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Music Production Bootcamp For Beginners - Module 2: Music Production Fundamentals

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro to Mod 2


    • 2.

      Music Production Fundamentals


    • 3.

      How to Count Bars - Simple Technique


    • 4.

      Critical Listening Exercise


    • 5.

      Thank You!


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About This Class

Welcome to Module 2 - Music Production Fundamentals

This module will cover:

  • Several key features and functions in every DAW
  • The basics of how beats and instrumentals are structured
  • How to proper count measures of a track
  • And how to critically listen to and analyze music

Enroll in all 6 Modules:

1. Build Your Own Studio

2. Music Production Fundamentals

3. Build The Beat

4. Arranging The Beat (Song Format)

5. Mixing The Beat

6. Bounce Down Your Music

Start making professional beats & instrumentals in any DAW using these music production fundamentals and techniques!


If you are looking to create quality beats & instrumentals that will attract serious artists, get placements in TV/Film, and gain you respect from peers in the music industry, then learning the fundamentals of music production is the first place to start. Just like in the game of basketball learning and applying fundamentals wins games, and in music gets you better opportunities.

Make beats the way you imagine them!

Practice your beat making skills while you learn! This course includes downloadable resources and practice video files so you can Learn while doing each production technique or principle!

By the end of this course you will have created an itemized budget for your dream studio and a professional hip hop beat from start to finish.

I will be using GarageBand to teach the course. But, the principles and production techniques you will learn are universal, so they can be applied to any daw.

What Qualifies Me to Teach You?

My name is Joseph Evans and I have been producing music for over 10 years. Plus I'm the creator of some of the world's best music related video courses online - with over 14,000 students and hundreds of 5 star reviews.

My promise to you

I am a full time music producer and online instructor.  I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, feel free to post a question in the course or send me a direct message.

What Is This Music Production Bootcamp Course All About?

In this complete beginners guide to producing professional beats and instrumentals, you'll not only learn several proven production techniques and principles to improve your sound, but also how to use them in real life with the mindset of a music producer.

Learn from someone who is currently working in the music industry, and has a Recording Arts Degree from one of the top entertainment schools in the nation.

BONUS: As a bonus, you'll receive supplemental audio clips to practice with while I teach you.

By the end of this course you will gain elevated confidence as a music producer; And thoroughly understand how to make professional beats and instrumentals for fun or business.

So click the enroll button now and I will see you inside! 


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If you are new to Music Production... then this is the perfect place to start!!


I have taught over 20,000 producers and hobbyist around the world in over 100 countries how to: 

Get started making beats Produce music in Logic Pro X and GarageBand Understand Music Theory & Drum Programming Copyright and license your music And more....

All of my courses are designed to help BEGINNERS quickly and effectively learn music production.

