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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.

This Master class let me know there is a place for my creativity. Thank you!

I've been producing for a while so it was nice to be reminded of some techniques that I haven't gone back to for a while. Timbo is not only talented but his story is inspirational.

Timbo made it clear how truly far off my mindset was. If you take nothing else from this, take his advice that you need only try and give it your all.

Timbaland is deep! So great to see a Master just DO IT


Lino N.

I deal in the House Music elements of music and even Rock music and I Enjoyed the class. I always love learning the ways of different producers doing their thing. Keeps proving their is no magic formula to it. You have to go with what works for you. Timbaland did a great job of showing and explaining different methods and his process. Very inspiring. Always knew he was a class act from all the stories i hear from Marvin Peart and my cousin Rosa Peart.

Troy L.

My new group and I are already writing new music with some infectious feeling. What really stood out as a few others have mentioned - if it feels good it is good! Also, If it is a hit to me and I can groove to it - it is a hit. Time will bring it around to the world. We have been writing our newest collection of songs with these principles in mind and did our first performance last weekend, a debut. Man, it was good! Thanks.

Jerome T.

I really loved this class and was so inspired, that I remixed the available stems and posted it on Soundcloud! A lot of great information here! Good job!

A fellow student

I enjoyed every lesson but the thing that stood out the most was the way music is done and technical not needed to be done. The exception is if it moves you and makes you feel some kind of way then its something to vibe off. I don’t need to worry about nothing else because it’s their.

Ewfilm E.

Thanks for sharing your creating music's process, it was a big adventure in your world, your feeling, and your team's collaboration.

Michael S.

I absolutely loved this class!!! I grew up listening to Timbaland, he was always my biggest influence, by far. Being from the same city, Virginia Beach, made me admire Timbaland even more over the years. Though it was Tim's originality and "thinking outside the box" that always set him far above any other producer, in my mind. Thank you Timbaland for this AMAZING class, your words, your passion and sharing this experience with us. I'm more inspired than ever now to get back into music production.

Steven W.

Loved this class. I appreciate the window into Tim's process and his visible love for music. Can't wait to get back to beatmaking today.

Jerome T.

I simply loved this Masterclass by Timbaland! I have learned so much and am deeply inspired by his work ethic and ideas and ability to convey what is on his heart to the rest of us! Amazing class!! I will watch it again and again!!

Adam L.

Amazing class! Great opportunity to learn from one of the best! I would love to connect and work with other producers out there! Feel free to check my sounds out and contact me!

A fellow student

I love this class, Timbo is one of my all-time favorites and watching his process was such a gift. I have learned not to over complicate the process and to find the flow. I used to feel so stuck because of not knowing how to play an instrument but this made me realize that there are other ways and tools to use to get the music that I have in me out.