When aspiring musicians enter the industry, they get to hear a lot of things from other artists and on the internet. Too often, they believe things that aren’t true and hurt their career before it even takes off!
In this post, we will discuss five of the most common misconceptions about making music and dispel them once and for all.
4 Misconceptions About Making Music
1. You Have to Be Born With a Natural Talent to Create Beautiful Music
This is simply not true!
Some of the most famous and successful musicians didn’t start as child prodigies. In fact, many of them didn’t even begin playing their respective instruments until they were well into their teens or even adulthood.
They’ll tell you it’s all about practice and hard work.
If you have a passion for music and are willing to put in the effort to learn how to write and produce music with the right tools and instruction, you can create beautiful music regardless of when you start.
2. You Need Formal Training to Be a Successful Musician
This is another misconception that can hold people back from pursuing their musical dreams. While it’s true that learning an instrument takes time and effort, you don’t necessarily need years of lessons to become a good musician. There are plenty of self-taught musicians out there who’re just as talented as those with formal training.
If you have a good ear and can hum or sing a melody, you can probably figure out how to play it on your instrument of choice. And even if you can’t, plenty of resources (including online tools and apps) can help you get the hang of it.
3. You Need to Have Expensive Gear to Make Good Recordings
Another common misconception is that you need expensive equipment to make good music.
While it is certainly helpful to have quality gear as it can make the recording process easier, it’s false that you can’t make great-sounding tracks without high-end equipment – all you need is a computer and some basic software.
These days, there are tons of great (and affordable) recording tools available, both hardware and software. So don’t feel like you need to break the bank to start.
4. You Need a Record Label to Be Successful
This one is definitely not true. In fact, in today’s music industry, it’s easier than ever to get your music out there without the help of a label.
With platforms like Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud, you can reach a global audience with just a few clicks. So don’t wait for someone to give you permission to pursue your musical dreams – just go for it!
The Bottom Line
Anyone can start a music career. You don’t have to have expensive equipment, connections in the industry, or be born into a musical family.
All you need is passion and dedication. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can make it as a professional musician.
All musicians who achieved their dreams started out as amateurs, just like you. We hope this motivates you to start creating your own music!
Eric Dalius is The Executive Chairman of MuzicSwipe, a music and content discovery platform designed to maximize artist discovery and optimize fan relationships. Beyond his work at MuzicSwipe, he hosts the insightful weekly podcast “FULLSPEED,” engaging with entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Eric also contributes to education through the “Eric Dalius Foundation,” offering four scholarships for US students. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Entrepreneur.com.