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Putting It in the Pocket Explained®

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13 Videos | Length: 1hr 39min 34sec
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    What do we mean by "in the pocket"?

    Larry welcomes you to the course and discusses how to introduce groove into your music to get listeners heads nodding!

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    Quantization vs Live Playing

    In this video, Larry introduces the concept of quantization, and some strategies for leaving beats natural with an organic feel.

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    "In the Pocket" Bass Playing Styles

    See a few "in the pocket" playing styles are demonstrated by a bass player.

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    In this video, Larry explores what swing is and how you can use different swing values to inject a feeling of groove and shuffle into your beats.

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    Syncopation & Polyrhythms

    Larry outlines how subtly thwarting the listeners expectations of the rhythm of a beat can work wonders in allowing us to create an infectious groove.

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    Natural Velocity & Tone

    Larry explores how to add more rhythmic interest into your drum parts. Real drummers are incapable of playing exactly the same velocity every time, so, by re-creating this in our DAWs, we can introduce some natural groove into our beats.

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    Pushing & Pulling

    Next up, Larry brings parts forward and backwards to enable a more rushed or more laid-back feel. He also programs a flammy clap effect.

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    Fine Tuning the Bass & Kick Drum

    Velocity changes can also affect the tone of a drum hit, so by automating attack/decay times and filter tone, we can also re-introduce the funk! In this video, Larry shows you how!

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    Sidechaining to Increase Groove

    In this video, Larry uses attack and release times to help gel different sounds together in the groove.

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    Extracting Groove

    In this video, Larry outlines how you can extract grooves from existing beats to inject some of their character into your own beats.

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    Putting it All Together Pt. 1

    Larry uses many of the concepts shown in this course while building a groove.

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    Putting it All Together Pt. 2

    Larry continues building the groove and works to get it "in the pocket".

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    In this video, Larry uses different parts playing different complimentary patterns to enhance a sense of groove and momentum in a beat.

Product Overview

Studio guru Larry Holcombe presents an in-depth video guide to putting instruments "in the pocket"! Learn everything you need to know about placing instruments and grooves ahead or behind the beat, making things groove, and much more! Course extras include downloadable loops and wav files that appear in the tutorials so you can follow along.

Larry starts by defining "in the pocket", and how once you've got it right, everything feels great and groovy. He then shows the differences between quantization and live playing, and using different swing values to inject a feeling of groove and shuffle into your beats.

Next, you'll explore how syncopation works in production, and bringing parts forward and backwards to create a more rushed or a more laid-back feel. Natural velocity and tone are then investigated and you'll see how recreate this when programing things to induce some funk into your parts.

For the rest of the series you'll explore topics like groove templates and extracting groove, sidechaining to increase groove, musical compression, polyrhythms, and putting it all together to create a truly "in the pocket" groove.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you want to know how and why some tracks groove hard and the steps to take to put your own tracks in the pocket, this is the series for you... Watch "Putting It in the Pocket Explained®" today and watch the heads nod.

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Putting It in the Pocket Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Groovy. I learned a lot in these tutorials. The groove of a track is now an area with a lot more possibility than I previously could ever have imagined. Lots of insight to be found here, super stuff!
Date published: 2020-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Don’t Loose Your Change Keep It In The Pocket. I completed creating your first song in Reaper earlier today. I got putting it in the pocket gratis and I just completed watching it as well. It clarify how to make a redundant beat more interesting by adding and subtracting other sounds that hold their own. Not to mention they make rhythmic sense once they are combined. Maybe because I’m new, I’m easily impressed but the instructor was top notch 5 ??’s
Date published: 2020-08-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Inspiring! It was a great tutorial that helped me to understand how to add more human feel to a production, other than just typical groove engine presets. Multiple light bulbs went off during this tutorial series.
Date published: 2020-08-11
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for!. I am newcomer to computer drum and instrument programing and mixing. This course has helped me cut time looking for drum loops and such and given me the confidence to program my own grooves and mixes. This video has been invaluable in the use of my own score writing. Thanks Groove3.
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow! My "Pocket" knowledge is vastly improved. I learned several new approaches to use during my DAW recording sessions. Thank you for the calm, relaxed and very well explained lesson(s) regarding this topic.
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from This is Good I found I knew most of this.... it's the 80/20. However, I got some insight into the 20 part! ? Since, I use Cubase and Cubase is fantastic with MIDI and not all of the points made translated easily, I found. Some parts were confusing and not clearly stated or I got confused. I will watch it all again as I think it is important to learn to turn what is essentially a machine groove into a human groove. For the price I paid, which was a sale price, great value!
Date published: 2020-02-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well done - Interesting and Informative This course is well done and flows from beginning to end. Explanations are clear. While it has several Logic only plugins, it still was helpful for me (non Logic user).
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Groovy! Groovy, man, groovy! The title says it all.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Aligning kick and bass I would have like to have sent a section on where to put the bass and kick together in wave form and aligning
Date published: 1969-12-31
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