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- Mar 28th, 2013
Ableton's Push is the most innovative new instrument to hit the market in years. So we decided to place one in the hands of the world's most innovative keyboard player: Jordan Rudess. See how Dream Theater's synth wizard pushes Push to the limit!
When we proposed this course to our partners at Ableton, we wanted to see what magic might happen when a master musician/composer met Push for the first time. So we sent a pre-release version of Push to Jordan Rudess and gave him week to learn it before our camera crew appeared at his front door. We set up a video shoot –in his technology filled music room– and set the stage to let Jordan share his experience and expertise in creating and performing with Push.
What most people don't know about Jordan is that he dedicates a lot of his energy to education. It’s important to him, and that’s why his teaching skills come across so clearly as he shares his music-making genius and technological chops while interacting with Push.
Jordan first takes you through track construction, building beats, chords and leads. He explains music techniques you can deploy to help you get the most out of Push's interface. He then dives into fingering techniques you can practice to help you get the most out of Push's touch-sensitive keypads. As he continues to build his track, Jordan generously shares precious musical tips learned from years of experience in the studio making records and on the road.
Watching a masterclass on Ableton's Push led by a maestro like Jordan Rudess is an event that must not be missed. So sit back and see how to take your Ableton Live music-making to a whole new level with Ableton's incredible new instrument: Push.
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This guy... seriously... he not only makes it look easy, but he shows you how easy it can truly be. I immediately got onto my push and tried some of his techniques. Blown away! Now what is crazy, is that I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY A PIANO/KEYBOARD. I'm freaking out that i've been able to play and improvise with so much more ease. It's like i sprouted technique from nowhere! I'm really appreciative for Jordan, Ableton and Push. Thanks for making this course. It really changed how I approach this thing!
I really enjoyed this video because Jordan was approaching this as a performing musician, not so much as a producer, so he delved into some playing techniques that are beyond what most producers might think of or be capable of. I really enjoyed how he took a very musical approach to using the controller.
amazing concepts in this tutorial. I have a feeling that push is the instrument of the future....a device that has the ability to even teach (on some level) musical theory. wow
Jordan is not simply an extraordinary keyboardist but with Push, we can see how great he really is... Amazing!! Everything looks so simple. Cool.
Really great course, very inspirational. Would love to see more like this and more from Jordan!
This tutorial was very helpful in terms of teaching a wide variety of transferrable skills. There could be more review of the previous course continuing through to each new one. This tutorial overall is extremely insightful if you want to use push for production or playing live. Thanks very much!
This was a bit strange as a tutorial - it seemed more like a sales pitch at some points. I found Noah Pred's 101 course to start at a more basic level, and go to a more advanced level than this course did. Still, with that said, it was amazing to see Jordan's playing prowess on the Push. He really demonstrates how this is an instrument, and not just a production tool. I'd say for anyone who is already a bit familiar with the Push, you can skip over the first section of this tutorial, but definitely check out the segments when Jordan shows his playing. It'll help you appreciate how cool the Push is, and just how high the technical bar is, to play in Dream Theater! Jordan has a really musical approach to this, and is certainly a well-seasoned instructor, but overall this seemed a bit odd as a tutorial.
Great to see a musician of high esteem experimenting with Push , and refreshing to see someone from a non dance music background showing what can be done . I am already a believer in Ableton live , but many of my colleagues ( music educators ) dont see electronic music as a serious art form .... This course will definately help them too see the light ... I hope !!! thanks for an inspiring course.
A really nice view on the push from a great artist. Nice to see how you can learn to play the push and treat it as an instrument.
An awesome intro to the playability of Push as an instrument. This is the kind of attitude/level of mastery that does the machinery justice in electronic music!
I've seen a lot of Push tutorial videos, since I got mine, and this one is by far the best. Jordan demonstrates various ways to play push like an instrument. Time to practice my finger work.
It wasn't until this video course where I realized how talented Rudess was. With his dexterity, he is the perfect spokesperson for this product. Really looking forward to getting my Push in the mail!
Great tutorial with a real walkthrough of building a track and emphasis on Push' note and chords
I really appreciate that macProVideo and Jordan Rudess got together to create this course. It was of tremendous value to me, and a rare opportunity to learn from a master. Thanks!
What I loved about this course is the contrast from Push 101. The first course is a great intro to the basics whilst Jordan gives a unique and musical perspective to exploring the instrument
The musical skills of Jordan Rudess are awesome and he is covering musical theory aspects. The hints how to use Push and finding "patterns" should encurage everyone to come up with something new.
Quality intro to the device by an artist who is both talented and articulate. I would love for a class on theory taught on push.
Very cool to have someone this time who is not into techno and house, but who is a well known, brilliant pianoplayer. Of course, Jordan has a totally different view of what to do with Push than all we electronic musicians have. Very good idea - and very good course, Jordan! Thanks!
no doubt he knows his music. Jordan asks many questions about Push's capabilities and goes into great depth in answering does questions.
Is a delight to see how a great musician embraces new technology and find new ways to make music. Great course about exploring Push as an instrument. PS: MPV be more careful about audio quality.
Nice introduction to Push from Jordan. His enthusiasm for Push really shines through in this series. I'd like to see a sequel to this series - taking some of the basic concepts further.
I confess I watched with low expectations. Jordan can bang two cans together and make it sound like a symphony. Quite delightful to discover that this course is both content rich and inspiring.
This course is fantastic. It really shows the power of PUSH and Jordan is brilliant; his ideas and approach make you forget you're watching a tutorial.
Jordan brings a "Player's Approach" to the push tutorial. Ton's of practical application and inspiration... Push is not just another midi beat machine, its a melodic and chordal instrument!
Thanks for the excellent tutorial. Great instrument, great tutorial, from a great player!
Jordan ease translates through his tutorial.I ordered a push before watching this and he reinforces my excellent decision.He explains the features very well and shows how to tweak and also get into the more creative aspect of Push.I learnt alot and don't feel I 'm going to have to keep running back to tutorial to go over what he explained so well.Thank you Jordan,MacPro and Ableton..
Really nice look at the beginnings of how push will be used. Looking forward to more videos like this on Push and Live.
Really interesting look into how the Push works and opens up totally new possibilities for patterned musical expression, even for seasoned pros like Jordan.
this is the most informative video tutorial on Ableton's Push I've watched so far!Superb! I believe we need more of Jordan Rudess' expertise on video please :) Thank you!
This video offers an exciting look into the world of creating music with PUSH. Jordan Rudess being the instructor of this course is quite inspiring! Very nice.
Besides having killer chops, Jordon approaches Push in an organic an wholistic way. Instead of lessons that highlight specific features, Rudess demonstrates how Push stimulates musical creativity.
Very inspiring course. Lighting, sound and atmosphere were top shelf. I love how Jordan took Abletons vision and ran with it while being very open and educational at the same time. Thanks JR & MP.
Excellent tutorial.. MacPro is firing on all Cylinders..High Octane...