Recently, while listening to a bit of music on a sultry, summer afternoon, I came across Lilâ€™ Wayneâ€™s How to Love. As I was listening, I couldnâ€™t help but admire the minimal, catchy beat, the soft synth lead humming over the top occasionally, and the gentle strum of the guitar. Itâ€™s the kind of track you really do want to hear on a hot summer night. It speaks of love, longing, passion, and more.
As I reminisced about my past loves, I started to notice something a little familiar about the guitar being strummed. Almost as if Iâ€™d heard it somewhere before. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m not against Lilâ€™ Wayne using some canned guitar somewhere. Itâ€™s not like I havenâ€™t in the past. However, it was starting to bug me.
Later on in the day, while working on some Reason-related writing, I came across a loop that sounded very familiar to Mr. Wayneâ€™s dreamy strum... and... actually... it was the same strum. But wait, itâ€™s not that simple. Itâ€™s not actually just one strum. In fact, itâ€™s a series of strums being played in a Dr. Octo Rex...
Lil' Wayne really knows how to use his gear. In this particular tutorial, Iâ€™d like to show you how to play drums and guitar like Lilâ€™ Wayne, in Reason!
Step 1 - Create Your Beat
First, create a Redrum for yourself. On this particular Redrum, load up the patch Abtract Hip Hop > Abstract Kit 09. This isnâ€™t the exact same kit, but itâ€™s very close to Lilâ€™ Wayneâ€™s and will easily give you the same feel.
Next, youâ€™ll want to create this beat at 77 bpm for your Redrum:
Copy this drum pattern 4 times in the Reason sequencer:
It will sound like this:
Step 2 - Create Your Guitar
This is where the magic comes in to effect. I had to match each chord, and then try to figure out through transposition how each chord was setup.
In Reason, create a Dr. Octo Rex. The slots will be loaded in this order:
Next, transpose each loop accordingly:
- AcGt_Slow_C_70 Transpose -1
- AcGt_Slow_G_070 Transpose -1
- AcGt_Slow_Gm_070 Transpose +1
- AcGt_Slow_G_070 No transpose
To do this, select the loop to transpose, and adjust the loop transpose knob for each loop.
Step 3 - Record Your Guitar
With the Dr. Octo Rex lane selected, press the 'Create Pattern Lane' Button.
â€¨Next, draw 4 boxes with the pencil tool in the pattern track lane.
Assign each box to loops numbered 1-4
Copy the four boxes again to the next 4 measures.
Press play and listen to the sunny, summer Lilâ€™ Wayne ditty echoing back at you... and, donâ€™t feel like you have to use only this progression. Experiment, you may find one that you like even better for an entirely new romantic epic.
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