#0089: Not Having to Know How to Play an Instrument to be a Musician

I create beats for music.  I use an array of piano, drum, and percussion sounds to create audio masterpieces from scratch.  I have used this talent to create hit songs (such as my 2008 remix of Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli,” called “Obama Milli Remix”) as well as songs for YouTube videos.

And I can’t play an instrument to save my life.

Thanks to technological advances, a person who wants to do music no longer has to spend half their life learning how to play a “real” instrument.  Sure, it’s good to learn how to play something if you have time to, but it really can be quite limiting.  Like, if I concentrate real hard, I MAY learn how to play one, maybe two instruments well. 

But, what if I learn how to play the piano, but end up wanting to make a song that uses violin sounds? In the old days, I would either have had to wait to collaborate with someone who plays the violin, or… well, that was pretty much it. 

Today, though, having a computer allows a person to upload computer music programs (such as Fruity Loops, Reason, Logic, etc.) that come pre-packaged with thousands of sounds ranging from piano to violin, horns, drums, electronic sounds, guitars… plus, with the ability to buy sound kits, the amount of sounds you can use when creating music are ENDLESS!

With a large bank of sounds at your fingertips, you can be the musician you’ve always wanted to be… and not know how to play a single note of anything!

Ah, not having to know how to play an instrument… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!

-Aaron P. Taylor

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