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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Thomas Xavier wrote on December 1, 2019
Very well done, real insights into the instrument nature of push & helped me to unlock some very creative playing uses.
Eugenio Jedi Martinez wrote on December 12, 2017
Just awesome, I really enjoyed going trough this amazing instrument trough an amazing musician perspective, keep on rocking bro :)
Chris wrote on November 13, 2017
i just bought Push 2 and so i wanted to get to grips with the playing.
Jordan Rudess does an amazing job here. didactically: the whole thing is very well structured. there is not a single boring moment. it's easy to follow and it gives ideas gallore. there is a lot to learn and i want to learn it, when i watch these instructions, because the music is just wonderful, groovy and inventive and it's not just a brain dive, but an enthusiastic flight into the playing possibilities of Push. this tutorial is a highlight in your catalogue. Thank you very much, Mr. Rudess and mpv!
Reality Engine wrote on February 8, 2016
Very informative and straight forward explanation of how to efficiently use Push
Hindie wrote on June 5, 2015
Beside being a great player and musician, Jordan keeps on exploring new ways of musical expression. This is a good example. Nice tutorial.
110dB wrote on March 18, 2015
Holy....Jordan Rudess is a MACHINE!!!! He's finger are so FAST! and he explained this course very well! I've learned a lot!
n4Sphere wrote on March 10, 2015
I like the way Jordan Rudess presents this course. You can easily see his background as a keyboard. His really rocking the Push. Good introduction of how to use Push as an instrument with lots of musically parts.
hyperscientist wrote on March 7, 2015
It's the only course I have found that focuses on playing Push as a proper instrument and not as a sorry excuse for one. Thank you, Jordan and mPV!
Ariel wrote on February 21, 2015
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!
Great for developing technique o wrote on February 21, 2015
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.