From Timbaland's MasterClass

Introduction

Meet your instructor: Timbaland, producer of countless Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Jay-Z to Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake. In your first lesson, Tim shows you how to create an entire track with just your voice and a microphone.

Topics include: Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking • Getting Started With a Beatbox

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Meet your instructor: Timbaland, producer of countless Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Jay-Z to Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake. In your first lesson, Tim shows you how to create an entire track with just your voice and a microphone.

Topics include: Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking • Getting Started With a Beatbox

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(SINGING) I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. TIMBALAND (VOICEOVER): My music philosophy is creativity is a welcoming thing. As long as you love music, you're welcome in this world of producing. TIMBALAND: Well, here we are in the Hit Factory. I have my Team Timbo here-- Chris, my engineer, been with me for years, Fede and Angel, Team Timbo, part of Team Timbo. There's a big expansion. But this is the main hub. What are you seeing here is I'm opening up to y'all and showing you how I do it at home. This is what I do with my crew. All my, you know, Angel, Fede-- we all collectively be together. We all work together through our laptops, and how we-- our workflow is just like a ongoing party. We just transfer sounds to one another, and just cut the speakers on, and jam out. [HIP HOP MUSIC] So we're going to make music. We're going to talk about the music. And I'm going to talk about some of my songs that I already created that were hits, and talk about how I created them at the time, and what was my thought process. We're going to record vocals. We're going to show you how melody is structured from a writer, from me working with a writer, me working with the artists. You're going to see all of that in this class. But if you want to know about the technical parts about the EQing and producing, that's more about going online tutorials about plug-ins and other things. But you're going to learn about feeling. You're going to learn about getting the groove and enjoying one another, fellowship. New producers, young producers, other-- if you're up and coming, show me your work. Show me what you got. Show me what it is. Show me what you want to do. I start using my mouth as a instrument because when I try to tell people what I want, or what I was looking for, or what I wanted to hear, I always had a problem articulating. But my mouth was the easiest way to articulate things, for me, when it comes to music. If I can do the rhythm with my mouth first, then I can duplicate it on a drum machine. But the first part has to be in my head and my mouth. I have to come out with the sounds because it's in my head. And it just comes out. Take "Are You That Somebody," I use my mouth on that because I wanted to do a roll. And I knew I know how to do this clicking sound, so I put that in that. And I just fill up the space with my mouth. "Cry Me a River" was started with my mouth. And then the song was created around that. I started with doing just a melody, just the melody of the song with my mouth. And then I layered it. And then we added instruments on top. So a lot of times, I can start off with just my mouth to get the basic melody. And then I build around that. So I would like to show you instead of talking about it how I sta...

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.

Reviews

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

Timbo inspired the shit out of me. I'm going to be an amazing son of a bitch.

Words can't EXPRESS the AMBITION!!! This course injected into my veins... Thank You TIMBO and and a huge THANK YOU TO "MASTER CLASS"!!

Tim's energy was great and made it fun to watch the class. He taught me the simplicity about making music, the importance of persevering, and most importantly - to have fun.

This class was a COMPLETE inspiration! #TreTraxxx

Comments

MICHAEL C.

This is actually how I started,but i always second guessed myself. This was very inspiring and I will always this or at least elements of this in my work.

A fellow student

Damn that’s crazy. It may look weird to some but this is actually efficient. All his ideas are done in 10 minutes by projecting it. I sometimes have an idea and take time to find that perfect sound and sometimes forget what I did. I’ve recorded a simple track and then find the sound later and it’s been effective.

Akacorves

It's cool to see how the creation process begins so simply. You don't need fancy, techy equipment or software to get started. As simple as with pen and paper to start a magnificent painting, all you need is a recording device, simple software and yourself. Thanks, Timbaland! I'm thrilled to get started!

Erik P.

This is amazing to see a skilled craftsman at his work! All I could do was smile while watching this Intro and seeing the creative process.

Rudy B.

From childhood it was natural for me to mimic sounds by mouth even before the term "Human Beat Box" came into view. I feel validated now that Tim has shown how to use this skill within my workflow. I'm curious to know how you capture your Beat Box ideas when your out and about (not in studio or behind a computer). Ar you using a specific mobile app or just general voice recorder?

A fellow student

Wow! Writing comes easy for me and I have a knack for making up melodies. I'm happy to learn that one of my favorite producers creates beats using his voice first. Looking forward to the following classes.

Jay T.

Five minutes ago the thing I've been doing for twenty years stopped looking silly and started looking like the process that led to some of the hottest beats ever put down. Thank you for the validation. That was priceless.

Kaitlin J.

I'm in love with this class. This is the most inspiring thing I've ever seen. Thank you so much! I can just tell how much of a love you are, and how much you care and feel the music! Truly inspired. Thank you.

A fellow student

I love how this Lesson takes you through the creative process of putting a beat together. It would have been great to see the Powers of Ableton covert those parts to MIDI and replace them with instruments!

Greg T.

I just finished the class and figured I'd comment at the beginning for those just starting. Prepare yourself for so much enjoyment and learning. Timbaland is a class act and his passion is infectious just as he says throughout the class. I recently started creating electronic music but when I say Tim had a masterclass I immediately signed up for it. I knew I would learn so much either way. Enjoy yourself, listen to what he says and focus on the feeling even more than trying to learn the music side of it. Please feel free to swing by my youtube channel, Gravitational Music. Thanks again Tim, time to go apply these lessons to what I do.