Korg PA3x Quick Record tutorial


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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In this Korg PA3x Quick Record tutorial you will learn how to choose patterns, and quickly record arrangements of your favorite songs and store them to the internal songbook for easy access.

Korg Pa3x Quick Record Tutorial

There is a lot to learn once you get into playing with the Korg Pa3x arranger keyboard.

I have owned mine almost a year and still I am just scratching the surface of all the features.

The first thing I wanted to do is take all the songs in my head and get them recorded as fast as possible so I could start to play gigs with the PA3x.

The process below will allow you to make great sounding, fast arrangements while you are learning to go deeper into the great features on this keyboard.


Step One: Choose a Pattern

The first thing you will want to do is explore all the great usable, and not so usable musical patterns the keyboard has to offer.

You can use the touch screen by just touching the pattern name window in the top left or you can use the hard buttons located in the Style section on the left of the keyboard.

Either method will gain you access to the style selection screen and you will see categories selection to the left and right on the screen and pages along the bottom.

(see the video below)

Pattern Introductions:

Each musical style on the Korg PA3x comes with three choices for an introduction.

Intro 1,  is always a longer prearranged musical intro that often, but not always fits with that particular musical style. ( some are better than others...you decide if it fits for your song.)

Intro 2, is generally a little shorter with no preset chords allowing you to use your own creativity to create a usable intro to your song.

Intro 3, Is always some sort of one measure count it.

Pattern Variations:

Each musical style has 4 variation buttons 1- 4. From left to right the variations become more and more active or busy. They are arranged that way to build your song in intensity as it progresses. (In my opinion less is more.)

Fill-ins:

Each musical style also comes with 4 nice fill ins to use between sections and phrases in you song.

The fill ins can be linked to the variations so that when you change variations the appropriate fill in will play by using the auto fill in button just to the right of the style select section

Korg Pa3x Quick Record Tutorial

Using the Quick Record function.

Once you have decided on a usable musical style, into, and first variation and have all those selections made. ( buttons lit), you are ready to enter the sequencer section of the PA3x.

Choose sequencer from the MODE section to the right of the sliders and then hold down shift ( bottom right of screen section) and touch the record button ( lowest button to the left of the screen ).

As soon as you choose Quick Record from the window you will be ready to start recording.


You can get a lot of support including the latest operating system, downloadable manuals and lots of free musical styles by going to this Korg Support page.

Quick record hints:

The idea with quick record is to record you songs chord progression in real time while adding fill ins a variation changes.

This can take a little practice. I usually take the keyboard out of split mode so I can play the chords with my right hand leaving my left hand free to press fill ins and variation changes.

You can always fix mistakes later using step mode if you need to add or delete a change in variation of fill in.

The video below will visually guide you through the entire process of recording and saving you song to the song book for performance.

I've been making money very week with my Korg PA3x keyboard and the more I use it the more I like it. You can hear some of my live performances with "The Good Life Band". A lot of these arrangements used the quick record feature on the keyboard.


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