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How To: Play drums on a keyboard MIDI controller

Jason Johnson with Revolution Audio shows us some easy steps to creating a basic midi drumbeat using your keyboard. To start, the kick drum is located at C1, this is in a different location depending on the number of keys your keyboard has. The other drums which are included are left and right snares, the tones, high hat closed, open high hat, and the pedal high hat. There are also the cymbals which include the crash, often used at the end of measures and the ride which is employed often in j...

How To: Play the C minor blues scale on the piano

This video shows a musicians hands as he explains and demonstrates how to play the C minor blues scale. The notes in the scale are: C, E-flat, F, G-flat, G, B-flat, C. He then explains the fingering: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3. He demonstrates different patterns with the left and right hand that use the notes in this scale in a 12-bar blues riff. This video would be helpful to anyone learning to play blues piano. After you understand the scale, you can experiment on your own.

How To: Play the Beatles' "Come Together" on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this keyboard tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Come Together" by John Lennon of the Beatles on the piano. While the lesson is geared toward pianists of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Come Together," press play!

How To: Play flatted fifth series runs on piano à la Art Tatum

If you have so much as a passing interest in jazz piano, then you've surely heard of Art Tatum. This two-part tutorial offers a descriptive analysis and visual demonstration of one of Art Tatum's favorite licks, the flatted fifth series two-finger descending run. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate or advanced pianists, players of all skill levels can attempt to play along. Watch this tutorial to get started playing flatted fifth two-finger runs.

How To: Play "Roads Untraveled" by Linkin Park on Piano

Piano cover and tutorial for "Roads Untraveled" from Linkin Park's album "Living Things". It's not required to know how to read piano chords and piano sheet music in order to use this tutorial. Users can make tutorial slower or faster, practice one hand at a time, transpose a song to a different key, create a loop for difficult part of the tutorial to play it over and over again.

How To: Play Guy's "Let's Chill" on piano

In this video, we learn how to play Guy's "Let's Chill" on piano. This is a smooth song written in F minor. The first chord is a D flat major 7, then F, A flat C, A flat, then C. Continue on to play a suspended chord, then an F flat, E flat, F flat, then regular F flat minor. Continue to play through this until you have the introduction finished. Once this is done, continue on through the rest of the song with the same chords throughout the song. In time, the song will come together and the e...

How To: Play the solo from "In My Life" by The Beatles

In this video, we learn how to play the solo from "In My Life" by The Beatles. You can play this straight, the way it's played on the piano, or another way. If you just play it like this, you are going to have a very difficult time getting the keys to sound correct. The other way you can play this song is to use the chords as well. When you do this, the song will come out with a better sound and be more put together than the other way. Add in the words to the song and sing along as you go to ...

How To: Play "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga on piano or keyboard

Want to play "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga? See how it's done with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and it chords. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the piano, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Just Dance" on your own piano or keyboard instrument, take a look!

How To: Play piano in a romantic style

In this tutorial, we learn how to play piano in a romantic style. Take a minor third to begin and play these two notes. Improvise a melody by hitting any white key you choose. This is great for a beginner who doesn't have much experience. Adding the melody will help your song sound happier and more romantic. Using harmonies will help you create romantic notes and help you build a great song. You can use improvisation to make a beautiful melody as well, and make something that is all your own....

How To: Read and write out sheet music

When playing a musical instrument, one of the most important aspect about it, is being able to read sheet music. It's used to record and guide someone when they play a particular song. In some music, it's required to be memorized, but when playing classical music with other performers, it's required to know how to read it. In this three part tutorial, you'll find out how to read and write out sheet music easily. Enjoy!

How To: Play Caesars' "Jerk It Out" on the piano

Want to know how to perform Caesars' "Jerk It Out" on the piano? Work it out with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Jerk It Out" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay on the piano

Want to know how to perform Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone" on the piano? Learn how with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Better Off Alone" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Love Story" by Taylor Swift on the piano

Want to know how to perform Taylor Swift's "Love Story" on your piano or keyboard? This free video piano lesson presents a complete guide. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this song on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the Beatles' "Oh! Darling" on piano

Want to know how to play the Beatles' "Oh! Darling" on your piano or keyboard? Learn how with this free video piano lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this great Paul McCartney song on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Blackbird" by The Beatles on the piano

Blackbird is one of the best and most well-known songs Paul McCartney songs done by The Beatles. The original version features very sparse guitar playing as the only instrumentation, but like most songs it can be translated to the piano, as has been done here. The video highlights all of the chords and which hands to play them with, which should have you playing the lights out of this beautiful, melancholy tune as quickly as your skill allows. It moves pretty fast, so keep up!

How To: Play the same piano chord different ways

Chord inversions are a great way to use the same series of notes in a chord to get different voicings. For the example in this video use a C-major triad, which contain the notes C, E, G. Playing these three notes in this pattern is called the root inversion. The first inversion is to use the root being C and put the note up one octave. Now the chord is played E, G, and C. The second inversion is two take the E and put that note up one octave. Now the pattern goes G, C, and E. These three inve...

How To: Use a Yamaha PSS 780 synthesizer

In this tutorial, viewers will learn how to use the synthesizer functions of the Yamaha PSS-780 keyboard. Starting with the basic piano voice, the presenter shows how this can be modified to create a new sound. He shows how the attack rate of the sound can be modified with one setting, how the modulation button affects the tones of the sound, and how sounds can be further modified with the frequency control. The presenter concludes by noting that with practice the user will learn to create ot...

How To: Play "Wind" by Naruto on piano

Written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, "Naturo" is an ongoing Japanese manga series. The plot tells the story of a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki, who constantly searches for recognition & aspires to become the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all, also called a Hokage. The series is based on a one-shot comic by Kishimoto that was published in the August 1997 issue of Akamaru Jump and has since grown into a phenonmenon.

How To: Play "Halo" by Beyoncé on the piano

In this video, learn how to play the last section of Beyoncé's song, "Halo" on the piano. This instruction has added an A to the notes, allowing it sound better (in his/her opinion). If you want to play "Halo" exactly how it is in the song, the notes are (just for the last part of the right hand) as follows: