I’m a firm believer that in order to make any good music, you have to make a lot of bad music. And in order to make a lot of music—good or bad—you have to be willing to call a track done and move onto the next one.
In that spirit, I’ve been challenging myself to crank out 2 or 3 finished tracks a week. I’m not trying to make bad music; I just know it’s not what I want it to be yet, so I am focusing on finishing and learning, and to make it easier I’m sticking to a fairly generic song template:
- Intro (2–4 bars)
- A1 Section (8 bars)
- Chorus 1 (4 bars)
- A2 Section
- Chorus 2
- Bridge (8 bars)
- A3 section
- Chorus 3
- Outro (2–4 bars)
I’m putting my tracks on SoundCloud because uploading a song is a way of declaring this is done so I can move on. I think the first one is decent but forgettable while the fifth one sounds like a demented Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas carol, and the rest are pretty bad. But I’m learning from each one.
- Set a goal for yourself (mine is 2–3 finished tracks per week). Using a template like mine might help.
- Upload your tracks somewhere and post your playlist here.
Kind, constructive criticism is also welcome. We’re posting here because we know our music isn’t great and we want to get better.