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How do i begin teaching myself music production?

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Hi, I'm a new member and I was hoping if someone could give me advice on how to start advancements towards learning music production and music theory on my own. I try to learn from Youtube videos, but I constantly have a hard time and I also have trouble evn finding hor having funds for equipment. Plus the little I may have, I just feel overwhelmed by it.

I also love to write lyrics, but I have no clue how to even start a beat for it. 

Any suggestions?

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It sounds like you have the drive to learn, but could use a little more structured learning program to give you a beginning foundation.  If there is a local community college near you, see if they have any classes that would fit what you are looking for.  They are often open to high school students, and adult learners who want a class or two, not just college age people looking for a whole degree, and you can often take a single class for a few hundred dollars.  You can also take a look at community arts centers that offer music programs.  If they don't offer what you are looking for, getting in touch with the teachers in their program might lead you to other resources.  Consider getting an internship with someone local.  Many professionals are happy to have an extra set of hands to help send out mailings, tidy the office, or load and unload equipment for a week or a month or a semester, and in exchange for volunteering, you get to hang around, see what tools they use, and ask them questions about how to get started and what books or programs are worth your time as a beginner. 

For the theory side of things, it's a huge and never ending learning process, so be ready to feel overwhelmed for a while.  A beginner textbook may help you feel a little more controlled about the learning process.  You can find college bookstores online and see what everyone is using for their intro to theory course and order the book to read on your own.  If in doubt, send a short and to the point email to a professor or two.  Don't pepper them with tons of questions, just "Hi, I'm not a currently student at your university, but I'm studying on my own in the hopes of being accepted to a music program in the future.  What intro to theory textbook do you use with your students? I want to begin learning on my own time to prepare for a theory entrance exam.  Thanks." 

Good luck!

 

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Teaching yourself theory from youtube can be confusing for beginners. Somebody has to follow and correct your progress, work with private music teachers.

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