If you’re someone who loves music and has always wanted to learn a new instrument, there’s no better time than now. The Coronavirus-induced lockdown has forced us all to slow down and focus our energies on upskilling and channelising our creativity. That's exactly why we’ve got you some brilliant courses that’ll help you specialise in music production, or even make you a professional guitar player.
Music Production Specialisation
Have you always wanted to learn production and recording of professional music? If yes, then this course offered by Berklee College of Music on Coursera is perfect for you! Spend four weeks to learn technical aspects of production, including how sound is translated into audio signals, and much more. You will also be trained in using all kinds of tools that are a prerequisite for professional recordings. You can also learn several other skills related to music production on Skillshare. ‘Music Production 101: Build your home studio’ is one of the most popular courses.
If you wish to pick up some fine guitar skills, one of the best courses you can try is ‘Complete Guitar System - Beginner to Advanced’ on Udemy. The course has a whopping 311 videos and 200 additional resources to provide you with all the help you need. It is not just for beginners, but also helps those who want to further hone their skills. All you need is a guitar and some hours of practice.
‘Learn to Play the Drums’ on Udemy is a great course for those who want to become drummers. Another popular course is one called ‘How to Play the Drum Set for Beginners: Part 1’ on Skillshare. Specifically tailored for beginner to intermediate level players, the video course will help you become a good drummer in no time.
We’ve all been great bathroom singers, but how about graduating to the next level? The course ‘Singing Simplified #1: The Fast-Track to Singing Like a Pro’ on Udemy works well for those who have a good voice, but haven’t tried professional singing as yet. The course is taught by California-based singer, guitarist and music coach, Steve Glazer.
There’s another course on Udemy called ‘30 Days to a Better Singing Voice’ that promises to make you a better singer, in just 30 days.
If you want to delve deeper into what music is all about, then this course by Duke University titled ‘Music as Biology: What We Like to Hear and Why’ helps you understand what kind of music is preferred by people all over the world, and why.
Another course - ‘Approaching Music Theory: Melodic Forms and Simple Harmony’ by the California Institute of the Arts- helps you understand the relationship between all kinds of music, be it classical, modern, pop, jazz or others.
If you are not as interested in singing, but want to write the most beautiful lyrics, ‘Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics’ course offered by the Berklee College of Music will help you.
Another interesting course, ‘Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition’ by National University of Singapore will help you with techniques to write European art music.
Utilise your time well, and hone your skills during this lockdown!
(Edited by Athira Nair)