150 Keyboard Tips & Lessons
This book is an "A to Z" guide of techniques and tips for the beginning-to-intermediate pianist and synth player. Unlike many other "A to Z"-type instruction books out there which are not very useful or substantial, this book is packed with authentic music examples in many different styles (with explanation of harmony and voicings), as well as lots of great tips on piano techniques and synthesizer performance. Here are just some of the alphabetic techniques and tips presented in this book:
Keyboard Styles: Blues, Country, Funk, Gospel, House, Jazz, Pop/Rock, R&B, Synth-Pop and more.
Keyboard Techniques: Arpeggios, Bass Lines, Blues Licks, Comping and Chord Progressions, Lead Lines, Left-Hand Patterns, Neighbor Tones, Open Triads, Trills, Vibrato, Voicings and more.
Music Theory: Blues Scale, Chord Symbols and Inversions, Diatonic Chords, Intervals, Keys and Key Signatures, Major and Minor Scales, Modes, Octaves, Pentatonic Scales, Seventh Chords, Triads and more.
Synthesizer Terms: Analog, Attack, Decay, Digital, Envelope, Filter, Glide, MIDI, Modulation, Pitch Bend, Release, Sequencer, Waveform and more.
Notable Keyboard Models and Software: DX7, Ivory, Jupiter-8, Kontakt, Logic Pro, M1, Omnisphere, Prophet-5 and more.
The CD is full of authentic style examples, most featuring a full band so that you can play along!
Click on the sample pages below the front cover, then hover over each page to zoom in:
- Contents (first page)
- page 87: House EDM style - synth comping
- page 105: Synth-pop style - synth solo
- page 131: Boogie-Woogie style - piano with octaves
- page 139: Gospel style - piano with pentatonic scales
See below for audio examples from these sample pages.
Please note that this book contains edited and updated content from two of our previous books: ’Stuff! Good Piano Players Should Know’ and ’Stuff! Good Synth Players Should Know’.