Teaching your child how to play an instrument is a wonderful thing to do.
It helps your child open up their creativity, teaches them a fun skill that can be used in many different ways, and it also prepares them for future musical learning as well.
However, these days, many children tend to prefer producing music at home instead of playing an instrument. With some basic musical knowledge, they can create many different styles of music and also learn more about different genres in the process. This is a great alternative to just learning a single instrument, but it can also supplement other musical theory to help boost their overall knowledge of music.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best music resources that you can find on the internet that assist in learning how to produce music at home.
Tutorials for popular DAWs
A digital audio workstation, also known as a DAW, is essentially the program that is used to produce music. This includes programs such as Ableton Live, Logic, Reason, and FL Studio. There are many DAWs for beginners since they have simplified interfaces and come with plenty of tools, plugins, and instruments. However, the most important thing when it comes to learning how to use a DAW is to stick with one and look up tutorials on websites and on YouTube. Learning the interface is important to help you get your ideas onto the program. Once you learn the interface, the knowledge you pick up from learning how the tools and plugins work can be transferred to other programs and will improve your overall musical knowledge.
Finding sample packs, loops, and instruments
Whether you’re looking for guitar loops, lo-fi dream beats or orchestral hits, there are many resources on the internet that are both free and paid. In most cases, the paid resources are going to be higher in quality, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to end up with a massive library of usable samples and instruments if you spend a lot of money. You need to be creative when using different resources and there are plenty of free resource libraries out there that can be used to create amazing songs. While it does take a while to find great resources, it’s important to slowly build up a library of sounds that will form your unique signature style.
Don’t forget traditional music theory
It’s also a good idea not to forget or ignore traditional music theory as it can still be extremely helpful when producing music digitally. For example, teaching your child how to play the keyboard will educate them on basic music theory that can easily be applied to a DAW because most programs use a piano roll to simulate keys being played. They’ll also learn about chords, scales, and other helpful musical theory concepts that will make it easier for them to key in notes, create melodies, and also tie together all of their ideas into a coherent song using the resources they have available.