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Tips to Making an Instrumental of a Song

Sonyx Music | February 20, 2023
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How to Make an Instrumental of a Song

Creating an instrumental or beat that is inspired by a song you like is often a great way to get your musical “creative juices” flowing. Music producers can confront a creativity block from time to time; studio time is expensive so they often need to cook up the next hit song quickly and efficiently.

Being inspired in your music production approach by current or past hit songs often expedites the recording process, and thus, leads to a more professional result.

In this blog post, we will give you tips on how to make instrumental tracks of songs. You will learn how to record your voice, lay down the drum track, and lay down some piano chords using GarageBand. We will also show you how to export the song into a format that can be used in a website or on YouTube.

What you will need to make music

To make an instrumental of a song, you will need a metronome. This helps to regulate the tempo of your music. You will also need a keyboard, computer, microphone, and speakers. A metronome is a device that has a click that sounds at a certain tempo. You can also use a drum machine or drum pads to make your music. You will also need a MIDI interface to connect your keyboard to your computer and a sound driver to connect your computer to your speakers. For a song with lyrics, you will need a lyric sheet.

How to record your voice using GarageBand

Some people may be intimidated by the thought of recording their voice and the process can be confusing. However, there are some easy steps that can help you to make an instrumental of a song. The first step is to choose a song to record. Make sure that the song is in a key that you can sing in and that you know the lyrics. Next, click on the “Record” button and wait for the song to load. Once the song has loaded, click on the microphone icon and start singing. You can stop recording by clicking on the “Stop” icon. After you have finished recording, you can edit your voice in the “Effects” section. You should also make sure that you change your voice to a male or female voice. This will make it easier for you to find the right instrumental.

How to lay down the drum track

The first step in laying down the drum track is to start with a simple drum pattern. You can use a metronome to get a steady tempo and then use a drum set. You can also use a drum machine and record the drum pattern using a microphone. You can also use a drum machine to record the drum pattern and then play it with a keyboard. You can use a drum machine to lay down the drum track and then use a keyboard to lay down the rest of the song.

How to lay down piano chords using GarageBand

If you are looking to learn how to make an instrumental of a song, there are a few steps you must take. First, you will need to choose the song. It is important to choose a song that you are familiar with so that you can have a good idea of what you are looking to make. If you are looking to make a song that is currently popular, you will want to find a song that is similar to the one you want to make. Once you have chosen the song, you will need to find the chords. You will then want to download GarageBand, as this is the software that you will need to make the instrumental. Once you have downloaded the software, you will need to load the song into it. After that, you will need to find the chords that are in the song. If you cannot find them, you will need to figure them out. After figuring out the chords, you will need to create a sequence of chords that are in the song. Once you have created the sequence, you will need to make the notes for the sequence. Once you have figured out the notes for the sequence, you will need to record the sequence to the song. Finally, you will need to export the song.

Additional Tips

  • When making an instrumental of a song, try humming melodies to yourself to boost inspiration.
  • Record your hums into GarageBand, and play them back until you hear a rhythm emerge. Sometimes, a hit melody is right in your ears, but you might need to listen to them several times before something becomes apparent.
  • Instrumentals can be difficult to put together, especially if you are making them for an existing song or vocal track. You could try creating a “remix” version of the recorded song first, and then, re-remix the remix…say that five times fast!

What if I’m still having trouble getting inspiration?

Let us help! features thousands of beats and instrumentals by upcoming producers across various genres. As a producer with a creative block, you could try:

  1. Signing up for a free GoBuyBeats account at
  2. Listening to other producers’ beats (and if willing), purchase an instrumental with exclusive rights. Exclusive rights will allow you to alter the original composition to your liking. However note that you will still not own the copyright as those rights are retained by the copyright holder (usually, the producer of the instrumental).
  3. Download your purchase and identify elements you like in the instrumental (e.g. the drum pattern, the horns, acoustics, etc.).
  4. Start recording your instrumental and create your next masterpiece!

As a general rule-of-thumb, whether you’re making an instrumental for a brand new song or an existing song, it’s great practice to listen to new and old commercially-released songs for inspiration. What made these songs great? What resonated with fans and propelled that particular song higher on the Billboards? As a skilled music producer, identifying the answers to these questions will help you to continue honing your craft and becoming a sharper musician.

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