From Timbaland's MasterClass

Making a Beat: Getting Warmed Up

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.

Topics include: Find Music Everywhere • Uniqueness and Contrast


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.

Topics include: Find Music Everywhere • Uniqueness and Contrast


Teaches Producing and Beatmaking

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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: [LAUGHING] - 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'...

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.

Sounds more like a motivation course than a real music one and it's good because it helps you establish the good mindset whatever type of music you try to enter on. Real inspiration and from a guy that I admire since years now it feels great . TY for this opportunity

Timbaland is a Genius and i wish that i can work with him.

It was amazing - I didn't realize how much went into producing

WOw So grateful you guys choose Timbaland to teach. I've took a break from music business for a while because I've been working on building residual income in other businesses to then go back to it. And now with this Class It really just gave me the knowledge inspiration and Gasoline to launch my productions to a whole new level light years away. Thank you again.. the Love of music never dies.


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!

Erik P.

Sonic Gumbo, now that sounds good lol. So literally right now I'm sitting next to my fireplace and I can hear the wind going through it and I started snapping my figures to the cadence of the rhythm. Lesson learned listen to your surroundings. I've sat by it multiple times and never thought of it this way.


I wonder if it might help the collaboration process if all three of you had your screens mirrored on the wall so you could see each others work. I do this in my programming work with others in real time. I think I will do this when I collaborate sometime.


Tim, I have to say it's refreshing to hear unfiltered instruction and to hear you describe and show your process is amazing and inspires me.

Raederle P.

I liked looked up the karaoke versions of the songs Timbaland mentions in this video and just listening carefully to the instrumental arrangements Timbaland created. Dirt off your Shoulder (without the rap) is incredibly hypnotic. In fact, all of Timbaland's creations have a hypnotic feel to me.

Allie G.

This is where all teens got kicked out of the house cause we'd be too we'd hang out in someone's garage....freezing our butts off, playing rythyms, another on all percussive instruments, creating instruments out of it is all in a synthesizer with tech and software/hardware to add and store etc. Memorization from last week of the bass line, rythym, syncopation on various instruments.... you still have to have the beat inside .....Mr. Timbaland is a creative genius INSIDE ! Thank you for sharing your life with us !

Allie G.

Jamming !! All ways to get to the end result work ! OLD schoolers would do ALL of this on instruments. No computers waaaay back.....

A fellow student

I liked this, but think it could have gone farther. I love how the Collaboration works.