ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

We are huge believers in the power of musicianship. So, we decided to open a supplementary course that is designed especially with the modern producer in mind. This course takes a fresh approach towards teaching composition with techniques from your favorite styles. Learn to write better chords, melodies, bass lines and beats, all while developing song writing skills for the studio. The concepts covered in this course are applicable to any genre or style, and will prepare you for collaboration with other producers and musicians. Harmony for Electronic Composition is designed for students from beginner to advanced levels.

LESSON OVERVIEW

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    Music Theory

    Scales, Chords, Intervals, Inversions and Melodic Development 

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    Styling

    Improvising, Comping, Voicing, Chord Styling for Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Jazz & EDM

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     Analysis

    Song breakdowns, Progressions, Writing Techniques, Live Demos

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    Beat Lab Community

    Join the ever growing community of musicians

LESSON I

This three part course is aimed at the electronic music producer who wishes to acquire an understanding of how to write more beautifully and harmoniously. Learn how to use scales as a guide to choosing notes and chords that work together. Explore inversions and voicings of chords that give your music greater depth. Study how to compose using diatonic chords. Deconstruct a song to discover how producers today use music theory, and how you can too.

LESSON II

Building from the first lesson, the second class expands on triad harmony by creating seventh chords. Explore more than major and minor scales as we get into the study of modes, and how to use more exotic sounding combinations of notes. Understand the similarity of certain chords when we look at relative keys. Jam on a MIDI controller using some of the new topics like pentatonic scales.

LESSON III

In the final lesson, we look at combining chords in clever and unexpected ways, and adding extra notes to the chords making them sound richer and more colorful. We’ll be looking at add9, add11, sus2, sus4, major and minor 9ths, minor 11, major 7#11, and others. These last tips can truly elevate your musical works to sound like the composers and producers you admire.  From borrowing jazz chords, to exploring chromaticism, we’re putting everything we’ve learned together in the final class demo.

DETAILS

DURATION 3 Weeks

ADMISSION $350

DATES April 28, 2019

SCHEDULING Sundays 11-1PM

Duration

Admission

Dates

Scheduling

3 Weeks

$350

April 28, 2019

Sundays 6:00PM-8:00PM

BEAT LAB STUDENTS GET

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     Access to Beat Lab Online Course Curriculum
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    Small classrooms for maximum attention
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    In-class personal station with semi-weighted MIDI keyboards
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    Exclusive student discounts on pro software and hardware
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    Free copy of Codex of Harmony pdf booklet
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    Access to the private Beat Lab social groups 

FAQ

This course is for music producers who want to improve their music theory knowledge by creating better chords, melodies, basslines and beats.

Fits beginners and advanced producers alike.

Sundays: 11-1PM

Yes absolutely.

You can book your class visit HERE

Call: 323-999-7815

or Email: info@beatlabacademy.com

You only need a laptop.

We can provide the software, headphones, speakers, keyboard, and accessories while you are in school.

It is recommended to have a MIDI keyboard at home.

If you are not sure on which MIDI keyboard to get talk to us first.

As a Beat Lab student, you will also get exclusive discounts on MIDI keyboards and plugin software.

