A lot of people here listen to music, but is anyone interested in making music? I’ve picked up a simple midi keyboard and a DAW to see if I can get into creating music. I had little understanding of music theory but I have slowly been picking up some basics. I know a couple of sites that help provide information.
Simple lessons with musical notation for each piece of info, some nifty exercises that can help you train your ear to recognize notes/chords, and some tools to help calculate stuff:
Most of the same lessons, but through youtube videos instead. The site is nagware tier if you try to use account features:
Nifty tool that lets you “sketch” out some chords, I also found it useful to play around with to understand what notes within a scale belong to which chord.
All this knowledge can help you better describe what you’re doing, but the real hard bit is actually applying this stuff. I mean, what chord progression should you apply to your song? Go with the tried and true I-V-vi-IV?
And then what melody do you put on top of it? What notes fit? What’s catchy? what provides the mood you want to get across? With all of the music theory, or all the sample packs, or all the long winded youtube tutorials, it’s not going to be able to actually put together a song for you. And once you write your song, you need to record it, produce it, get the mix right, and master it (or pay someone to do the parts you don’t know).
There’s some music making panels at MAGfest I’m thinking about attending, and from there the best way to get good is to actually spend time doing it instead of just talking about it. After I attend those panels, I’m going to try making a song per week no matter how crappy instead of getting stuck on trying to produce something good.