Of Course there’s Nothing Wrong with Starting a Beat with the Drums; However, in Some Cases, It May Be Limiting
|By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)|
When beginning a new beat, I almost never start with the drums, no matter what type of beat that I’m making. And even for those beats that I have started with the drums, I’ve always recognized the fact that in some ways, starting with the drums can limit your creative flexibility. I say this because when you start with the drums, you typically wind up having to fit (match) things to the drums rather than the other way round. In other words, starting with the drums first pretty much locks you in to that one drum program/pattern and theme (or variation thereof), leaving little room for new direction.
On the other hand, starting with the non-drums first often seems to leave more room (flexibility). In fact, for me, I’ve always found that starting a beat off with non-drum allows me to imagine (“visualize”) the various drum approaches that could work. Often, this tends to leave me with more room for intuitive creativity.Articles, Beat Breakdown, Beatmaking, Beatmaking Education, Beatmaking Practice, Beatmaking Themes, Theories, and Concepts, BeatTips, Book on How to Make Beats, Drum Programming Techniques, Drum Sounds and Drum Programming, Arranging, and Composing, Editor's Choice, Features, Hip Hop Production Techniques, Hip Hop/Rap Music Education, How to Make Beats, Making Beats, Music Themes, Music Theory, and Music Concepts, Programming Drum Fills, Programming Drums, Programming Hi-Hats, Programming Kicks, Programming Samples, Programming Snares, Sa'id, Sequencing Drums, Sound Design, The BeatTips Manual