Music Production Tutorial POP Rock











Pop Rock Tutorial

Take the next step on your journey and learn genre specific music production skills. Make a complete Pop Rock track from start to finish, and take the skills you learn with you, into your future projects.

Watch the course overview for a more in-depth look at what you'll get out of the course, and listen to the track you will make

31 Lessons - 5 hours

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Why learn from Born To Produce?

We have been refining the start to finish music production tutorial for over 8 years. In that time we've helped thousands of students become better producers. We put our hearts and souls into each and every tutorial, which is why we get such great reviews. Our students are always grateful for our super fast and helpful support.

Our tutorials take months of planning and execution. Everything you are taught has the sole purpose of giving you the best learning experience and the greatest transfer of knowledge possible. Simple, powerful & fun.

What are you going to get out of it?

Greater Experience

Perhaps you have successfully completed one of our beginner tutorials, or you are looking for new challenges, and new ways to inspire your music. As long as you know your way around your chosen DAW, you will be able to soak up all the ideas and music production experience given in this course.


A Higher Level Of Music Production Skills

These any DAW 'start to finish' tutorials are full of more advanced music production techniques, that will help you discover new producer skills. This unique style of teaching means you learn music production in a linear fashion, just like it works in real life. As you are learning every step of the song creation process, it naturally gives you the ability to finish more tracks.

Fresh Inspiration

In this course you'll gain many inspiring ways to help you make your own music, including the steps required to get you there. Everything from complex melodies, to chopping up loops to creating your own original beats. The possibilities are endless and you'll go away with a load of easy to repeat ideas that you can use in your own tracks.



If you have already completed one of our beginner tutorials you will know, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction felt when you complete a song. Going from the basics of creating a beat, creating a melody, arranging your track into a full song, learning to create the elements of your track, and mixing all of it together is something YOU WILL achieve on this course.

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Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Song Writing Tips

After a brief welcome, your tutor Jay kicks off the course with song writing lessons. You'll learn ways in which to come up with an idea for your song and suggestions as to what to write your song about. He then explains his own personal methods for lyric writing which have been developed and tweaked over time.

You will also learn common examples (of well-known songs) of how lyrics are typically put together, how they are rhymed and what has been successful over the past decades. You'll also learn about some internet tools if required to assist with this. If you've always struggled with writing lyrics, this Module should help you no end.


Module 2 - Music Theory

Now that you have started with writing some lyrics and got a few lines down, it's time to start writing a catchy chord structure and melody to marry the two together. This is essential to any pop track. You'll learn some basics and look at some common examples of successful songs to put you on the right path when it comes to finding the right chord progression for your song.

Jay also goes through some basic music theory with you in case you're a beginner and also discusses some very useful third party tools that are available these days if you need a little extra help or inspiration. We finish up by discussing going from minor to major in the chorus to make it 'pop'.


Module 3 - Song Structure

Great song structure is massively important! It's also one of the most difficult things to get right. How many unfinished songs do most producers have on their hard drive? Normally the answer is LOTS, because they don't know how to develop and finish their tracks. In this module, you'll learn to do just that by paying attention to the changing energy curve during your track, utilising tension and release and breaking the song up into different sections.

Why do we do this? So your listener stays engaged with your music throughout and more importantly, keep them coming back over and over again. We have asked for 3 minutes of the listener's time, so we must deliver a great experience.

Module 4 - Recording Guitars

Now the song writing is complete, Module 4 is all about setting up and recording your instruments. You'll learn how to record an electric and acoustic guitar and also a vocalist. But, before that we have preparation to do. You'll learn how to make a recording plan and what things to think about for your session, how to set up your DAW correctly and many more tips that Jay has picked up over the years to stop you making the same mistakes and costing you time and headaches.

You'll learn the different microphone types and best positions to get the most professional results. You'll also discover different recording techniques, how to avoid the most common pitfalls, how to get the best out of your performer, where to find musicians, and much more.


Module 5 - Processing Guitars & Vocals

So after any recording session you have many recording takes (guitar and vocals in this case). Sometimes you have so many, you don't know where to start, so Jay gives you his method for deciding what to keep, what to discard and his colour grading system. You'll then learn how to 'comp', which means taking the best bits out of the takes to create one 'best' take.

You'll also be cleaning the audio from any unwanted noise, learning when and why to use corrective and creative EQ, the different goals of compression, how to pitch correct, how to time correct to get that pro result, when and where to add depth such as reverb, delay, how to thicken sounds, panning - and so on.


Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering

So, the final stages of the track, but arguably the most crucial. The secret to a great mix is getting balance and separation between your musical elements, so each part is heard clearly whether it's a main focal point or a background effect. So, in this final Module we have a break and listen to the mix with fresh ears and make sure we reference other professionally released tracks. We then fine tune the mix with automation, panning, compression and EQ.

As well as separation, we can be creative and you'll learn pro tips such as how to widen the guitars and bring them to life with a series of compression and saturation and also how to make the chorus 'pop'. Finally, you'll apply a little mastering with stock plugins and get your mix up to a professional listening level so you can upload to the world.


We hope the first 4 lessons were helpful. If you want to continue to learn music production in this style, and finish the track you have started, please click the button and gain access to the remaining 22 lessons (over 4 hours) of Pop Rock, music production gold dust.


By making a commitment to yourself and taking a further step on your journey to become a better music producer, you are also supporting us, and enabling us to keep making these in-depth tutorials that help thousands of fellow earthlings around the world become better music producers like you.

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  • Any DAW compatible*
  • Only basic plugins and FREE instruments used
  • Email support (less than 24 hour response time)
  • All audio, MIDI, and presets are provided

* Requires you know your way around your DAW of choice (not for complete beginners)


Jay Hales (Tutor & Co-Founder of Born To Produce) has produced in most genres over the last 20 years, as well as successfully DJ'ing across many countries throughout Europe. He writes music for TV companies and makes his own personal music in a wide range of genres.


His attention to detail, knowledge and clear teaching style make him the perfect person to learn your music production skills from. He is super approachable so feel free to get in contact with him and ask a question. He is also open to feedback and always looking for ways to improve and offer even more value for money.

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