Basic Mixing Method – from the Department of Music at Columbia University.
This page outlines a straightforward approach to mixing rock tracks: Start with the drums and bass as a foundation, and build on that.
Once the fundamental groove is established the vocals or lead instrument should be added. We work with these two elements first simply because these are the most important parts of the mix. The groove will get people listening and the vocal is what they�ll hum along to and remember later.
The simple steps outlined in the article provide a cookie-cutter approach to mixing a song, and while the approach isn’t appropriate for all styles and tastes, it’s a great way to get started if you’re a beginner. (The article also mentions one of my favorite mix-check techniques: “step back from the speakers and listen to the mix from the doorway.” Great advice.)