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18 Jan 2017
Chill Trap Beat 2017
Imagine hearing a rap instrumental beat. Not only any old beat, one which you made. It's your invention, your masterpiece, your gift around the world. You do not have to worry about a lawsuit for copyright infringement. You don't have to bother with originality. You simply have to worry about how you are going to make the next beat.

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

How did the use of hip hop instrumental beats become very popular? Well, as with any other art form it evolved from earlier forms of beat making. Within the late 70s scratching vinyl LPs (records) to produce unique sounds was accompanied by sampling; going for a small a part of a song and mixing it with instrumentals to create a unique beat.

Sampling eliminated due to the 2004 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. Prior to that the "small" portion of a song might be copied or "sampled" without infringing on every other artist copyrights. Creating rap 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, and 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 exactly the same track or separate ones. Then he adds some other sounds like claps or cow bells, and finally works on the hook.

Some rap beat makers begin with the hook. Developing a hook, should you understand how they work, is an integral part of creating rap instrumental beats. The hook is the part which is repeated in between verses. The great thing about rap instrumental beats is you can think "outside the box" and make some banging beats with hooks that people will love.
Chill Trap Beat 2017
A little bit of understanding of music scales is useful when using keypads, which just about all rap instrumental beats use. Then add horns, piano, or organ, pan each track slightly so you send the signals either to the right or left channel; if all of your music is centered it's not going to sound right. Tweak the EQ, then add effects, but don't over do it.


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