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What Kind of Music Works Best for Your YouTube Videos

While many people think becoming a successful youtuber is too challenging due to the difficulty in getting views, sometimes its as simple as ensuring your videos have the right feel (and sometimes it’s as simple as buying views from Marketing Heaven). In regard to the former, the most important thing in ensuring your videos have the right feel is making sure you’ve chosen the right music to accompany them. This is because music can really make or break a YouTube video as it is such a big contributor to the video’s atmosphere (i.e. how it makes the viewer feel). For instance, the wrong music can make a story intended to be humorous feel awkward, or a montage intended to be exciting feel boring. This is why should thoroughly consider what type of content the music is going to accompany.

What is the Music For?

Different soundtracks are needed for different types of videos. Software tutorials, for instance, need music that is subtle and unobtrusive, while something like an adventure video needs something more epic and uplifting. This is the difference between a backing track and a feature track. A backing track is supposed to fill noise in the background to keep your video feel free flowing without obstructing the actual content, while a feature track is one that takes more of a center stage role in the video.

What Makes a Good Background Track?

–  Should be unobtrusive and subtle
–  Should not distract the viewer from the videos content
–  Doesn’t have complicated musical shifts or changes in pace
–  Should have a relatively constant volume
–  Should have a steady beat
–  Should be easy to loop

What makes a Good Feature Track?

–  Should be something that can be listened to on its own
–  Should have a catchy beat that is easy to cut footage with
–  Should have interesting breaks that can be edited to go well with changes in the video
–  Should have a similar mood to the video

Capturing the Mood of the Video

The music that accompanies a video such an important affect on its mood, so whichever track you pick should work alongside your videos content and tell the viewer how they should be feeling at different moments. For example, if you’re have a serious conversation about some important life-lessons you learned on a road trip then you probably shouldn’t use hardcore techno to accompany your message, even if that’s your favorite style of music. It would be much better to use something like a soft rock track that places the viewer in a similar frame of mind that you are.

The best way to find the right track is by going by trial and error. This entails downloading tracks, placing them over your video (at the right volume) and seeing how well they work. This will let you set what works and what just feels wrong. You may see that the track goes too slow for the fast-paced nature of the video, or maybe it has too many major chords and sounds too happy for the melancholy nature of the video. Whatever the case, you make sure the music matches the videos mood if you want the video to feel right.

Learn How to Become a Better Guitar Player

Guitar playing is a passion for many, who often see the glitz and glamour- and the plain coolness of guitar playing. However, there is an extremely common phenomenon of a sort of brick wall in skill, you reach a decent level then you can`t seem to find that next step to really kick on and become the guitarist of your dreams. When improving at anything self-reflection is one of the most important qualities, you need to be your own harshest critic, so recording yourself and listening to how you play is imperative you need to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses.

Another key is keeping your own enthusiasm in guitar playing it should not feel like a chore, this can involve buying new guitar pedals to experiment with different sounds or sampling different guitar tunings. So perhaps instead of playing your favourite John Lennon song in the same old way you experiment with a reverb pedal, really try push the sound you can create out of your guitar, and this is a guarantee to not only keep you enthusiastic, but improving.

In order to improve it is also important to play with friends, not only as I previously mentioned this will help with your enthusiasm for guitar, but you will learn new ideas and pick up on their different techniques. Playing in a band or jamming with friends gives you that in-game experience that playing alone simply will not allow. You will pick up an ear for timing, when to play the right note, how to play the right note. Feedback is essential and playing in a band environment will give you an instantaneous judgement. To truly improve you need to listen to yourself play, try keep the guitar fun and attempt to jam with fellow musicians.