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Disputing the Hands on Training Myth

If you have heard phrases like ‘You need to be in the studio to learn’, ‘You must have a mixing board and record in a sound proofed studio’, ‘In order to learn, you need someone to show you how the studio works’, then you have crossed paths with the Hands on Training Myth.

These are common misconceptions, however, hands on training is when you are alone in your studio, on a deadline. You do not have time for writer’s block, issues in your studio or time to doubt yourself. It’s very simple, either you get radio ready results in your studio or you don’t.

What Hands on Training IS NOT:
Hands on training IS NOT when you sit in a studio tweaking knobs and playing with faders.
Hands on training IS NOT when you look over an instructor or tutors shoulder.
Hands on training IS NOT when you sit in a classroom with a workstation.

It’s quite possible the hands on training myth is blocking you from achieving your dreams.
Anyone can go to a classroom or listen to an instructor but that doesn’t mean you learn anything.

Here’s how to know if you have been duped by the Hands on Training Myth.
“How come when I get ‘Hands On’ with my equipment I still have questions?”
“Why am I in the studio for 8-10 hours and my music is still not finished?”
“Why have I been doing music for years and getting no where?”
I can only learn if someone teaches me or if I watch a video tutorial.
I have to much to do to slow down and read. I don’t like reading.

What Hands on Training IS:
Hands on training is being alone, in your own studio, using the gear you have.
Hands on training is when you complete a project to the ‘radio ready’ industry standard on a deadline ALONE.

How the Process Works: The hands on training process consists of 3 simple steps:
1) Learn. You first must learn what to do, where to go, what to listen for, etc.
2) Apply. You must take what you have learned and make it yours. The only way to do this is applying it.
3) Ask Questions. Keep asking questions on a specific subject until you have no more.

When you use these 3 steps, the process of hands on training becomes a simple solution that can be utilized anywhere at any time. This requires that you read, study, grow and stretch yourself. You must educate yourself no matter how you learn. This is the only way you can achieve your dreams in every moment of the day.

The Computer Music Production School first gives you the knowledge and education to know what to do when you work in any studio with any gear. You have to know what you’re doing before you can get your ‘Hands in it’. When you sit in a studio, where do you start? How do you know your finished?
Secondly, CMPS gives you 24/7 Hands on Training so your education stays in your long term memory.
Last of all you have one-on-one student adviser support to help you every step of the way and to answer all your questions.

You can become a music producer and audio engineer in as little as 7 weeks, 7 months or take as long as you need. You can then produce and record as many albums as you like for the rest of your life.

If there is anything we can help you with, setup a free training consultation below.

Are you a Follower or Leader in the Music Industry?

“The function of the creative artist consists of making laws, not in following laws already made” (Ferruccio Busoni)

There are two types of songwriters, music producers and artists: The follower and the leader.
The Follower: Will work very hard to write what is the hottest trend, write about familiar subjects that are commonly heard on the radio or in music, produce similar sounding productions or emulate different styles of music.

The Leader: Will intuitively look beyond the norm, push boundaries, will listen for what is not heard, will analyze and change up things with a driving passion, will shoot to be a trendsetter and will take risks with the results ending in either things really great or really whack.

Being a follower or leader is not wrong, just different – each role has its purpose and place. Not everyone is supposed to be a leader and not everyone is supposed to be a follower. However, when you find out which one you are, it will help you determine how to network and who you need in your circle to achieve your goals. So which one are you?

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Are you a Follower or a Leader in the Music Industry?

1) If you are a follower, you like to keep busy, you may like someone else doing the research and giving you direction. You might enjoy being creative in the process of projects. It would be easier for you to be a studio engineer, make beats or write songs. When networking, people who have a lot of ideas, who run a label or who like promotion and marketing would be great relationships for your goals.

2) If you are a leader, you have tons of ideas, you may find many people always asking you questions or for your opinion, you might like to do many things at once, you tend to ‘get things started’ in a group setting and it won’t matter the topic of starting or running a label, studio, selling beats or writing songs, you’ll find a way to get it all done and manage to not get bogged down.

There are a lot of resources about the roles of being a follower or leader. These are just a few basic characteristics. Keep in mind that you can be a leader in a certain area and a follower in another – they can definitely overlap.

In summary, there is creativity and new rules to make in each role. Figure out and enjoy which one you are, network where you can, work towards staying in your strengths and enjoy the process along the way to achieve your goals in the music industry.

If there is anything we can help you with, setup a free training consultation below.

How do I get people to Listen to my Beats?

One of the top questions I get from producers and artists who I meet through GotchaNoddin.com is: How do I get people to listen to my beats?
Here are 4 things you can do to get people to listen to your beats and get your music in the right hands.

1) Music Creativity: For simplicity I will sum up 3 ways you can gear your music towards.
A. You can copy the mainstream and mimic the styles, lyrics and sounds.
B. Be so completely creative that no one can ‘understand’ what you are creating.
C. Find your personal balance of what you love hearing and blend it with your own style

How do you do this? Study your favorites. Don’t copy, mix and match, switch it up. Today’s reality is that SOMEONE has inspired you and chances are you’re going to sound like someone who came before you. It will more than likely be who you listen to a lot. I don’t care what anyone says, they are not looking for the next ‘so and so who in #1 on the charts’. You will come and go and be the next one hit wonder. If you plan on doing music for awhile, find your style and stick with it. The majority of professional artists who have been around through the years have found their style, created a ‘brand’ and kept doing what they love for 10-20 years. This is also something worth studying.

2) Excellent Sound Quality: There is no such thing as a demo. Technology these days is amazing. There is absolutely no reason why your music should sound amateur. When someone listens to your music and it is not excellent quality they are going to think you are whack promoting your material as completed when it is still a demo.

