Tips for Playing Keyboards (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)


(This post accompanies Gab & Jam 103 Tips for Playing Keyboard (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)

(video: http://bit.ly/Ep103BV2019vid29 and podcast: http://bit.ly/Ep103BV2019pod29 )

This episode is a part of our Blog-vember 2019 trifecta of three posts a day—a video, a podcast, and a blog post. This year the focus is tips for the D.I.Y. Rock Star. We developed these methods through our own decades worth of experiences.

The BIG Take-Aways:

The BIGGEST tip is to stick to the black keys! That is the way we wrote things for a long time, because it allows you to be free-flowing and not worry about “hitting wrong notes.” It has a Japanese flavor to what is created in that manner.

But, seriously, that is one strategy, along with the same advice for any other instrument. Spend time with it, learn chords, use YouTube as a music teacher. Try to replicate the feel of a piano, which is different than simply playing. Sounding like a pianist versus an organist versus a synthesizer player; the feel you choose depends on the effect you want for your song.

No matter what, make sure you are feeling the music you are creating. Make sure you are leaving room to connect with the musical vibe that is being communicated through you. Try to make sure you are a faithful conduit to what the spirit of the music and play what you feel. That is where the magic/connection/inspiration happens.

Music is not like other art forms, because you don’t see it, but you definitely feel it. Awash yourself in your playing.

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