*originally published on ManMade before they were purchased/merged with Esquire and the content removed.
Many music professionals got their start after learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home. Many wonder how they can get started with this exciting profession and what they may need. With just a few key items one can be well on their way to becoming a jingle writer’s musician at home.
To become a jingle writer musician at home, you will need:
- Digital Keyboard(or guitar)
- Professional Microphone
- Audio Software
The first step to learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home is to learn the basic knowledge of reading music and learning to play a keyboard. There are many “at home” programs for both at a minimal cost. Those who already play a musical instrument and have the knowledge to read music can skip this step. Also, those wishing to just write the words and not the accompanying music can eliminate this step as well.
The second step to learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home is to get the right equipment. This can be a setup purchased over time or all at once. The musician can expect to spend anywhere from $500 to $5000. Equipment should include a digital keyboard (or guitar), a professional microphone, and some audio software for your computer.
The third step in learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home is to create a sample. The sample can either be lyrics only (with you signing of course) or with added instrumental. This will give a potential employer an idea of how their jingle may sound when it’s completed.
The fourth step in learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home is to look locally. The very best place for someone that is just starting out to go to work is some of their local businesses. A great place to start would be the local radio station or independent stores.
The fifth step in learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home is to find opportunities online. This can seem hard, but with the samples, the musician has created and the work they have already done locally, they have a good chance of finding work remotely. Try setting up a social networking site to promote your musical and lyrical talent. Also, search online classifieds or post one for yourself.
Learning how to become a jingle writer’s musician at home may seem difficult, but once a musician gets started on their journey, they will find how fun and fulfilling it can really be for now and a long time to come.