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Foundation of Music Theory
  • Rhythm Theory
  • Using Semitones and Intervals
  • Diatonic composition
  • Harmonizing and building chords
  • Styling
Learn the language of music to help you make the music you want to make, To communicate with other musicians and reveal the magic behind your favorie songs.
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Progremming Beats
  • How Drum Racks work
  • Choosing the right samples
  • How to use Syncopation
  • Layering Techniques
  • Drum Processing methods
Sequence drums in any style using Ableton Live's Drum Racks. Learn tricks and techniques to take your beats to the next level.
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Ableton Live 101
  • Why Ableton Live?
  • Session vs. Arrangement
  • Recording & Editing Audio
  • Live's Warp Engine
  • Using & customizing MIDI controllers
Experience the leading software today for modern music production.
Demystify the world of Ableton Live to make any style of music.
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Sampling
  • History of Sampling
  • Hardware Samplers
  • Simpler vs. Sampler
  • Sampling your own instruments
  • Slicing Samples
Explore the endless world of sampling.
Add organic texture or make it into an instrument
Everything is possible with sampling
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Using MIDI Controllers
  • Which Controller Should I Get?
  • Setting Up
  • Expression Controls
  • Advance MIDI Utilities
  • Playing Live Beats
Choose the right MIDI controller for your production/live needs.
Use MIDI remote scritps to enahce your workflow
Learn tricks and tips to customize your controller
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Recording & Warping
  • Choosing the right mic
  • Setting up recording session
  • Working with other musicians
  • Time Stretching
  • Live's editing tools
Learn how to setup and record mics and instruments in Ableton Live.
Master the warp engine for syncronizing audio and sound design
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Class Jams
  • Play in a band with your computer
  • Try out different instruments and MIDI controllers
  • Improvise on any given scale
  • Develop your ear for melodies, harmonies & Basslines
Play live with your classmates in the first modern ClassJam environment.
Develop collaboration skills, performance focus and improvisation techniques.
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Structure & Styling
  • Active Listening
  • Pre-Determined Arrangement Techniques
  • BPM Ranges
  • Song Segments and how to use them
  • Finishing a full song
Get your own sound from analyzing and deconstrucing modern song structures.
Learn different musical genres to help you achive your own unique sound.
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Music Theory 202
  • Parallel Harmony
  • Relative Scales
  • Pentatonic & Blues Scales
  • Jazz in Modern Music
  • Voicing Techniques
  • Borrowed Chords
Progress your composition skills by learning advanced music theory methods.
You will get a deeper understanding of how to produce strong harmonies, melodies and arrangements.
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Ableton Live 202
  • The Launchbox
  • Modulation Vs. Automation
  • Session View Production Techniques
  • Advance Audio & MIDI Editing
  • Clip Envelopes
Learn advance Ableton techniques to take your production to the next level.
Everything is possible with Ableton Live let your imagination be your guide.
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Styling
  • Analyzing Electronic vs. Acoustic music
  • Odd Time Signatures
  • Arrangment Styling
  • Sound Selection
  • Deconstructing Methods.
Learn the key characteristic of all popular music styles.
You have a specific style in mind you want to produce? We'll show you all the secrets.
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Synthesis
  • Analog vs. Digital
  • Synth Signal Path
  • Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes and LFOs
  • Advance Modulators
  • Reverse Engineering
Take the sounds in your head and create them in the computer using synthesizers.
Demystify the vast world of virtual synths.
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Sound Design
  • Advanced Time Stretching
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Fractal Soundscapes
  • Experiments in Sound
  • Field Recordings
  • The Art of Layering
Develop creative thinking by using multiple techniques to create unique and complex sounds.
Become a sonic master.
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Collaboration
  • Ableton Link
  • Class Production Sessions
  • Project Managment
  • Real vs. Virtual instruments
  • Live Performance Routines
  • Rewiring
Collaborate with class mates with in-class synchronization.
Develope the skills needed to productevlly work with other musicians.
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Remixing
  • Choosing The Right Song to Remix
  • Flipping a Sample
  • Remixer Tools
  • Stems and Multi-Tracks
  • Preparing your Original Production for Remixing
Learn the art of remixing from top remixers in the industry.
Take your favorite songs and filp them with your own style.
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Live Performance
  • DJing in Ableton Live
  • Preparing your Songs for Live Performance
  • Playing with a Band
  • Live Looping
  • DIY Controllers
Use the computer as a live musical performance tool.
DJ or play your own orgianls in any way you can imagine.
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Max for Live
  • Max for Live Essentials
  • Modifying Exciting Devices
  • Creating your own Devices
  • Ableton as a Modular Environment
  • Live's API
  • VJing using Jitter
Explore the infinite potenital of Cycling 74's and Ableton's Max for Live.
Control Live in ways that weren't possible before.
Anything is possible with Max for Live
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Mastering
  • Win the Loudness Wars
  • Mastering Song vs. Album
  • Prepering Your Music for Distribution
  • Understanding the importance of Dynamic Range
Master your songs to sound as good as possible on as many playback systems as possible.
Learn the secrets on how to make your songs loud and punchy.
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Finger Drumming
  • Choosing the Right Controller
  • Sound Design for Live Performance
  • Building Custom Racks
  • Using DIY Controllers
  • Planning your Controller's Configuration
Humanize your production or impress your audience on stage.
Build your own sound packs and develope your live performace skill with finger drumming.
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Live Looping
  • Hardware Looping
  • Using Live's Looper
  • Live Looping in the Session View
  • Automatic Loop Recording using MIDI Scripts
  • Setup and Routing
Master the art of live looping with virtual instruments, conventional instruments and mics.
Come up with quick musical ideas, build your songs live on stage.
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Online Presence
  • Social Media
  • How to Reach Out to Labels
  • Booking Shows
  • Getting Signed
  • Getting more Followers
  • Making a Music Video
Develop your artist brand and get your music heard by the right people.
Book shows, tours and festivals.
Find the right label and make music your career.
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Entertainment Law
  • Clearing Samples
  • Commercial vs. Indie Distribution
  • Getting your music on TV and Film
  • Working with a Manager
  • Copyright your Music
  • Performance Rights
Understand the legallty behind the music industry.
Get the most out of your shows and releases. Maximize income streams.
Distribute your music the right way.
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Production Sessions
  • Class Jams
  • Live Routines Assignments
  • Additive Composition
  • Produce other Classmates
  • Online Collaboration Methods
  • Musical Chairs
Collaborate in class.
Get private mentorship sessions from Beat Lab's instructors
Learn how to add part of yourself creatively to an exciting song.
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Mixing
  • Understanding How Sound Work
  • Gain Staging
  • Controlling the Stereo Field
  • Using Compressor & EQs
  • Using Time Based Effects
  • Bussing and Pre-Mastering
Master the art of sound mixing.
Make your music sound more clear, punchy and loud.
Learn the techniques and tools to help you take your music to the next level.
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