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1. Intro to Mod 2: be making basis. Welcome to Module two of the music production boot camp Siris for beginners. My name is Joseph Evans. And in this module, we're gonna cover the music fundamentals. All right, now, music fundamentals are kind of like basketball fundamentals, you know, saying, like, without the fundamentals, you don't win games. But with, um, you do so in role in this class, and I will see you on the other side. Also, keep in mind we got several other modules that are in this series. So all you got to do is go ahead and click on all the little modules. If you like this series so far in the class description or search for music production Boot camp four, Beginners. All right, let's go ahead and get jump right in peace. 2. Music Production Fundamentals: be making basis. We're using GarageBand, All right. And again, I want to clarify. I don't want you to really get missing, you know, misled on this. This is not a tutorial course on how to use GarageBand. Although you may learn some tips and tricks on how to use it. This is really a a more of a universal approach to to make the making of beets. Okay, so I really want you to understand that. So you don't feel like I'm cheating you or whatever, Like, Hey, I thought this was a tutorial, and it's not OK, Mrs More so just a lecture on how, like to production fundamentals. Okay, so let's get into it. Alright, So first of all, every any doesn't matter what software program you use. Every problem software program is gonna have something called a project window. That's what this is right here in your project window. You're going to be able to see your project or your beat as it's laid out here. Okay. As you can see, here, have different tracks with these different tracks. Play different instruments. Okay. And so I'm just giving you an overview of everything. Now you have something called BPM. This beats for a minute. And as you can see that we're tempo popped up here. All this is is is showing you how fast or slow the track is going to go. So, you know, in any program you want to make sure that you set this, however you want it to be set. Okay, Now, there's also something called a Metrodome. Now, the measure knows that's gonna, you know, do some tics distance so you can kind of stay on beat. Okay, You can know how fast or slow is going, So if I push play right here, I'm and I have my metro No selected. I can hear how faster, slow this track is going to go based on my beats per minute or BPM. So let me do that. All right. So you get it. Project window here is where all your trash is gonna be. This is You know, all your tracks either can be played as faras with different instruments. Or, of course, you can do audio. And you want to make sure you know what beast permitted me are BPM means that's basically how fast or slow your track goes my selection. Mexican also, you can actually hear the ticks. All right, so let's look at this right here. This is also gonna be pretty universal in any program. It's called a transport area, okay. Or bar people call it a transport bar. And you think about transportation. Like, if you're going, you're traveling a car. You can either go left, right? For course, Forward or backward. Scuse me. You can go. You could stop. Same thing right here. Saying concept of separate transporting in this project area. Okay. Or you could look at this is a street. Each track is a lane. Okay. It's a lane for your different instruments. All right? And if you push play, you can just You're gonna see all of, you know, everything going here and please stop is going to stop it. Of course, you push forward, it's gonna go forward in the track. Pushback raises. You know we want is real simple concept, but you do have to understand it. You know, saying in this little red button with red dot That's how you record. All right, So it's important that you understand that The last thing I'm gonna talk, talk to you about when you understand the basics of recording these that, you know, beasts are made out of loops. Okay. Ah, bar is just a measure of time within a particular loop. All right? Or a time period on your track. Okay. Most music, especially hip hop music. They have different lengths of time for different sections in your music. You know, saying like usually you hear people say All right. Hey, I'm gonna spit a 16 quick 16 or hot 16. They're talking about a 16 measure, um, you know, verse. And so if you look at this, this is one measure or bar 2345 And it goes all the way up and went, So when you're making your beasts, you're gonna make a loop, OK? You're not going to just go and play, you know, make a beat and play it out the whole way through. No, you're gonna you're gonna just create a four or eight bar loop and keep on repeating that, and I'm gonna show you the process in next lecture. Okay? But this is your bull. Your loop. You Your four bar measure here, if you have questions, asked me. Thank you so much. 3. How to Count Bars - Simple Technique: be making basis. All right, So in this lecture, what I wanted to cover briefly is how to count measures. Sometimes when you're just getting started, you can get thrown off by different things, like Time Signature or the BPM, or just how fast or slow song is going. Okay, so let's go ahead and cover that briefly and body in his lesson. I guarantee you're gonna have a good firm foundation on how to count measures is gonna help you to be able to track or arrange your music properly. Um, you know, getting a bright sections for the song like intro, verse, hook etcetera. OK, um, so the first thing I want you to pay attention to is BPM. Okay, that stands for beats per minute. Um, it's basically how fast or slow the song's going. Next thing we're gonna talk about is key signature time signature. Okay, that's something the music theory was basically lets you know how many beats are in each measure. Okay, Most hit songs are 44 time, which means there's four beats, poor measure, okay, And some when you're counting, you count 1234 And that that that stands for one measure. Now, let's break this down here. If you look at this measure, okay? Freaking if this works. Okay. There you go. Sorry. Um you see one that's to start of that measure. If you go here, you see this too. That's the second beat. Three, Derby four beaten. That completes that first measure. And they keep going on just like that. You see that? Here, the second matter to one to three. Four. Okay. And it continues. Now, let's take a look here. This is that 1 20 bpm. The quickest way to really and especially in hip hop pop type music is to count on the downbeat. The down B is usually the first kick drum that you here. Okay, So usually, first kick drum that you hear, so we're going to play be one. So So did you hear that? That kick that will be one usually the snare or clap falls on two. Okay. And