Beatmaker 1 Curriculum Guide
We’ve designed a Beatmaking course that makes a deeper understanding of rhythm, sound design and song structure easy and accessible. With 10 total hours of tuition, we cover 4 main areas: How beats are made, rhythm theory, designing and mixing your own sounds and beats, and structuring your beats. The course is supported by a collection of resources – Live Sets, Drum Rack Devices, Max for Live Devices, and a comprehensive course manual.
Week 1: How beats work!
Beats are a combination of two main elements: rhythm and sound. The first week introduces an innovative and accessible system for hearing, counting and creating beats that allows for understanding of any rhythm, be it simple or complex. We also explore the kinds of sounds used to make up beats, and what their function is. We visit a selection of well-known rhythms and beats from electronic and pop music, as well as some more traditional rhythms that are applicable to modern music, and deconstruct their function and form.
Week 3: Beatmaking Sound Design and Mixing
This class covers a range of beatmaking techniques on the sonic level – from the micro of creating your own drum and percussion sounds, to the macro of mixing your beats with the other elements in your song. Learn how to make your drums and percussion sound great BEFORE you mix them, to save you time and have a great ‘out of the box’ sound ready for production. Learn how to make your beats sit well in a mix, and how to add power, funk, pump, crunch or softness to your beats (and more) when you need to.
Week 2: 16th notes, groove, and rhythm combos.
A lot of interest and groove in rhythmic-driven music is derived from the way that 8, 16 and 32 notes per bar are broken down into smaller numbers or ‘groupings’ of notes. The secret behind this system that drummers and percussionists understand is that there are a collection of ‘master’ rhythms that underly a lot of music. This week we look at how we can use this approach to create a huge array of beats, and then use Live’s groove pool to add interest to our new beat creations.
Week 4: Structuring your beats.
The key to interesting beats across the journey of a song is good structure. Here we learn how to use Live to analyse our favourite beats to gain an understanding of good beat structure as it relates to a song. Learn here how to create rhythmic and timbral variation in your beats, using techniques like fills, risers and drops to build tension and release in your arrangement.