3) Study your Music Industry: If you are in Hip Hop, Reggaeton, RnB, Dance or Rock music you have an entirely different music industry. There are different networking events to attend, different people to meet and different ways you can personally figure out how to get your music in the right hands. Make absolutely sure that you are making music that is in a style or that is so weird and uniquely amazing that it doesn’t need one. All it takes is for one person to really ‘get you’ and spread the word.

4) Great Artwork: Let’s put it this way, if your artwork and photos are whack, your music is whack. It is better to have no artwork than something that looks like you’ve been lost in time travel for 20 years. On the other end of the spectrum, invest in yourself! You ‘can’ just write on your CD but wouldn’t you rather represent the music you have worked so hard to create professionally?

From my experience and listening to MANY demos, I have found by good planning and really ‘thinking’ about your music packaging and promotion, you will have a better chance of getting people to listen to your beats. Not only that, you’ll get your music into the right hands.

If there is anything we can help you with, setup a free training consultation below.

How to be a Pioneer in the Music Industry

It can seem like a daunting challenge breaking through in music. These days, it seems like everyone and their mother is doing music. With new technologies its even easier to make great sounding beats and vocals sound amazing ‘out of the box’. However, there is no replacing a Pioneer.. No matter what challenges they face, Pioneer’s find a way to make it work…

Pioneers are innovators, the people on the cutting edge of research. They thrive on new beginnings and uncharted territories. They look for new ways of doing things and offer a fresh approach to new models. Pioneers are few and far between. Most people are followers but pioneers are free-thinkers, researchers of truth and radical in their creativity. They are born to question and made to give answers to life’s most unsolved problems.

Here are 6 ways on how to be a Pioneer in the Music Industry:

1)    Face criticism.
Criticism is a tough reality to face but it is easy to navigate with the right mind frame. Knowing who you are and what you stand for is key along with acknowledging that not everyone is going to see what you see. Trusting your instincts without doubt, never wavering in your convictions and knowing when to shut the door on your critics.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

2)    If you fail, try again.
When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb he was praised and acclaimed but not much is mentioned on how many times he failed before he finally got it. Edison once stated, “I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that don’t work.” Since pioneers are breaking new ground, trial and error should be expected. So don’t be surprised at failure and don’t let it get you down. Mistakes are sometimes the only way you learn. This is especially true when it comes to marketing your music. Thinking outside the box can bring rich rewards or giant belly flops. Don’t allow failure to deter you, instead, cultivate tenacity and acknowledge your discoveries.

3)    Ignore lonely, it’s a choice.
“Is there anybody out there…there, there, there…anybody!?!”  Pioneers can tend to get isolated, especially when your hard at work at projects. Lots of late nights can have you eating alone at your computer at times and editing for long hours can leave you wondering what planet your on.  You can often think, “Surely, no one’s struggling through this like I am.” Well you are wrong. Ta da! There are thousands, maybe millions of pioneers feeling the lonelies just like you – nothing that hot date or night out with friends can’t cure. Loneliness is an illusion, it doesn’t really exist. Crawl out of your hole once in awhile and participate with society, get refreshed, then go back at it.

4)    Stand on the shoulders of others.
You can’t do this alone and you shouldn’t. Being a pioneer in the music industry is hard enough, doing it alone is not necessary. That’s why we offer the Computer Music School Network so you can connect with others on the same road. Also, there are tons of books, teachings, friends and elders out there that can inspire your dream to fruition. You must be on the look out for other pioneers that have made it and are doing what they love to do. Then walk in their footsteps. Success always leaves a trail. Search out those people that have walked the journey ahead of you. Open your eyes, they are all around, so humble yourself and take advantage of them.

5)    Count the cost.
Pioneering and personal risk go hand and hand. If your heart wasn’t on the line 24/7, you wouldn’t be as passionate, do you agree? Your blood, sweat and tears should be all over this thing and if it ain’t then you’re not trying hard enough. Other people may never understand this lifestyle and they’re not meant to. If they want to dress in beige and mow their perfect lawns within the comfort of their boring 9-5 jobs, good for them! That’s not for pioneers! Mothers should be scoffing at your insane schedule and fathers should be preaching to you about health care… Pioneers make ripples in families so when you do, don’t be surprised! You are unique and talented but the music industry is not in the business of ‘patting little baby bottoms’. If you want a job that’s safe and doesn’t ruffle any feathers, you’re in the wrong field. Personal sacrifice is part of the game.

6)    Illuminate.
When all is said and done, the music is released, and the snow ball effect is initiated then it’s truly your time to shine.  Most people just see the end result of the beauty of music and want it without all the hard work that comes with it. Well, we burst bubbles every day here at the Computer Music Production School and GotchaNoddin because we’ll be the first to tell ya, if you really want it, you’re going to have to work for it. The best things in life come with hard work. When the finished product is there and people are listening to it, vibing with it and inspired by it…everything mentioned above will be so small in comparison to the eternal rewards. Music soothes the soul. You’re here to inspire and light up the world with your gifts. So go and dig your own way through… and let your light shine.

Tutorial: How to be a Pioneer in the Music Industry:
1) If you haven’t already, designate a computer document or notebook for planning. Once a day/week set aside some time to think through some of the projects and goals you would like to achieve in music.
2) In each of the 6 steps, find one thing you can improve on and write it down. Set aside an hour a day/week and research books, articles or blogs that help this area in your life to be stronger.
3) This is not something that has to take a long time. Give yourself a month to create new habits. If you spend 1-3 hours a week, you’ll see significant improvement.

Doing music is a progressive journey. Be easy on yourself and remember, progress not perfection.

If there is anything we can help you with, setup a free training consultation below.


(Adapted from A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents  by Mary E. DeMuth)