Arranger Keyboard Overview


4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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The All-New Song Tutor: Internet-Powered Song Learning Software

If you are considering the purchase of an arranger keyboard or would like to find out more about what makes an these keyboards unique than I know you will find this article very helpful.

I want to start off by saying that I have been playing professionally, teaching, and selling this category of keyboards for longer than I can remember.

I find them ideal for quite a few reasons which I will go into in some detail so you may be better able to decide for yourself if an arranger is right for you.

If you already own one and want to make better use of all the features available on most models you will find links to many "how to" tutorials.

Arranger vs. Workstation What is the difference?

The single biggest difference between an arranger and a workstation is the presence of a variety usable musical styles that can be accessed and played using a basic knowledge of chords.

On arrangers one can choose a style or genre such as Rock, Pop, Country, etc.., Play a simple chord and trigger all the instruments, (drums, bass, guitars, horns etc. ) that would be normally associated with that style of music.

This feature can be especially useful to a variety of keyboard enthusiasts from the very basic beginner to a seasoned professional like myself.

The good news about this category of keyboard instruments is that they come in perhaps the largest variety of models and a price range for any purse. 

The higher the price the better the quality of sounds and styles and playable features.

Here are my reasons for spending 4,000 on an arranger keyboard.

(Just bought a Korg PA3x as seen at the top of the page)

1. Play with the band

Arranger keyboards allow you to experience playing with a band without the work of getting a bunch of musicians together who know how to play a variety of types of music. (your keyboard is always on-time and sober.), a real help when you are playing professionally.

2. Instant gratification.

Even a beginner can sound great right away. I find that this ability to sound like a whole band will keep beginner students motivated and excited about playing and improving.

3. Inspiration

If you are a songwriter you may find that you can start playing a common chord progression using your favorite available style and instantly hear how your creation may sound with full orchestration!

4. Recording Studio in a box...

Korg, Yamaha, Roland and other manufacturers will often put studio quality recording, effects, vocal processors, capability into their high end arrangers.

In my case with the Korg PA3x, I can record instantly to MP3 with complete with vocal harmonies! And I can do it in my Hotel Room when I am on the road!

If you want a closer look at the Korg PA3x arranger keyboard use this link. Korg PA3x 76 review.

Why am I telling you this??

Two reasons..

One because I truly believe if you are like me and want to make performance a priority than an arranger keyboard will make a lot of sense!

The second reason is that I am truly excited about my new instrument purchase and I intend to share the learning experience with my readers...that you...

Hope you will check back for weekly links to how to tutorials on the PA3x that will help you get more music out of your keyboard no matter what model you have.

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Korg PA3x Tutorials

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Creating a custom song list on the PA3x

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After checking out dozens of home study courses that teach you to play by ear and focus on chord progressions I am convinced that the folks at Hear and Play have the best, most well rounded program available for just about all styles of music from Gospel to Jazz. Read my review or visit Hear and Play for more information.

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