Why I Created Beat School

Hey everybody, this is The Fourth here. I created this website because I wanted to answer the question "Where do I start?" This is a question that is often asked but rarely receives a good answer. One of the most common responses I see is to search for what you want to learn on YouTube or Google.

The problem with this advice is that, as a beginner, you probably don't know what topics you should be learning or when you should be learning them. So you follow this advice and search for what you want to learn, perhaps "How to make <Genre Name>." If you're lucky, what you find is a tutorial for a track that sounds amazing, but this tutorial assumes that you already have the fundamental knowledge that you should be learning instead.

At this point you realize that you need to fill some gaps in your knowledge before you will be able to follow this tutorial. So you start your detective work and try to figure out what you actually need to learn first as a beginner.

Or worse, because you were following the advice that five people on Reddit gave you, you expect that you should be able to learn everything from this tutorial . Then you blame yourself and give up when you can't understand it.

This is how I learned, so it can be done. But trust me, learning this way is a huge pain. I spent so much time just trying to find the right tutorials and became so frustrated when I couldn't. At one point I even gave up on trying to learn compression entirely. Compression is not difficult to learn, as long as it is explained well. However, even now, years after my temporary surrender, I see many people who seriously struggle to find understand it. This is why I created Beat School.

What is Beat School?

Beat School is a comprehensive beginner's guide to music production. While creating this guide, I have paid close attention to when a beginner should be learning each topic and broken down and presented all of this information in that order.

This guide starts with the fundamentals and builds on itself assuming only that you know the information contained in the previous sections. This way, even if you have no musical experience, you will be able to follow the curriculum without ever feeling lost or overwhelmed. You will also save time because you won't have to constantly try to figure out what you should learn next. It's all right here in an order that makes sense, so you can spend that extra time doing something useful… or watching Netflix.

In addition to this guide, Beat School also offers some helpful resources, such as ear training exercises, challenge ideas, downloads, and more. All of these resources complement the main focus of this site, which is the guide.

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