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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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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.


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Tim is the bomb, thanks for the time and lessons. It has inspired me to continue to make the music I enjoy, not what I think others would like to hear.

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Amazing content, entertainment and enjoyment from one of the greatest producers and music makers of all time.


Ali G.

This is awesome! I signed up for my 9 year old son to see your work. Everything you said about making noise with your mouth and how annoying it was, I live it every day! LOL! It is annoying! But I appreciate it in the same way. He made a video for his school for a "Hidden Talent" sort of thing. My son got such surprising results! I feel like when I am speaking to him about certain things, he starts Beat Boxing. I have tried to post a video of him, but I cannot get it uploaded. I am so glad I found your class. You are super cool! I get you!

Thalia S.

Its so great to hear someone speaking my language.... this is how i compose songs in my head and im so exited to learn to do it on the computerrrrrr

J S.

It's awesome to see Tim still so passionate about the craft. He looks like a kid out there having fun. When you genuinely enjoy music, the hits will come


Really interesting that the guys work with different DAWs on the same project.

Mike E.

Simplicity is key. I can relate because this is similar to how I make beats and how I teach my teens as well. Simplicity is functional because if you give it to an artist, they can easily record vocals on it with no problem. I applied what I learned to my teens to try not to think hard on making music, just feel it and let it come naturally.

Gretchen T.

I love his ocean wave analogy. Beethoven walked in the words and used a bird song as a theme for a piece. Listening to nature more as inspiration is great.

Gretchen T.

I love his take on music theory. As a classical musician I'm trying to learn from how he does it. I understand we feel music in ways words can't express :)

daniel S.

What's the distortion effect plug-in Feddy used in the first beat they show cased?

Matt H.

Lol every time he says "Fede," I keep thinking he's talking about Fetty Wap


I don't know how he just makes a kick ass beat within 30 seconds. He is so talented!!!!!!!