From Pianist to

Keyboard Player...

Skype Keyboard Lessons

Although this particular service is rather separate from my regular piano tuition, I thought it could do no harm to mention it here!

From pianist to keyboard player...

In my 'early days' I found to my cost that being a good piano player did not equal being a good keyboard player - additional/different skills are needed for the latter role.

With that in mind, this Skype based service is essentially for already-proficient pianists who aspire to become keyboard players. ie. to play synths/electric piano etc. in bands etc.

Of course, if you are already an established keyboard player and would like help with any of the areas mentioned below, you are very welcome to book a session. You may, for example, want to learn more about how to create and edit sounds on your synth, or about synthesis in general.

Regular or one-off sessions

In these video calls I can help with all things related to being a keyboard player. I'm happy to offer one-off or regular sessions.

Sessions might include tuition, discussion and advice on...

My keyboard rig (Gary Barlow tour)

Sound Design

​Good 'tone' is absolutely fundamental to any kind of musical performance, no matter what instrument you're playing.

For keyboard players, producing the right sound often requires getting into the nuts and bolts of sound design, synthesis etc. Too often, factory presets are sadly lacking!

I've been creating sounds for all sorts of synthesizers etc. for decades. I can teach you how to create sounds, show you all you need to know about (subtractive) synthesis.

 

And then... you may need to know how to configure your live rig so that you can instantly access the various sounds in the rough and tumble of a live performance...

​Amplification
Everything related to your onstage amplification/monitoring can be part of a session.


'Time'
A different kind of 'time' is required for keyboard playing in a band than is called for when playing classical piano. if you're a pianist wanting to be a keyboard player, you may wish to explore this.


Musical discipline!
This is another very important aspect of being a keyboard player. Playing exactly the right part for the song, for the singer, even for the acoustic environment is crucially important. Far too many musicians 'overplay'...

I can provide pointers that will help you get this aspect of playing right.

Ear training
The world of chords and harmony is a fascinating one. To be a great keyboard player you will need to be able to accurately discern chords, lines, parts etc. just by listening. This skill can be developed and refined. I'm very happy to help you develop this ability.


Reading
Reading charts outside of a classical setting calls for a very different approach. Sometimes the music in front of you should not be taken too literally...

Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more about this service.


Bernie