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How to Persevere


Lesson time 08:11 min

Tim believes resilience and dedication are critical for success. As he concludes his MasterClass, he reveals what drives him and how you can keep focused on your inspiration and goals.

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How do you get heard? How do you get known? Ambition, persistence, hard work, dedication, never giving up, that's how you get known. Always sticking to it. If it's good, it'll manifest itself. If it's not, hey, you gave it your all. I can't tell everybody this, say, I'm going to be a music producer, you're going to be a music producer. That's not going to happen. It's all about your perseverance, your strive to be better than what you are yesterday, always trying to be a better you, always trying to better yourself, always trying to figure out what you're doing wrong, taking criticism, you know, what you don't-- like, there's going to be hard days when, you know, you want to give up. I still had those days, you know? But you can't give up because it's what you love. [MUSIC PLAYING] My first success was, I think, "If Your Girl Only Knew," Aaliyah. And I just wanted my music to be heard. I don't know what it took to get there. I was a young kid that was, like, I just wanted my music to be heard. And I was so blessed that Aaliyah loved my sound, loved me and Missy, what we was doing. And when they called and told us, I remember Berry, her manager, her record label, said, congratulations. You got your first number one. I'm like, what? You know? You smiling, but it's still-- I don't know nothing about the business. I don't know it was-- wow, people liked my music. Yes. That's all I wanted. You know, saying have some money to help my mom or help my dad, you know? But this lease, but that wasn't the drive. It was the drive to make the people say, wow. You know, it really wasn't a drive. It was I wanted people to hear my music, you know? Then, as they heard it, this would kind of like made me be like, wait a minute. A girl said to me, you got the dope beats, out of nowhere, in a mall. You know? Random. OK. It's Jay-Z on it. That's Jay-Z. She looked past Jay-Z to tell me my beats were dope. So that means my music has touched her, along with Jay and whoever artist was on the music. But she identified my music, my template. Moving that one particular person was more than money or number one on the charts because I was moved doing it, and I know I wanted people to be moved. And when she was-- when she told me that, it's-- I knew there was millions of other people out there that might feel the same way. But I needed that one voice. So that was a moment that said, thank you, God, for the gift. [MUSIC PLAYING] To be honest with you, I'm a type of guy, you know, at one point, I didn't spend nothing, which I'm like that now. Like, I don't spend nothing. I just want to spend it on music stuff, music equipment, new stuff, new ideas. And, you know, you got to be careful because once the fame come, you want to try things. And it's nothing you can do because it going to hit you in a different form. I'm telling you how it hit me. You know, you get hot. You start feeling yourself. So now you neglect what got you hot, and that's mu...

Find your beat

Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland takes you behind the boards to teach you his process for creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In his first-ever online class, learn how to collaborate with vocalists, layer new tracks, and create hooks that stick. Step into Timbaland’s studio and learn from one of the industry’s most innovative hit makers.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Somewhat interesting, but Tim can't really articulate what he does. It showed the value of exploration and some tools.

Tim is a great teacher! Perfect choose to collab with. Also I liked the music theory he gave! Beautiful

Learning from Timbaland has been crazy informative! I enjoyed the whole thing and I believe that I will be a much more original producer, I have been slacking because I didn't think producing could be in my wheelhouse, but I'll make sure to do it if I'm having a good time or take breaks when I'm getting frustrated.

Loved every minute of this class very informative and inspirational



Thank you Tim for sharing tips and your experience with us, this vibes! I definitely took very important things from this, I want you to know that you just did something amazing by sharing this with this new generation of producers, whoever teaches leaves a long long legacy, cuz who knows all the other people that get inspired from the artists you just taught? and so on... God bless you always, I'll always keep you in my heart and this knowledge in mind. Blessings!

Katz C.

I'm a filmmaker and just a fan of Tims and watching this inspired me in my own career.


You are a beautiful man, Tim! Thank you dearly for sharing your wisdom with us in such a joyful and infectious way. I'm heading back to my DAW with renewed inspiration and knowledge. Blessings!!


Thank you master Tim. You put more wisdom out in your last 8min video than other people in their whole lives. I've learned so much that i can use and implement in my own workstyle. It's somehow sad that your class already ended. Thank you so much.

Jr W.

You guys did a really good job putting this together for us, I can't thank you enough for sharing those times with Aaliyah, Missi and JayZ. I was laughing jumping around the room dancing, throwing my hands around like a crazy person. (very inspiring!) I don't know how many time I wanted to stop the video to go try some of the things Tim and the guys were showing us (might have to watch this like 100 more times ) I love how I felt like I was in the room with everyone and how I really didn't have any questions about what was being said because with "youtube learning" some people don't do a very good job explaining things. thank you so much and ill be waiting for your next Masterclass Tim J.R

William Y.

I really needed this. I rap, but I wanted to get into making beats because it was fun to do back when I had a beat machine. I never made anything I considered good, but I enjoyed the experience. I also feel like I just want people to hear my music and i've been able to apply these lessons to my vocals as well as beats i've created on this site for collaboration. Regardless of whether I ever become successful or not this Masterclass has helped me to live in the moment and create experiences that I have enjoyed. That is worth more to me than anything money can buy.

A fellow student

Big Help! It affirmed that I'm on the right track as far as music production. Now I would love to have a team like Timbo but lol I'm sure that comes with time and wins. Peace

Elle O.

I loved this! I produce house music and I've been stuck in a rut for a little bit as sometimes I can be a perfectionist which makes me not able to work on anything else until my latest track is perfect and complete. I enjoyed seeing this side of production where it's more about making the thoughts in your head come to life instead of following a strict pattern (that I often get caught up in when producing). I will absolutely use his techniques for working through projects, and remember that it is about having fun! Studio time should be a party and a vibe.

Laura T.

Thanks Timbaland- I learned not only to hear hip-hop better but also music itself and sound itself better. You took my ears and brain to a new level.

Minh H.

Oh man what an awesome masterclass!! Have always loved Timbaland's music and loved seeing his energy behind it all. Couldn't stop smiling and bopping while watching him vibe :D Thank you for empowering us to make more music! <3