in another kick drum should fall on three, and then the second snare will be four. Now, sometimes the music You know, there's a lot of complicated drum patterns and stuff like that going on, And if you kind of remember this to count with the downbeat and then figure out where that first in that second snare ears or last various or clap you pretty much will be on beat. So it will be one two for clap 34 I must account with why this is going. Let's check it out. 12341234123412341234123412341234 All right, you see, if you listen back to that, you will see how I'm The one is starting off with a downbeat to is always landing on that. That's net first snare three And in those fours always landing on a second, snare or clap. All right. Now, sometimes when you get to creating, you might do something like this where you'll slit at BPM of 1 20 Okay, but you play the beat slower than the actual BPM. So this is an example of that now that might say 1 20 But how is this actually counting? Okay, now I'm telling showing you this example for a reason because sometimes it can mess you up . If you If you try a V count too fast or too slow based on you know the pattern. Keep in mind. Always working for that down. Be in that first in that second snare. That's where that's where it's gonna be. So although this might say this is the one magic equals one measure for this particular loop that doesn't equal mind measure less. I'm a show you. So I'm account with it. 12 341 34 one You 34 Okay. And so, technically, instead of this being this particular pattern being four measures like this one because this one's actually, you know, actually working with the, uh, 1 20 bpm. This was not It's slower. It's really like 1 60 was was half a 1 20 Yeah, it's like 60 bpm or whatever. You know, I'm saying so this is actually two measures. So everything is based on how you play it, give him saying, But when it comes to accounting measures of songs, right, You want to look at this as Onley two bars. So if you wanted to make our true four bar loop, this will be the four bar loops of this particular track. So when you're building your arranging your beat, say if you say all right, I want my hook to be four bars, then it would be like this compared to if we were to use this other track. Since this other track is going faster and the down be in the snare and the two stairs air hitting a different point places this is actually equal out of eight bars instead of four. And again, I don't want I don't want to confuse you, but I do want you to just kind of pay attention to how you actually account. This is another way to see it because you can see right here it's the snare. So is count. Reduce one hurt you go. 12341 34123412341234123412341 34 But I just wanted to kind of cover that. So when you go do, um, you know, trying to track out you mean not track out. But arrange your music, you ve got a properly count. Always count on that downbeat and in out the two dreams war. Okay, 4. Critical Listening Exercise : be making basis. Okay, so in this lecture, what we're gonna cover is an exercise I have for you to do. It is a little many assignment. Promise you if you do it, your beats are going to go to another level, and it's real simple. Actually, it's something I used to do for several years with this Listen to beats and critically assess those beats. And so I want you to do the same thing, and it's gonna help you have a better understanding about how the track out your bees. You know what type of instrument you should be using, etcetera, Etcetera. OK. And so in this assignment, basically, there's a pdf in the course. All you have to do is download the pdf and follow the instructions. There's five tracks that you're going to be assessing. Okay. And on each, there's three sections that you need to fill out for east track. The first thing you're gonna need to do is count how many instruments are in that track. Okay, so if there's like, 10 instruments, just just try to do your best to assess how many instruments are actually in the in the track. Okay. After that you're going to actually write down the name of those instruments. Okay, so if it's a drift, there's a drum pattern, and there write down What? What type of instruments did they use in that drum pattern? So kick snare. If they use a clap sound. It don't have to be a perfect, you know, description, But just come close as possible to what you think. That that drum sound of the instrument is same thing for the melody where there's a base, some type of a simp sound. Whatever it is, write that down. And in the last step that you're gonna you to do is actually count the measures okay of each section of the song. So for the intro, you want to count the bars, okay? And you do it just simply by counting. 12341 That is one bar. One measure, okay. And so you want to count through and see how long East section ease Now again, The purpose of this is to really help you to feel and understand what a polished and professional beat or song should sound like. Okay, this professional songs are usually simple. They don't have a whole lot of instruments. Okay, but the instruments that do have are powerful, and they make sense a Sfar as being in the song. Okay. And so that's why you want to listen to how many instruments did you have? You want realist out what those instruments are now? The goal of this is not for you to copy. Cap a bunch of people out there. The goal is not to copycat a bunch of people out there, but the goal is rather just to get understanding of what other professional producers air doing to make there be sound amazing. Okay, now you can even take this a step farther and see OK where their music is sitting. As far as the level levels of the different instruments of the kick hitting a louder then say a simp sound, Um, is the, you know, high hats panned over to the left of the right. You could pay attention to those things too, but for right now, just follow that. Pdf, do not skip this. Make sure you do. This is going to help you on promise you just drastically helped improve the quality of my beast just by listening critically listening to sell producers beast online. Okay. And I want you to do the same thing. So go ahead and download everything and follow the instructions and we'll see you in the next lecture. Thanks for watching. 5. Thank You!: be making basis. All right, So thank you for watching module to in Model three. We're gonna be covering beat making principles. Man is where we're gonna be. Building the beaten is going to get live examples step by step type of instructions. Also, make sure you complete each project and enroll in East Module if you're getting If you're really like in this series, OK, You can do that by going into the class description. Clicking on the links dare or search music. We got music production boot camp for beginners, so I'll see you in Model three and peace.