How many music producers cannot read sheet music?

Aaron asked:

I want to be a music producer when I grow up, but I can’t read sheet music that well. This hasn’t stopped me however; I have successfully written music before. I just need to know which music producers cannot read sheet music, and how far they have gone in their career. Is reading music a limiting factor? I understand the basis of reading music, but if you gave me a sheet of music with complex rhythms, I could not play it. Just give me some names of music producers that I look up in depth. Oh and if it matters, I like producing electronic dance music.

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3 Tips to Fast Track Your Music

I’ve been trying to think of the three most important things that every musician needs to get right in order to really jump-start a career in music, or at the very least, be proficient on their instrument. I’m sure others could come up with very different lists that achieve the same goals. There aren’t really any magical paths, paved in gold, that will get you to musical stardom, but here’s three things that can get you started.

LISTEN TO MUSIC- I’ve had several friends throughout the years that love to talk about music. They know who played bass guitar on certain albums from the 70s, or which bands covered certain songs by other bands, or which jazz standards were played by which iconic trumpet players. They can go on and on about their philosophies on what made certain rhythm sections successful, or exactly where a certain drummer places their snare hits within a measure. I’ll be honest. My eyes glaze over when these friends begin to talk. While I believe strongly in understanding music conceptually, and knowing the history of the genres that you play, it always struck me that the guys that talked the most about music were the ones that played the least. They were the ones that only liked one or two bands and everything else was below them. Listen to everything. You have the ability to research your craft at any time. Turn on your radio, pop in a CD, turn on Pandora.com! Imagine Picasso trying to learn how to paint if he never studied how other artists used red or green, shapes or lines. He didn’t try to paint like those artists, but he certainly observed how they used their craft.  Listen to genres you don’t normally like. How is your instrument used differently than in your favorite genre? A guitar is used differently in metal than it is in flamenco. Figure out why!

LEARN GOOD TECHNIQUE- It’s a matter of pride that we self-taught musicians don’t need to take formal lessons to learn our instruments. Please be wary. Musical instruments and singing can all be hazardous to our bodies if we approach them incorrectly. Learn proper posture and technique. If your wrists are positioned wrong, you could end up with tendinitis or carpal tunnel. If your embouchure is off, you could have jaw problems. If you sing improperly, you could develop nodules on your vocal chords.

PRACTICE- You could’ve guessed this one would be here. No one learns a skill without putting the time in. The greatest musicians have slaved away at scales and etudes for thousands of hours. Does this mean that the only progress you can ever make is with your instrument in your hand? Not necessarily. I used to incorporate what one of my teachers used to call “mental practice.” If I was learning a concerto, I would imagine myself playing the concerto on a stage. If I could perform it mentally, I knew I could perform it physically. Sports players use this type of “visualization,” too. This is not an excuse to refrain from physically working at your instrument technique, but when used as a supplement to practice, mental visualization can really boost your musical progress.

How To Read Music

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