The fundamentals of Rap Instrumental Beats

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Imagine hearing a rap instrumental beat. Not only any old beat, one which you made. It is your invention, your masterpiece, your gift to the world. You don't have to worry about a case for copyright infringement. You do not have to worry about originality. You only have to worry about how you are going to result in the next beat.

Making your personal rap instrumental beats is easier than you might think. You can purchase CDs with instrumental beats or download some free of charge, but when you make your own you push your creativity.

How did the use of hip hop instrumental beats become very popular? Well, just like any other talent it started out earlier types of beat making. In the late 70s scratching vinyl LPs (records) to produce unique sounds was accompanied by sampling; taking a small a part of an audio lesson and mixing it with instrumentals to produce a unique beat.

Sampling eliminated because of the 2004 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. Just before that the "small" part of an audio lesson could be copied or "sampled" without infringing on any other artist copyrights. Creating hip hop instrumental beats on your own using drum machines, keypads, sequencers, etc., and PCs with software has become popular.

The fundamentals of creating instrumental beats contain a 2-4 bar intro, a 16 bar verse, an 8 bar hook, along with a 20 bar bridge (that varies). First, the DJ lays the drum track with kicks, snares, and hats. Next, he lays down the bass guitar and lead guitar, these can perform the same track or separate ones. He then adds another seems like claps or cow bells, and lastly works on the hook.

Some hip hop beat makers start with the hook. Creating a hook, should you know how they work, is an integral part of making hip hop instrumental beats. The hook is the part which is repeated in between verses. The great thing about hip hop instrumental beats is that you could think "outside the box" and make some banging beats with hooks that people will like.

A bit of understanding of music scales is useful when using keypads, which almost all rap instrumental beats use. Then add horns, piano, or organ, pan each track slightly which means you send the signals to either the right or left channel; if all your music is centered it won't sound right. Tweak the EQ, then add special effects, but don't over do it.

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