Basic Video Lessons

The video lessons here, provided at no extra cost, are the basic lessons needed to teach you to play the KeyMusician Keyboard. They are provided in addition to the tutorials installed on your machine along with the application.

There are two sets of video lessons. The first set (the numbered lessons), are those where each one builds on the learning from the prior lesson. These lessons should be viewed in the order shown.

The other group of lessons (optional lessons), are those which can be viewed in any order, or even left-out (not viewed at all). Though not totally required, it is best if the basic lessons are viewed before viewing this second group of lessons.

Some lessons have comments or exercises below them. Be sure to do the exercises (or read the comments) after viewing the lesson video.

On the videos on Vimeo, be sure to click the full-screen tool (near the right-bottom of the video window), which will let you see everything much better.

The last four columns of each table of lessons, indicates whether “KeyMusician Keyboard Technique” (KMK) is taught, whether Music in-general is taught, whether written-music is taught, or whether music improvisation is taught.

Numbered Lessons

#

Lesson URL

Comments or Exercises

KMK

Music

Written

Improv.

1

Play Chords-With-Melody Music

  1. Selecting modal-chords, and selecting a different instrument in a performance pane

  2. Showing the range of the instrument, by doing a full-keyboard (all white-keys) glissando

  3. How to play flats or sharps (accidentals) manually, giving you the 84-key range, with only 48 keyboard keys

  4. Pointed out that you seldom have to play flats or sharps manually, because setting the key-signature, causes the computer to do that for you – scale practice is not needed with this instrument

  5. Showed how the zig-zag keyboard arrangement allows you to play melody with just one hand, leaving your other hand free to play chords

  6. Showed how you can play different instruments (even in the middle of a song) just by hitting a function-key

  7. Showed how accidentally hitting the space-bar (activating the sustain-control) can suddenly cause notes to be ‘smeared’ together, and how you can quickly end that problem by hitting the space-bar again

  8. Showed how to improvise a melody, giving you tips on making it more interesting – the more you do this, the better you get at it

  9. Showed how you can click the “Chords” tab (on the main window), and when you play chords with the numeric keypad, it shows you the notes actually played – an automatic, interactive chord-chart

  10. Showed how to play chords on the numeric keypad, using (for now) numeric keypad keys 1 through 7, which select chords based on each note of the key-signature

  11. Showed how to specify the next chord, while playing the current chord, which is very useful for setting up a chord requiring multiple keystrokes

  12. Showed how the End-key can be used to clear all settings in the chords window, in case you set things you didn’t intend, and want to start over

  13. Showed improvising melody and chords together, which is the goal of this lesson – try doing it with different instruments, even switching instruments (by hitting a function-key) while holding out a chord

  14. Encouraged you to try all these things with the KeyMusician Keyboard on your own, which is how you will really learn it

Yes

Yes

Some

Yes

2

Make It Easier To Play Music

Exercises To Try (on the KeyMusician Keyboard):


  1. A singer asks you if you could play the music (currently in the key of C) 2 notes lower to fit their singing range. Knowing a note is usually 2 semi-tones (or 2 half-steps), click the transpose button, and specify to transpose it 4 semi-tones lower. (You should end up with a key-signature having 4 flats.)

  2. You want to play-along with a piece called “Canon In D”. Knowing that a “D” by itself means “D-major”, click the transpose button, and specify the key of D-major. (You should end up with a key-signature having 2 sharps.)

  3. Somebody asks you what is the minor key-signature with the same number of sharps as the key of D-major. Click the transpose button, and set the major key-name to D-major. Then check the minor key-name drop-box. What is it’s name? (B-minor.)

  4. Set the key-signature in the current performance-pane to 5-flats (clicking the “OK” button. Look at the “Num Keypad – Chord” window. You will find the major key-name on the 1-button, and the minor key-name on the 6-button. That’s a handy thing to know (it works in any key-signature).

  5. Press (after doing that) the “q” key on your keyboard. Notice that the right-column note-name is “C”, and the left-column note-name is Db (D-flat). That’s correct. We’re transposing from the key of C to the key of D-flat.

  6. Press and hold the Page-Up key, and while doing that, press the “q” key. Notice that there is a natural-sign left of the D-flat note. A half-step up from D-flat, is D-natural.

  7. Press and hold the “Page-Down key, and while doing that, press the “q” key. Notice that there is a double-flat-sign left of the D-flat note. A half-step down from D-flat, is D-double-flat (which is also the same note as C-natural).

  8. Click the transpose button, and look for a key-signature having 7 flats. Why isn’t there one? C-flat major (7 flats) is the very same key as B-major (5 sharps), and C-sharp major (7 sharps) is the very same key as D-flat major. Simpler is better.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3

Playing Modal Chords

Shows you how to play modal-chords, to a fair level of detail.

  1. Uses the Strummed-Chords feature to highlight the individual notes of each chord.

  2. Shows how to use the chord attributes and types.

  3. Shows how to get alternate attributes on a button by double-tapping.

  4. Shows how to play slash-chords, and how double-tapping a non-slash-chord makes it a slash-chord, giving it a stronger sound.

Yes

Yes

Some

Yes



Optional Lessons

Lesson URL

Comments or Exercises

KMK

Music

Written

Improv.

KMK Percussion (Drums)

Shows how to use the Drums pane, and also how to use the numeric keypad to specify dynamics (rather than chords).

Yes

Yes

Some

Some



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