentional with wanting to get better because no one else will do it for you.