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Creating Acoustic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live

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  • Using the Included Media Content 3:46

    Using the Included Media Content

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

  • Getting started 3:29

    Getting started

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

  • Creating the First Groove 6:14

    Creating the First Groove

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

  • MIDI Editor Parameters 6:36

    MIDI Editor Parameters

    Josh continues exploring the MIDI note editor.

  • Velocity & Hi-Hat Examples 9:50

    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.

  • Mixing Basics 6:27

    Mixing Basics

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

  • Grooves Intro 2:28

    Grooves Intro

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

  • Eighth Note Rock Grooves 5:12

    Eighth Note Rock Grooves

    Josh builds a couple variations of eighth note drum grooves.

  • Metal Grooves 4:53

    Metal Grooves

    Josh demonstrates drum grooves commonly found in metal rock.

  • Dance Grooves 3:59

    Dance Grooves

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

  • Funk and R&B Grooves 7:23

    Funk and R&B Grooves

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

  • Jazz Grooves 5:13

    Jazz Grooves

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

  • World Grooves 10:51

    World Grooves

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

  • The Groove Pool 9:39

    The Groove Pool

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

  • Creating Custom Groove Pool Settings 3:16

    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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