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I now use the piano to arrange songs, arrange vocal parts, write bass lines and to come up with drum parts. If you learn how to play piano, you can use MIDI Recording for all instruments.
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is an industry specification for encoding, storing, synchronizing, and transmitting the musical performance and control data of electronic musical instruments (synthesizers, drum machines, computers) and other electronic equipment (MIDI controllers, sound cards, samplers).
I use my Motif keyboard (made by Yamaha) for drum parts, bass lines and string parts. A basic understanding of the piano or keyboard can go a long way to help you in your songwriting.
*If you live in the Boston, MA area and you are near Norwood, MA, take private lessons at Merry Melody Music Academy. My daughter has taken piano and voice there for 6 years!
Please say you were referred by Colin O'Dwyer at Songwriting-Unlimited. Thanks!
Here are 4 websites that offer excellent opportunities to learn to play piano. I would visit all 6 and see which one fits your learning style!
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1. ROCKET PIANO
Would you love the ability to sit down at your piano and just play the songs you hear and enjoy. Are there songs you want to play with your church? Perhaps you want to write and perform your own music?
Whatever your reasons are for learning Piano, Rocket Piano WILL work for you, and its FUN!
If you are new to piano and don't know where to begin, you have come to the right place. This information will get the results you want and AMAZE you in the process. With Rocket Piano you'll discover how to read music, how to improvize, how to play Jazz and Gospel, and how to play with the magic and "feel" of a professional.
We designed Rocket Piano to be the easiest system to learn to play the piano available anywhere. Rocket Piano is jam-packed with quality information, including hundreds of sound files, pictures, diagrams, videos lessons AND step-by-step instructions training you to read music AND play by ear.
of people just like you worldwide have used our unique multimedia
course to fast-track their piano learning, while having fun in the
process. Will you be next?
visit: Rocket Piano
At first, this music course begins with one simple pattern. Immediately, we'll use this one simple pattern to play an entire song. Then you'll learn a second pattern. Here's where it really begins to get interesting - we'll play the same song again, but this time, we'll alternate the two patterns to give the music some variation.
The course advances quickly, eventually working through advanced college level techniques. By the end of the course, you'll have a whole arsenal of patterns under your hands, and you'll be able to mix and match them, any way you like, to come up with fantastic arrangements of any song - by ear!
visit: Play Piano Today
3. YOU CAN PLAY PIANO
You can discover how much fun it is to have an impromptu concert for friends and family, singing Christmas carols around the piano, and the happiness and laughter that sharing music together brings. You can discover the amazing feeling when all the practice and learning comes together into nearly effortless, beautiful playing. You can experience every bit of that joy for yourself when you learn to play piano!
visit: You Can Play Piano
4. ZEBRA KEYS
This site provides over 50 free piano lessons for various levels of difficulty where you can learn to play piano. Each piano lesson is accompanied by visual flash animations that allow learners to view and hear songs as well as play along with the animations on their own piano keyboard. Learning piano with Zebra Keys is fun and easy!
visit: Zebra Keys
Simple information for those who are passionate about jazz music. This site is developed to provide information about jazz and how to enjoy it from every aspect: listening to it, performing it, rehearsing it, watching it, and more.