Recently, I received a new computer. This now means I am able to make things a little more professional (picture/video wise).

Hopefully this video helps you learn a couple tricks while I make beats. My style of making beats is definitely not the average, but that’s what makes people stand out right? People who do their own thing!

It’s the Little Things that take a Good Beat to a GREAT BEAT!

As the title says, in my beats, many times it’s the little things that make an awesome beat from an amateur beat!

Hmm.. can you elaborate on this a bit more? What do you mean “the little things?”.

Notice when I was working with my hats @ 4:29? I was working with velocities to not make it sound so robotic! This gives the beat a more human-like feel and a bit more variation and change up for the listener.

To add on with the hats and velocity, I also panned a couple notes here and there to again, get some more variation.

Knowing Your Piano Scales While Beatmaking,

A lot of people think they can get away without knowing the piano while beatmaking. This is true, to an extent.

In order for them to create those beautiful piano pieces, or real complex with music theory parts, they are going to have to sample to get those pieces.

Sampling brings in a couple issues. One, you have to be careful of copyright’s, and two, it’s not fully your piece, that you’ve created. You’ve just taken others work, and tweaked it to your own liking. Again, this is a route to be careful of.

How ever, you can still sample! Create your own beat, bring it in as an audio file, and use Slicex like I’ve done with Chopping Vocals Over Your Beats!

To the Point with Piano and Scales,

So what I wanted to get to, was learning the piano is actually quite important if you are wanting to be an all-round producer. Being able to sit down, know the scale the song is in, and add your part is essential to being an amazing, natural, and gifted producer.

Now, I’ve struggled with piano and scales, and it wasn’t until I took a few lessons for someone to break down about music scales. I would play the white notes, thinking they sounded okay, but when adding in the black notes, it just sounded HORRIBLE!

So now, why was this?

It was because I was always playing in C Major. C Major is just white notes, that’s it! Once introduced to scales, I started to see that other scales included the black notes, but C Major did not! So therefore, I was trying to add notes in, that weren’t in the scale! Which is why, all the white notes sounded good!

Here’s a video on music scales. It’s called Piano Lessons with GratuiTous Vol. 1 (I also have a Vol. 2 as well!).

Portamento,

Nexus 2 - Portamento

Portamento allows you to pitch bend notes up and down. When the last instrument, that whistle sound, I recorded it while using portamento. Most VSTs have this feature; it provides a real unique character to any beat.

Some beats suite it.. some don’t. This is where it’s worth trying to see what’s working for you!

Nexus 2,

I’ve also been getting a couple questions about Nexus 2.

If interested in Nexus 2 and unsure about buying it, read the review FIRST to get some more ideas about it. Nexus 2 Review

I would recommend getting the bundle deal if you do decide on buying it because you save some money. Expansions are about $60+ each!

Watch other Beatmaking with GratuiTous Volumes,

To watch the other volumes, simply click next to go forward onto the next volume!