Hello everyone, my name’s Nathan and I’m a new member of your community.
I’ve been learning consistently about music production and composing since around the end of November of last year (2018), and have played guitar on and off since 2013. Since last year I’ve learned a lot about music production, composition and theory, but currently I find myself feeling stuck when trying to finish tracks, feeling like there’s more I should learn but not knowing what. Basically, I’m a bit frustrated about this and am not sure where to take things next. For your information, I mostly focus on pop, hip hop and EDM genres and will experiment mixing genres (including rock using my guitar) later.
Right now I’m doing ear training so I can recognize notes by ear, learning to recognize intervals, and want to learn piano, and am also learning more about music theory, of which I know a lot of the basics already. But again, I’m not sure where to take things next. I would really like to streamline my process of making tracks, and I’ve already finished the production stage of tracks before (still need to start learning mixing) but I want to get better, more towards the level of my favourite artists, and I’m just not sure where to go next, knowing that there are many more things I could learn, from large things to little things and everything in between.
How can I determine what to do next and how do I get out of this kind of frustration? It’s a feeling of not being where I want to be yet, often liking things I come up with but still feeling “not good enough” and wanting to push things to the next level without really knowing exactly what to tackle next. I have been experimenting a lot.
I was thinking of focusing on learning piano, note recognition and interval recognition to transcribe songs from my head into reality better first, while working on producing new things as well and slowly incorporating those things into what I’m doing. Any advice and personal experiences are welcome, I really want to keep leveling up and get closer to having an easier time making the kind of tracks I want to make.