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Measuring the Distance between Pitches with Intervals

The distance between two musical pitches is called an interval. Intervals are important to music because they build scales and chords. In other words, music gets its richness from intervals. Composers [more…]

Creating Music with Chord Progressions

A chord progression is a group of chords that you use to create music. Some chord progressions just sound better than others, so it pays to experiment. The following table, which shows commonly used major-key [more…]

Common Styles of Music for Various Sounds on the Keyboard

There are many different ways to match the right types of sounds to plays melodies to a particular style of music on your keyboard. Of course, rules are made to be broken, but here are some common practices [more…]

How to Layer Sounds on the Keyboard

Layering or blending two sounds together creates a wonderful, rich sound on the keyboard. Think of the sound of acoustic piano blended with some warm strings; it’s the perfect sound for playing a sensitive [more…]

The Reverb Effect on the Keyboard

Reverb adds space around your notes and can make your sound seem farther away, even dreamy. It’s short for reverberation, which describes the continuation of sound in a particular space after the original [more…]

How to Choose Effects for Each Type of Sound on the Keyboard

Certain instrument and effect combinations on the keyboard are matches made in rock-and-roll heaven! Some are commonly used based on musical genre (funk and wah-wah, for example), and others are associated [more…]

How to Select a Drum Pattern on the Keyboard

An instrument with drums, like your keyboard, always has a beat ready to go; you don’t have to dig through a bunch of menu options or anything special to hear them. If what you get isn’t the groove you [more…]

How to Build a Scale on the Piano or Keyboard

Put simply, a musical scale is a series of notes in a specific, consecutive order that you can play on the piano or keyboard. Major and minor scales are the two most common types, and they have the following [more…]

How to Apply Great Intros and Finales on the Piano

A good pianist should always be able to begin and end a piece in an interesting way. You can join the ranks by filing away some stock intros and finales [more…]

Great Piano Intros

When a singer needs a good intro, the pianist needs to be able to bring it. The audience has a tendency to talk between songs, so it’s your job to shut ’em up and announce the start of the new song. Playing [more…]

Great Piano Finales

The band is building up to the final chord, and it’s time for the big finish. The singer belts the last lyric, and it’s up to you to drop the curtain. Quick! Grab a handful of these finales and you’re [more…]

How to Add the Classical Sound to Your Piano Music

Piano playing is a dynamic experience. Some people think of classical music as old, intellectual, sometimes boring music written by a bunch of dead guys who wore wigs. This may be true [more…]

How to Play the Blues on the Piano

Want to get that blues sound in your own piano playing? The blues is a style of music all its own. Heck, it even has its own scale. Here, you don’t apply the blues style to an existing song, but rather [more…]

How to Play Rock ‘N’ Roll on the Piano

The piano is not limited to classical music. Hop in your time capsule and travel to a time when Elvis was still king, The Beatles didn’t have solo careers, and avocado green was a popular appliance color [more…]

How to Play Country Music on the Piano

Before there was rock ’n’ roll, there was country. And yes, the piano can still be included in a country ensemble. This style often sounds relaxed, lyrical, simple, and grassroots-ish, but it ain’t afraid [more…]

How to Play Pop Music on the Piano

Even pop musicians need pianists. Arguably, every song on the radio is a popular song because few radio stations play songs that listeners don’t like. Country, rock, rap, Latin, and many other styles of [more…]

How to Play Soul Music on the Piano

Talk about a broad category of music! And, don’t worry, this genre doesn’t leave out the piano. Soul can encompass anything from R&B (“rhythm and blues”) to [more…]

How to Play Jazz on the Piano

If there’s one particular music style that embraces all that the piano can do, it’s jazz. Celebrated by many as America’s greatest art form, jazz is king when it comes to interesting chord harmonies, changing [more…]

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