When making music for DAW software, I think it’s important for me to study music theory and learn to read music which I’ve been learning how to do both. I’ve also been practicing ear training really hard too!
This year I’m going to be taking learning how to play piano/MIDI keyboards a little more seriously so I can get good with MIDI controllers and things like that. If I’m going to get serious on home music recording, I really need to learn music theory and read music/sight reading. All those DAW software, they usually have a piano roll in them where you can put in your own notes. If I learn music theory and learn to read music/sight reading, this stuff would make home recording on a DAW a little more easier. You’ll be able to get music you hear in your head onto a recording a little easier too if you learn music theory, sight reading and having a good ear. My ear training is getting a lot better too. I’m really getting the hang of what a lot of notes sound like.
If I’m going to learn how to play the piano and learn to read music, I should learn how to read music for guitar too. It’s all important to do if you want to be a real musician. I know learning music theory and sight reading is a bit intimidating which is why a lot of musicians refuse to learn that stuff but seriously… music theory and sight reading are not that hard to learn at all. Both are really a piece of cake really. Even a little kid can learn that stuff! I’m glad I’m learning all this stuff.
You don’t really have to learn to read music for guitar since tablature is a big deal but I think you should. I know I’m going to. If I’m going to learn music theory, I should learn sight reading too.
I want to get good at using MIDI keyboards so I can make my own backing tracks for my songs. I’ll make all the full band music myself. For drums, I’m thinking about buying EZ track drummer software ’cause that’s popular software for home recording artists and I’m going to look into that. For making bass lines I’ll just use MIDI. I’ll figure out how to make full band tracks in the future ’cause I really want to do that stuff. I’m learning how to play keyboards this year. Been learning and practicing all week.