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How to Make Beats Wrapping the Samples in Sample Flip Beats Remixes

When I make Moody Instrumental Music, sometimes I "sample" or use parts from an existing song or musical piece. My goal in sampling is to take parts from a piece that I love and build a completely different musical piece that leaves the listener saying, "WOW, you got that result from those sampled pieces?!"

The way I do this is by "wrapping" (not rapping) the sample with my own instrumentation. I create different musical patterns with the sampled pieces (called "flipping the sample"). While I flip the samples, I can hear (in my head) all of the instrumentation that I want to wrap the sample pieces in. When i finish the sample flip patterns, I go back and create the instrumentation that I heard (in my head).

In this video, watch how I make a sample flip beat and instrumental music using Propellerhead's Reason software, the Akai MPD32 and the Yamaha DJX MIDI keyboard. This video takes you into my thought process about sampling, "chopping and flipping" samples, and I give you tips on how to make music.

This video catches me on one of my "happier" days, in which my overall "moody-ness" level was low. Plus, I had just finished downing a can of Mountain Dew. So, I'm a bit more animated in this video.

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Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role - Macho Minute

A few people you need in order to successfully Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role.

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Before You Take The Field

As the Lab Director of the  2018 Athletes In Action JAM Camp, I started each lab with a few moments for the young men to acknowledge something God had done, before they took the field.

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Road Trip Edmond Oklahoma to Branson Missouri


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On the road to Branson, Missouri this time to visit Bass Pro Shops' Big Cedar Lodge. It should be about five hours to get there. Hoping for some great traveling weather and road conditions.

This is one of those deals where they are going to sell us a timeshare. So, we have to go to one of the "presentations" while we're there. Since Big Cedar Lodge sits on Table Rock Lake, I'm looking forward to some good fishing. Maybe I can catch a few bass!

Road Trip: Edmond, Oklahoma to Branson, Missouri - Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge

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5K Training Running Activity 3.88 miles

I finished my first outdoor run with my wife, Trauna, and our friend Rosalyn. We ran a route in the park near the Shakespeare theater in Montgomery, AL.

5K Training Running Activity 3.88 miles 

We did intervals - 2 minutes running : 1 minute walking. It was a good start for my outdoor training and I felt like I could do more miles.