The music industry is in crazy flux right now, but it's still an incredible time to follow your passion. You might flop, but so what! If Damon Albarn can produce an entire Gorillaz album, The Fall, on his iPad, we say go right ahead. The way things are going, you can store, sample, tweak and record riffs at the touch of your index finger. And if that's not enough to whet your dreams of rock stardom, there's no shortage of user-friendly tools to help you learn how to play, market your sound, and even crowdfund a tour. The days of record labels making it happen are long over, so now's the time to get savvy and hustle like hell—all you need are these 10 righteous tools and a laptop.  

Written by Jill Krasny (@jillkrasny)