Vlogging 101: How Music Can Completely Change Your YouTube Videos

2 May 2017, 16:18

We the Unicorns

By Liam Dryden

Ever wondered the best place to find all that classic YouTube music for your vlogs? We've got the answers to this and more in a new vlogging masterclass.

It seems like there's always more to teach you in Vlogging 101; because every time we think we've cracked the formula, there's one more thing to add. In this case, your vlog is still missing one more important thing - the classic YouTube music.

These days, vlogs that don’t use background music are quite rare, as most YouTubers find it helps them a lot to convey mood and keep up the flow and pace of the video. But just like all the other sound in your video, music is a tricky beast, and it’s easy to make mistakes. Don’t worry though; as always, we’ve got some video-based tips to help you avoid them.

Watch our video on how to get your YouTube music just right below.


And as always, here's your advice in writing:

 

KEEP IT LEGAL.

We all love a bit of Twenty One Pilots, but putting their music in your vlog is still sort of not legal. If YouTube’s ContentID feature spots it (and it usually will), then at best, you won’t be allowed to put ads on your video; and at worst, YouTube will either mute your whole video or take it down entirely.

There are a ton of resources available for you to find and use royalty free music legally in your videos. YouTube themselves have a whole library of tracks that are free to use - and you will recognise a lot of them from your favourite YouTubers’ videos.

You can also sometimes use music from independent artists. Musicians on Bandcamp and Soundcloud are often willing to let you use their music - as long as you have permission first, and give them credit after.

 

GET THE TONE RIGHT.

Sometimes, music you like just isn’t gonna suit the words you’re saying. it can feel really jarring if you’re trying to do a vlog about how your day is going while blasting a dubstep track.

This one is honestly all about trial and error and a lot of practise, but ultimately the music should compliment the video in a way that you’re not thinking about it the whole time you’re watching.

And on that note...

 

WATCH YOUR LEVELS.

It is so easy to get drowned out by your background music if you don’t know how levels work. Most music tracks will start off as loud, if not louder than your vlog audio. So make sure when editing, you’re turning them down to the point where they don’t distract from what you’re trying to say.

And, as a more advanced technique, some editing software will let you change the pan position of your music track so that it literally plays in the back of your ears and lets the voice audio take priority. this is especially handy for people who might be watching your videos with headphones.

 

SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON’T NEED MUSIC.

Some of the best videos maintain a good balance of music playing and not playing. Having moments in your video where the music abruptly stops can be good for retaining your viewers’ attention, as well as dramatic or comedic beats.

It can take a while to really nail this, but knowing when to turn the music off can really help if your video is feeling a bit long or stagnant.

Music is definitely another one that takes some practise (and just a liiiiitle bit of insider knowledge) but figuring it out is definitely a key step in getting your videos top the top of the charts.


For more advice on nailing your first YouTube videos, check out the other videos in the Vlogging 101 playlist below.