5 Steps to Making a Hit Single for Free

Think you can’t make your own hit single? Shake off those negative thoughts, because not only can you do it, you can do it for free. Just follow these 5 steps.


1. Check out an instrument from the library

First, of course, you need an instrument. Don’t worry—the library has you covered! Starting this week, you can check out an acoustic guitar, a ukulele, a banjo, or a keyboard.

Bookface of woman with guitar.
We used one of our new guitars to create this bookface!

Instruments check out for three weeks, and you can place them on hold just like you would a book. Sneak a peek of the instruments this Wednesday during Make Music Jessamine; they’ll be available for check-out following the program.

Don’t think you can record a hit single with a ukulele? Check out Jake Shimabukuro playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

2. Take free music lessons on ArtistWorks for Libraries

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, refine your playing and singing with self-paced video lessons on ArtistWorks for Libraries. Highly accomplished and Grammy Award-winning music professionals will teach you guitar, bluegrass, piano, jazz, rock, and so much more—including ukulele. 

See below for a sample rock guitar lesson with Paul Gilbert. To view the complete course, visit ArtistWorks for Libraries and click “Create New Account” in the upper right corner. Or, if you already have a Zinio for Libraries account, sign in with that login information.

3. Take a songwriting workshop

On Wednesday, June 21, we’re celebrating Make Music Day 2017 with a day-long event, Make Music Jessamine. Join musician and instructor Vanessa Davis for a songwriting workshop from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Test out your material at the open mic from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.


4. Learn audio recording

Explore GarageBand and audio recording basics with Shantel, our Technology Education Specialist.

Can’t make it to the library? Use your library card to login to lynda.com, where you can view video tutorials taught by award-winning professionals. You’ll find courses on GarageBand, ProTools, and audio recording techniques, as in the sample video below.

To watch the complete course, sign in to the library’s lynda.com web page with your library card number and PIN. If you haven’t already, you may want to create a lynda.com account with your name and email address. Your personalized account will let you create video playlists and view your history, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion.

5. Record the track in our Recording Studio

There’s no need to pay big money to record your single when you can do it yourself in our Recording Studio.

And in no time you’ll be like…