So you created you drum patterns, lay down your chords and melodies now what? The next step is to actually make it into a full song. But how do you do it? and is there a special process to putting a song together? are there any special techniques that super producers use that you don’t know of?

To answer these questions I have put together a 5 step process to learning song arrangements from the pros without even asking them any questions.

How?

By Listening to what they have done. So here is a quick way to do so:

Step 1: Find a song that is similar to the beat you’re creating.

Why?

This will give you a reference and a starting point. Ensure that the song is of similar BPM / Tempo.

Step 2: Place the song in you arrangement window in your daw.

Why?

This how you’re map out the structure of the song for a reference for creating our beat.

Step 3: Place markers at every change in the song. Label each section

Why?

This is going to be your framework for arranging your beat.

Step 4: Mute the reference and arrange your beat according to the framework you created in step 3.

Why?

This is you actually arranging your beat / song.

Step 5: Listen back to your final arrangement and make adjustments where necessary.

Why?

This is the part where you let your creativity shine using your framework to add different instruments to bring the beat alive to make it a complete song.


That’s it your finish. By now you should have a working structure for your song.

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