Make Your Music Interesting

When most musicians start to learn or compose a new piece, they never consider what instrument sound would work best for it, or even for each section of the piece, or verse. Their instrument makes only the one sound of their instrument, be it a guitar, piano, accordion, or whatever. They have no choice.

And certainly, they wouldn’t even think about changing instruments in the middle of a performance.

If they play a synthesizer, they might think of the ideal instrument sound for a given piece, but changing instrument sounds in the middle of a piece, is not something you can do quickly with most synthesizers.

In playing the KeyMusician Keyboard, on the other hand, not only should you consider what instrument sound best portrays the mood of the piece, but also what instrument sound is best for each part of the piece.

Since it’s easy to change instrument sounds (as well as key-signatures) in the middle of the piece, it’s easy to use a different instrument sound, or key-signature, for each verse of a song.

Thinking about such things, and acting on them, is something you can easily do to keep your music interesting, and thereby keep your fans coming back to hear more.

Can this really make a difference?

One of the great composers of classical music, Maurice Ravel, who was also one of the great orchestrators, tried something outlandish in one of his compositions. In this piece of his, he used the same tune, over and over again, the only difference being the instruments (or groups of instruments) playing that same tune, and variations in the way they play it.

This orchestral piece went on to be one of the favorites of concert-goers worldwide. You may have heard that piece before, even if you’re not a big fan of classical music. It’s called “Bolero”. Try an Internet search for “bolero ravel”, and give it listen. If you do, notice the unique sounds imparted by each instrument (or group of instruments) used. Surprisingly, the same tune, over and over again, never gets boring, and the tune gradually gets louder into a rousing conclusion, with the entire orchestra playing at full volume.

What Kind Of Variety Can A Solo Player of the KeyMusician Keyboard Use in a Single Piece?

The video below, shows you a solo performance on the KeyMusician Keyboard, recorded in a single take. The sub-titles tell you about the different techniques, and instrument sounds, being used. If sub-titles are not shown, click the CC icon at the bottom of the video viewer (which appears as it plays).

All of those different instrument sounds, key-signatures, and even the arpeggio chords, were set up beforehand, by configuring the various performance panes. And all these performance pane settings were loaded from a single configuration file. You could have a separate configuration file for every piece you play, if you needed.

What Instrument Sounds Should I Use?

Use the instrument sounds you like, to put it simply.

If you haven’t yet explored all the sounds available to you, take some time in your next practice session to explore them, and find your favorites. Don’t limit yourself to the ten or so we’ve set up for you in the performance panes of the configuration files we provided.

In such choices, the improvisation rule applies: If you like it, it’s good.

If those ideas seem a bit vague, you might consider a few general ideas, stated below.

So many of us grew up watching cartoons, and what instrument seemed to fill the background music with its jolly, mischevious tones? The bassoon, of course!

Think of an oboe for that sad, sweet, ‘goodbye, I love you’ sort of sound. What about the lilting, sweet sound of the flute? And for heroic, climax sort of music, try the French horn. Or perhaps trumpets in a marching band sort of sound.

For an expressive male-voice range instrument sound, give the cello a try. The bassoon will also work for this.

What About Key-Signature Changes?

You can try all kinds of key-signature changes. Again, the improvisation rule applies: If you like it, it’s good.

Probably the most common key-signature change, is referred-to as, giving the piece ‘a lift’.

What this is, is raising the major (or minor) key-signature by a semi-tone (a half-step up).

If you’re familiar with the Kenny Rogers song “The Gambler”, in the middle of the piece, on the words “Every gambler knows”, the key-signature is raised by a half-step, giving the song a bit of a ‘lift’. If you want, you can listen to this example, by doing an Internet search for “the gambler kenny rogers”.

Not every key-signature will sound good after a particular key-signature. You need to try it out first, to see what you like.

Conclusions

So take a little time, and think about the instrument sound you want to use in each part of your new piece, even if it’s a piece of music somebody else wrote.

Change not only the key-signature in the middle of piece (which other musicians can do), but also the instrument sound used (which few musicians can do).

Keep your music interesting, and your fans will keep coming back to hear you!



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