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Ableton Live Tutorial

Creating Acoustic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live

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15 Videos | Length: 1hr 29min 16sec
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    Using the Included Media Content

    In this video Josh shows where to find all the content that is included in this tutorial.

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    Getting started

    Josh gives a brief introduction to Ableton Live and then jumps right into drum programming.

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    Creating the First Groove

    In this video Josh dives into using the MIDI editor and creating MIDI note entries.

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    MIDI Editor Parameters

    Josh continues exploring the MIDI note editor.

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    Velocity & Hi-Hat Examples

    Josh discusses and demonstrates using velocity in the MIDI editor and puts al you learn to use in some hi-hat examples.

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    Mixing Basics

    In this video Josh discusses mixing the individual drum hits using macro controls.

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    Grooves Intro

    Josh applies all you have learned so far and begins building some drum grooves.

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    Eighth Note Rock Grooves

    Josh builds a couple variations of eighth note drum grooves.

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    Metal Grooves

    Josh demonstrates drum grooves commonly found in metal rock.

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    Dance Grooves

    In this video Josh shows a few drum grooves often. found in dance music.

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    Funk and R&B Grooves

    Josh gives some examples of drum grooves that are used in Funk music as well as R&B

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    Jazz Grooves

    In this video Josh shows us some jazz music drum grooves.

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    World Grooves

    Josh discusses and demonstrates drum grooves found in various types of world music.

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    The Groove Pool

    In this video Josh examines the groove pool and how it is used.

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    Creating Custom Groove Pool Settings

    Josh shows how you can build your own groove pool settings that can be used in your productions.

Product Overview


In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide video course, Josh Bess explains how to create realistic-sounding drum grooves using Ableton Live and the included Ableton Live Drum Racks specifically created for this video course by Josh.

With this video series you’ll learn not only how to write drum grooves, but also how to develop your own creative and musical grooves, with the mindset and understanding of a drummer.

This tutorial series is much more than mapping out beats and grooves, as the ideas behind MIDI note placement, velocity changes, groove pool, natural feel, and more are all discussed—demonstrating concepts that become stepping-stones to a new way of thinking and creating, while introducing you to diverse groove styles such as Rock, Dance, Funk, Jazz, R&B, World, and more.

The ideas and discussions in this video course are based on Josh’s book Ableton Grooves: Programming Basic & Advanced Grooves with Ableton Live, released by Hal Leonard Books as part of their Quick Pro Guide series.


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Creating Acoustic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutor/Tutorial Excellent tutorial. Well thought out and explained. Love the 'media' provided.
Date published: 2020-09-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Better than expected! First of all, I am very happy with the exercise files. These provide ableton drum kits and other resources that I was happy to have. The tutorial itself is also very good, but you might also want to pick the course "Creating Realistic MIDI Drums" which covers a few details and tricks not covered here about velocity. My only complain would be that I wished there was some information and tips on how to create an entire drum track and not only just 1-2 bars of drums.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Best in Class!! I've been using this product for about three years and I love it!
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Not bad, can be useful Not bad, can be useful and inspiring to get some nice groove out of Ableton and learning how to program them. Unfortunately to get all the Drum Kits working and use well the downloadable material you need to have Sampler Instrument from Ableton which is quite expensive. Otherwise you get only a couple of kits working, like me.
Date published: 2016-08-16
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