Sprint Production 1


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Sprint Production 1 is a 10 minute production drill exercise, designed by Ken Lewis, to hone your instincts as a producer.

Watch the Intro Video!!! Ken tells a great story about super producer, Just Blaze, that defines what the Sprint Production Drill is all about. He breaks down how this Production Lesson works and how it will help you sharpen your producer skills. Watch a portion of the actual lesson for free as well.

The object of this drill is to:

  1. Set a stop watch for ten minutes
  2. Hit start
  3. Loop the 4 bars
  4. Try to put together the hottest beat you can in only ten minutes from the given stems

Then, reset, make another. Build your musical instincts quickly. If Just Blaze can do it, you can too!

In this lesson, “Sprint Production 1”, Ken picked a set tempo and a 4 bar loop, then created:

  • 10 kick patterns
  • 10 snare patterns
  • 10 hi hat and percussion patterns
  • 10 basslines
  • 10 keyboard pads
  • 10 synth lead patterns

These are all in two different musical keys with different sounds.

NO CHEATING!! No extra time. In this exercise, some drums will work well with others, some will sound ok, some will clash. Getting the music to sound great is the hardest part. Your challenge is to find parts that not only compliment each other, working together in the same musical key, but also that sound good over the drum pattern you are creating.

The best thing about the Sprint Production drill is that you can do it over and over with completely different results each time. So, maybe your first try sounds a little weak. No worries, just reset the clock, mute all the tracks, hit start and go for it again! Every time you do it, you’ll get different results.

“This exercise is priceless for building your instincts and confidence in making quick, musical decisions. The pros work lighting fast with excellent results.  The Sprint Production Drills will help you develop your own instincts and learn to listen to them! Good luck!” -Ken

Running time:  31 Minutes

Skill Level:  Beginner

Genre:   Urban /  All Students


Be sure to check out the Sprint Production Refill Pack when you are ready for more.

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Danny Mc
Again, great work....If anyone needs their production skills worked on, this is a very fast way of instinctively making crucial decisions !! Thanks, Ken.

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