Groove Fundamentals

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Groove is a ubiquitous term in music production, appearing on hardware like drum machines, within editors in DAWs and on many software instruments too, but what is it actually referring to? This course answers this very question, with a detailed exploration of groove handling within a range of different applications, to help you become a master of the groove!

Most people tend to think of groove when producing beats, as it’s a parameter most commonly found when creating rhythmic patterns like drums. As such, the lessons begin by explaining the most popular forms of groove, which are 1/8- and 1/16- note swing. This is done through the creation of a classic jazz cymbal pattern at full and half speeds.

After some initial theory is covered, the next module shows how that theory applies when making House beats, as more syncopated percussion is combined with the main drums. This is developed further as rhythmic melodies like basslines and arps are added into the mix, which need a similar treatment when it comes to groove, to ensure all sounds are working together. Another module looks at manual groove handling, showing how loop timing can be adjusted through audio warping and regular editing, so that a consistent groove is achieved.

The last module demonstrates the ways groove is handled in 2 popular DAWs, Logic Pro and Ableton Live, with the latter being investigated further in a subsequent lesson to show more unique features like groove extraction, randomisation and volume modulation.

Enrolling on the course provides instant access to over 90 minutes of tutorials, as well as the software projects and written notes from the lessons, so sign up now to firm up your production knowledge and start making tight grooves today!

Groove Extraction in Ableton Live

Course Breakdown

Intro - What is Groove?
Rob gives a quick intro to the course, outlining the subject matter and kinds of topics that will be covered.

Module 1 - Understanding Groove (Swing)
A detailed look into the theory behind 1/8- and 1/16- note swing, showing how rhythmic patterns at these tempos are affected when applying swing. A classic, swung jazz cymbal pattern is used as an example.

Module 2 - Adding ‘Groove Elements’ to a Beat
A demonstration of groove considerations when layering drum and melodic sounds together, starting with a look at percussion on swing notes and then various ways of editing rhythmic melodies such as arps.
Lesson 1 - Drums on ‘Swing Notes’ - 10.01
Lesson 2 - Handling Groove in Melodies - 11.26

Module 3 - Avoiding Groove Conflicts and Manual Groove Editing
2 ways of achieving a consistent groove when working with multiple loops stacked together, with audio warping and simple editing techniques both shown.

Module 4 - Applying Groove in the DAW
Examples of how groove is handled within different DAWs, namely Ableton Live and Logic Pro. Once the basics are covered, there’s a more detailed exploration of unique features within Live such as extracting grooves and manipulating note timing and volume.
Lesson 1 - Logic - 7.23
Lesson 2 - Ableton Live - 17.46
Lesson 3 - Groove Extraction in Ableton Live - 5.04

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Rob Jones

Rob is a classically trained musician, with piano as his primary instrument, and obtained a degree in music and sound recording (the prestigious Tonmeister course) from the University of Surrey. Having honed his skills both at University and in the studios in London where he worked in a technical role, he began releasing music on labels like Lot49, Dead Famous and Erase, under the artist name Anarchy Rice. Rob has been at the forefront of music software training since the very beginning, having kicked things off at Focusrite back in 2006. With both classical music and technical sound qualifications, as well as a wealth of presenting experience, he is ideally suited to the role of an online music trainer, and is 100% dedicated to sharing his knowledge and assisting others with what he believes to be one of the most rewarding things in life - making music!