After you have clarified your goals and decided on a course of action, you will need tools and resources to begin your freestyle journey. The internet has made the freestyle creation process a lot easier, with more programs and tools being added all the time.
In Gather Resources - Part One we went through online resources related to Free Downloads, Books & eBooks, and Smartphone Apps. Today we will focus on Music Editing Software, YouTube Video Tutorials, and local resources. Even if you are on a tight budget there are resources, mostly free!, to help you edit your freestyle music.
I hope that these online resources help you take action towards your freestyle goals. This blog post is Day Four of my Seven Day Freestyle Challenge. Scroll to the bottom of the post for information on how to join.
Music Editing Software
Here are some popular programs that are used by amateurs and professional freestyle designers. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have found another useful program that you think I should be added to this list.
> Garageband My current software of choice. It is easy to use and works seamlessly with ITunes. Only available on Mac.
> Audacity Probably the most popular FREE software that will work on all computers.
> Logic Pro X The next step up from Garageband. Only available for Mac.
> Adobe Audition Creativity in the cloud, there is a monthly fee but you also have access to other Adobe programs.
> Music Maker Previously known as Sound Forge, was bought out by Magix. They have a free trial to use the software.
YouTube Video Tutorials
I regularly save freestyle videos and tutorials on my YouTube channel. If you find a video that I have not saved to a playlist please send me an email (email@example.com) so I can add it.
> How to Edit Music using Audacity YouTube playlist with Video Tutorials
> How to Edit Music using Garageband YouTube playlist with Video Tutorials
In addition to online resources, I encourage you to look into options that might be available to you locally.
> Family & Friends: Perhaps your son is really good on the computer? Check with your horse friends and see if any of them are tech savvy. Maybe you could barter some riding lessons for their editing skills! Be creative!
> Local High School: Meet with your local music teacher to see if they have the ability to edit music. Your school may have a computer class that could include your freestyle as a class project.
> Nearby University: Pay a college student to edit your music. Try posting a want ad on a local community board or coffee shop where the tech-savvy folks hang out. Some college student would probably appreciate the opportunity to earn a little extra money.
> Professional Musician: If you know someone who records their own music they will certainly have the skills to edit music. Check out some local bands in your area. Don't worry about the genre of their music, it is the editing skills you need.
> Freestyle Designer: You can reach out to a few professional freestyle designers and see if they would be willing to edit your music separate from the choreography. Most designers want to be involved in the entire process or they may have suggestions for your music choices and choreography.
Join the Seven Day Freestyle Challenge!
The purpose of this challenge is to help you overcome the biggest hurdle keeping you from the show arena...getting started! The challenge will help you gain momentum with small, daily action steps, inspiration, and encouragement to continue. You don't have to do this challenge in seven days, you can take as much time as you need. However, I do recommend that you go in order to follow the natural progression of your journey.
Action Step for Today:
Go to the Create a Musical Freestyle Facebook Group and share a resource that you have decided to use. Take action (download a software program or talk to a local resource) and let the group know which resource you chose and why. Enter "Challenge Day Four" into the Search Bar to find the post for you to share your path and engage with others.
Taking action on smaller decisions will help gain momentum towards the larger goal of finishing your freestyle. I will be there to cheer you on and you will have fun connecting with other riders that are taking the challenge as well.
Download My Free Resources
Stay organized with my Musical Freestyle Checklist and begin sketching choreography with my Blank Arena Diagram Page.
Browse my Freestyle E-Book Store
Learn how to create a musical freestyle from start to finish or choose an e-Book with choreography ideas just for your level.
Click here to view all Freestyle e-Books.