Music & Entertainment

Making a Beat: Getting Warmed Up


Lesson time 14:40 min

Collaboration with producers and engineers is a key part of Tim’s process. In this chapter, Tim teaches you how he shares music with his team to get them excited and into the creative groove.

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What I like to do-- when I come in a session, I like to just play what I've been working on and just get the sonics right. And then I st-- then we're going to start from scratch and just make something. See what we come up with and just have fun. Let the music guide us in this sweet, old session today. I just want to see how these sonics sound. Let's play this. Let's see how these sonics sound. [MUSIC PLAYING] How do you keep the right people around you in your community? It has to be a community of music. It's no right or wrong to communicating and sharing. It's just, do they have the same love as you? And if they don't say love you as you, why is you communicating with them, you know? And if they can-- you could sit on the phone or on a text, talk about stuff or hours, and you were like, yo, we were talking about music for like an hour, or this drum pattern, or teaching the notes. And you're like, dang, this is our life. And when you've got that type of person, the community builds. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now watch Fetti. [MUSIC PLAYING] FETTI: - See? - What's the tempo on this one? - 81. MAN: What is it? - 81. [MUSIC PLAYING] Woo. Watch the trick happen. [MUSIC PLAYING] See? [MUSIC PLAYING] We're getting warmed up. [MUSIC PLAYING] See, that sound makes me feel like I'm on the beach, you know? [MUSIC PLAYING] Yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING] - What tempo's that? 81? TIMBALAND: 81. I never was that great in school. I'm going to sit here and admit. Reading-- my thing was-- even talking to you, it's hard for me to talk about music as something that-- because I just-- I can express it more than talking about it. Like if I said, ooh, the bass line. "OK, what--" and somebody that might be smart. A quarter note? Nah. [BEAT BOXING] That's how I talk. I can't do the high-intellect, "quarter note," "minor to this, to--" no. It should move like this. [BEAT BOXING] "What?" And then it's people who know all the intelligence of music talk. But when I come in like, no, you don't hear it's off? Move it back a grid. Move it this way. "Huh? It's going to be off the grid." It's going to move a certain way, trust me. So they'll move it, but their musical theory and how they see it on the screen or on the computer don't match up to how I see it in my brain. And then when I get to show them-- "how you know how to do that?" Because I just mimic-- I need you to mimic what I just did. It might don't look right on the screen, but it's going to feel right. (WHISPERING) "Oh, I get it." So I talk with my mouth, with sounds from mouth. Like if I say I want it, [BEAT BOXING], to sound like that, they be-- "oh, OK. It's like a clap." So I can't-- I'm not a very descriptive person. I've got to do-- what you call it? What's that? Charades. So I've got to do it that way. OK, so Fetti, what is that sound that you just played over the top of there? - It'...

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

That's exactly what i always dreamt to attend, a real sharing moment into the core of a tremendous artist.

I really like the way Tim builds beats. He lets the emotional flow guide him and keeps things simple. The feel is everything.

It gave me a lot of knowledge on beatmaking an another perspective too, now i have to put in work

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.


A fellow student

Fun lil inspo vid i did. Takin sounds straight from the source and flippin em on the fly heh. It really is true - you can find dope sounds anywhere and turn it into dope in just a few seconds lol. THEORY IN PRACTICE! (video here: )

Alex T.

Timbaland is the living embodiment of the fact that making music is supposed to be FUN. Right on m8

Julien H.

"I know it was special because it was complex and simplicity all in one" Love that

Erin H.

Timbaland is so freaking cool. What if Masterclass provided the .wav files from these sessions and provided a forum for the improvisation of students over the "beats"?

A fellow student

Is there a way I can download the episodes? I looked online it said that Timbo’s class was downloadable but I’m not seeing the option.

Sam W.

I liked his discussion at 10:00 about having an open mind, specifically when you hear sounds out in the world that could be used as elements in a beat. I often have the attitude that 'today I'm going to make a song', but that mindset has often restricted my creative flow. So I'm taking this advice.


just started picking up on sounds & rhythm in surroundings this past weekend on a road trip. didn't recall too much once i got back to the studio, so i imagine that's an improvable part of memory. if not, there's always audio recorders & notepads to fill pockets.

A fellow student

I drum on my legs all the time trying to get a rhythm started. It annoys the hell out of everybody but I’m honestly in my own world trying to create something magnificent.

Jovan G.

Cant Go on without commenting. This is changing my mindset towards composing beats, thanks Tim


Timbooooo u great!!! Ur team great!!! Ur masterclass great!!! One question: What r the advantages of Ableton vs Protools? Thanx!