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3 tips for keeping your listeners attention

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When making music, perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself is keeping your fans interested when they are listening. Capturing your listeners attention in that way is perhaps the best sign that your music is good.

Today I will give you three tips on how to maintain your listeners attention.

1. Variation.
Perhaps the easiest way to maintain your listeners interest is to offer variation in your music. It doesn’t have to be something big. Firstly, don’t use the same drum fill more than once, and add little variations in the drum patterns. Perhaps vary the tempo a little? Attempt different things depending on what would work for your song. The changes do not need to be big, but as long as there are variations, your audience will remain captivated.

2. Play looping parts out multiple times.
Let’s say you have a 4 bar instrumental loop. Assuming its an instrument you can play, instead of only recording one loop, record a few of them. They will all have the same feel overall, however they will vary slightly because your timing even though on point, will be very slightly different. If you were to play out a drum loop multiple times, you would likely include extra hits on this or that sample, just because it will sound better. Try it out!

3. Don’t quantize.
Don’t use the quantize tool at all. Let the timing be a little off. It never needs to be perfect. In fact, the imperfections are what can make the song juuuuuuuuust right. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the timing must be perfect in every single bar of your song. It’s partly right. Of course you don’t want any part of your song to be out of time. But it does not need to be EXACTLY perfect. Your music doesn’t need to sound like it was made by robots.

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Written by majorshake

June 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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