Setting out to create your own music has many satisfactions.
But first a story.
I'm 13 years old, and an overly confident self-taught guitarist. I head off to music camp in Kirkland Lake Ontario in the summer of 1972. Harry Forbes, the guitar instructor, was kind and tolerant. Good thing because I sucked.
One day I spotted a strange looking keyboard in the corner of the room.
Q: "What is that, Harry?"
A: "It's an ARP2600 synthesizer".
Q: "What does it do?"
A: "It does this"
Me: "Holy *D*D(#KD+!"
I was hooked. I've never looked back.
So why create your own music?
1. Personal expression
2. Participate in the sound of our time
3. Keep the "play" in playing music alive
4. Creative exploration and discovery
5. Learn new instruments
6. Join an online community of music makers
7. Become a rich and famous DJ
8. Collect gear
Electronic music has its own terms.
DAW Score paper
How to get started.
The cheapest way is to explore phone apps. This can be expanded with the addition of a specialized keyboard that attaches to your phone. $100+
Next up, purchasing a USB keyboard and a Digital Audio Workstation and pair of audio speakers. $500+
When you want to go all in you will need a USB interface to plug in mics and instruments, USB keyboard and a Digital Audio Workstation, microphones, yards of audio cables, a pair of specialized audio speakers, a specialized desk, and a room to put it all in.
I can help you get started, call me.
Revised October 2022
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.