Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding notes and scales, part of Making Music with Ableton Push.
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Music theory is the language that allows us to understand and communicate music …with one another. In the movie about counting music, I …discuss rhythm, which is the element of timing spacing, pace, and groove of music. …Now I'd like to discuss another essential element in music, pitch. …In Live, I have a piano sound loaded up. On the piano, you can find the following …notes on all of the white keys. (SOUND) C, D, E, F, G, A, B.…
These notes make up the C major scale. When you look at a musical keyboard, you …can see these notes repeating over and over again. …Each time you finish a cycle of these seven notes, you've played an octave. …For example, C3, which is the third C on the keyboard, sometimes called middle C, …up to C4, the next C above middle C on the keyboard, is an octave.…
(SOUND) And back to C. Now, let's take a look at how this …applies to Push. Remember the Push is a smart instrument. …It will detect what type of device you are focused on. …If it's a drum act, the Push will display drum mode, and if it's an instrument, it …
First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.
- What is Ableton Push?
- What's new in the Push 2?
- Comparing Push 1 and Push 2
- Browsing and loading sounds
- Programming beats
- Recording drums in real time
- Adding quantization and swing
- Controlling the mixer
- Controlling Live devices
- Adding custom LED feedback
- Step sequencing melodies
- Browsing and loading third-party plugins