Madison Palmer

Hey, I’m Maddie! My favorite animals are sharks, and if I could live anywhere, it would be in the ocean.

(Rough start, I know, just bear with me!)

When I was little, I wanted to grow up and be a mermaid. Now, I don’t know exactly what I want to be, and mainly, I’m just sad that I can’t actually be a mermaid. For real though, I think I might want a career in music. I miss the ocean, but living in Tennessee has opened up so many doors for me. In my first month and a half of learning music I got the amazing opportunity to drive downtown Nash and record my first song, “Misinterpretation”, at Jefferson Street Studio. My family has always revolved around music, but until now I never considered the possibility of learning to make music myself. You see, I thought music was made to listen to, I didn’t realize that the best part is not just singing along in the car, but singing in a soundproof booth, all by yourself in the dark, knowing that you’re in the middle of creating something incredible. As a poet/writer, and now singer/songwriter and aspiring music producer, I’ve created this blog in an attempt to establish a community of young artists and music learners like me.

When I sat down in front of my guitar for the first time, I began to understand a couple of things.

  1. Learning is hard but even harder by yourself.
  2. Learning is expensive if you plan on getting real lessons.

I immediately dove into some online videos and got a guitar for dummies book. No luck. It’s not that none of the right information is online, because it is, all of it, right there on the internet. The thing is that it’s ALL OVER the internet. Literally… It’s all spread out. How can anyone really learn anything when practicing is the hardest part, and the information alone is one ginormous puzzle? They can’t. And here’s my solution.

Because of where I live, I happen to be very lucky and have free unlimited access to a very qualified music mentor, something I was not aware of when I received got my guitar. What this means though, is that I have a much easier time getting access to trustworthy learning material in any area of music I’m interested in. As of right now, that is music theory, music production, singing, songwriting, piano, guitar, and basic information about the business.

In addition to my mentor, I also have connections with young artists in my area as well as my old town in Florida (If you visit my Interview post series, you can get to know some of these talented artists yourself!). I also have a dad who works in the music business, and have access to his connections with experienced business associates as well as larger artists that they work for and with.

So in other words, all of these connections added up, equals a lot of free first-hand information for me! Because of all of these amazing people, I know exactly where and how to find the right information and bring only the best parts of the internet to you. My mission with this blog is to provide you with unlimited free music resources and information so you can get to learning the things you’re interested in, just like me! It’s a virtual world these days, and even many of those who can afford lessons in music, don’t have access to them because of the current conditions with the virus. So, here is what I know about learning music now:

  1. Learning is hard, but slightly easier when you have people to support you.
  2. Learning doesn’t have to be expensive, because Learning The Bassics is free!

Instead of struggling alone and spending a fortune on facts and lessons for instruments we may not even end up liking, let’s work together to build this community. On my site, I would like to promote the work of young artists, share my successes and failures with learning music, share samples of my own work, post conducted interviews with more experienced artists and people in the business, provide links to only the best free resources out there, upload personal guides and lesson plans, host collaborations, post outlines of lessons with my mentor, and so much more. I do not want this site to be a one-way journey; right now I don’t know much more than you, so I need your help to make online music education a possibility for every young learner worldwide.

If you’re interested, you can start by subscribing to this site for free!

A great next step would be letting me know what kind of content you need to make this site functional for you. Then, you can start reading posts, reaching out through the comments to start connecting with other members of the community as well as myself, and following me on my socials. If you have any questions or ideas for the betterment of this site, don’t hesitate to reach out and email me at learningthebassics@gmail.com!

Learning to make music should be a right, not a privilege. If you’re nervous to get started because you don’t have any materials or equipment, don’t be, because I have great news for you! A couple of things you have the option of learning on this site are the basics of music theory and how to use FREE music production software. There are so many ways to start learning, and all you need to invest is your time! I want to learn too, and I know it will take time, but I also know that it will be worth it. The only thing more important than practice when it comes to perfection, is passion.