In sheet music, music symbols describe the way we play a particular piece of music.

That’s why sheet music is still so necessary for communicating how to play a piece of music.

However, written music uses a lot of different symbols to describe what to play exactly and it can be confusing to know what each symbol means.

That’s the reason why we’ve put together a master list of music symbols you need to know to read sheet music.

Let’s learn the 50 most important music symbols!

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It’s hard to manage a big session or a busy mix. You have to keep a lot of different factors in mind to make it a success. Even just tracking a single vocal can result in a confusing mess of incomplete takes if you don’t pay close attention. Trying to stay creative while balancing these practical issues is a recipe for error. Here’s a hard truth for you: you’re going to make mistakes in music production, no matter how hard you try.

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In this article we’ll go over everything about LUFS.

LUFS are the latest way to measure loudness in your audio.

This new measurement scale is an important development for many issues in music production.

However, understanding LUFS can be pretty difficult at first. They’re different from the ways you’re probably used to measuring your signals.

Even so, these new units are being used all over the audio world. It’s important to know how they work to understand the role of loudness in audio production.

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In this article, we’ll explain what a verse is and show you how to write an effective verse.

As we all know, every song has a story.

Poetic images and gripping lyrics grab listeners’ heartstrings—it’s why music is so powerful.

Think of a song you loved. It probably has attractive lyrics that tell a story.

While you may remember a song because of its chorus, most song narratives develop in the verse.

It’s why a verse that entices the listener to get to the chorus and hook them in is so important.

The chorus might be memorable, but your song will lose its impact if you don’t have a good verse to support it.

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It’s possible because recording software that might once have cost thousands is actually completely free.

One of the best parts? Many of those free music programs work simply in addition to the expensive paid alternate options.

In this article, I’ll go over the greatest free music creation tools to begin making music without paying a dime.

Let’s get started!

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Your ideas in making music aren’t as new as you think. Innovation is impossible to generate on command.

Even when a new development seems obvious in hindsight, connecting the dots for the first time is always a struggle.

Truly new ideas are so rare that skeptics are resigned to the attitude that everything worth doing has already been done.

And in a sense, they’re right. We’re still using many of the same musical gestures and conventions that were popular hundreds of years ago.

But you shouldn’t find that information discouraging.

The musical ideas that show up again and again through the centuries persist because they’re deeply meaningful for our lives—then and now.

My flipside to this hard truth is that the music of the past is one of the best places to find inspiration if you know how to look.

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Remember how blown away the industry was by the success of Lorde’s “Royals”?

Back in 2012, no one thought such a modestly produced record could land on the radio.

Then, Billie Eilish walked in and took that minimalist approach to the next level.

With trap taking the lead now, we’re used to hearing music producers strip-down tracks to their bare bones.

But why are tracks with minimal production so powerful?

When done right, a minimal arrangement demands the listener’s utmost attention.

If you work with a bare arrangement, you’ll feel the urge to pick your instruments more carefully.

If your goal is to make the vocals shine, you have to produce beats that leave plenty of space for them to do so.

They say if your song sounds great with simple accompaniment, you’re onto something.

Minimalism in music has been around for a long time and while it’s new to pop, the reasons why it’s loved by so many are well understood.

So, if you’re not sold on minimalism in your music yet, let’s take a look at why it’s so great for writing good pop tunes.

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Psychoacoustics seems like a summary scientific concept, however it comes into play whenever you listen to music.

Listening to a track appears simple enough, however, the best way you expertise your personal songs and mixes is far from goal.

The techniques in your brain and sensory organs that flip vibrating air patterns into music are full of unusual quirks.

Figuring out the basics of how they work can help you deal with a number of the most fundamental processes in mixing.

In this article, I’ll clarify the basics of psychoacoustics and present why it affects your music. Continue reading →