Piano - Music Composition

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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…]

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