Chapter 4 of 15 from Timbaland

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


Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking

Step inside the production studio with Timbaland. In his first-ever online class, Tim teaches his process for creating infectious beats and making sonic magic.

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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.

Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland teaches his process for constructing beats, collaborating in the studio, and creating chart-topping hits.

Along with a downloadable workbook, the class includes two exclusive new songs and stems you can use to remix or build beats of your own.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Timbaland will also critique select student work.


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

love love love masterclass. I wish you guys would have came 10 years ago. I love love you guys.

What was really amazing for me was watching the attitude,love and energy this man puts in his job. That is far more inportant than anything technical that is explained. Music is alchemy and for me this class wass all about inspiration and connection with my very soul and the soul of the other people I create with. So thank you dear Timbaland from the bottom of my heart...

the most inspiring vibe you can find in a masterclass

I learned a lot about basic music production, how inspiration/songs can come about in many ways, and how the right attitude about music can help make the right kind of music.


A fellow student

Makes want to have been a fly on a wall in his studio ten years ago. Thank you maestro.

A fellow student

Master chef cooking sick beats with flavors that push your brain, belly and feet to play tic toc on a metronome zing

Robert C.

I swear, so far these lessons are insane! I came looking for EZ beats and learned that I need to speak the language first. This is to beat making what Armin's was to EDM. Powerful!

Anand R.

Creating beats to any and all sounds around me gets annoying to others i agree :)

A fellow student

mannn I remember the first time I heard JT's "My Love" it was 2006, I was a sophomore in HS and I lost my f***in minddd. The next day In school I just thinking how totally different the song was, it was unlike any other song I heard before sonically!

Robert B.

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A fellow student

What instruments do i need to get and how to use it . I am completely brand new to this please

George E. H.

Loved the fact to never stop listening to your surroundings for the fresh sounds! Gotta keep those sonics dope. Thanks

A fellow student

Love the beach beat with triangle notes! Travellng without moving. Looks like the download does not work

Brian S.

Such Consistency in his message. Truly makes understanding the essence of how we do what we do clear.


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'...