This is a question that comes up often. It is difficult when you start to compose to know if you are working hard enough to evolve. Some composers or beatmakers make 4 or 5 titles a day, others make 4 or 5 titles a year. In the end, who is right?
Both are right. I think there is no perfect frequency to compose because it depends on two things: your speed of understanding and your memorization speed. Understanding and memorizing are different things. The understanding allows you to acquire a principle or functioning and the memorization allows you not to forget it.
Sometimes you understand something by watching a video on the internet and that two days later you can not put it into practice because you have forgotten everything.
Understanding will make you a better composer and memorizing will make you a better composer for a long time.
Understanding and memorizing together form learning. QED.
One thing will help you as much in comprehension as in memorization, it is the practice. And you are lucky, to compose is to practice!
So how often should you practice?
I think that in the learning phase you should do at least one composition session of 1 hour per week. As soon as you can, finish at least one title a month. No matter how good it is at the beginning, the goal is to get used to finishing your titles.
The best thing is to compose a little every day; even 10 minutes. For example, compose a chord suite a day for a week and then a melody a day for the next week, etc.
This will allow you to gain in confidence and speed of execution.
You must, all the same, be aware of this: We are not all equal when it comes to learning. Some will understand and memorize things very quickly and others much more slowly. If you are fast, it’s ok. If you are slow, that’s ok too. The main thing is to know it and adapt the number of your sessions per week accordingly.
If you are the type to forget quickly then practice more often. If you do not understand something, ask someone who knows it (knowledge, friends, specialized forums, etc …).
In short, do everything to understand and practice to memorize.
It’s better to have someone making a music a month who knows exactly what he’s doing than someone doing five musics a day without understanding anything.
I hope this article will be useful to you in your creations. Leave me a message in the comments if you have any questions or topics that you would like me to talk about.