I always think of the instruments or parts in my tracks as Lego building blocks. I've found this analogy helps better understand some of the basic ideas about building a structure to a song.
Copying in music production is often regarded as cheating straight away. But here's why I highly encourage everyone to go ahead and do it.
Felt like doing a video tutorial instead of a write-up this time, I've just made one on making one of my recent lead instruments in Ableton Live.
My tips about EQ-ing - part two.
EQ-ing is such a large subject, it's probably a good idea to break this post down to two: I'll give you some general tips here and go more practical in the next one.
To get a rich sound in your tracks, use as many sources to get your sounds from as possible.