As a result of years of experience with Ableton Live and an intense two days of trial by fire, I am now an Ableton Certified Trainer. I’m so happy to be in the company of pioneers like Thavius Beck, Laura Escudé and others who I’ve looked up to and watched videos of when learning Ableton Live. An Ableton Certified Trainer is not something I take lightly because there are not a lot of us in the world.

Over the summer, I took a drive up the 110 to Ableton’s office in Pasadena where I learned, presented and broke bread with great people. These people were Ableton Certified Trainer, Thomas Faulds, and Head of Ableton documentation, Dennis DeSantis. My peers who I learned a lot from are Jerry DiPhillippo, Serafin Sanchez, Lawrence Grey Berkowitz, and Dustin Ragland. The week of CTs before us had a lot of great dudes like Ben Hovey who I finally got to meet in person.

study materials and notes

study materials and notes


So you may ask, “What does it mean to be an Ableton Certified Trainer?”

Well, you can find Ableton’s definition here, but to me it means I have proven myself to be a person that is not only an egghead but an egghead that can share knowledge with others. It validates that I can get up in front of 300 people or 1 person, share the benefits of Ableton Live, troubleshoot problems as wells as coach and inspire other’s productions. It’s not that I know everything, but that I seek it out and am willing to continue learning. like the other Trainers and have been proven to share that knowledge in the best way we can.


I’ve had a few people say, “Oh you’re certified now, I want to do it.” To those people, I say “Be ready.” I didn’t just submit to become a Trainer without anything to warrant it. I built a following and content that displayed my capabilities and knowledge. I would advise anybody who wants to become an Ableton Certified Trainer to build on your skills and study the manual. You want to be on your game when the time comes.

“What do you want to do with this thing now?”

I want to continue to do what I do, write articles and produce YouTube videos on Live. Now that I have a nice added credential, I’d like to do some pro video series with one of the big tutorial distributors, as well as public workshops and teach at a school. My big goal is to tour; doing workshops all over the U.S. and the world during the day and doing gigs at night like many of the drummers I look up to, especially Chad Smith.

If you’d like to help me make use of the the new certification and have a reference for an opportunity or need help; whether it’s 1 on 1 lessons (in-person/internet), workshops, youth programs or gigs please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you to everyone who supported me in this push to get here. Especially Yeuda Ben-atar and Abid Hussain for their help and encouragement. It’s been a crazy year and I could not have done it without my wife, God, understanding friends I couldn’t hang out with while I was grinding, and all the people who follow me or buy my music and instructional materials. You are all special to me.

-Josh Spoon