5 x Tips to Make More Music in 2018 – Write, Record & Release Your Songs!

Are you super busy and it seems like you have no time to make music? Me too, which is why I’m sharing with you my top 5 tips that will help you (and me!) create more music in 2018.

  1. Play Music Every Day
    • Schedule or make time every day to play or create music
    • Even 5 minutes will help establish a routine – perhaps plays a cover of one of your favourite songs?
    • The more you play, the more you will want to play
    • Look at what you currently do now that you could replace with music – TV? Video Games?
    • Schedule time with yourself – block out time in your calendar for music
    • Need motivation? Set up a Soundcloud, FaceBook page or YouTube channel to share your sessions
    • Check out my FaceBook page at http://fb.me/PeteJohnsMusic for ideas

 

  1. Capture Your Ideas
    • Use a notebook, the voice memo app on your phone or a dedicated system like Music Memos or GarageBand – whatever works for you
    • Clearly label, tag or categorise your ideas so you can find them again next time
    • Set up your smartphone camera and record a playing session so you don’t miss any of those gems
    • If you’re looking to record a demo or a song idea, GarageBand on iPad/iPhone is a great option
    • Check out my video where I record a singer/songwriter demo in GarageBand using just my iPad and a pair of headphones here: https://youtu.be/FiFerT4ULUw

 

  1. Finish Your Songs
    • At the start of 2017 I had a whole heap of quarter, half and three quarter finished songs
    • Do you know how hard it is to release half a song? Pretty darn hard
    • When you are writing a song, try carrying it all the way through including all your lyrics, chord progressions, and arrangements
    • If it’s not perfect – that’s okay! When you record it you’ll likely tweak and re-arrange parts, change words and even remove whole sections
    • When I recorded my recent single “There’s No Such Thing as College”, I removed the entire intro just two days before I released it
    • Take a look at my video series where I record the whole song here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8Xg_23Wa54JbyH9esoa9Vx-8iM1y5rZ
    • Listen to the finished song here: https://youtu.be/wKWLUKnS-Ro

 

  1. Release Your Songs
    • Share your music – whether it’s through Soundcloud, FaceBook, YouTube or distributing to streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music – get your music out there!
    • A theory made popular by author Seth Godin is that art is only art once you “ship it”, meaning sharing it with others
    • This can be scary! Others will not always love everything you do, and this is 100% okay – do you love every genre, artist and song?
    • Share with people you trust and whose opinion you value – try to filter out the unnecessary negative comments, but listen to the constructive feedback
    • For example, when I shared my song “Anxiety”, I got a lot of positive and constructive feedback, but one person commented that a song about anxiety should be heavier – their opinion is worth noting, but I didn’t add rock guitars to my track based on this one coment
    • Consider releasing your tracks professionally to iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and all streaming platform – this ensures you truly “finish” your songs, as there’s no going back to change once released
    • It is easier than ever to release music yourself using services like Distrokid – check our my video where I show how I release my song “Anxiety” here: https://youtu.be/sj4r3-vGQOM
    • Listen to the finished song here: https://youtu.be/sKzqBRut0Zw

 

  1. Connect With a Community
    • Get involved in your local music scene by going to gigs, meeting other musicians and making contacts
    • Don’t have a vibrant music scene nearby – there are plenty of great communities online
    • There are Facebook groups, forums and YouTube channels where you can connect and chat with other users
    • Share your music and listen to other people’s music – you’ll learn something new every day
    • Be careful that you don’t JUST do this – watching tutorial videos and discussing concepts with other people is great, but no substitute for creating your own music
    • Check out my favourite community on FaceBook – the GarageBand Users group at http://studiolivetoday.com/gbu

 

Conclusion

  • I hope this gave you some ideas and motivation that will help you create more great music in 2018
  • Once you’ve spent some time writing that next amazing song, feel free to check out all my videos and tutorials  by heading over to http://studiolivetoday.com

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Bass in GarageBand iOS – Playing the Bass Touch Instruments (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #5

In the fifth GarageBand Quick Jam we take a look at the bass guitar touch instrument.

Covered in this video:
1. Selecting a bass
2. Playing using the chords function
3. Using autoplay
4. Changing the autoplay using multi-touch
5. Playing notes
6. Playing open notes
7. Playing electronic bass
8. Playing upright bass
9. Playing slides in upright bass
10. Using the scale option
11. Using the keyboard to play bass

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Guitar in GarageBand iOS – Playing the Guitar Touch Instrument (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #4

Covered in this video:
1. Choosing one of the four guitars (Acoustic, Classic Clean, Hard Rock, Roots Rock)
2. Playing chords
3. Playing arpeggiated chords
4. Playing muted chords
5. Using autoplay
6. Using stomp boxes (pedals/effects)
7. Playing individual notes
8. Playing open strings
9. Using the Scale option
10. Sliding
11. String bends
12. Hammer-ons/offs

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Drums in GarageBand iOS – Playing Acoustic Drums (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #3

In the third GarageBand Quick Jam we’re looking at how to play the acoustic drum set in GarageBand iOS.

Covered in this video:
1. Playing each drum and cymbal
2. Different sounds from different parts of each drum and cymbal
3. Using the two finger hold for automated kick and tom drums
4. Setting drum options in track settings
5. Quantisation (quantization) settings
6. Velocity sensitivity settings
7. Bass (kick) drum with cymbal option
8. Merge recordings and multi-take recording options

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Metronome in GarageBand iOS – Setting a Click Track/Metronome (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #2

In the second GarageBand Quick Jam we’re looking at a fundamental component of recording in GarageBand – the Metronome (also called a “click track”)

The metronome controls the tempo or speed of the song, and allows you to hear the beat to ensure you can play or sing in time, and your tracks will sync up perfectly.

Covered in this video:
1. Accessing Metronome and Count-in options
2. Count-in and Visual Count-in
3. Setting the type of sound (Click, Woodblock, Hi-Hat, Rimshot, No sound)
4. Setting the Metronome level (volume) – I recommend setting as low as practical to avoid bleed
5. Adjusting the tempo, using “Tap to set tempo” or manually setting
6. Setting the Time Signature, which is how many beats in each bar (4/4, 3/4, 6/8)

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Record with NO GEAR in GarageBand iOS – Guitar/Vocals Using Internal Mic (iPhone/iPad)

Got an iPad or iPhone but no other recording equipment?

In this video, I show how you can record using just a pair of headphones/earbuds and the internal microphone on your iPad or iPhone.

Looking for more ways to record your own music in GarageBand iOS? Check out the links below:

Record a full song on GarageBand iPad – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8Xg_23Wa54JbyH9esoa9Vx-8iM1y5rZ

Record an EP using GarageBand on iPhone – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8Xg_23Wa54aRWJMg0Lh6Jwn_pw1t2kv

iOS Mobile Recording Rig – https://youtu.be/z9TDMt0H2W4

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